University of New Haven

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University of New Haven
Former names
New Haven YMCA Junior College (1920–1926)
New Haven College (1926–1970)
TypePrivate university
Academic affiliations
Endowment$94 million
PresidentJens Frederiksen
Academic staff
Administrative staff
United States

41°17′31″N 72°57′44″W / 41.2919°N 72.9622°W / 41.2919; -72.9622
Colors    Blue and gold
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IINE-10
MascotCharlie the Charger

The University of New Haven (UNH) is a private university in West Haven, Connecticut. Between its main campus in West Haven and its graduate school campus in Orange, Connecticut, the university grounds cover about 122 acres of land. The university also operates a satellite campus in Prato, Italy. The university is a member of the Northeast-10 Conference and its mascot is a charger, a medieval war horse.


The University of New Haven was founded in 1920 as the New Haven YMCA Junior College, a division of Northeastern University, which shared buildings, laboratories, and faculty members[3] at Yale University, for nearly 40 years.


Academic rankings
U.S. News & World Report[4]87

The University of New Haven has nearly 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. Around 33% of students are enrolled in arts and sciences, 21% in business, 12% in engineering, and 34% in criminal justice and forensic sciences.[5]

The University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.), and has been since 1948. [6]

The University of New Haven is featured in the Princeton Review's 2024 "Best 389 Colleges" guidebook.[7]

In 2015, the University of New Haven's College of Business received accreditation from AACSB International, and in 2020 that accreditation was renewed through the 2024-2025 academic year. [8]


In 2024 University of New heaven was ranked No. 87 in Regional Universities by U.S. News & World Report.[9]


The University of New Haven currently houses 48 campus buildings,[10] including the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science – and the newest building, the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation.[11] This includes 14 on- and off-campus, university-sponsored residence halls.[12]

Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science[edit]

The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, which was dedicated on October 15, 2010
The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science was dedicated on October 15, 2010.

The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science opened on the campus of the University of New Haven in the fall of 1998. Henry C. Lee has been a member of the UNH faculty since 1975.[13] The institute was dedicated on October 15, 2010, and consists of a crime scene center, crisis management center, museum, laboratories, classrooms, a 104-seat lecture hall, and Lee's office.[14]

The institute is also known for holding multiple lectures and classes throughout the year, all of which are taught by practitioners with forensic experience. Popular and often recurring topics include crime-scene and evidence photography, death and homicide investigation, advanced blood stain and pattern analysis, and many others.[15] It has specialties in interdisciplinary research, training, testing, consulting, and education in forensic science.


The New Haven Chargers, the university's intercollegiate athletic teams, compete in NCAA Division II. The Chargers' 20 athletics teams, 8 for men and 12 for women, compete as members of the Northeast-10 Conference.[16] New Haven has been a member of the NE-10 since 2008.

In 2022-23, athletic highlights included 140 combined wins across the 20 varsity sports, 37 All-Conference honorees, 18 All-Region athletes, four major conference awards, three All-Americans, seven Academic All-Conference honorees, two Sport Excellence winners, and more than 320 student-athletes named to the NE10 Academic Honor Roll following the fall semester. [17]

Varsity teams[edit]

Club sports[edit]

Nineteen club sports[18] are recognized at the University of New Haven.

  • E-Sports (Co-ed)
  • Gymnastics (Co-Ed)
  • Swimming (Co-Ed)
  • Softball (Women's)

Student organizations[edit]

The University of New Haven had 199 clubs and organizations as of September 2023.[19]

Greek life[edit]

There are several recognized and unrecognized fraternities and sororities at the university.

Student government[edit]

The University of New Haven has two student-run governing bodies: the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA), and the Graduate Student Council (GSC). Student organizations offices are located on the top floor of Bartels Hall, the university's student center.[20]

Student newspaper[edit]

The Charger Bulletin is the official, student-run newspaper at the University of New Haven since 1938. It is published weekly in a quarter-folded tabloid format. Both undergraduate and graduate students write for the paper. The Bulletin comes out weekly on Wednesdays while classes are in session. The paper version of the Bulletin is distributed for free throughout the campus of UNH, and is also published online.[21]

Marching band[edit]

The University of New Haven Chargers Marching Band (UNHMB) is one of the fastest-growing collegiate marching bands in the country, starting in 2009 with only 20 members and now marching close to 300.[22]

Radio station[edit]

The university's noncommercial radio station, WNHU-FM, first signed onto the air at 16:00 EDT on July 4, 1973. The WNHU studios moved to its current home on Ruden Street into the Lois Evalyn Bergami Broadcast Media Center in 2015.[23] Its location on Ruden Street includes a production space for live and recorded programming, a server room, staff offices, and a student lounge. WNHU is managed by a 10-person student leadership team. Positions include station manager, promotions director, Aircheck director, WNHU program director, director of fundraising, program/music director, and productions director. The University of New Haven's communications department started to work with the radio station for students to have access to the station. The station operates as a laboratory for student learning, and as a source of culturally diverse programming for the communities served.[24] WNHU is broadcast on 88.7 FM; it is considered the best college radio station in Connecticut according to the New Haven Advocate, which has awarded the station "Best College Radio Station" for over six consecutive years.[25]

WNHU is known for eclectic programming, with shows ranging from new music, rock, gospel, funk, and talk shows to specialty formats such as polka and Irish music.[26] Unlike many college or community radio stations where DJs change frequently, some WNHU personalities have hosted shows for years, many of whom are UNH alumni.[27]

Bucknall Theater[edit]

Bucknall Theater was named in honor of William L. Bucknall, Jr. who has a passion for theatre and regularly attends shows at the University of New Haven and in New York and London. The theater has about two productions a semester as well as holding several functions for the university throughout the academic year. The space also doubles as a learning space for many of the classes pertaining to the Arts Department, more specifically theatre minors. It is used as a lecture hall and is equipped with pull-out desks on each of the 250 seats.[28]

Black Student Union[edit]

On April 22, 2023, the BSU celebrated its 50th anniversary during the annual Sankofa Ball held during the university's Black and Latino Alumni Weekend.[29]

Notable alumni[edit]

The University of New Haven has about 64,000 alumni.[30] Among its notable alumni are:

Faculty and staff[edit]

The student-to-faculty ratio is roughly 16:1, with an average class size of 20 students. The university has nearly 510 staff members and 278 full-time faculty members in addition to part-time and adjunct professors. Of full-time faculty, 84.9% hold the highest degree in their field.[32]

Notable professors[edit]


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