University of New Haven
West Haven, CT
The University of New Haven is a private, medium-sized comprehensive college (4,600 undergraduates), with a wealth of interesting majors that include everything from business and engineering, to music industry and sound recording, to marine biology, criminal justice, and even dental hygiene! The campus is located in West Haven, CT just minutes from downtown New Haven. The campus is comprised of many newer red brick buildings that sit above Boston Post Road. A state-of-the-art fitness center can be seen as one drives by. Many shopping areas and restaurants are within a few minutes of campus. It is a perfect mix of a suburban campus near an urban center, and is in close proximity to Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Quinnipiac University.
The University of New Haven is divided into 4 undergraduate colleges:
- Arts and Sciences – Marine Biology is a popular major and students work out in the field in the Long Island Sound, which is near to campus. The University has an island in the Caribbean where they are building their own research facility, the Gerace Tropical Research Station on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Students can study abroad junior year in Australia, New Zealand, or Europe to pursue marine biology.
- Forensic Sciences – the largest major is the criminal justice program, but there is also a fire science program. There are graduate programs offered in criminal justice and forensic sciences as well.
- College of Business – Offers a fast track, 3-year Bachelors + 1 year Masters in Business. This program is easier to do if a student already has AP credits. Students who wish to create a business while in school can apply for funding from the university. Another exciting initiative is that up to 3 applicants who have been accepted as freshmen to the Business School can get full tuition for 4 years ($120,000) if selected, for designing a Facebook page for a business idea they have developed and submitting a three-page business plan.
- The Tagliatela College of Engineering boasts a 99% job placement for graduates. There is an optional co-op program where students can work for 8 months. There is also a 4+1 Masters in Engineering offered. Engineering is ABET accredited. There are 14 students/class, so plenty of individualized attention is offered. All engineering students take the same classes for the first two years, then choose a major. Senior year engineering students work on a problem in groups and design a solution. UNH also offers Sustainability Studies, which is ½ business, ½ engineering. Applicants need strong math and science and calculus is a plus. SAT Math has to be 500 or > on math to be considered for engineering.
The University of New Haven accepts 47-50% of applicants. Average accepted statistics include a GPA of 3.45, SAT of 1070 for 2 sections, and an ACT of 24. In NJ, the averages tend to be a GPA of 3.49 and SAT scores of 1082 for 2 sections. UNH takes both the Common Application and their own application.
Many students hail from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, and 10% are international students from China, India, Turkey, and Brazil. There is an 80% overall retention rate, but ½ of the freshman class live in Living Learning Communities, which have a 99% retention rate for this group.
Forensic Science is the most competitive major at UNH and candidates must have a 3.75 GPA and 1280 SAT’s to be considered. Candidates should apply early to this major as spots fill fast. Engineering is the next most competitive major for admission.
The University of New Haven offers Greek life and about 20% of women join sororities, 12% of men join fraternities. There are 165 clubs and activities on campus, so there is much activity on campus. There is also lots of music events on campus because of the music majors offered. Sports are Division II and football is strong. There is a blue turf field for the football team. UNH has a strong women’s volleyball team, 36 intramural sports, and 12 club sports in addition to varsity.
75% of students live on campus, 25% are commuters, but that includes upper classmen who rent houses along the beach and commute to school. Due to increased numbers of students over the past few years, the University is building a new residence hall with single rooms and a movie theater for upper classmen. It is also expanding off-campus apartments to house students.
Full cost to attend is $48 K / year, but the average cost after financial aid is $24K. UNH will meet up to 75% of demonstrated financial need. There are many Merit Aid awards, which can be up to $16 – $20K/ year for top students, and are awarded based upon academic qualifications of freshmen candidates. There are also athletic, leadership and specialty merit awards for incoming students.
UNH focuses on experiential education and require all students to have 2 experiential experiences such as research, internships, service learning opportunities, and/or study abroad, while at New Haven. UNH opened a campus in Tuscany, Italy in 2012 and freshmen can study first semester in the city of Prato, or do a full year. The Prato campus will offer different programs for different majors each year. This past semester the focus was on music. Next semester the focus will be on engineering. UNH faculty provide instruction, and there is a mandatory Italian language class offered as part of the program: http://www.newhaven.edu/IEL/393428/
With a wealth of business, arts and science-related majors, students will find a major to fit their interests and career paths. Students who are seeking a medium-sized university that emphasizes the importance of experiential education and prepares them for the working world should consider the University of New Haven.