Q: What is the faculty-student ratio?
A: The student-faculty ratio is 9:1. Of our 176 full-time professors, 95% hold the highest degree in their field.
Q: How big are the classes?
A: Average class size is 17.
Q: What is the retention rate?
A: Our first-year-to-sophomore retention rate has averaged around 90% in recent years.
Q: How many students attend Connecticut College?
A: As of the fall of 2020, enrollment is approximately 1,737 students from 41 states, Washington, D.C., and 47 countries. 23% are domestic students of color, and 8% have an international background. 38% of students are men and 62% are women.
Q: Are professors accessible?
A: Professors are very accessible in person, by telephone, and via email. In addition to scheduling appointments to meet with students, most professors also have open office hours when students are able to drop in and chat informally. Students have also had opportunities to get to know their professors over meals at the dining hall or at professors' homes, collaborating on research, planning study abroad trips, or competing in the annual Camelympics. Please visit the Meet the Faculty section of this website for more.
Q: Will I have my own adviser?
A: Yes! Until you declare a major (typically during your sophomore year), you will be counseled by an advising team, including your first-year seminar instructor who will serve as your pre-major adviser. When you declare your major, you will choose your own major adviser in the appropriate academic department. Learn more about academic advising.
Q: Can I double major?
A: Of course you can double major! Students are required to major in at least one area. However, most choose either to have a major and a minor, or they choose to double major. See "Determining a Major."
Q: How many classes may I take per semester?
A: The typical course load is four classes. To enroll in more than 5 classes, you would first consult with your faculty adviser and academic dean. Learn more about coursework.
Q: Are there services for students with disabilities?
A: We do offer accommodations and services for students with disabilities. The best way to find out if Connecticut College can accommodate your specific needs is to review the Office of Student Accessibility Services website and contact that office directly.
Q: Do I need to take a world language?
A: Yes, all students are required to take two semesters of the same language.
Q: Where can I study away or abroad?
A: The question is, where would you like to study? Connecticut College students study away in a wide variety of locales and countries through over 100 programs. In addition to traditional study-away options, we offer our students an extraordinary range of innovative international experiences. The Office of Study Away has all the information you could ever want to know about international study options at Connecticut, and the Walter Commons is a hub for all things global! (Note: Due to COVID-19, study away options are not expected to resume until the Spring 2021 semester.)
Q: Is there an internship office?
A: Yes! The Hale Center for Career Development helps you put your liberal arts education into action for a career with personalized advising, a Flexible Funding Program and invaluable alumni mentoring. From day one, whether you're a first-year or a transfer student, you’ll start creating an action plan as you build academic and professional skills that empower you to thrive in life and in work. Through the Hale Center, students have the opportunity to complete a funded summer internship. The program is also supplemented through the College's four interdisciplinary centers as well as faculty, staff and alumni resources.
Q: Is there an honors program? How does it work?
A: There is not an honors program for first-year students; however there is an opportunity for Connecticut College seniors to participate in Honors Study. College juniors who have maintained a 3.5 average in their major courses for the sophomore and junior years may, at the end of the junior year, request permission to be admitted to honors study. At this time, in consultation with their major department, they formulate a tentative plan for a year-long project their senior year. See "Honors Study."
Q: Can I design my own major?
A: Yes, students may design their own interdisciplinary major in consultation with faculty advisers. Student-designed majors are usually formulated and approved in the second semester of the sophomore year and no later than the first semester of the junior year. Read more about determining a major.
Q: Do you offer an architecture major?
A: Yes, we offer a four-year undergraduate, interdisciplinary major in Architectural Studies, as well as a minor. This major provides students with structured opportunities to compile the strong design portfolio that is needed for a successful application to a graduate program in architecture where they may earn the professional degree (i.e. M. Arch.).