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Rank: 50

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CTuconn.edu/
The University of Connecticut has a large student body (a recent freshman class exceeded 5,000 students) and a sprawling, rural campus, which means that students' overall experience relies a lot on finding their niche. In addition to the Storrs campus, there are a handful of other campuses across Connecticut. Academically, UConn is consistently ranked among the best public schools in the Northeast, and with the number of majors and degrees offered, is likely to have an academic program suited to almost anyone. Classes can be quite large, with as many as 250 people in many freshman offerings. UConn has a solid graduation rate of 82%, according to MONEY's calculations. That's 6% higher than would be expected based on students with similar test scores and economic backgrounds at other universities. PayScale data shows that people who do graduate on average make $55,400 in their first three years after school. The complaints about social life at UConn often involve the supposedly cliquish nature of the place, but most students come together for Greek parties, concerts and the extremely popular athletic events. The Huskies are a major draw for UConn, and football and basketball games are huge, weekend-long events that draw almost the entire student body. In 2016, UConn's women's basketball team won its fourth consecutive national title. The party scene at UConn is big in its own right.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$31,800
% of students who get any grants
60%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,500
Average price for low-income students
$11,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
49%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1230/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
20,662
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
72%
% of need met
61%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$6,519
student success
Graduation rate
82%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 3 years
$55,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
47%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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