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The University of Connecticut is one of the nation's Top 20 Public Universities (U.S. News & World Report). UConn's main campus in Storrs is admitting the highest-achieving freshmen in University history. Student diversity continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. The rise of the University over the last two decades has been astounding, as UConn achieves new heights of academic success – doubling research grants, attracting top students, and offering programs that continue to grow in prestige.
The University’s campuses, where more than 30,000 students are enrolled in over 100 undergraduate majors and 86 graduate fields of study, are situated in prime locations between New York and Boston. Next Generation Connecticut, an unprecedented $1.5 billion investment by the State of Connecticut, demonstrates UConn’s commitment to comprehensive research and education.
What Sets UConn Apart?
Investment in Faculty
One component of Next Generation Connecticut is an ambitious, multi-year hiring initiative to expand UConn’s faculty and senior academic leadership across numerous academic disciplines. The four-year investment in 500 tenure-track faculty positions is poised to build on the institution's existing strengths and grow new expertise in strategic areas by: hiring talented scholars within a targeted selection of academic departments; boosting the University's research productivity; providing outstanding teaching and service to UConn students; and continuing the transformation that has led the University to stand among the nation's leading public research universities.
Investments in Research & Economic Development
The $865 million Bioscience CT initiative and a collaboration with Jackson Laboratories is creating new opportunities for cutting-edge research. This plan bolsters Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s vision to reinvent the Connecticut economy by harnessing sustainable economic growth based on bioscience research, innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization.
Investments in Technology
The UConn Technology Park is designed to provide designated space for industry-University collaboration, bringing together world-class University scholars and researchers with entrepreneurs in such fields as aerospace, defense, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and sustainable energy.
The UConn Tech Park will include highly specialized facilities that will: attract prominent industry partners; enable collaborations that will lead to advanced product development, novel ideas for manufacturing, and new technologies; provide increased opportunities for commercialization and successful business startups; and create thousands of new jobs in Connecticut. The Tech Park is a critical component of the State’s future economic growth, and will secure UConn’s position as a leader in high-tech innovation and as a key research and development partner to regional and national industries, while enhancing the State of Connecticut’s global competitiveness.