The College Community
For four years, the Connecticut College campus is your student's home away from home. With historic buildings, sweeping views of Long Island Sound and a 750-acre Arboretum, it is an incredible place to learn, make friends, work out or be active in sports, and relax.
Students are engaged in extracurricular activities, leadership roles, artistic endeavors, athletics and community service. They take responsibility for conflict resolution as well as policy and program planning and change. By living as active citizens in a small community, students prepare for full and meaningful lives as global citizens.
Ninety-nine percent of students live on campus. There are 22 residence halls, known as houses. Students live with a mix of others from all four classes. Residential life staff match students with a roommate using a questionnaire about study habits, noise level, likes and dislikes. More about residential life.
"Food, glorious food." Students are automatically signed up for the College's meal plan as part of the comprehensive fee. There are five dining halls on campus. Students also have access to a snack shop in the College Center and the Blue Camel Café in Shain Library. More about Dining Services.
Challenging intellectual discussions among faculty and students are at the heart of a Connecticut College education. This kind of learning makes liberal arts education more relevant, more practical and more important than ever before. Today, we are introducing new programs that expand learning in every aspect of the residential experience.
Residence halls are a key part of this effort. They are not just "a place to sleep," but are active learning communities. Students hold philosophical discussions with professors, make home-cooked meals and collaborate on creative projects.
Faculty members called Residential Education Fellows work closely with students to present informal talks, plan educational programs and host study breaks in the residences. Each of the 11 fellows – known as REFs – is connected with a specific house. Today, you can go to into a newly renovated common room and join a student-faculty conversation about the artistic process or a heated debate about the war in Afghanistan. Or you might meet a climate change skeptic who will challenge your assumptions about the future of the planet.
A new Student Engagement Fund provides resources for off-campus research and travel, visiting experts and new teaching materials. The fund has taken American studies students to Queens to visit a neighborhood of newly arrived immigrants, supported the purchase of fossil replicas for archaeology classes, and brought a Shakespeare professional to campus to work with students on their monologues.
Numerous other programs give students opportunities to get to know their professors. All are designed to take learning beyond the classroom, studio or lab. Encourage your student to seek out these opportunities and get involved.
Commitment to Diversity
Connecticut College is committed to the twin values of diversity and equity, as well as providing access to private liberal arts education. Financial aid provides access to a Connecticut College education for highly qualified students who could not otherwise afford it. It is critical to ensuring the College can continue attracting the best possible students regardless of their financial circumstances.
We work hard and thoughtfully to make our community increasingly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and religion, and we actively seek students, faculty and staff who wish to be part of our efforts. We are also committed to creating an environment that is accessible and welcoming to students with disabilities.
As part of our mission, "the College strives to be a community in which all members feel comfortable, respect one another’s differences and seek common ground." Our commitments in this area are also grounded in numerous social scientific studies demonstrating that diverse environments foster greater learning for all students.
Faculty, staff, alumni and students work collaboratively across the College not only to provide social and academic support to students from diverse backgrounds but also to educate the campus community on diversity issues. The dean of the College is the College's senior diversity officer, with College-wide responsibilities for increasing diversity. Learn more about the College's commitment to diversity.
Athletics and Fitness
Athletics, fitness and wellness play an important role in residential liberal arts education and reinforce the College's commitment to the education of the whole person. More than 75 percent of Connecticut College students participate in sports and fitness/wellness activities at campus facilities; these facilities are among the most heavily used on campus, including a new fitness center that opened in August 2009. More about athletics and fitness.
Student engagement and empowerment are essential ingredients for student success at Connecticut College – and beyond. The classroom experience is enhanced by more than 80 student clubs and organizations that span from sports to cultural to academic interests. Hobbies and passions find outlets and fuel camaraderie in special-interest clubs. Students committed to a political cause find ways to effect change locally and globally. They learn how to work with others, compromise and be effective leaders. More about clubs and organizations.
Sustainability at Connecticut College
Since its founding in 1911, Connecticut College has been committed to social equity, economic well-being and environmental stewardship — three princples that today we define as sustainability. With this holistic approach — both inside and outside the classroom — we educate students as global citizens with an awareness of environmental, social and economic responsibility. More about sustainability initiatives at the College.
The College Center at Crozier-Williams
Known on campus as Cro, the College Center at Crozier-Williams is the central space for student gatherings and activities – both formal and informal. The building is a hub of constant activity through the day, and a center of student expression — from chalking on the plaza at the front entrance to banners that often hang in the open lobby.
Two large meeting rooms, the 1962 Room on the first floor and the smaller 1941 Room upstairs, are popular venues for campus events that include health fairs, dances, special lunches and celebrations. A smaller conference room on the second floor is named for a beloved former dean, Alice Johnson, and has a small exhibit about her life.
A wide variety of services – the Bookshop, the post office, an ATM, a snack shop and several lounge areas for studying and relaxing – are found in Cro. Most of the College's student life and student activities offices are located on the second floor.
The College is committed to providing learning environments that support academic excellence and a campus that promotes vitality in student life.
The expansion and renovation of New London Hall into a state-of-the-art center for the life sciences and computer science, which opened in fall 2012, was funded by a grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and leadership gifts from alumni and parents through the Campaign for Connecticut College. The sciences are a key component of a liberal arts education – an education that teaches students to approach challenging issues across a variety of disciplines, including the sciences – and this project will substantially advance our programs and classes in this area.
The College also is in the middle of a $60 million program of campus upgrades and improvements. Along with restoring campus buildings and renovating residence halls, the plan devotes nearly $5 million to modernizing the College's 46 classrooms. In the Spring of 2014, the renovation of Shain Library will commence, which will provide more individual and collaborative study spaces; technology-rich, flexible group and individual study areas; a full-service information commons; a transformed building entry and significantly more natural light in study areas.