There are a variety of student organizations at Connecticut College and students are encouraged to participate in them. Extracurricular activities provide not only opportunities to meet other students and to become more comfortable with the college atmosphere, but also give you the satisfaction of having done something useful for yourself and for the College.
As Connecticut College is fairly small, it is possible to really make an impact on campus, should you choose to do so. The executive boards of clubs are also tight knit, but open communities that tend to become good friends and provide a support group, aside from teaching invaluable skills. Most groups have first-year student positions, and while first-year involvement is not limited to them, they are a good starting point. At the beginning of the semester, there will be a student activities fair. All are encouraged to definitely go to that fair and sign up in as many clubs as interest you. Try out new things - you might end up loving it!
Religious and Spiritual Life
The College has regular Jewish, Catholic and Protestant services. We also have Muslim, Unitarian and A.M.E. Zion chaplains associated with the College. See the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life website for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the chaplains' administrative assistant at Ext. 2450 during the academic year.
Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS)
The Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS) (Ext 2458) OVCS is an office that provides orientation, training, placements and transportation for community learning courses, internships and volunteer experiences. The off-campus learning opportunities offer students practice in communication, intercultural and community-building skill development; collaborative problem solving; and leadership development. Students acquire career, business and language skills along with experience in local settings such as public schools, health centers/hospitals, museums, economic development offices, museums, and environmental and science non-profits. They acquire requisites for fellowships, graduate and professional schools, and other national and international programs.
Vacations and Breaks
Connecticut College's academic year is divided into two semesters with a long break between mid-December and mid-January. Residence halls close for winter break and again for two weeks' spring break during March.
Some international students prefer to stay on campus or visit some of their friends or relatives elsewhere in the country. The can make arrangements to stay during these breaks. There is no charge for room and board for students approved to stay over winter and spring break.
Summer housing is available only if students have on-campus employment or are doing research over summer break. Students may be responsible for a housing fee.
Look at the academic year calendar to find out the dates for summer, winter and spring breaks.