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University of Connecticut-Avery Point Reviews

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  • 06/18/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    great opportunity for work

    Tips for prospective students

    great learning programs

  • 10/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Avery Point campus is great for anyone who is not ready to live on their own, doesn't like large universities, and for people who don't want to take out thousands of dollars worth the student loans.

    Tips for prospective students

    When it comes to the FASFA, get it done as soon as you can. My first year I didn't have to pay a dime for college. My second year I got my FASFA in late and had to pay a portion of tuition and I had to pay for books. So to avoid coming out of pocket, submit your FASFA on time. Also, DO NOT buy books from the book store. They are very expensive and can be cheaper if you rent them instead. Chegg.com is a very good site where you can rent books for a very reasonable price. Trust me you save a lot of money from renting. UConn offers buy back, but at the same time I have got stuck with many books due to a new edition published, or a course not being taught the next semester. It's really better just to rent, it will save you a head ache. Another piece of advice is that you need to study. In high school I never studied. College is a lot different. It's a lot more information and a lot more difficult. As long as you get your FASFA in on time, rent your text books, and study you should be fine.

    Bang for the buck

    It is very inexpensive to go to school here. The price is very low but the education you receive is high. You definitely get your money's worth. If you receive financial aid, the university is pretty generous with the package you receive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy going to school here because there is a small number of students that attend. Because the population is small my teachers know my name and it's easier for me to get help if I need it. Everyone on campus is very respectful and the teachers are top of the line. Each teacher has their own unique personality. I have only had one teacher who was flat out rude. Other than that, I have enjoyed the many different personalities. For me, Avery Point is great because I didn't have to leave home, it was a smooth transition from high school, and my boyfriend is two years behind me, so by the time I transfer to the main campus he will graduate high school.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the professors here have very good teaching skills. Prof. Crofts is a sociology and women studies professor. I have taken both courses and learned a lot because the way she presents the material is very interesting and far from boring. Prof. Strawser teaches Philosophy which I thought was a boring subject until I took his class. He explains everything so clearly that the only way any one could fail his class is if they never showed up. Prof. Parent is very thorough with the material she presents. I took her anthropology class, and even though it's a lot of reading, I learned a lot. The other cool thing about being on the Avery Point campus is that you can learn a lot about the ocean. I took a Marine Biology course with Prof. Ebbin, and because the school is literally surrounded by the ocean, we got to collect samples from the water and we also got to collect plankton. In addition, there is a program called Project Oceanology, that is available for student access. This program is used to teach students about the ocean. They take you out on a boat and take samples of the ocean water, sediments, and marine organisms as well. Any one who attends UConn Avery Point will learn a lot, guaranteed.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Small police station on campus, real cops not just campus cops, will assist you to your car after night classes if you want, are always patrolling the campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs considering campus size for those who are interested in being green, in gay/lesbian rights, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Students not sure what they want to major in, maritime studies students, marine biology students, nursing students

    Bang for the buck

    You can find the same quality classes at Three Rivers, but smarter to start here for two years to get general ed. credits

    What to do for fun

    There are at least two activities for students every week. The student government brings in comedians and musicians often, though they are not popular ones, it is still interesting. Student bowling nights and other random activities weekly.

    Food and Dining

    Very small menu at Finn's Cafe. Available meal plans, but not worth the money with Subway and Dunkin Donuts so close-by.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, only a couple apartment buildings are affiliated with UCONN. Financially, it is wiser to commute from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are small and therefore there is a lot of one-on-one availability for students with their professors.

    In three sentences

    Very small selection of classes unless you are attending for marine/maritime studies or nursing. Smart to attend for two years and commute to save money. Very select few of enjoyable professors.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Small campus with its own police force.

    Greek Life

    None that I know of

    Clubs and Activities

    Not many available, but still very possible to be involved on campus. We have the Husky Ambassadors, EcoHuskies, ASG, and Alliance.

    Great for these types of students

    Those interested in Marine science, or Maritime studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you want funny, interesting conversations, go to the academic center.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap school with wonderful atmosphere.

    What to do for fun

    Student center, gym, and the whole city of Groton is at your disposal.

    Food and Dining

    To get food on campus there's Fin's cafe and the co-op.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available, only off-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Many students attend for the equivalent of two years, completing general education requirements

    Tips for prospective students

    Avery Point is in no way second rate to the Storrs campus.

    In three sentences

    Avery Point is a close knit school. The small classes are wonderful, but the lack of majors is disappointing. Perfect for marine science and maritime studies majors.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    These guys are locked and loaded. Real cops, with real guns. But on the bright side, they help out all the time with car problems. They even gave me a jump one time. As to campus saftey, there are no problems here.

    Greek Life

    Greek life?

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much going on. Things like bowling, movie night, Easter egg hunts, ambassadors, kickboxing, sailing and much more. Plus, if you don't like any clubs here, all you need is a few friends to start a club.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a very well rounded school offering many classes for many different people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a haunted lighthouse in the middle of the ocean not far out. We also died the presidents hair blue for fun and we have many outdoor cookouts.

    Bang for the buck

    It's the UCONN credits without the UCONN cost. Plus here, it is really personal between students and faculty. It's wonderful.

    What to do for fun

    what isn't there? Movies, Games, Late-night, partys. The list is endless. And this is just whats going on at the campus. Imagine what you could do off campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    There is Fin's Cafe around which is nice and has decent food. But since you live off campus, you better hope you can learn how to cook or else it's Ramen noodles every day!

    Dorm Life

    It is what you make of it and where you are. Avery point does not have dorms, yet it has apartments. If your looking for a good time, it can be found.

    Academic Rigor

    I wish there was a 4.5 star. The classes here are fairly rigorous depending on the classes you take and how many you take. If your looking to challenge yourself or take it easy, both can be done. But for the most part, it's college and classes can be hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of things, and get things done early. Make sure you get involved ( which is really easy) because that is how you will meet great people. The most important tip is to have fun there! If you become to embedded in the school work, you will find yourself not having a good time. So have fun!

    In three sentences

    A very active and fun campus with very friendly people. The atmosphere is gentle and caring along with competitive students looking to excel in life. It is a great place to be!

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 6

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety isn't even an issue at all. I have never felt unsafe walking back to my car after an evening class. The parking lot is well-lit and there's usually other people around too. If you do feel like you want an escort to your car, however, head on over to the police station and they are more than happy to walk with you.

    What to do for fun

    Unfortunately, there aren't a huge number of activities on campus here, at least not in comparison to a big state school. There's always the opportunity to start up clubs or groups in whatever you are interested in, however.

    Food and Dining

    Since this is a commuter campus, most people aren't eating 3 meals a day here. However, for a random snack/quick bite to eat, it's fine. Simply your average college food. Some people head over to Hamburger Hill if they need a bite to eat in between classes.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard some of the students say it feels like a repeat of their senior year of high school. This isn't too far off base. However, this may be because most of us are just completing our gen ends and then going up to Storrs, so the classes we're taking now aren't going to be that hard anyway. Some of my classes have been really easy, but others (like Physics and Anthropology) were pleasantly challenging. It all depends on what classes you choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    The list of majors offered here is a short one. However, most students complete their gen ends here and transfer to a different campus (usually Storrs.) It is really easy to get in touch with people whenever you need help/advice with anything regarding your college life. So far my classes have all been 30 students or fewer, so if you're looking to attend a big school, this isn't the one for you. However, I like the small classes and the more individualized attention is really great--feels like you get more out of the classes.

    In three sentences

    The view is absolutely beautiful. People here are friendly and personable. The classes are small and you really get to know your professors.