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Our Strengths and Challenges

As we create our future, we outline a clear vision that acknowledges our strengths and challenges. Our diversity underlies our strengths. We are a University of 12 Colleges and Schools, including Schools of Law, Social Work, Medicine, and Dental Medicine. We are a top public institution, listed in the top research category of the Carnegie Foundation. Our main campus in Storrs, five regional campuses, and UConn Health campus create a broad range of academic choices for undergraduate and graduate students.

Our talented students learn from 1,900 exceptional full-time faculty members who are widely recognized for cutting-edge research and internationally respected expertise. Our faculty includes 100 endowed professors, 50 Board of Trustees distinguished professors, and 168 Fulbright scholars. More than 6,300 outstanding and dedicated staff members also serve UConn in myriad ways. As other institutions are slowing the growth of their faculty, we have embarked on one of the most ambitious faculty hiring plans nationwide. Seeking to strategically expand our faculty in key research and teaching areas, we have hired more than 200 new faculty in the past two years and will continue our plan to hire almost 300 additional new faculty members in the years to come. These new faculty will help further enhance the transformation that will lead the University to stand among the nation’s leading public
research universities.

We have more than 100 research centers and institutes that serve UConn’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions. Many of our faculty members are leaders in their fields on the national and international level. Their wide-ranging research projects solve real-world challenges and improve the quality of life for citizens in Connecticut and beyond. The Human Rights Institute and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center are internationally known, while El Instituto, the Africana Studies Institute, and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute provide a collective vision for studying human populations from those regions and as they have migrated to all corners of the world.