University of Connecticut

  • Storrs, CT
  • 06269
  • (860) 486-2000

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UConn - The University of Connecticut is ranked among the top 20 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The state's flagship institution of higher education, UConn is the only public university in New England with its own Schools of Law, Social Work, Medicine, and Dental Medicine.

Economic Impact

The University of Connecticut contributes every day to Connecticut's economic vitality and to the quality of life of state residents through research, teaching, public service, and a broad range of programs and initiatives.

UConnomy: Contributing to the Economic Health of Connecticut illustrates UConn's direct and indirect impact on the economic, social, and cultural landscape of Connecticut. Incorporating quantitative data culled from a comprehensive economic impact study recently conducted by the Department of Economic and Community Development, this report demonstrates the University's role in sustaining the state economy as it shapes a bright future for the citizens of Connecticut.

  • More than 29,000 jobs are generated in the state by the University, including the UConn Health Center.
  • Ongoing operations at UConn, including the UConn Health Center, add $2.3 billion to Connecticut's gross domestic product on average each year.
  • UConn, including the UConn Health Center, receives total state support of $456 million. As a result of this state support, the University attracts an additional $713.5 million to the Connecticut economy.
  • As a result of UConn and the UConn Health Center's combined operations, Connecticut's state coffers realize a net financial gain of more than $76 million annually.
  • Every state dollar allocated to UConn, including the UConn Health Center, results in a $5.05 increase in Connecticut's gross domestic product -- a 505% return on investment.
  • Connecticut's businesses experience $3.2 billion in new sales as a result of ongoing operations at UConn, including the UConn Health Center.
  • 7 out of 10 UConn graduates remain in Connecticut, contributing to the state's knowledge-based workforce and economy.
  • In 2008, UConn received nearly $200 million in sponsored research grants and awards.

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UConn's strides in higher education stretch throughout the state of Connecticut and beyond.

  • UConn ranks among the top 20 public universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks UConn among the top 35 best values in public colleges nationally. Kiplinger's bases its rankings "on a combination of outstanding academic quality plus an affordable price tag."
  • The University of Connecticut has been elected to membership in Universitas 21, an international network of leading research-intensive universities in 13 countries. UConn is only the second U.S. university invited into the network, which comprises some of the world's major institutions of higher education.
  • The Neag School of Education is not only ranked the top public graduate school of education in the Northeast and on the East Coast by U.S. News & World Report; it is now also ranked #33 among the 279 private and public education schools in the rankings. Elementary education and special education rank among the nation's top 20.
  • The National Academy of Kinesiology ranks the Neag School of Education's doctoral program in kinesiology #1 in the nation.
  • UConn's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is ranked 26th in the country out of 101 programs in U.S. News & World Report America's Best Graduate Schools 2013 Edition.
  • Forbes Magazine ranks UConn 23rd out of the 164 national public research universities in its “America’s Best Colleges” rankings for 2011.
  • According to the National Research Council, the French program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages in UConn's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ranks among the best in the nation, ranking #1 in the country in such categories as student placement and scholarly productivity. In addition, the program is one of only 16 in the nation selected by the French government as a "centre pluridisciplinaire."
  • According to the National Research Council, among public universities
    • UConn Chemical Engineering ranked #2 in Student Outcomes and #12 in Academic Jobs.
    • UConn Civil Engineering ranked #7 for Placement Rate.
    • UConn Computer Science ranked #11 for Female Faculty.
    • UConn Environmental Engineering ranked #7 in Diversity and #8 in Placement Rate.
    • UConn Materials Science ranked #4 in Diversity and #5 in Placement Rate.
    • UConn Mechanical Engineering ranked #5 in Awards and #14 in Publications.
  • Materials Science & Engineering program ranked #48 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • ranks the doctoral program of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the top quartile of 136 electrical engineering Ph.D. programs in the country (according to the National Research Council survey-based quality score).
  • Academic Analytics ranked (2007-2008) the faculty productivity (based on data on publications, citations, awards, and grants) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to be in the 97th percentile among 153 EE programs in the nation.
  • UConn's psychology researchers are ranked 2nd in the nation by the National Science Foundation for federal research funding.
  • UConn's Master of Public Administration program is ranked 49th in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and its public finance and budgeting program is ranked 7th in the nation.
  • UConn ranks 5th among 58 public research universities nationally in average time to graduate (4.2 years) among students earning a bachelor's degree in six years or less.
  • For 10 years running, UConn's undergraduate program has been rated in the top 10 in the country among public national universities by U.S. News & World Report for our graduation rate performance, a measure of institutions enhancing student achievement.
  • Our business school's Real Estate program ranks in the Top 10 among public and private national universities in U.S. News & World Report rankings.
  • UConn's graduate programs in statistics and in history are ranked in the top 30 public university programs by U.S. News & World Report as are our School of Law and School of Social Work.
  • UConn's graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is ranked among the top 25 public and private university programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • ranks the doctoral program of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics as #16 in the nation among small and prestigious programs and #11 for placement of graduates.
  • Public College Salary Report ranks UConn in the top 35 for average starting salary of our alumni.
  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named UConn one of 115 institutions to earn the organization's prestigious elective "Community Engagement" classification for its ongoing commitment to public engagement and service to the community.
  • The Sierra Club, an international environmental advocacy organization, ranks UConn among the top 20 "coolest schools" in the country, based on environmental initiatives. The Sustainable Endowments Institute also named UConn a "Campus Sustainability Leader" on its College Sustainability Report Card 2011.
  • UConn ranks 3rd in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, based on energy management, sustainability-related scholarship and the proportion of green space on campus.