University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

by College Prowler

College guides written by students for students.

Your ultimate source for honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at the top colleges and universities in the United States. While writing our series of college guides, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university.

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College guides written by students for students.

Your ultimate source for honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at the top colleges and universities in the United States. While writing our series of college guides, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university.

We think it’s important that our readers get honest information and a realistic impression of the student opinions on any college campus—that’s why we intend to publish information about all aspects of a particular college, even the terrible parts you wouldn’t find in a campus brochure. While we do keep an eye out for the occasional extremist—the cheerleader or the cynic—we take pride in letting the college students tell it like it is. We strive to create a college guide that’s as representative as possible of each particular campus. Our guides cover both the good and the bad, and whether the survey responses point to recurring trends or a variation in opinion, these sentiments are directly and proportionally expressed through our guides.

College Prowler guides are in the hands of students throughout the entire process of their creation. Because you can’t make student-written guides without the students, we have students at each college campus who help write, randomly survey their peers, edit, and perform accuracy checks for every college guide that we publish. From the very beginning, student writers gather the most up-to-date stats, facts, and inside information on their colleges. They fill each section with student quotes and summarize the findings in editorial reviews. In addition, each college oruniversity receives a collection of letter grades (A through F) that reflect student opinion and help to represent contentment, prominence, or satisfaction in each of our 20 specific categories. Just as in grade school, the higher the mark the more content, more prominent, or more satisfied the students are with the particular category.

Once a college guide is written, additional college students serve as editors and check for accuracy even more extensively. Our bounce-back team—a group of randomly selected students who have no involvement with the project—are asked to read over the material in order to help ensure that the guide accurately expresses every aspect of the university and its students. This same process is applied to the nearly 300 colleges and universities College Prowler currently covers. Each guide is the result of endless student contributions, hundreds of pages of research and writing, and countless hours of hard work. All of this has led to the creation of a student information network that stretches across the nation to every college that we cover. It’s no easy accomplishment, but it’s the reason that our college guides are such a great resource.

When reading our guides and looking at our college rankings, keep in mind that every college is different and that the students who make up each college are not uniform—as a result, it is important to assess colleges on a case-by-case basis. Because it’s impossible to summarize an entire college with a single number or description, each guide provides a dialogue, not a decision, that’s made up of 20 different topics and hundreds of student quotes. In the end, we hope that this guide will serve as a valuable tool in your college selection process. Enjoy!

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The Boston Globe
The prospective college student's antidote to the Princeton Review doldrums.
Real Insider Information.
The New York Times
The real lowdown on campus life.

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This humble company produces the most useful information I've run across for helping high school kids understand what it's really like on campus. (Roland Allen, Director of College Counseling at St. Margaret's Episcopal School)

Meet the Author

You know, I got here and I realized: nowhere is there a place to tell you how the bathrooms on campus are. So I'm going to tell you: they're clean, depending on how anal-retentive your floor and janitor are about cleaning them. The showers are really nice, but you should bring flip-flops—and ones without cloth, because it gets wet and that gets annoying ("In a shower? Gets wet, he says? No way!"). The best advice I ever got in regard to college was the fateful words: "Bring liquid soap." I'll pass those along. Also, because I think it'd be really funny for this to be published: the locks on the bathroom stalls (at least in Northwest) are made by a company called "Hiney Hiders."

Okay, onto the serious stuff. I have to thank all of my friends who let me completely ignore them for this book and classes, yet never stopped calling me or caring how it was going. Steve Wheeler, Brad, Dan, Dan, Dan (in order of which Dan I like best), Drew, Mike, Michealla, Jordan, Beth, John, Eric, Lindsey, Mr. Harvey, Kyle, Ryan, Ryan, Matt, Crazy Asian Cheng, Crazy Russian Alina, and the faithful roomie Travis: you're the best. This book is dedicated to you, and so am I. Dedicating a book to my parents wouldn't be enough to thank them for what they've given me in life—an opportunity to truly do whatever I want and all the tools to do it with. For working so hard so that I can have a school to write about, my life is dedicated to you both.

So, you're still reading this . . . maybe you're actually interested in who I am. I am now officially not afraid to call myself a writer, though, I have published numerous articles for the commentary section of The Daily Campus, UConn's studentnewspaper. I swam four years, varsity, in high school (Hi, Mr. Murin), which afforded me the nickname "Brick," because I sank when I dove my freshman and sophomore years. I play the snare drum in the marching band, which afforded me the nickname "Helmet," because they thought I looked like Rick Moranis (except for him being ugly, and me being ravishingly handsome). If any of you reading this end up in the marching band—and there's a good chance, because it's the largest organization on campus and kicks major butt—come find me.

I pursue active interests in drum set, piano, and singing, thanks to my music teacher dad, and an even more active interest in stealing music because of my diverse musical tastes (7638 songs, and counting—come and get me, RIIA). I'm a photographer, an Eagle Scout (59 and OTC9), and I'm running out of things to look at around my dorm room. There's a pirate flag, lots of cool movie posters, and . . . well, I guess I'm out. I strongly encourage you to contact me at I promise to answer your e-mail and give you my Instant Messenger name so that we can communicate faster, because I'm completely addicted to it. Write with questions, feedback, or just because it'd be really cool to talk to "that guy." It'd be so cool to be "that guy," for once. I hope this book has helped, and I hope to see you at the UConn football games in the future—I'll be one of the ones making a lot of noise.

Best of luck with your college search and beyond,
Colin Megill

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