University of Hartford Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

anneka

make sure you do your research. dont go too far away from family. dont go to the most expensive school, you will regret it.

Aset

Make sure that if possible as a student you do an over night stay to get a feel for what the college that you are interested in is really like. As parents you should put in opinions and imput but do not try to dictate your child's choice. Also make sure you go on a tour of every college that is a serious consideration of your list and make a pros and cons list of the things you see and hear. Please PLEASE ask as many questions as you can.

Stewart

Make sure that you visit the campus and spend time their. Compare at least 2 other schools with your first choice. Make the most of your studies. Schools really do look at good grades. Get involved in sports or music in high school, colleges like well rounded students. Look to the internet for scholarships, they will really help out. Get a part time job to help pay the bills and for the little extras that you don't tend to think about.Make friends with people from different classes so you can all help each other out if someone misses a class or to study with.

Kara

My primary advice to parents and students who are college searching is to find out what is important to you. Several factors that I considered when visiting colleges were the academic programs, location of the school, the size of the school, and activities available on and off campus. Analyzing what elements are most important will help you decide what colleges to choose. Also, before going on campus tours, try preparing questions that you are concerned about. Since the whole college process is overwhelming, this will help you soak in a lot of information about each school. In terms of making the most of your college experience, determine your priorities. College is a new, fun, and very different experience from high school. This new experience can also mean extended independence. By setting priorities or goals for college allows you to maintain balance. Considering that there are so many new experiences, such as extracurricular activities, special events, social get-togethers, and interest groups, setting priorities will enable individuals to enjoy all the elements of college without becoming overwhelmed.

nigel

do as much research as possible and start very very early even as early as sophomore

Brett

My goal throughout high school was to be accepted to the Berklee College of Music. Although I was in fact accepted there, I instead made the decision to attend the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford to major in music production. It was a decison I agonized over as Berklee to me has always been a very prestigious music school. Berklee is in the city and has no campus...Hartford is in a very nice area and has a great campus. I felt more comfortable during my visits to Hartford and my future department head not only made me feel very welcome, but also made me feel that the staff really wanted me to be a part of their program. In the end, I went with what my heart kept telling me to do and I know I made the right decision. I'm truly happy to be at U.O.H. and am doing very well. It's just so important to visit and meet as many people as possible. Once you do that, you'll know the right decision to make!

Brittany

When finding the appropiate college please make sure that the famil's financial funds are adequate to attend, and for a student to make the most out of his/her college experience they should keep up on their school work and to make sure they have a lot or just enough friends who are on the same boat as them.

Yelena

Visiting the campus and possibly spending a night or a week there I would say is a must. It really gives you a chance to get to know the school and see what the student population and the food is like.

David

I feel that size is the most important thing. Yes, even when it comes to picking the right college! It is important for the student to visit varying schools of size to try and get a feel for the different environments they provide. Once they understand what kind of size school they are looking for it will be easier to narrow the search. Also, the student should really try to pick a college that won't have them stopping home every weekend! Almost equally important as the academics of college, is the social life. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with so many different people at college that going home every weekend will greatly hinder your ability to meet these new and exciting people. Finally, don't be afraid of applying to private colleges They often will provide large amounts of financial aid making them not too much more than public colleges. A student needs to be absolutely comfortable with their college environment in order for them to succeed to their fullest, so take your time and choose the right college.

Darren

I advise students to do a lot of research when they are choosing their college. I was the typical high school senior that did not want to do extra work and the thought of researching and comparing numerous colleges did not seem enticing. However, students will be spending years at the college they choose and it is essential to choose one that meets the student's needs. The thought of researching different colleges may sound daunting, but it will definitely pay off after graduating high school. Also, I think that students should join clubs and organizations their freshman year of college. Being involved on campus will make the year go by a lot faster and you will be able to make a lot of new friends. Personally, I am involved in four organizations on campus and I love it. In addition, I am a full-time undergraduate student and I have a campus job. If you become involved in extra-curricular activities during your freshman year, more opportunities will be available for you in subsequent years. Executive Board opportunities may become available and these leadership experiences are something employers look for after graduation.

zachary

Go with your gut... Don't get yourself into too much debt (it's probably not worth it) tour campusses as much as possible. Setting counts for a lot.

Janelle

My adivice would be fo students is to choice college that you know you will like. Research everything about the college first and make sure it has your major. If you are undecided, try to research if they have a good general education courses. When you entered in the college of your course, don't be stubborn! Always ask from the teachers and they are your resource for the next 4 years. Join activies and try to be active as you can on campus. Lastly, come to college with an open mind because they are many different and diverse students. You can learn from them as well. Most of all, have fun in college and make that time last!

Abraham

I give parent(s) the advice of letting their child choose which institution would be best for them, and not putting too much pressure on what the parent(s) thinks is best. Your child(ren) does know what they want they just sometimes need help because college is a huge step because its nothing like highschool. For student, choose not based on how the weather might have been like when you visited. Also look at the lay out of the campus, decide if you like the lay out, and when deciding that also bring in the factor of what the campus looks like. Choose an institution on what you think you want to do with you life, although that may be hard because not everyone knows what they want.

Larissa

I would reccomend visiting as many colleges as you are able to and try to get involved with the prospective student programs.

Chelsea

Make sure you visit and can deal with the walking distances. Also make sure there are caring ang attentive professors ready and willing to help in your college of choice.

Melissa

My advice to students is when looking at colleges find a program that interests you. Yes, there are many factors that go in to choosing a major but if you are not ultimately satisfied with your decision, then it doesn't matter which college you go to because you will be miserable. College is what you make of it. Big or small, you will gain as much as you put in. My advice is to get involved early. Look into every club that might interest you and take an active role in the organization. They are always looking for new recruits and it is a great way to find your own niche on campus. Being highly involved on campus opens many windows of opportunities that idlely drifting through school would not allow. In my experience the most succesful and well-adjusted students are those who go to college with the notion that they are going to succeed and do everything in their power to achieve that goal. Choosing the right program and getting involved are campus are the two main keys to success in college.

Alayna

Tour the campus and talk to students

Noreen

The best advice that any young adult can follow for finding the right college is to really start the search early, and look into what schools provide the most activities and academic aspects that you want. Once you research the school I would really advise them to go on tours of the school and even try to talk to as many people at those campuses as you can about that particular school, the good, and the bad aspects. Students won't be scared to tell you the truth about the campus, and it can really help to determine which school is best for you. Most important, follow your heart, don't let anyone else tell you where to go. This is your college experience no one elses, you will know when you feel comfortable with a campus. When it comes to the actual college experience my advice would be to be open to meeting new people and doing new things even if its people or stuff you have never done before. You come to realize that some people who you thought you would never be friends with end up becomming your best friends that you have ever had.

Albert

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Daniel

Be sure to examine a wide range of options, and do not limit yourself to a geographic region or school size. Get to know faculty ahead of time, and have a clear idea of what you want to study before entering college. Also be sure that the students at the school you attend are interested in similar things, i.e. academically motivated to inspire you to achieve the goals that you have in mind. Get a background in what you want to study ahead of time, even if it means taking some time off after high school to become well versed in your intended field. Be sure also that you stay open to changing your mind about the discipline and school you are interested in, and be willing to transfer if the academic community that you end up in is not conducive to furthering the goals that you set for yourself. Above all, find a niche that you enjoy. Namely, one that you could see yourself pursuing for the rest of your life (even though you probably will change directions inevitably). Also, choose a school that fits you well, regardless of location or scholarship money offered.

Sarah

Go with your gut instinct. Don't choose based on where your friends are going, because you will make friends when you get there. NEVER ever live with your friend from home when you move onto campus your freshmen year. Don't apply to a million colleges unless your really concerned as whether you can get into them or not, if you have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, generally speaking, you should be fine getting into realistic colleges. Go visit a few colleges and decide what you like, there is NO NEED to visit 15 colleges, unless you really hated all the ones you went to, and if you hated all 15 you should reevaluate your perception of college. In then end, all colleges are the same, you may like it or hate it, but its all based on the people you meet, the friends you make, and the effort you make in making sure you enjoy college to the fullest.

Christina

I would tell parents and the students to take many college campus tours to get a feel for the smaller community style living schools versus bigger dorm style schools. I would also tell them to look into the program they are intending to major in and make sure that it is accredited by the important boards needed. To make the most of the college experience, I would suggest attending programs that the residential assistants run, sports games, and keeping an open mind to other students points of views and religions.

Monica

The key to finding the right college all depends on what you like. I also applied to school in Vermont but it was too far away from large cities for me, and that's why I liked Hartford. It had everything for me, 2 hours away from home, not too close but not too far, larger then my high school but not overwhelmingly large, had a city right by and only 2 hours away from New York and Boston. Finding the right friends is a huge part too, if you meet people that you like but wouldn't really considering them close friends go out and meet more people until you find a group that you really love. The biggest question to ask yourself before you decide is, ' Do I see myself here?' Do you see yourself walking to class with friends? Sitting outside and having lunch and catching up on some reading? If you don't see yourself at the school then it's probably not right or you.

Hannah

start searching for colleges early. I started in the fall of my senior year which was not enough time to research enough schools. give yourself time and make fun trips out of it. also dont stress to much about your final choice. you can always transfer!

maxwell

go with your gut

Jack

A college is more than just an education. In order to make a safe decision, it is important to observe both the social and academic aspects of a university. Many universities offer programs for prospective students to shadow a current student, and even spend a couple of nights on campus. This type of experience can best describe the university as a whole. You will get as much out of a university as you want. The more clubs and activities you take part in, the more you will get out of your college experience.

Corey

The best advice I could give to a student of their parents would be to go and visit the school, tour the campus and classrooms, check out the professors, speak to a guidance counselor or an advisor. You should also ask to set up an appointment with a student and ask any possible questions you may have. It's very important to check out the dorm rooms and see the living situations. You should check to see that classes you are interested in taking/you major if offered at the college or university. It's very important to see the campus and to compare it with your other choices.

Kristen

Never ever ever ever be afraid to be who are are. Because the person you are is beautiful. Cherish and nourish that person, and never let anyone tell you that you are less of a person. We are all human beings, all have red blood all lover and feel and die. So live your life at each moment, share your life and give love instead of pain.

christina

In order to for a student to have the most valuable college experience, they must do the following: -Research all your options thoroughly! You want to be sure that the school you?re interested in has you potential major, ideal class sizes, and a geographical location in which you can be comfortable. -Make sure a school is within your pre-determined financial range. No college experience will be pleasant if you?re constantly concerned about low finances, financial aid, and being on financial hold. This contributes an unhealthy amount of stress to any student, and this problem can easily be remedied if students and parents come to a realistic conclusion about how much money they can afford for higher education. -Students, visit college campuses before you make any final decisions! It?s fine to take the campus tours, but you should also make time to network with students who currently attend the college you?re interested in. Interview several current students and ask them any and every question that you have about campus life. This will provide an unscripted, detailed account or social and academic life, and will help gauge how well you will fit into your prospective school.

Robert

The right University is not one with the biggest campus, or the newest facilities. Nor is it the campus with the drunkest parties or the most memorable saturday nights. The right University is the one where the faculty mentors you and pushes you to achieve greatness beyond what you ever expected of yourself. So when you look for a college, don't ask how many parties there are and try to ignore the fact that the dorms sometimes feel like cells, and talk to the teachers. After all, you can put a price on a room, and you can put a price on a good time, but you can never put a price on life experience, growth or an education. So to the parents, find a way despite the price and to the students, ignore the glam or lack thereof. As lame as the cliche phrase is, don't find an education you can live with, find an education you can't live without.

Rachel

Probably don't go to the University of Hartford.

Joe

find your passion and pursue it, don't follow friends and don't follow big important majors just for the salaries.

Kasey

I would tell parents/incoming students to really assess the people on the campus and their attitudes to decide if you would really fit in or not. Another thing to consider is whether or not you would join a fraternity/sorority because on most campuses(like university of hartford) they are popular, and if you really are super social you may be limted to how many things you can actually partake in. Oh, and if you plan on taking out loans for school, stay in state or go to a cheap school, because many private schools do not offer any more to you than a good public state school would. Really assess if you want a big or small school as well. As far as making the most of your college experience, you really get out of it, what you think you'll get out of it. If you go in thinking you are going to have a blast, you most likely will. Have fun, be responsible but don't be afraid to have some fun! :-)

Charlotte

realize the transfer rate of freshman

Magdalena

The most important thing is for the student to make his or her own decision. Do not let boyfriends/girlfriends or parents determine where you go. This always leads to problems that often promote dropping out. Loan wise, try to go through a private proprieter, NEVER Sallie Mae. As a senior this year, i now realize that this debt is overwhelming. As a freshmen i did not truly realize the implications of my actions when taking out my loans. This is a lifechanging decision; be sure to thoroughly research your possibilities.

Jacinta

To really make sure you go and physically visit all the schools. Know the activities you are interested in and check them out ahead of time and definitely aske to view more than one dorm room and drive around the area. Go to the cafe and talk to students who aren't paid to be guides.

Peter

Start applications as early as you can and make sure all loans and payments are taken care of before any given due date. Try not to live your life through your child.

Matthew

Go on the tour, follow your heart

Amy

Go with your heart, and don't doubt yourself. If you think that the best school for is one that you didn't get into or is unlikely that you will be accepted, take the time to find a similar school that you love just as much. College is what you make of it. If you don't get out there and make friends you most likely won't enjoy your time at school. Remember that everyone else is feeling the exact same way that you are, so you don't have to be nervous about meeting new people or making a good impression. If someone you meet doesn't like you, oh well! You can meet ten other people later on in the day. This is your chance to be completely who you are and want to be. It's like a fresh start with people who aren't going to judge you for what may or may not have happened in the past like people you've known for eighteen years might do. It's a once in a lifetime experience, and it's truly the best time of your life.

anni

Make sure you can be as happy as possible and the college has your major with useful and updated computers.

Jessica

Don't stop looking after you "think" you've found the perfect college. Explore ALL your options and ALL schools that seem interesting. The worst thing you could do is only apply to one or two schools, then regret not applying to more if you get rejected or decide you don't like it half way through your semester. Take advantage of your guidance counselor that's what they're there for. They can help you major and class wise and what schools might be better for your intended major.

James

Research, Research Research!!!! Also go to visits as many colleges as you can before making your decision.

Alison

I believe finding the atmosphere that you love and feel the most comfortable in is the most important decision you must make when choosing a school.

Matt

Something that my father always said to me, is see how the student reacts right when you get on campus for your first visit. There were a couple of schools that I was really excited about seeing until I got to the campus and hated it. One of the reasons I chose my school is becasue of how the campus looks. It's going to be your home for the next four years, its pretty important. Plus see if there are extra curriculars that you might want to get invovled in. I'm very invovled in campus activities and it made adjusting to college life really easy.

Ryan

Well... first I would tell students to spend as much time on a campus beforehand to get a feel of the atmosphere and whether or not they would want to be a part of that specific community long term. Making the most of the college experience? Well my biggest piece of advice is really to advocate for yourself as a student. College helps most of us to gail skills we will need for the rest of our lives, and while college is the suspension of real life for many people, its also very easy to call mom and dad to deal with your problems while your here. Faculty and Staff always respond to students problem much more positively when a student makes an attempt to advocate for themselves. Parrents: The best thing you can do for your college student is to refer them to speak to someone on campus who can help them solve whatever issues they maybe be having. Help teach your children by trying to avoid riding in on the white horse unless it is extremely nessisary. Teach your kids to be adults by giving them the chance to find their own path.

Alison

As an individual that has gone through the process of traveling visiting schools, taking tours, interviewing with deans, and getting applications together,I feel with confidence I can reflect and judge the situation. I know my parents were absolutely key in the role of picking a school. I could not have done it all without them. I think my advice goes mostly out to the parents of kids. If you think your child is not ready for college, do not force them to go. Some people are just not mature enough to handle the workload, the different living environment, and being away from their parents. All of these stresses compound and affect school work. Let them go to community college for two years, or let them work to save up money. I just don't think it is right to force your child to go to school just to save face in your community or amongst co-workers. Be responsive to your kids wants and needs. Choosing a school is a big decision and they will be there for the next four years, they should be a part of the choice and happy!!

Lauren

Don't count out private universities or colleges. These are the schools that tend to give out the most financial aid. There will never be a 100% perfect school, but there will be a near perfect program,campus and location.

Robert

Parents- Dont force your kids right into college. If they do not know what they wish to attend school for that's fine. Let them wait a year and decided what they want, then look at the schools that are appropriate. Students- Make sure this is really what you want to do, this is what you're going to be doing for the rest of your life so make sure it truely makes you happy. One should not choose a school because of male/female ratio or on how many frat/sororities there are. Make a decision based on the size, accesability and simply the academic premise of the school itself. For example I choose to not attend Uconn due to its large size, and Purdue because of size and range from my family.

Amanda

don't fucck up

Josh

Pick the college based on what you know about the school and not what others tell you. Other people do not make your school experience you make it for yourself. So if you want to sit in your room and do homework you can. Or if you want to be a social butterfly you can do that too. You decide your fate, not some book or internet blog you read about the school.