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Rank: 42

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut has about 19,000 undergrads and a sprawling, rural campus, which means that students' overall experience relies a lot on finding a niche. In addition to the Storrs campus, there are a handful of other campuses across Connecticut, located in Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury. Academically, UConn is consistently ranked among the best public schools in the Northeast, and given that it offers more than 100 majors, it's likely to have an academic program suited to almost anyone. UConn has a solid graduation rate of 83%, which is 9% higher than would be expected based on students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds at other universities, according to MONEY's analysis. PayScale data shows that graduates make, on average, a salary of $57,700 in their first three years after school. Students can take their pick of organizations, from the bad movie club to the debate team or the student record label. Though UConn is big, students come together for Greek parties, concerts, and athletic events. The Huskies are a major draw for UConn, and football and basketball games are huge, weekend-long events that draw almost the entire student body. In 2016, UConn's women's basketball team won its fourth consecutive national title. Next time you're on campus, stop by the Dairy Bar, which sells ice cream made at UConn's Creamery. Flavors include blueberry cheesecake, coffee espresso crunch, and UCONNfetti.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$32,400
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,000
Average price for low-income students
$11,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1300/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
18,930
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
72%
% of need met
61%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$6,519
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 3 years
$57,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
47%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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