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University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

The University of Hartford recognizes that students are just as complex as the world around them. As a dynamic liberal arts institution, UHart encourages exploration across disciplines and beyond the norm.


Sitting just outside of Hartford, Connecticut, the University of Hartford has spent over 60 years nurturing a diverse student body with strengths across academics, athletics, and the arts. While UHart’s population may be small, it makes a big impact across 100+ fields of study. University of Hartford prides itself as “a university for the world,” graduating scholars who spread their talents to every corner of the professional sphere.


The University of Hartford’s mission reflects its commitment to it students and, to a greater extent, the world: “Dedicated to learning, personal growth, knowledge creation, and the betterment of society, the University engages students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to thrive in and contribute to a pluralistic, complex world.”  The University also combines “a traditionally strong commitment to shared community values of support and encouragement with academic challenge in a wide variety of programs and disciplines in order to prepare [its] students for success in the 21st century.”



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
5,150 undergraduate students
88% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
57% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
82 full-time faculty
1 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
87% of first-year students live on campus
65% of all students live on campus

School Location

“Now in its sixth decade, the University of Hartford sits proudly on a 350-acre main campus that includes parts of Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield, Conn. It provides a beautifully landscaped vista with grassy expanses and wooded areas with a branch of the Park River winding through it.”

Retention Fall 2016

75% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2016

60% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Black or African American 15%
White 53%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%


The University of Hartford hosts many opportunities for its students to enhance their learning. One life-changing program in particular is UHart’s study abroad program. The University offers over 50 options for students to pick from, promising something for everyone no matter where they want to go and what they want to explore.

“I learned a lot about myself. Who I am. Who I want to be. Sometimes, you go long periods without experiencing any significant personal grow and sometimes it happens all at once. That was India for me.” – Liel A., International Studies & Economics, Spring 2016 in Jaipur, India

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theatre X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X
Yearbook X


The honors program at the University of Hartford provides students with an excellent opportunity to further challenge themselves and enhance their education. With exclusive honors courses, close faculty mentorship, and interdisciplinary seminars, these tenacious students push themselves to their full potential. And it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed; an annual colloquium gives students the chance to showcase their excellent work and share their passions with others.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical)  
Social science X

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 436 729 377 51 8 6 2 1609


The University of Hartford community is charged with activity, buzzing with clubs, student government, community service, and so many more experiences to enrich their college journey. With over 100 organizations to choose from, UHart students are both inspired and encouraged to explore their interests and discover new passions.


The Hartford Hawks, represented by red and scarlet colors, compete in nine different men’s and women’s sports from basketball to soccer to lacrosse. In NCAA at the Division I level, the Hawks—along with their trusted mascot, Howie the Hawk—work just as hard on the field as they do in the classroom.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  


Each student at the University of Hartford has the opportunity to participate as an intern not only to gain professional experience, but also earn academic credit toward their degree. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors and visit the on-campus career services department. With the helpful staff by their side, they prepare for the future with résumé assistance and career exploration.


Admissions Fall 2016

15,526 total applicants
11,168 total admissions
1,301 total freshman enrollment

71.93% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record

Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 460 580
SAT Math 460 580
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    



Tuition $35,036
Fees $2754
Total $37,790
Room and Board (on campus) $11,986
Estimated Total On Campus $49,776

Aid Information

The University of Hartford offers many institutional aid, including talent scholarships, academic scholarships, transfer scholarships, university grants, and more.