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The University of Connecticut, located in Storrs, Connecticut, is a top-ranked public research university. It’s considered a “public Ivy,” which means it’s comparable to an Ivy-League institution. UConn tuition in 2021/22 was $18,524 for in-state students and $41,192 for out-of-state students. This is higher than the national average for public four-year schools of $10,740 for in-state students and $27,560 for out-of-state students.
Costs for 2021-22
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Total Cost of Attendance
At the University of Connecticut, 77% of students receive financial aid, from student loans to grants to loans. UConn is need-blind, meaning that if you can’t afford to pay out of pocket for tuition, your application will still be considered.
Generally, financial aid is monetary assistance awarded to students based on personal need and merit. Students that qualify for financial aid can use it to pay for college costs like tuition, books, and living expenses.
The federal government is the largest provider of student financial aid. However, aid can also be given by state governments, colleges and universities, private companies, and nonprofits. The different types include:
• Scholarships: These can be awarded by schools and other organizations based on students’ academic excellence, athletic achievement, community involvement, job experience, field of study, and financial need.
• Grants: Generally based on financial need, these can come from federal, state, private, and non-profit organizations.
• Work-study: This federal program provides qualifying students with part-time employment to earn money for expenses while in school.
• Federal student loans: This is money borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education. It comes with fixed interest rates that are typically lower than private loans.
Colleges, universities, and state agencies use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility. The FAFSA can be completed online, but note that state and federal and school deadlines may differ.
You can find other financial aid opportunities on databases such as:
UConn tuition can be paid with either federal or private student loans. At UConn, 42% of students take out federal loans, while 6% take out private loans. The average amount of private student loans is $18,841.
Private loans are funded by private organizations such as banks, online lenders, credit unions, some schools, and state-based or state-affiliated organizations. While Federal student loans have interest rates that are regulated by Congress, private lenders follow a different set of regulations so their qualifications and interest rates can vary widely.
What’s more, private loans have variable or fixed interest rates that may be higher than federal loan interest rates, which are always fixed. Private lenders may (but don’t always) require you to make payments on your loans while you are still in school, compared to federal student loans which you don’t have to start paying back until after you graduate, leave school, or change your enrollment status to less than half-time.
Private loans don’t have a specific application window and can be applied for on an as-needed basis. However, if you think you may need to take out a private loan, it’s a good idea to submit your FAFSA first to see what federal aid you may qualify for as it generally may have better rates and terms.
If you’ve missed the FAFSA deadline or you’re struggling to pay for school throughout the year, private loans can potentially help you make your payments. Just keep in mind that you will need enough lead time for your loan to process and for your lender to send money to your school.
The UConn cost for four years, including tuition, fees, books, room and board, and other expenses, is $143,056 for in-state students and $233,728 for out-of-state students (based on 2021-22 numbers). You can compare this to the total cost for a public university in the U.S., which is $107,280 for four years.
UConn tuition for students living in Connecticut was $18,524 in 2021/22. For students coming from other states, it was $41,192. Both have room and board fees of $13,258.
Graduate Tuition and Fees
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Total Cost of Attendance
Students who extend their studies beyond undergraduate degrees will pay $17,532 (in-state) or $39,444 (out-state) for graduate school. There are graduate loans available to help with these costs.
Cost per Credit Hour
The UConn tuition covered above is for full-time students. For those who attend college part-time, they’ll pay $318 (in-state) or $968 (out-state) per credit hour.
Campus Housing Expenses
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*Based on studio pricing. Average rate based on available apartments on UConn’s off-campus housing website in 2022.
Freshmen are required to live on campus at UConn. There are more than 100 residence halls in 18 campus areas on the Storrs campus.
Near campus, there are many options for off-campus living, including houses, duplexes, and apartments. You can opt to live alone or with roommates. This resource can help you find off-campus living options.
University of Connecticut Acceptance Rate
Number of applications
The UConn acceptance rate of 56% means that more than half of the students who apply are accepted.
Here’s what’s required (and what’s recommended) when it comes to applying for admission at UConn.
• Academic record
• Letters of recommendation
• ACT/SAT scores
The deadline for Priority Admission is December 1, with a decision given starting March 1. The deadline for Regular Admission is January 15, with a decision given starting March 1. You can apply here .
SAT and ACT Scores
The University of Connecticut is not requiring test scores to be submitted through the fall 2023 school year. Here are the scores for the 25th and 75th percentile:
SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing
Popular Majors at UConn
UConn offers more than 115 majors. Here are the most popular.
Those studying economics at UConn will learn about the industrial organization, law and economics, money and banking, international trade and finance, public finance, labor economics, health economics, urban and regional economics, and economic development.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 405
2. Psychological Sciences
Psychology students have the unique opportunity to participate in research activities, including laboratory courses, research seminars, and independent study experiences. They’ll learn about experimental and behavioral science, as well as social, developmental, clinical, and industrial/organizational psychology.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 374
3. Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
This program offers students the opportunity to learn about speech, language, hearing development, and disorders. Many students go on to graduate school in audiology or speech-language pathology.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 254
Nursing students can choose a four-year baccalaureate program or go on to a 2nd-degree post-baccalaureate program, Certificate Entry into Nursing/B.S. Each of these programs will train nurses with valuable skills they can use in a variety of health and medical settings.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 253
5. Biological Sciences
There are three departments at UConn that offer biology-related degrees: the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB), and the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB)
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 230
6. Allied Health Sciences
The allied health sciences program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with the option of a concentration in health sciences, healthcare administration, public health, and health promotion, or occupational and environmental health and safety.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 214
7. Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering students can choose one of the following concentrations: aerospace, energy and power, dynamic systems and control concentration, design and manufacturing, or naval sciences and technology.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 200
A finance degree from UConn prepares students for careers in financial services. Students have the option to choose a concentration: corporate finance, valuation and portfolio management, or quantitative finance.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 183
9. Human Development & Family Sciences
This is a flexible program that allows students to tailor their studies to their areas of interest, including early childhood education, child and adolescent development; adulthood, aging, and gerontology; couples, parents, and families; health, wellbeing, and prevention; and diversity and culture.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 148
Not only will accounting students get to build a solid foundation in business, accounting, and business law, but they also have the opportunity to participate in an internship.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 119
Learn more here about the programs you can study at UConn.
Here’s the graduation rate for students who commenced their studies at UConn in 2014.
• 4 years: 73%
• 6 years: 83%
Post-Graduation Median Earnings
Earnings for graduates of UConn are significantly higher than the national average for graduates of public four-year institutions, which is $47,891. UConn students earn an average of $72,460 per year.
The University of Connecticut offers an Ivy League type of education without the price tag. With top-notch staff and education programs and plenty of real-world learning opportunities, you’ll be well-prepared for your career upon graduating.
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