The University of Bridegport in Bridgeport, Connecticut was founded in 1927 as the Junior College of Connecticut, “the first junior college chartered by any legislature in the northeastern states”. Carrying through a commitment to student preparation and community service, as well as a mission of being a “career oriented school”, UB still maintains its high academic standards today as an institute of higher learning for both undergrad and graduate students.
With a current student body numbered around 5300 and a 50 acre “seaside campus” offering both academic and professional degrees/certificates across 12 schools and colleges, UB houses a lot of learning on a small piece of land. The school is the tenth-most racially diverse in the country (perhaps due to its proximity to major cities Boston and Long Island), offering a diverse array of Associate through PhD programs for students of all backgrounds and educational needs (their English as a Second Language programs are small and well-established).
Degree seekers of all ages and educations are welcome here, whether it be a Chiropracting PhD (at what was the first chiropractic school affiliated with a university) an A.A. in Business Administration, a Mechanical Engineering MS, or one of 58 programs of study for a Bachelor degree. There are many graduate level education tracts at all levels here, including a half dozen 6th year certificate programs, 5 different Education MS options, and an EdD (PhD in Educational Leadership), while 2- and 4-year undergrads have a wealth of immediately useful, occupational training programs (many in the health care field).
Since all students are automatically given a UBNet account for email, registration, and access to online classes, all registered UB students are eligible to take online courses or one of the online degrees offered. Giving students “the opportunity to advance your education without having to come to UB campus”, online courses are just as interactive as traditional face-to-face, with a strict “weekly schedule… requiring you to login at least 2-3 times each week to participate successfully”, meaning that though they allow flexibility in choosing when to be online, they aren’t “self-study courses” and need just as much commitment as on campus equivalents. Also like traditional classes, there is a finite number of students to each online course and does fill up when that maximum is reached.
Online degrees are in place at both the undergrad and graduate level, with 2 B.S. programs offered (Dental Hygiene and General Studies) and 4 M.S. tracts (Dental Hygiene, Human Nutrition, Computer Science, and Technology Management) that are able to be completed without any on campus attendance. There’s also an online post-graduate certificate in Chiropractic Continuing Education and a hybrid degree leading to an Instructional Technology M.S. degree (using a cohort model that requires one face-to-face weekend per month with the rest of the group curriculum requirements accomplished with “online interaction via text/audio/video conferencing).
Courses and degrees have been offered since online since 1997, with all fully accredited and starting with a one week orientation the week before your first online class, as well as a sample online class for students to try. There is also the IDEAL program that allows those with partial work towards degrees (over the age of 23), to use evening/weekend/online accelerated courses to finish work towards an Associate or Bachelor degree on their own schedule.
Whether an online students or one of the many traditional learners, UB has spent almost a century using a “state of the art core curriculum” and fine programs in career-oriented area designed to secure employment for the future.