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|Motto||Tanquam lignum quod plantatum est secus decursus aquarum "Like a tree planted by rivers of water" (that bringeth forth its fruit in its season.) (Psalm 1:3)|
|Endowment||US$190 million (FY 2010)|
|President||Leo I. Higdon, Jr.|
|Academic staff||177 full-time|
|Admin. staff||486 full-time|
|Undergraduates||1,911 (1,839 full-time)|
|Postgraduates||5 (4 full-time)|
|Location||New London, Connecticut, USA|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III|
|Sports||28 varsity teams, 12 club teams|
|Nickname||Conn, Conn College|
The college was founded in 1911, as Connecticut College for Women, in response to Wesleyan University closing its doors to women (the college changed its name to Connecticut College in 1969 when it began admitting men). The campus is located on the Thames River, overlooking the Long Island Sound on the highest point in New London. It is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and is considered to be among the group of colleges called the "Little Ivies." Forbes ranked Connecticut College 62 in its America's Best Colleges list in 2011 and U.S. News and World Report ranked the school 37th among the top liberal arts colleges in 2011.
Known for its interdisciplinary academic centers, Connecticut College is in the midst of a major fundraising and building campaign. Over the past several years the college has renovated many of its older dormitories, completed numerous classroom renovations, and constructed a new fitness center. The college is in the final planning stages of a new life science and computer science center, an international commons, and is continuing to renovate the remainder of its older dormitories and classroom spaces.
Connecticut College's fourth strategic plan (2004) introduced the College's new mission statement: "Connecticut College educates students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society."
According to CNN Money, Connecticut College was the most expensive college in the United States in 2010 with a tuition fee of $43,990 and total cost of $53,110. According to U.S. News and World Report, Connecticut College was the fifth most expensive college in 2011 with $43,990 for tuition and required fees. The college states that the comprehensive fee for 2011-12 is $54,970 . At the same time, the college points out, "If you qualify for financial aid, you and your family could pay less than you might at a school with much lower tuition and fees." To this point, the average grant award (financial aid that a student does not have to pay back) at Connecticut College is about $30,390. Furthermore, 48% of enrolled Connecticut College students receive aid (totaling more than $28.9 million in financial aid awarded in 2010-2011), with 85% of the financial aid budget in the form of grants. Overall, the average financial aid award is $32,708.
Chartered in 1911, the founding of the college was a response to Wesleyan University's decision to stop admitting women. Female Wesleyan alumnae, notably Elizabeth C. Wright, convinced others to found this new college, espousing the increasing desire amongst women for higher education. Several large gifts of land gave the college its hilltop location overlooking Long Island Sound. Financial assistance from the city of New London, its residents, and a number of wealthy benefactors gave the college its initial endowment. According to an Oct. 12, 1935 article in the Hartford Daily Times, marking the College's 20th anniversary:
"On September 27, 1915, on this beautiful site, the college opened its doors to students. The entering class was made up of 99 freshmen students, candidates for degrees, and 52 special students, a total registration of 151. A fine faculty of 23 members had been engaged and a library of 6,000 volumes had been gathered together. It was an auspicious start for this new undertaking."
Connecticut College has been continuously accredited since 1932 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In a typical year, the college enrolls about 1,900 men and women from 40-45 states, Washington D.C., and 70 countries. Approximately forty percent of students are men. The college is now particularly known for interdisciplinary studies, international programs and study abroad, funded internships, student-faculty research, service learning, and shared governance. Under the college's system of shared governance, faculty, staff, students, and administrators are represented on the major committees that make policy regarding the curriculum, the budget, and the campus and facilities.
Students live under the college's 84-year-old student-adjudicated Honor Code and without a Greek system. The Honor Code, which distinguishes Connecticut College from its peers, underpins all academic and social interactions at the college and creates a palpable spirit of trust and cooperation between students and faculty. Other manifestations of the code include self-scheduled, unproctored final exams.
According to The Princeton Review 2005 and Campus Compact, Connecticut College is one of the nation’s best colleges for fostering social responsibility and public service. A January 2006 ranking noted that Connecticut College is among the 25 top small colleges in terms of the number of graduates who serve in the Peace Corps.
A reciprocal exchange agreement with the United States Coast Guard, allows cadets from the nearby USCG Academy to take some courses at the college, while Connecticut College students may take courses at the academy.
The college offers more than a thousand courses in 29 academic departments and 7 interdisciplinary programs, and students can choose from 54 traditional majors plus opportunities for self-designed courses of study. The 10 most common majors over the last five years have been English, Economics, Psychology, Government, History, Biological Sciences, International Relations, Anthropology, Human Development, and Art. About 30% of Connecticut College students graduate with double majors. The most common double-major combinations are Government/History, Economics/International Relations, and Economics/Government, but graduates in recent years have also chosen interdisciplinary combinations such as Art/Computer Science, Film Studies/Latin American Studies, Biological Sciences and Religious Studies, and Art History/Italian.
The college's First-Year Seminar Program provides student-faculty engagement in a small, intellectually stimulating setting in their first semester.
Connecticut College has four interdisciplinary centers that administer certificate programs, plus a fifth center that facilitates the teaching and researching of race and ethnicity across the curriculum. If accepted into one of the college's four certificate programs, students of any major complete a self-designed series of courses that relate to their academic interest, complete a college-funded summer internship, and complete an integrative project in their senior year. These four centers routinely attract the college's best students and are a model for the kinds of integrated educational pathways the College offers its students.
The main campus has three residential areas. North Campus contains the newest residential halls (Morrisson, Wright, Lambdin, Park, Johnson—formerly Marshall—and Hamilton, collectively known as "The Plex"), all of which are connected to each other and Harris Dining Hall. South Campus contains residence halls along the side of Tempel Green (Harkness, Addams, Freeman, and Knowlton), across from several academic buildings. Central Campus contains the oldest residence halls (Windham, Warnshuis, Burdick, Smith, Larrabee, Plant, Branford, Blackstone, Blunt, and Lazrus) and is the closest to the student center and the library. Students also have several less traditional housing options, including the 360 Apartments, River Ridge Apartments, Earth House, and Abbey House. A few students also live off-campus in New London or Waterford.
The College's science facilities include a rooftop observatory, lab for NMR spectroscopy, a digital transmission electron microscope, a scanning electron microscope, a greenhouse, a channel flow laboratory, a GIS lab, and a 1 MeV Pelletron ion accelerator. Its computer facilities include standard UNIX and PC labs as well as specialized labs in robotics, networks, virtual reality and digital signal processing. The robotics lab is equipped with Sun workstations, PCs, robots, and overhead cameras. The virtual reality and signal processing lab (which is also part of the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology) has high-end graphics PCs, head-mounted displays, 3-D trackers, force feedback devices, spatialized audio devices, and software for producing high-end animations and graphics.
The departments of the fine arts are located in three places around campus. The Cummings Arts Center contains two concert halls, the Center for Electronic and Digital Sound, pianos, practice rooms, a pipe organ. The Art and Music departments and their classrooms and studios are also housed in Cummings. Surrounding the Arts Center are numerous sculptures, especially in the courtyard known as Castle Court. This lies between Cummings and the largest of the College's performance spaces, Palmer Auditorium. The Theater Department has offices in Palmer, and has classes on the main stage, in a smaller classroom in Palmer, and in Tansill Theater, which is further north, near the main entrance. The Dance Department is housed on the third floor of the student center, and includes three dance studios.
There are three libraries on the campus. Shain Library houses a collection of more than 500,000 books and bound periodicals, along with an extensive collection of microforms, computer files, audio and video tapes. The library is also home to the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, a space used for studying, public lectures, and receptions. In 2004, the "Blue Camel Cafe" opened in the library basement, selling coffee, tea, pastries and other items to studying and socializing students. The Greer Music Library in Cummings Arts Center holds books and periodicals about music and musicians, printed music, and numerous recordings. The chapel library, in the basement of Harkness Chapel includes volumes and periodicals related to religious studies and social justice.
Connecticut College graduates of note include The Atlantic senior editor Joshua Green, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong (executive), New York Times best-selling authors Sloane Crosley and David Grann, fashion designer Peter Som, philanthropist Nan Kempner.
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