Q: If I want to play competitive sports, what are my options?
A: About 75% of our students are involved in competitive sports at Connecticut College, taking part in either intramural, club, or varsity athletics.
Q: What division are the athletic teams?
A: We have 28 intercollegiate sports teams, 15 women, 12 men, and 1 coed. We are a Division III NCAA institution and a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
Q: Do you have to walk far to classes?
A: Most classes are a five-minute walk, but it only takes about 10 minutes to walk from one end of campus to another.
Q: How many students of color attend Connecticut College?
A: About 22% of our student population is either classified as a domestic student of color or an international student.
Q: Is it easy to get involved?
A: It's hard to not get involved on campus! The Student Activities Fair is held at the beginning of each academic year where students can sign up to join everything from the Film Society and the College Democrats to tour guiding and the Ultimate team. To give you a sense of variety, we have everything from the a cappella singing groups to Sprout!, the organic garden group. Student government, the Office of Volunteer Services (which serves the greater New London area) and the other 100+ groups are always looking for people to get involved as well. Have a look at the Student Clubs and Organizations section to get an idea.
Q: Is the campus safe?
A: Absolutely. The campus is well lit at night (and during the day when the sun is out), and campus safety officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day. A security code is needed to enter all residence halls, and there are safety call boxes throughout the campus for emergency situations. Learn more at the Campus Safety website.
Q: Can I bring a car?
A: First-year students are not allowed to have vehicles on campus, part of the College's commitment to advance environmental sustainability and shrink our carbon footprint. (Note to the Class of 2024: You will be permitted to have a car on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year in order to practice social distancing. This policy will continue to evolve as new guidance from the state and public health officials becomes available.)
You may find that you don’t need a car at Connecticut College. There are numerous transportation alternatives, including Zipcar, the Camel Van local shuttle, SEAT (the local city bus) and several taxi services. Many students also use bicycles to get around campus and off. Learn more about our transportation alternatives.
Q: Is social life concentrated on-campus or off-campus? What is social life like?
A: New London is a grand place, but student life is heavily concentrated on campus. There's so much going on at Connecticut College, that most students don't feel a need to leave campus! Speakers (like Toni Morrison, Lee Eisenberg or Cornel West to name a few), lectures on myriad topics, student and professional performers (the Charleston String Quartet, student dance recitals, a cappella groups, professional and student art exhibits) and many more are scheduled for every day of the week.
Socially, there is everything from pool tournaments and "Dress like your favorite Superhero" dances, to comedy club shows and impromptu Ultimate games. It's not a matter of "Is there anything to do?" It's a matter of "There's so much to do, how can I fit it all in?" The campus is alive all week long, and the weekend is chock full into the wee small hours of the morning. Learn about some of our student programs and activities.
Q: Is there a Greek system?
A: No, and most students are happy that way.
Q: What is there to do in New London?
A: There are great little restaurants and cafes. The music and arts scenes are vital. Ocean Beach and Harkness Memorial State Park are spots frequented by Connecticut College students in the spring and fall (and in the winter, the view of the stars from Ocean Beach can't be beat!). Many students volunteer throughout the New London area, and nearby Mystic Seaport is a fun place with shops and restaurants where students often go. There are outlet malls within 25 minutes of campus for those who have the shopping bug. For a local voyage from the Thames River across Long Island Sound, ferries leave from New London for Martha's Vineyard, Block Island, Fishers Island and Long Island.
Q: Are you a suitcase school?
A: No. There's lots to do on campus (as you can see in the social description above), and though Boston and NYC are only two hours away, the campus does not empty out on the weekends. In fact, about 80% of our students stay on campus over any given weekend.