Impressions Of
Connecticut College

Academic Experience

Male Economics C/O 2017

What was your major coursework like?
For Economics, it depended on the professor and the class. It was mostly problem sets and exams, though my seminar had weekly 1-page papers.

How accessible were your professors?
The professors were very, very accessible. There were a few in-demand professors where you’d have to wait in line at their office hours but you could still email them and try to schedule a time outside of that to meet. I met with my professor every time I wrote a paper because they’d give great feedback.

Female Psychology Major C/O 2018

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
I think our Psychology department is really good. One of the reasons I picked Conn was because it had an equally good Psychology department and Art department, while most of the other schools I was looking at was one or the other.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it was particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think the learning environment is very healthy. I specifically looked at smaller schools so I wouldn’t just be a number and professors would know my name. I feel like because it’s a very nurturing environment it’s easier for me to learn. It’s not intimidating for me to ask a question. Because it’s on a smaller scale it’s easier to learn, you feel like you’re really interacting with the professor. I also think it’s a very healthy learning environment in terms of progressiveness, we’re more on the liberal side. I’ve always felt safe in the classroom.

Male Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Major C/O 2018

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
I think, not so much in Chemistry, but there are some professors that talk more about social justice in science and talk more about the history of science and how science isn’t perfect and sort of has blood on its hands. I think that’s really cool to learn about the history of science and the social implications because my friends back home don’t learn that. I think it’s cool that we learn more about science than just the science itself. They also really emphasize lab reporting and your lab skills, so they kind of mold you into a future scientist. It’s great exposure.

How would you describe the learning department? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think it’s for the most part very collaborative. Everybody helps each other succeed for the most part. We all work on problem sets together and study together. We are all trying to help each other to do the best we can. In all of my science classes we’d always study together in groups and help each other. I also think that comes with having smaller class sizes because you feel much more intimate with your professor and your class.

Social Opportunities

Female Psychology Major C/O 2018

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I obviously like working pretty hard but I also like to party, so I try to be as social as I can. I go out on campus, but I mostly go to bars off-campus now that I’m 21. [I do the typical Thursday night bars in New London, Friday and or Saturday night on campus scene.] When I was younger, most of my going out was on campus, which are dorm parties. Sometimes I would go to the Ridges and Winchesters, but I never went to New London. Obviously, New London bars can be a lot of fun, but they’re not this wild experience. I didn’t feel like I was missing out when I couldn’t go.

Male Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Major C/O 2018

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
Now that I’m a senior, I go to campus bar. Before, I would just hang out with friends and then do the cliché Thursday night bar scene. Friday is a more intimate hang out with friends, and then Saturday I would either go to [Crozier-Williams Student Center] to go to the Cro dances or go to the Ridges or Winchesters.

How happy are you with the nightlife at Conn? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I think I got more comfortable as the years went on. Freshman and sophomore year, I didn’t know many upperclassmen so when I went to the Ridges and Winchesters it was very weird to me because I was entering peoples’ homes without knowing anyone that lived there, so I always refrained from that. I didn’t want to go to someone’s house and [potentially] be thrown out because I didn’t know anybody that lived there, that would be really embarrassing, but my friends didn’t really care about that. I think as I knew more upperclassmen who lived in that region I got more comfortable and would just go into their houses because I knew I was welcome.

Female English Major C/O 2020

What kind of weekend activities nightlife do you like to participate in?
Usually, I go to a party at a Ridge or a team apartment on Thursday and Saturday. This year my team has Freeman Tower so we go there sometimes. If I were to go out on a Saturday, I’d go to a party at my team’s Ridge and pop between Ridges. Freshman year I went out with my team exclusively, while this year I’ve gone out with different people.

What have been your favorite times at Conn College?
Floralia is a big one obviously. That was really, really fun last year.

Campus Culture

Male Economics C/O 2017

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
I think they mix, but the issue is there really aren’t a lot of people of color at Conn. I see people of different races and sexual orientations mixing all the time, but there just isn’t that many of them. If there is separation it’s not because of race or sexual orientation it’s because of the friend group. I’ve been at parties where there was almost an equal amount of LGBT people to heterosexual people. [About 6% of the student body is Black, 5% is Hispanic, and 8% are Asian.]

Female Psychology Major C/O 2018

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I obviously like working pretty hard but I also like to party, so I try to be as social as I can. I go out on campus, but I mostly go to bars off-campus now that I’m 21. [I do the typical Thursday night bars in New London, Friday and or Saturday night on campus scene.] When I was younger, most of my going out was on campus, which are dorm parties. Sometimes I would go to the Ridges and Winchesters, but I never went to New London. Obviously, New London bars can be a lot of fun, but they’re not this wild experience. I didn’t feel like I was missing out when I couldn’t go.

Male Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Major C/O 2018

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
I feel that there is a divide between different sexual orientations and different races, but I think it also depends on the person because I haven’t had much of a problem integrating myself with white Americans. I think it helps that I grew up in England so the culture is not identical, but very similar. I think I had that privilege of being comfortable in English, so for me, it wasn’t hard integrating with Americans and having friends of different races. I think it changes when you look at students from Asia, Africa, or Latin America. [About 71% of students at Connecticut College are White.]

New London, CT

Pros of

  • “It’s close to the water, which is nice.”
  • “It’s very easy to get to Boston and New York City.”
  • “There are cute New England beach towns around it, like Mystic and Stonington.”
  • “It’s cheap.”
  • “New London has hidden charm. Everybody has their spots in New London that they love, like Muddy Waters. There are some hidden gems, it’s just a matter of finding them.”

Cons of

  • “They could improve the transportation to regular amenities. You either have to take a Zipcar or go on the Camel Van to get off campus. You sometimes feel trapped without a car.”
  • “New London itself is not a super nice place. It’s a sad city.” [The poverty rate in New London is about 28%.]

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Economics C/O 2017

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
I’d say go check out the Ridges and Winchesters because you’ll be down there a lot. Check out the Plex because lots of people live there and the school doesn’t like showing it because it looks like a hospital. Go to Bank Street in New London and see Mystic because you’ll spend time there too.

Male Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Major C/O 2018

Were there any parts of Connecticut College or American college overall that surprised you?
During the first weeks when I was walking to class, everybody said hi to each other and that really weirded me out. I was like, “how does everybody know each other?” But I figured out that, even if you see a person once a month, you still say hi to them. People are very friendly in that sense, so that was surprising.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The Arboretum. They talk about it [on the tour] and most prospective students come during the week. I think if they came on a Saturday afternoon it would be nice because a lot of people go to hang out or go for a walk because I think a lot of prospective students don’t see it utilized.

Female English Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew before entering Conn as a freshman?
I would say what the college’s financial situation was, but I don’t think that would’ve majorly impacted my decision. [The Connecticut College endowment is about $300 million, the second lowest in the NESCAC.]

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The Arboretum. I think it’s a really nice place to see and I don’t always think that people who come for a day visit get to see.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Connecticut College

To Attend

  • “Seasonal depression in that there is mostly positive rather than negative. Yes, winter is not as happy as spring is. But spring and fall make up for that because it’s so fun. Winter isn’t as terrible as it could be. We get more snow days than most NESCACs”
  • “The friendships you make are very meaningful because you’re spending so much time with a smaller group of people. The size of the school is nice for making lasting friendships.”
  • Honor Code: It isn’t so much of an academic thing as it is a social thing. It’s really nice being able to leave your stuff out at the library. I also think it causes people to be nice to each other.”
  • “The Career Office and Career programs are really helpful and they try to prepare you well with your resume and with interviews.”

To Not Attend

  • “I enjoyed going to a small school, but sometimes it does feel that it’s too small, it’s a limited space, and there’s nothing new. For some people, it might feel a little confined.”
  • “It’s not the best bang for your buck. The cost has gone up so dramatically and there are other options that are less costly that could provide a better education.” [The total cost for the 2018-2019 academic year is about $71,000.]
  • “Housing. Lots of people are in dorms all four years and it’s hard to get out of a single until senior year. There’s also no off-campus housing.”
  • “New London is a pretty crappy town.” [The poverty rate in New London is 28%.]
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