The University of Hartford offers a variety of academic programs available at few universities of its size yet strives to foster individual attention. With more than 4,500 full-time undergraduate students, the campus is large enough to achieve the goals of a University without becoming a massive, impersonal institution. Many opportunities for career preparation can be realized within the 84 bachelor’s degree programs, 11 associate’s degrees, 38 graduate degrees, and 5 certificates or diplomas offered by the University.
Bachelor’s degree programs are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Barney School of Business; the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions; the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; the professional schools of art (Hartford Art School) and performing arts (The Hartt School); and University Studies. Two-year associate’s degree programs are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences; Hillyer College; the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, and University Studies. Transfer opportunities to the baccalaureate programs are available for associate’s degree graduates. Noncredit programs are offered by the Center for Professional Development and The Hartt School Community Division.
Master’s degree programs are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Barney School of Business; the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions; the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; the Hartford Art School, and The Hartt School.
Sixth-Year Certificate programs are offered by the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions and The Hartt School. The Barney School of Business also offers certificate programs in the major business disciplines.
The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is offered by the College of Arts and Sciences; the degrees of Doctor of Education and Doctor of Physical Therapy are offered by the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions; and the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Philosophy are offered by The Hartt School.
All degree programs of the University of Hartford carry regional and state accreditation or licensure.
Students who are highly motivated to seek a college education are welcome. Student opinions are respected. In turn, the students are expected to respect the rights of other members of the college community. The University is committed to the concept of a free, democratic spirit of inquiry and discussion on campus. Close student-faculty contacts are encouraged by keeping the average class size small and by stressing the importance of teaching.
Students may pursue programs that cut across departmental lines and involve more than one school. Opportunities for independent study have also been expanded.
All faculty and staff at the University of Hartford are keenly aware of the challenges facing students and alumni as a consequence of the rapid evolution of today’s global economy. The University aims to produce graduates who possess the skills and credentials to achieve satisfying careers, and to this end, there is close cooperation between the Office of Career Services and faculty academic advisors and internship coordinators. Students are encouraged to make an appointment early in their course of study with a career counselor in the Office of Career Services to begin exploring potential occupational outcomes.
The University of Hartford was chartered on February 21, 1957, as a university for the Hartford community. It merged three existing schools; the Hartford Art School (1877), Hillyer College (1879), and The Hartt School (1920), all well-recognized institutions of higher education to form the University of Hartford. The University is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian institution. The variety of its programs attracts a diverse student body from the urban and general metropolitan area, from 45 states of the Union, and currently, from 58 foreign countries. In addition to full-time undergraduate students, more than 2,300 others are enrolled in part-time undergraduate and graduate programs and noncredit courses.
The University of Hartford, an independent institution, is supported by its fees and by the gifts of alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations.
It is governed by a self-perpetuating board of regents, of which the president of the University is a member. Faculty, students, and alumni are represented on the board of regents.