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Perennially ranked the top public university in New England, the University of Connecticut now ranks among the top 20 public universities in the nation, according to US News and World Report.

A public research university, the University of Connecticut was founded in 1881 as a land-grant university. The school’s main campus is in Storrs, Connecticut, 28 miles east of the capital city of Hartford, and has five regional campuses located throughout the area.

The University of Connecticut serves more than 30,000 students on its six campuses, including more than 8,000 graduate students. The school offers approximately 100 majors, seven undergraduate degrees, 17 graduate degrees and five professional degree programs. It is the only public university in New England with its own schools of law, social work, medicine and dental medicine.

Approximately 75 percent of students live on campus. The university sponsors many events throughout the year for its students, including frequent bus trips to Boston, Manhattan and the Connecticut shoreline. The Storrs campus also includes a number of museums, theaters and performing arts venues.

The University of Connecticut is best known for having its men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Huskies, consistently ranked in or near the top 10 in the nation in their respective divisions. Between the two programs, the teams are a perfect 10-0 in National Championship games played. In 2004, the University of Connecticut became the first and only Division I school to win National Championships in both men’s and women’s basketball during the same year.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks the university among its top 35 best values in public colleges nationally number one in New England, based on outstanding academic quality and its affordable tuition.

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