Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 75.03

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT http://uconn.edu/
The University of Connecticut has about 24,000 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 satellite 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. Students can take their pick of organizations, from the bad movie club to the mock trial society. Though UConn is big, students come together for Greek parties, concerts and athletic events. The Huskies are a major draw for UConn, and big games are huge, weekend-long events that draw almost the entire student body. The men’s basketball team claims an impressive six NCAA titles. But it’s the women's team that is the definition of a sports dynasty: undefeated seasons, back-to-back championships (in fact, it was once four in a row) and a record 11 national titles. 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 Husky tracks.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$36,100
% of students who get any grants
65%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$23,500
Average price for low-income students
$14,070

Admissions

Acceptance rate
49%
Median SAT/ACT score
1310/26
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
18,590

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
69%
% of need met
59%
% of students who get merit grants
15%
Average merit grant
$9,530

Student Success

Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
$21,500
Early career earnings
$72,460
% earning more than a high school grad
82%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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