Connecticut College has been an integral part of New London since 1911, when founders of the new college were looking across the state for a site to establish the campus. New London is a small, vibrant and busy city. Its downtown, with an active arts community and many restaurants, coffeehouses and small shops, is in the midst of a renaissance. Other nearby communities, from Niantic to Groton to Mystic, also have much to offer. Today the College and the city continue to enjoy a strong and mutually beneficial relationship.
Founded in 1646, New London is a small port city with a rich Native American and maritime tradition owed to its location on the Thames River and Long Island Sound. Despite the British setting fire to the city during the Revolutionary War, New London was a major trade and whaling port in the 19th century. The city was the boyhood home of one of the country's greatest playwrights, Eugene O'Neill. The city is also home to the United States Coast Guard Academy and the future home of the United States Coast Guard Academy Museum.
Connecticut College students are active participants in the local community. They work with a wide range of community members and professionals in areas of education, health and wellness, economic development, environment and the arts. Among the many community outreach programs that students are involved with are the My Brother mentoring program, Project KBA (Kids, Books, Athletics) and Camels 4 Whalers in New London schools and New London Main Street. The students are supported in their work by the staff, faculty and budgets of the College’s Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy and the office of Community Partnerships.
500+students work in the community each year
200average number of work-study positions allocated to community work
11departments offer a community-learning component
50+local agencies and projects
Our campus and community
The student experience extends beyond campus: community learning and civic engagement enhance the experience of every student at Connecticut College. Through partnerships with more than 50 local organizations in the greater New London community, students serve on neighborhood planning boards, work for local businesses and nonprofits, and volunteer in schools. Likewise, our neighbors enjoy the many cultural events, lectures and performances that happen weekly on campus, and the Connecticut College Arboretum is a beloved community fixture.