Founded in 1881 as the Storrs Agricultural School, the University of Connecticut has broadened its scope some since then, expanding to regional campuses, opening schools of Law and Graduate Business in Hartford, and becoming the reigning best school in New England for several years running (US News&World Report). Combined with UConn Health Center, that’s around 4300 acres of total land devoted to education without online learning taken in to account.
Students from around the nation and the globe are drawn to the Storrs, Connecticut to the tune of around 30000 annually, with almost 22,000 of that being undergraduate Bachelor seekers. The 14 schools/colleges of UConn offer 99 undergraduate, Bachelor majors, another 17 Master’s degrees with 86 research and professional practice fields of study to major in, and another 5 doctoral degrees across multiple areas of study. Dual degrees exist across numerous fields, with inter-departmental undergrad and graduate programs, as well as certifications, and non-credit learning options, with business, law, and medical programs that stand above most in the nation.
UConn’s Center for Continuing Studies “extends the intellectual capital and academic resources of New England’s top-ranked public university throughout the state and beyond” by designing online, hybrid, and weekend distance learning courses for credit, non-credit, degree, and certification. For those looking to take a few classes towards a degree on a more flexible time frame, there are 100+ online courses for fall, spring, and throughout the summer semesters. Though classes are taught asynchronously, they do follow the same semester guidelines as traditional equivalents and are available to both undergrads and graduates.
Online degree seekers do have two Bachelor options at UConn, with degree completion programs that can be completed almost entirely without oncampus work. The Bachelor of Professional Studies and the Bachelor of General Studies are available for those with an Associate degree or prior credits, giving flexible options on classes and majors, some designed by students and advisors. The BPS features online concentrations like Occupational Safety&Health and Web Technology, while the BGS requires classes from at least three different departments, with a capstone that ties the multiple disciplines together under a pre-approved major of study, which can be largely done online (depending on past credits).
For graduate distance learning, there is an online Master of Professional Studies offered in three fields that is “flexible enough to meet evolving multidisciplinary workforce needs”. There is a Homeland Security Leadership option for those already matriculated in that field of study, a Human Resource Management division, and an offering in Humanitarian Services Administration (training in disaster relief, sustainability, etc). Web courses in these fields are available to all students and can be later applied towards an MPS degree program.
There’s also an online graduate certificate in Postsecondary Disability Services and a non-credit certification in Healthcare Information Technology. UConn also utilizes a video conferencing system for distance learners that brings UConn to the satellite campuses and community colleges that are affiliated (5 total regional campuses). Weekend/evening classes are offered for those looking to earn degrees in the after-work times and there are several other locations (the Labor Center offers non-credit and certificate training for state workers, while the Center for Learning in Retirement offers seniors a wide range of study options, with both online and traditional options).
With programs to many to enumerate, not only for traditional, Storrs campus students, but for those around the state and on the Internet, UConn’s diverse, educationally forward, and technologically sound environment encourages research, achievement, and distinction from the Health Center to the Graduate School, honoring the vision of those who created it.