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Celebrating UConn's Freshman Class


This week, we celebrated UConn’s freshman class of 2022, which will begin classes at Storrs, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury on Monday.

Here are some stats of our flagship university, which has changed tremendously over the decades thanks to state support of operating funds and campus improvements with a lot of help from the UConn Foundation.

  • 5,500 freshmen enrolling across all campuses (largest freshman class ever)
  • More than 4,000 are Connecticut residents from 164 of the state’s 169 towns and cities
  • Most diverse entering class with more than 40 percent being students of color
  • 175 valedictorians and salutatorians across all campuses and will add a record 550 freshmen students to the Honors Program
  • Fifty percent of the incoming freshmen at Storrs were in the top 10 percent of their graduating high school classes, and 84 percent were in the top 25 percent
  • UConn is ranked No. 18 among U.S. News & World Report’s top public universities

Side by Side School Opening


Congratulations to the Side by Side School on the opening of the William O. Murphy Upper School. Thanks to a $4.2 million state grant and the hard work of many, students will now be in a new building rather than in a portable, which was ten years past its design life and potentially dangerous.

More Good News About Connecticut

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Connecticut has the second-fastest internet speed in the country with 99% coverage.

Connecticut banks set new jobs mark amid lending boost
Connecticut banks reported having 15,000 jobs on average as of this past spring, with the state’s banks continuing to increase lending.

Editorial: Connecticut — dead-end or opportunity?
Let’s pause from the rampant Connecticut bashing, everyone-is-leaving-our-state-or-wants-to-leave diss, and consider what is going right in our state.