Connecticut College

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Connecticut College is a 750-acre arboretum in the historic seaport of New London, a top-50 liberal arts college as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report – and most importantly, a place where about 2,000 undergraduate students spend four years engaging with each other, their professors and the surrounding community while completing a rigorous education. Founded in 1911, Connecticut College is highly selective, admitting just about a third of undergraduate applicants each year. While on the one hand the College does have all the makings of an exclusive New England private school, on the other hand Connecticut College is also a leader in forward-thinking learning, with a focus on activism in both local and global communities.
A Connecticut College education emphasizes both a traditional liberal arts foundation as well as career preparation for the modern world. Students are encouraged to participate in internships, study abroad, service learning and on-campus clubs. An impressive 98 percent of undergraduates live in on-campus "houses" – Connecticut College prefers this name to that of the more typical "dormitories" – that double as learning communities. Arts and athletics are given equal weight at this college, where over two dozen Division III varsity teams compete and where every student is required to take a creative arts class in order to graduate. Connecticut College offers numerous majors and minors, and is especially noted for its programs and degrees in international studies.

Connecticut College Accreditation Details

Connecticut College has been continuously accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1932. The College is accredited to confer bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees.

Connecticut College Application Requirements

When applying to Connecticut College, it's important to note that deadlines and requirements may change from one year or semester to the next. If you have any questions about the admissions process, it's best to speak with a Connecticut College admissions counselor. That said, here is some general information to help you plan your application:
For First-Year Applicants

  • The regular decision application deadline for incoming freshmen is January 1 for the following fall semester, November 1 for spring semester admission.
  • Students who will need financial aid should complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile no later than February 15.
  • Connecticut College utilizes the Common Application, a standardized college application system employed by hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide.
  • Prospective freshmen should be prepared to submit official secondary school transcripts, a high school counselor recommendation form and two teacher recommendation letters. Optional, supplemental materials include artwork samples and peer evaluations.
  • Standardized test scores are optional for admission to Connecticut College. The College's official stance is that a student should submit standardized test scores if he or she feels these scores to be reflective of his or her achievement as a student. If an applicant does not believe the scores accurately reflect his or her academic potential, he or she should not submit them. Connecticut College does not view applications without test scores at a disadvantage, or require any further material in substitution of the scores.
  • A unique feature of the Connecticut College admissions process is the admissions interview. This is not mandatory but highly recommended for rising high school seniors who plan to apply to the College. The interview is meant to be an informative and evaluative experience for the student as well as for the interviewer, a chance for future Connecticut College freshmen to get to know the campus community in person. Interviews are scheduled from September through January and can take place during a campus tour, or, alternatively, during an admissions counselor's visit to a high school. The interviewer may be an admissions counselor or an admissions fellow – a Connecticut College senior chosen to represent the campus community while engaging with potential future students.

For Transfer Applicants

  • To be considered for transfer admission, applicants should have completed at least one full semester of college coursework. Connecticut College recommends that transfer applicants have a college GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered competitive for admission.
  • Transfer candidates planning to begin their studies at Connecticut College in the fall semester should apply by April 1. Those who plan to enroll for the spring semester should apply no later than November 1.
  • Interested transfer students will need to file the Common Application and submit college and high school transcripts, a college report and at least one, but ideally two, completed academic evaluator forms.

For Military and Non-Traditional Applicants

  • Connecticut College welcomes students over the age of 25, who have previously attended college but experienced an interruption in their studies, to apply to the Return to College Program. Military veterans are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Students in the RTC program enroll in 12 or fewer credits per semester, paying tuition and fees on a per-credit basis. RTC students do not live in student housing, but are welcome to participate alongside traditional students in any and all of the activities available on campus.
  • The application deadline for the RTC program is April 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Candidates should complete the RTC application form and submit high school and college transcripts.
  • Connecticut College recommends that candidates who have been out of college for five years or longer take a few community college classes prior to applying in order to strengthen their admissions chances.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As of the 2016-2017 academic year, the comprehensive annual cost for a Connecticut College undergraduate education is $65,000. This amount covers tuition and fees, room and board, and special programs including funded internships and course-related travel.
Just over half of Connecticut College's students receive financial aid, with the average aid award amounting to approximately $40,000. The majority of aid awarded comes in the form of scholarships and grants that will not require repayment. Possible sources of this "gift aid" include federal grants, state grants, Connecticut College scholarships and financial assistance from the Indian Education Bureau.
Connecticut College scholarships are awarded based upon demonstrated financial need, and many are funded by donor gifts and endowments. In these cases, the individual donor may set additional criteria for the scholarship. Among the most generous of available awards is the Jane Bresedon Scholarship Program, open to residents of New London and covering up to one-half of the student's tuition. Other possible grant awards include the Lois Taylor '32 Scholarship and the Cornel West Scholarship, both of which are awarded to students from underrepresented backgrounds who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or a commitment to issues of diversity and democracy.
Many students decide to work through college to help offset expenses, and Connecticut College offers enterprising undergraduates three types of employment for financing their time in school: federal work study, federal community service work and non-work study campus jobs. At Connecticut College, student job openings are commonly found in dining services, theatre services or the admissions office.
A parent's job may also pay off for a Connecticut College education, as the school is a member of the Tuition Exchange Program, a consortium of nearly 700 participating colleges and universities. Through this program, a student whose parent or guardian is an employee at one of these schools can apply for a scholarship if admitted to any one of the other member institutions. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the value of the scholarship is $34,000.
In addition to the above opportunities, eligible students may also choose to apply for federal student loans to help fund their Connecticut College educations.

International Studies Degree Programs at Connecticut College

Connecticut College has a distinguished history in the academic field of international studies, and there are numerous good reasons for a student to choose to major in that field here – not the least of which is the fact that the costs of Connecticut College's Study Away program are already covered by the College's comprehensive annual tuition rate. For the Study Away program, a small group of students accompany one or two Connecticut College professors on a semester abroad. Other opportunities for international study include a College-funded summer internship.
Back at home on campus, International Relations majors take courses in international politics, policies, history and economics, and explore important real-world issues like national security, human rights or ethnic conflict. Students in the department are also encouraged to collaborate with faculty on research. All International Relations major study at least one foreign language. Connecticut College also offers a number of hard-to-find minors that could strongly complement an international relations major, for example, a minor in East Asian Studies, Global Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies or Slavic Studies.

One of the greatest strengths of Connecticut College's international relations program is the interdisciplinary learning opportunities it affords. The College as a whole is committed to the idea of cross-departmental collaboration, and its campus is home to five centers for interdisciplinary scholarship – one of which has a special focus on international studies. One example of interdisciplinary engagement combines two of Connecticut College's most distinguished programs – international relations and environmental studies – as students have explored sustainable energy development in countries like Spain and Italy. International relations majors can also choose to earn a certificate in public policy, community action, art and technology or environmental studies by completing an internship and integrative senior project through one of Connecticut College's interdisciplinary centers.