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| The University of Connecticut is a public university that serves over 16,000 undergraduate students. That is one of the biggest problems with this college. There is a huge difference between taking a course in a lecture hall of 400 and a class room of 20. Some professors have tried to make attempts to make these lectures "feel" smaller by incorporating "discussion based" assignments that "apply" the information "presented" in class in a creative fashion so students can exercise the upper levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. This for the most part from my experience has been not executed properly. I have found that courses that incorporate a lab (biology, in/org/biochem, physics) generally are poorly organized as most of the labs are presented out of line with the course material. Either you are scrambling to get to learn information that was intended to be presented later in the semester for a lab in the beginning of the semester or just the opposite. This is very frustrating as you can imagine.|
There really is not a supportive atmosphere here. You are on your own and thats fine to an extent. Professors are generally available but most are busy with research and are not interested in dealing with some pesky undergrads.
I transferred to this college (only because of financial reasons, you will find that a lot of students are here only because of that) after spending time at a local community college. This college is the exact opposite of what I need as a student (ie small class sizes, interactive student population, professors who are willing to give a sh*t if you seek for their guidance/direction/support, a bit of action off-campus, labs that correspond with lecture material, assignments that are not busywork, PROPER assessment of student learning which is generally lacking at this place).
There is something to say about how "college is what you make of it". College is difficult. You have to be disciplined. Just because you have a good memory does not equate to success academically at the colligate level as many high school kids find out their first semester. You must create your own opportunities for your own success. That is what I go by anyway.
I have found that students do not enjoy venturing out of their comfort zone when it comes to social piece of college (which is about as important as the academic). Once a student gets into a dorm and meets a few people in their dorm or friends of friends from high school, thats about it. The fast pace nature of this college also contributes to this. Social life revolves around alcohol in college especially at the University of Connecticut. So if your not into drinking, or don't like socializing with people who are, you will probably not like this place. Even if you choose to join clubs it will take a semester or two before you get a group of friends going this route.
To be quite honest the only reason why anyone outside of Connecticut knows about this university is because of the basketball teams. And I will have to say, getting tickets to men's basketball is done by a lottery system. So all of the families and "students" applying to this college (New Jersey, Mass) because of the opportunity to be at the games (just keep that in mind). The current president Susan is very goal oriented and is trying her best to make the college have a billion dollar endowment. Which it should.
The administration and just about every office on campus is, well lets be nice DIFFICULT to work with. I am not going to go any further with this. If you go here you will know what I mean.....
I will say I have not really been impressed with this college. I was not when I was applying to schools and after spending a year here out of force I will say that I still do not like this place. I would transfer out of this college but many schools do not accept or even consider reviewing transfer applications from people who have more than 60, if your very very lucky, 75 credits. I work way to hard to be dealing with this stuff...
|Nov 08 2011|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| I feel like there's a lot of negative comments out there for no reason. UConn is big and boutiful- so many resources that you can make it the school you want it to be. |
It's both big and small- you still meet people every day, yet people in your major and Learning Communities are familiar and those are kept in small groups so it can feel like a small school.
Academics- definitely challenging but doable. You can tell everyone is serious about the school work during the week and happy to let loose on the weekend. Professors are very accessible- in my bio lecture of 200+ people, I was able to email the professor and meet with him the next day, they're very willing to help you out.
Extracurricular: plenty of stuff to do on campus. I love the gym and the Student Union and there are constantly sports events going on and meetings for any club you can imagine.
Social: parties are here if you want them, and there's a huge variety. There's always something at the barely-off-campus Carriage apartments, or frat parties in Husky Village, and totally off campus parties that provide you with sober rides. There's at least 3 different party scenes here. And if that's not your thing, the Student Union is open until at least midnight like every night... plus on weekends they do extra activities there. There's a bowling alley and movie theater and also plenty of people chill in the dorms on the weekends.
Food: is amazing. I haven't gotten tired of it yet and it's been 3 months. Whoever complains about food...don't listen. I've heard no complaints so far and the only complaints will be that they didn't have your favorite flavor of ice cream that night, or something like that. Taste and quality is definitely the best...and if you don't like one dining hall, try the other 7. All are unlimited food.
Other: Campus in my opinion is beautiful and people are constantly upkeeping the landscape and flowers. Sure, construction is going on, but it's to improve our campus, don't complain! The lakes are beautiful as well. UConn is the perfect school for me! Has a great mix of everything. Sure, it's kind of in the middle of nowhere, but vendors come to Fairfield Way right in the campus square and sell jewelery, clothes, etc, so it's not like you have no access to shopping. Buses are available to bring you to the mall for free and enough people have cars so it's not that bad. There's so much to do on campus that I don't feel a need to travel anywhere.
|Nov 06 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
I was a graduate student in the NEAG School of Education. I won't risk the chance of being outed and list the exact program, but let's just say it's not K-12 education focused. I accepted UConn over several more prestigious and well-known graduate programs in education. This place is a toilet. I am not an undergrad, but if I were, I would transfer for the following reasons:|
1) Shoddy dormitories
2) Incompetent residential life staff
3) Awful, overpriced food
4) No college town. There is NOTHING here, okay. NOTHING.
5) Lack of an intellectual atmosphere
6) Poor campus maintenance during snow storms (students literally fall and break limbs because the school is too lazy and cheap to hire a decent snow removal/salting company. You literally walk across sheets of ice to get to class. Completely unacceptable).
This is not an academic powerhouse. If it weren't for the basketball team, UConn wouldn't even enter the national dialogue.
Back to my experience. I was disappointed with my graduate program. I didn't feel challenged or prepared for any kind of degree beyond this. All we did was write and talk about our feelings. It was not a rigorous, research-based program at all. I felt conned. They should call UConn, "U've Been Conned!" Professors told us at the beginning of the year that "grades don't matter," yet WHAMMO! you get your grades back and they are not AT ALL what you might have expected. It doesn't matter if you put in your full effort. Professors in my program picked favorites and graded accordingly. It was complete and utter BS.
This education program boasts practical experience. Fine, that's great. But how about decent classes? I took one class that was challenging but it was so poorly taught that it left me completely apathetic about the subject.
The professors are "practitioners" but at the end of the day, they are not PROFESSORS. They are folks with busy day jobs who treat their classes as an afterthought. And students like me were cheated in the process. I paid over $250 a semester for awful textbooks that were dull, turgid and didn't even contribute to my learning.
Not to mention the fact that a good 50% of the program involved writing reflections and journals. It got old REALLY quickly. After your 50th reflection, you think, first of all 'Am I in graduate school?' and then you think 'Hm. How about looking forward? What can I do with this information?'
The cohort model was an atrocity, by the way. I can't speak for other cohorts in the past or present, but the folks in mine were friendly yet ultra competitive and gossipy. I didn't sign up for Junior Year of High School v. 2.0. Constant group work made the experience even more unbearable. Trust no one. Keep your true opinions to yourself.
It's not all bad. I did gain some valuable "work" experience. But it's not really "work" if you're a graduate assistant. It's basically bs work that no one else wants to do. But I made the best of it and tailored it to actual job experience during my career hunt.
Out of 10 stars, I give my program a 5. It gets a five for the little practical experience we gained, the tuition waiver and for the health insurance that graduate assistants got. It gets docked points for the professors and curriculum. Let's be honest, if it weren't for the money I would have gone somewhere superior, where the professors are too distinguished and serious about their work to play favorites and act petty over insignificant nonsense.
In the grand scheme of things, I was fortunate to have received a graduate degree that was practically free. Many people don't have that opportunity. I am grateful. But I am also disappointed. I feel like I should have gone to a school where my contributions and intelligence were appreciated. Whether you're a graduate or undergraduate, don't come here. It's a waste of time and/or money. If you need to go somewhere local and can swing it, go to Yale, Connecticut College, or a school in New York City.
|Oct 18 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |