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University of Connecticut Avery Point

About Avery Point

Mike Alfultis

Surrounded by water on three sides, Avery Point is the University of Connecticut's campus by the sea, providing our students an environment that is both picturesque and practical.

This waterfront campus, located on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Thames River, combines the elegance of the past - in the mansion and buildings associated with the estate of Morton Plant - with state-of-the-art marine science facilities.

Students enjoy the use of high-tech classrooms, computer labs, a UCONN Co-Op bookstore, a branch of the UCONN Library system, the Academic Center, the Student Union, a gymnasium with a pool, café with food service options, ample and varied study lounges and spaces, and plenty of easy parking.

Home to University of Connecticut undergraduate and graduate programs; the Department of Marine Sciences; the Marine Sciences and Technology Center; Connecticut Sea Grant; NOAA's Northeast Underwater Research, Technology and Education Center ; and the non-profit educational organization, Project Oceanology; UCONN Avery Point is a vibrant community of learning, research, and outreach.

The Avery Point faculty are renowned researchers and exceptional classroom teachers committed to their students' learning. The small student to faculty ratio ensures each student benefits from our exceptional faculty and will be successful in their undergraduate endeavors.

UCONN Avery Point offers a variety of academic programs to a diverse student population. We offer four-year degree programs in American Studies, Maritime Studies, and Coastal Studies. All three programs emphasize interdisciplinary studies which broaden our students' understanding of complex topics and issues.

We also offer a Bachelor of General Studies program designed to accommodate adult learners, many of whom are returning to college to complete their bachelor's degree after an interruption in their earlier academic careers. Convenient evening, weekend, and on-line class offerings allow these students to meet work and family obligations while pursuing their education.

Undergraduate students enrolled at UCONN Avery Point can also complete the first two years of study required for most of the more than 100 undergraduate academic majors that UCONN offers. Typically, once 54 credits of core curriculum course work are completed at Avery Point, students can transition to the Storrs campus to complete their bachelor's degree.

Finally, we offer the only Marine Sciences graduate program in the State of Connecticut through the internationally renowned Department of Marine Sciences.

Our educational approach emphasizes experiential learning that brings out the very best of each student. Hands-on lab programs, internships, and robust field studies all provide our students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom. Our location provides our faculty and students ready access to the marine environment which they are studying.

Avery Point has an active student government organization, a popular waterfront program, and numerous activities for students on and off campus. These include regular ice cream socials (with UCONN ice cream, of course!), pizza parties, comedy and music shows, bus trips, recreational sports, sailing courses and a sailing club, etc. Each year the activities vary based on student interest and in response to the high level of involvement of Avery Point students in campus life.

I hope you will take some time to get to know us a little better. Should you decide to visit our campus in person, I would be happy to meet you, discuss our programs, and answer any questions you may have. You can find me on the second floor of the Branford House mansion.

Michael Alfultis, Ph.D.
Campus Director

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