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University of New Haven
Within its five colleges, the University offers more than 100 academic programs, all grounded...

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

At the University of New Haven, the experience of learning is both personal and pragmatic, guided by distinguished faculty who care deeply about individual student success. As leaders in their fields, faculty provide the inspiration and recognition needed for students to fulfill their potential and succeed at whatever they choose to do.

Student Profile

Fall 2017 Enrollment
5,147 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
58.85% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
263 full-time faculty
384 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
79% of first-year students live on campus
52% of all students live on campus

School Location

Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered on the University’s main campus located on 82 acres in suburban West Haven, Connecticut, between Boston and New York, and also at a variety of off-campus sites. Ten minutes from downtown New Haven with plenty of cultural and entertainment activities in the immediate area. 5 minutes from the West Haven Beach area which is the longest shoreline area in Connecticut.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences  
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects  
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning  
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention fall 2017

79% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2017

60% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Black or African American 12%
White 61%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


17 NCAA Division-II sports competing in the Northeast-10 Conference

Football, Basketball (M/W), Volleyball (M/W), Track & Field (M/W), Baseball, Lacrosse (W), Tennis (W), Baseball, Softball, Soccer (M/W), Cross Country (M/W), Field Hockey (W)

Team Name: The Chargers
Colors: Blue and Gold

Other Information

University of New Haven is a private, comprehensive, student-focused institution that is a recognized leader in experiential education with an emphasis on career preparation. Founded in 1920, the University currently has an enrollment of more than 6,100: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,400 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in University housing. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 30 graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, and the College of Lifelong and eLearning.

Academic Programs

The University of New Haven offers over 100 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs in unique areas such as Criminal Justice, Engineering, Business, Music Industry and Sound Recording, Forensic Science, Marine Biology, Dental Hygiene, Theatre Arts, Liberal Arts, Education, Nutrition & Dietetics, Tourism & Event Management, Sports Management, and Paramedicine.

More Distinctions

  • Ranked in the top tier of regional universities in the North in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 rankings.

  • The University of New Haven has been selected for the United States President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past two years.

  • The American Bar Association (ABA) has granted approval for the University of New Haven’s undergraduate degree in Legal Studies, one of only a few such programs approved at the undergraduate level in the country.

  • The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredits six undergraduate academic degree programs in the Tagliatela College of Engineering.

  • The Nutrition and Dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • The Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) accredits the nationally renowned Forensic Science program.

  • The University of New Haven has been recognized as one of The 382 Best Colleges in the country by The Princeton Review.


The University believes that gaining hands-on, real-world experience while still in college is the best preparation for future success in a professional field.  To that end, the University offers numerous opportunities for students to start making their mark in their chosen field before graduation.


Each department in UNH’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences — provides an opportunity for its students to enroll in a three-credit internship. Some programs require this experience as a part of the degree program. 


Small student teams work on an actual project developed by a corporate sponsor and guided by a faculty member. The students produce a solution to the corporation’s project and earn three credits.

Study Abroad

UNH’s study abroad program provides students with numerous opportunities to gain international experience. Choices include China, Germany, India, and Ireland, among other countries.  UNH is one of only a few universities in the United States that offers freshman-year study abroad.

Student Academic Sponsored Research

The University promotes collaborative research among small groups of students or between students and faculty. Students receive valuable exposure to academic and professional circles by presenting their research at conferences and workshops held by recognized associations.

Personalized Academic Curricular Experience (PACE)

College of Business students in this program work with their advisers to form a cluster of four 3-credit courses, not from the College of Business, that are thematically related to the student’s proposed field of work upon graduation. 

Corporate Challenge

Student groups competitively perform field work on a case study prepared by the College of Business and a local business organization. The case study is relevant to emerging issues in business, and addresses an ongoing project provided by the local business. Finalists receive awards, scholarships, and cash prize opportunities.

Professional Enrichment Program

These seminars and forums focus on professional readiness and/or current work-related issues while giving students the opportunity to network with industry professionals.

Student Advisory Board

Run by students and overseen by the dean, the board provides information about special programs and opportunities that the College of Business has to offer. It also provides feedback and advice to the leadership team of the College of Business.

Student Ambassador Program

This program welcomes eligible business students who demonstrate academic accomplishment and professional expertise. Students serve as stewards to the community, ambassadors for the College to its alumni and business and community leaders, and role models for current students.


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


The University believes that the best and the brightest deserve to learn from the best and the brightest. The faculty members at UNH have impressive academic and professional credentials, in many cases bringing with them national and even international reputations in their field. They are committed to the success of each of their students, allowing for the establishing of relationships that extend beyond their experience at UNH.


  • Small class sizes allow for an uncommon degree of individual attention. The student faculty ratio is approximately 16:1. The University has 522 faculty members. Among the 200 full-time faculty members, 83 percent hold the highest degree in their field and 52 percent have tenure.
  • The University keeps up with the latest in high-tech educational innovations to fully engage students and faculty in the learning and teaching process.  The Tegrity learning system allows faculty members to record class lectures and post them to the University’s Blackboard Academic Suite so students can download actual audio and video of the class to review. Numerous computer labs and wireless technology help to ensure students stay connected across campus, enabling them to study on their own time, in their own way.


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


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 75 397 443 119 23 30 0 1087


The University of New Haven is home to more than 170 clubs, professional and academic honor societies, a student government association, Greek life organizations, 16 Division-II sports, and a number of intramural sports opportunities.  The 58,000 square foot David A. Beckerman Recreation Center houses three basketball and volleyball courts, a multi-activity court and two racquetball courts, as well as fitness equipment and classes for students.  In addition, Bartels Hall, the campus center, was recently expanded to add space for campus club and organization offices and events, student group meetings and programs, and dining options.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
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  


Through an innovative combination of faculty-led research, work-integrated learning internships and co-op programs, academic service learning, and numerous study abroad programs, students at the University of New Haven are not just given an education … they are prepared to be successful after graduation.  The life-long learning skills achieved by students through participation in these opportunities, as well as the University’s core curriculum, not only prepare students for a job upon graduation, but for career growth throughout their lifetime.

Job Shadowing

Graduating seniors accompany an industry professional throughout the day to experience the professional’s workplace and career, first-hand.


The College of Business sponsors a three-tiered mentoring program: Business Leader to Student, the E-mentoring program, and the Student to Student mentoring program.


Admissions Fall 2017

9,953 total applicants
8,735 total admissions
1,449 total freshman enrollment

87.76% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Priority date: Mar 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay

Rigor of secondary school record
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 510 610
SAT Math 500 600
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT Math 19 26
ACT English 20 25
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $36,770
Fees $1,400
Total $38,170
Room and Board (on campus) $15,610
Estimated Total On Campus $53,780


Average Financial Aid Packages 2017-2018 estimated

$23,746 first-year students
$19,708 all undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2017-2018 estimated

58.8% on average, the percentage of need that was met
15% of financial need students that had need fully met

$19,708 average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,267 average need-based loan


The following are awarded at the discretion of the University of New Haven and, unless otherwise noted, require no special application. Students who qualify for these scholarships will be notified by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the time of their acceptance to the University.

  • Presidential Scholarship ($20,000 – $24,000 per academic year)
  • Distinguished Scholar Awards ($15,000 – $18,000 per academic year)
  • Charger Award ($10,000 – $14,000 per academic year)
  • Transfer Presidential Scholarship ( $10,000 – $20,000 per academic year)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship ( $2,000 per academic year)
  • Writing Award ($1,000 – $3,000 per academic year)


These awards are guaranteed for the first year and are renewable each year provided, the recipient remain a full-time undergraduate student while maintaining satisfactory progress toward a bachelor’s degree.