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University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut
City: Storrs, Connecticut
Type: Public
Students: 23,630 undergrad, 8,397 grad[1]
Faculty: 1,518 academic & 489 UConn Health[1]
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball[2]
Colors: navy blue, gray, white
Mascot: Jonathan the Husky
Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral[3]
Expense/yr: $26,238 in state, $48,030 out of state[1]
Endowment: $377.2 million[1]

The University of Connecticut (sometimes shortened to UConn) is a Connecticut public university founded in 1881.[4] The school is located in Storrs, Connecticut. It ranked #64 in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Top Schools" list.[5]


The UConn Huskies

Connecticut currently has 10 men's and 12 women's sports teams.[2] The football program has won three bowl games while losing two.[6]

UConn's premier programs are its men's and women's basketball programs. The men's basketball program has won six national championships, while the women's basketball team is perennially among the best in the country and has won 11 national championships, the most of any women's program. UConn is one of only a handful of programs to have both the men's and women's teams make the Final Four in both tournaments, and the only team to win both titles in the same year (they have done so twice, in 2004 and 2014).

Effect of Title IX

In 2000, UConn upgraded its football team to Division I-A, the highest level. As a result, they added many more scholarships. In order to comply with Title IX, the Huskies were therefore forced to drop all scholarships from men's ice hockey, so that the men's and women's scholarship amounts were equal [7] For the next ten years, the Huskies were among the worst hockey teams in the country,[Citation Needed] as most Division I teams offer full scholarships. The Huskies frequently finished as one of the two worst teams in the Atlantic Hockey Association, the worst hockey conference in Division 1 (American International College was the only team that UConn was able to regularly compete with). The Huskies did see some improvement in recent years thanks to the addition of decent non-scholarship players,[Citation Needed] but still remained in the middle of the AHA, and in the bottom third of teams nationally, according to the RPI rankings.[Citation Needed]

However, the Huskies announced in 2012 that they will add men's hockey scholarships beginning in 2014 and will upgrade to the Hockey East Conference, one of the premier national conferences. More women's scholarships will be added in other sports to comply with Title IX.[Citation Needed]

Notable Alumni

Sam Webb, the current chair of Communist Party USA, is an alumnus of UConn. So is Thomas Joseph Meskill, a Republican who was Governor of Connecticut from 1971-1975. Joe Courtney, a Democratic Congressman who serves the district UConn is located in, is also a graduate.

Notable Faculty

Paul Siegel, a prominent Marxist, is a former faculty member at UConn. Currently, notable Austrian economist Richard Langois is on the faculty.


UConn's newspaper is The Daily Campus, which is published every weekday during the academic year. The paper has four main sections - commentary (opinion), news, sports, and focus, which is about video games, movies, and other entertainment.

In 1994, commentary columnist Jennifer Nielsen called the school's affirmative action program "racist". This led to a serious of protests among liberal and minority students who demanded that the undergraduate fee for the paper be eliminated (it wasn't). However, this piece did not represent the paper's opinion, only Nielsen's. As the editor pointed out, only the editorial is the paper's opinion, and the other articles just represent the individual columnists' opinions.[8]

In 2003, 9,000 papers were stolen from the loading dock one day after weekly columnist Josh Levinson wrote a column that called campus cultural centers (such as the African-American, Latino, and Gay/Lesbian centers) "exclusionary". No conclusive link between the two was ever proven, but the column is believed to be the cause. Two suspects were identified by security footage, but no charges were ever filed.