New year (2021) at University of Hartford

To help admitted students make their decision here are the updated, objective ranking and effectiveness measures for Hartford. These data are most useful when compared with that of other schools to which you’ve been admitted (e.g. Quinnipiac University, Marist, Ithaca, UConn, etc.) Some links to help are included.

A. Univ. of Hartford provided data to the federal Department of Education’s College Scorecard:
School | College Scorecard.

  1. Acceptance rate (of those who apply)=71%
  2. Retention rate (students returning after freshman year)=75%, so 25% do not return after their first year
  3. Graduation rate (after 8 years)=61%, so 61% earn a degree within 8 years (under 50% earn a degree in 4 years) while 39% transfer, withdraw, are dismissed, etc.

B. Independent, 3rd party rankings of Univ. of Hartford:

  1. US News ranking of 388 National Universities (#1=Princeton)
    2021=217
    2020=211
    2019=194

  2. Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking of 797 colleges and universities (#1=Harvard)
    2021=364
    2020=360
    2019=274

  3. Forbes Top Colleges ranking of 650 colleges and universities (#1=Harvard)
    2019=542

  4. Money Magazine Best Colleges for Your Money value ranking of 739 colleges and universities
    2020=not ranked
    2019=not ranked
    (Why isn’t Univ. of Hartford ranked? Money states: “Colleges need a graduation rate that was at or above the median for its institutional category. This year, those medians were 52.1% for public colleges and 62.5% for private, not-for-profit colleges.”

C. Non-profit Education Reform Now Connecticut uses federal data to evaluate colleges’ financial value and success in graduating first generation, underrepresented minority and lower income students:

  1. Four CT schools have both low rates of graduation for first-time students and high net costs (after scholarships, discounts, etc.) for low-income students, compared to national peer schools:
    Southern Connecticut State University
    University of Bridgeport
    University of Hartford
    Western Connecticut State University

  2. Hartford’s six-year graduation rate for underrepresented minorities: 2017=43.9%
    2016=46.1%
    2015=41.9%

Best of luck choosing a school that’s the best fit for you.