University of Hartford

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Template:Infobox American Universities The University of Hartford, often called UHart or UHa, was founded in 1877, and is a private, independent, and nonsectarian coeducational university located in West Hartford, Connecticut. It was chartered through the joining of the Hartford Art School, Hillyer College, and the Hartt School of Music in 1957.

The University attracts students from 45 states and 58 countries. It is located in the suburban West Hartford on Bloomfield Avenue, set among many old estates.

The University also operates the public radio station WWUH (91.3 MHz FM).


The Hartford Art School, which commenced operation in 1877, was founded by a group of women in Hartford including Mark Twain's wife, Mrs. Samuel Clemens and Harriet Beecher Stowe as the Hartford Society for Decorative Art. Its original location was at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the first public art museum in the United States. It is still associated with the museum today.

Hillyer College, which was named for the U.S. Civil War General Charles Hillyer, was created as a part of the Hartford YMCA in 1879. Originally, it provided instruction in automotive technology at a time when Hartford was a center for the infant automobile industry. In 1947, it was formally separated from the YMCA and the educational home to large numbers of World War II veterans who were afforded an education under the GI Bill of Rights.

The Hartt School, which was founded in 1920 by Julius Hartt and Moshe Paranov, is among the best recognized schools for music, dance, and theatre in the United States. It is consistently ranked among the top 5 programs for instruction in Music. The Miami String Quartet maintains an exclusive teaching and performing residency at Hartt, offering the community a four-concert series annually.

Athletically, the University of Hartford's "Hartford Hawks" play in the in the America East Conference, and in 1984, the University elevated its athletics program to Division I status, the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

Since 1988, the University has been a National Space Grant College.

In 1991, the Hartford College for Women (HCW) joined the University. HCW was closed in 2003, but the campus is still used for housing and other purposes.

Recently, the University debuted two magnet schools to serve students from Hartford and its surrounding suburbs.

The University of Hartford has also become the home of The Vitruvian Society, the first secret society to emerge from this school. Like secret societies at other institutions, The Vitruvian Society select members of the student body for lifetime membership, which is rumored to confer various benefits.


The main campus, located on Bloomfield Avenue, is 340 acres (1.4 km²) large and serves as the nerve center of the university. Some of the most prominent features and buildings of the main campus include:

  • The Village Lawn

Situated between the residential apartments, it is a favorite spot, particularly in warm weather, to toss around a baseball, watch a flag football game, or just to sit and relax on a picnic bench before class. It is also the location of the university-sponsored spring fling events, which include free food, amusement rides, and entertainment which recently included the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Vanilla Ice, Black Eyed Peas, and Cypress Hill.

  • Gengras Student Union

Houses the Student Government, the university post office, student organizations including the Hartford Informer, Bank of America, and the Gengras Food Court, featuring Taco Bell, Freshens Yogurt, Zia Juice, Montague's Deli, a convenience store and a cafeteria.

  • The Harry Jack Gray Center

One of the newest buildings on the campus, it contains the Mortensen Library and the Allen Memorial Library. Also located within the building are the School of Communications, the Department of Architecture, WWUH-FM, a conference center, and the 1877 Club Restaurant. It was the former home of the Museum of American Political Life, which contained the largest collection of political memorabilia in the United States after the Smithsonian. The museum was closed in 2003 to make room for the Department of Architecture.

  • Alfred C Fuller Music Center

Home to the Hartt School, two studios, and the Millard Auditorium.

  • Auerbach Hall

One of the largest academic buildings, it is home to the Barney School of Business, as well as the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.

  • Hillyer Hall

Houses Hillyer College, the Auerbach Auditorium, the Esphyr Slobodkina Urquhart Children's Reading Room, and houses most classes for the A&S School. This includes the Politics and Government Department (shortened to "PoGo" by majors and professors alike).

  • The University of Hartford Magnet School
  • The University Residences

There are four different styles of on-campus housing. All provide students with access to the university's T-3 Broadband Internet network, cable television, and campus telephone. -Six residential all-suite style complexes each capable of housing 312 students. All complexes feature study lounges, laundry facilities and activity rooms. -Regents Park - consists of suite style independent living for upperclassmen. It is a large building of four wings containing suites typically outfitted with a living room and partial kitchen. It's layout is also deceptive and many have gotten lost within. -The Village Apartments, comprised of seven different quads, are an upper class, independent living apartment area. -Park River Apartments, consists of apartment-style independent living for juniors or seniors. Each unit is a full apartment complete with full size bathroom, small size kitchen (including a full size refrigerator, dish washer, sink, cabinets, etc).

  • The Village Market

Recently renovated to house Java City and another branch of Montague's Deli provides coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads and pastries. It has an outside deck open in fair weather and an indoor eating area, which is connected to the Residential Side convenience store.

  • The Sports Center

This large, modern structure contains the Al-Marzook Athletic Fields, the Chase Family Arena, Hawk Cafe, The Student Health Center, the campus gym, and the Mary Baker Stanley Pool.

The Hartford College for Women Campus is located on Asylum Avenue, in downtown Hartford, and includes academic classrooms and all-female campus housing in 14 Townhouses and Johnson House. It also contains its own cafeteria, computer lab, and studio space.


The University of Hartford offers 86 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate programs with seven schools and colleges.

Schools and colleges

  • Barney School of Business
    • Department of Accounting & Taxation
    • Department of Economics, Finance & Insurance
    • Department of Management & Marketing
    • Business Application Center
    • R.C. Knox Center for Insurance Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences
    • Program of African American Studies
    • Department of Art History
    • Department of Biology
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Cinema
    • School of Communication
    • Department of Computer Science
    • Program of Drama
    • Department of English
    • Department of History
    • Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Modern Languages & Cultures
    • Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Politics and GovernmentPolitics and Government Homepage
    • Department Psychology
    • Department of Rhetoric, Language, and Culture
    • Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice Program
  • Hartford Art School
    • Department of Ceramics
    • Department of Illustration
    • Department of Painting/Drawing
    • Department of Photography
    • Department of Printmaking
    • Department of Sculpture
    • Department of Media Arts
    • Department of Visual Communication Design
  • College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture
    • School of Engineering
    • Ward School of Technology
    • Department of Architecture
  • College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
    • Department of Education and Human Services
    • Department of Educational Leadership
    • Department of Nursing
    • Department of Health Professions
    • Department of Physical Therapy
  • The Hartt School
    • Department of Music
    • Department of Dance
    • Department of Theater
  • Hillyer College


Notable alumni

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