Connecticut College is a rural liberal arts institution near the state’s Atlantic coastline. A 750-acre residential college, almost all of its students live in campus-based accommodation. Its curriculum is liberal arts-based, and students are expected to do some creative arts and foreign languages before completing a degree programme. It has placed among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the United States.
Initially Connecticut College for Women, Conn College was formed in protest at nearby Wesleyan University banning female students in 1909. By 1911, when Conn College opened, women were allowed to vote in a number of states, and several Connecticut towns bid to host the new institution. It became coeducational in 1969.
Conn College is in the small seaside town of New London. A world-important whaling port, its 19th architecture was part-funded by the industry until the new arrival of crude oil lowered the worth of whale oil. 50 miles south east of state capital Hartford, New London is just north of Gold Memorial Bridge, which takes US Route 1 and Interstate 95 over the river.
All CC students are offered funded summer internships, which four out of five take up.
A high proportion of its students take part in study abroad programmes. Numerous postgraduate courses are also available.
Notable Conn College alumni include actor and comedian Joan Rivers, and Tim Armstrong, CEO and chairman of AOL, and formerly Google’s US head of sales.