The University of Hartford sees itself as a “private university with a public purpose,”
that prepares students “to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to thrive
and be engaged in a pluralistic, complex world.” The institution values the personal
attention associated with a small college environment, enhanced by the expertise,
breadth, and intellectual excitement of a university. Diversity of every sort is integral to
its academic mission, along with connections to local, national and global communities.
As a result, the University offers a breadth of academic programs available at few
universities of its size while committing to a culture of individual support and attention
for each student. With approximately 7,000 students, 4,500 of whom are full-time
undergraduate students, the campus is large enough to achieve the goals of a university
while maintaining the feel of a smaller residential college.
The University’s seven schools and colleges provide opportunities for career-ready education
through the 84 bachelor’s degree programs, 11 associate’s degrees, and 38 graduate programs.
The University’s student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and 87 percent of full-time faculty hold
terminal degrees in their fields. The total minority representation of undergraduates is
34 percent. Of full-time undergraduate students, 49 percent are female and 51 percent
male; over 38 percent are from Connecticut and 5 percent are international students.
The University traces its origins to 1957 when the three long-established institutions of
higher learning—the Hartford Art School, Hillyer College, and the Hartt College of
Music—were joined under a new charter as the University of Hartford. Over time, the
following schools and colleges were established within the University: the Barney
School of Business; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Engineering,
Technology, and Architecture; and the College of Education, Nursing and Health
The Hartford community played an instrumental role in the founding of the University
and remains a critical partner in its current life. Beyond the campus, a wide variety
of institutions create a lively cultural environment, including the Connecticut Science Center,
the Mark Twain House and Museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the
Connecticut Historical Society, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Bushnell Center
for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Stage Company.