34 Facts About UConn


UConn was founded in 1881 as the Storrs Agricultural School, named after two brothers who donated the land for the school.

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UConn was the second US university invited into Universitas 21, an international network of 24 research-intensive universities who work together to foster global citizenship.

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UConn is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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The UConn Huskies are the top women's basketball program in the nation, having won a record 11 NCAA Division I National Championships and a women's record four in a row, plus over 40 conference regular season and tournament championships.

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UConn holds the two longest winning streaks of any gender in college basketball history.

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UConn was founded in 1881 as the Storrs Agricultural School.

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In 1995, a state-funded program called UConn 2000 was passed by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law by then-Governor John G Rowland.

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Primary and original UConn campus is in Storrs, a division of the Town of Mansfield, 22 miles east of Hartford, Connecticut's capital and bordered by the towns of Ashford, Coventry, Willington, and Windham.

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Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, housed at UConn Health, was one of eight federally funded National Network of Libraries of Medicine libraries from 1991 to 2001.

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UConn participates in several outside library consortia, including the New England Law Library Consortium and the Northeast Research Libraries Consortium.

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UConn is the only institution in the United States that offers a master's degree in puppetry.

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The installation of a ClearEdge Power, former UTC Power, PureCell System is the latest step by UConn to reduce its carbon footprint and build a sustainable community.

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UConn 2000 was a public-private partnership to rebuild, renew and enhance the University of Connecticut from 1995 to 2005, funded by the State of Connecticut.

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UConn 2000 was enacted by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1995 and signed into law by Governor John G Rowland.

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One of the first UConn 2000 building projects, the new campus opened in 1998, offering a variety of academic programs including undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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Design for the new UConn building was led by Aaron Schwarz, then of Perkins Eastman.

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UConn Hartford offers a wide range of liberal arts and sciences courses and degrees to over 1,400 undergraduate and more than 600 graduate students.

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UConn Hartford offers the one-year Master of Education with Teacher Certification Program for college graduates.

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In January 2016, UConn Waterbury dedicated the newly renovated St Patrick's Hall known as the Rectory as the newest addition to its campus.

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Students at UConn can pursue over 100 majors, eight undergraduate degrees, 17 graduate degrees and five professional degree programs.

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Students choose from 87 different minors at UConn, including areas of study not offered as formalized majors.

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UConn participates in the New England Board of Higher Education's Regional Student Program, allowing students from the five other New England states to enroll at the university at a reduced out-of-state tuition rate if their intended major is not offered by one of their in-state universities.

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The Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, which is housed at UConn Health, was one of eight federally funded National Network of Libraries of Medicine libraries from 1991 to 2001.

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Until 1933, the mascot of UConn had been the "Aggies", because of the university's original agricultural nature.

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All UConn huskies are named "Jonathan" in honor of Jonathan Trumbull.

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UConn fight song, officially titled "UConn Husky" but commonly called "The Husky Fight Song", is one of the most recognizable in the country, played by the Pride of Connecticut during nationally televised sporting events.

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UConn officials measured the paint's depth with a small drill in fall 2018 and determined 1.

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Since 2003, UConn has established university-owned Greek housing in the "Husky Village", created an Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and hired full-time staff to administer the Greek Life program.

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UConn moved to the American Athletic Conference in most sports in 2013; the Huskies were a charter member of The American when it was founded in 1979 as the original Big East Conference, and were the only remaining charter member of that league.

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In 2019, UConn accepted a formal invitation to join the Big East Conference following a unanimous vote of the conference's members.

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UConn is well known for its men's and women's basketball teams, both of which are considered among the best programs in the country.

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UConn is the only Division I school to sweep the men's and women's basketball titles in the same year, and has done it twice: in 2004 and 2014.

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UConn became the quickest program to go from FBS elevation to a Bowl Championship Series game when it played in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

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UConn is a blue chip program in field hockey, where it has advanced to the national semifinals 16 times, winning national championships in 1981,1985,2013,2014, and 2017 as an associate member of the Big East conference.

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