University of New Haven

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University of New Haven
University of New Haven seal.png
Former names
New Haven College
Motto A Leader in Experiential Education
Type Private
Established 1920
President Steven H. Kaplan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 6,400
Undergraduates 4,800[1]
Postgraduates 1,800
Location West Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
41°17′31″N 72°57′44″W / 41.2918592°N 72.9621902°W / 41.2918592; -72.9621902Coordinates: 41°17′31″N 72°57′44″W / 41.2918592°N 72.9621902°W / 41.2918592; -72.9621902
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IINE-10
Sports 17 Varsity Teams[2]
Nickname Chargers
Mascot Charlie the Charger
University of New Haven logo.png

The University of New Haven (UNH) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational university located in West Haven, Connecticut, which borders the larger city of New Haven and Long Island Sound. U.S. News & World Report has named the University the 100th best university in the northeastern United States as well as in the top tier of engineering programs nationwide in its annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings.[3] Between its main campus in West Haven and its graduate school campus in Orange, Connecticut, the University is situated on approximately 122 acres of land. Combining a liberal arts education with professional training, the University comprises five degree-granting colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, and the College of Lifelong & eLearning for adult and online students.[4]

From 2006–2011, the University’s undergraduate and graduate student enrollment increased by 28% and as of fall 2011 totaled over 6,000 students.

The University is a member of the Northeast-10 Conference and its mascot is the Charger, a medieval war horse. In 2008–2009, new student applications increased 100 percent.[5] New facilities include the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Soundview residence hall (Celentano Hall), the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, and Westside residence hall.[6]

Situated on about 75 acres overlooking the Connecticut shoreline the main campus is 90 minutes by train to New York City and 2 ½ hours from Boston. Six satellite campuses are located in New London, CT (on the campus of Mitchell College), Waterbury, CT, Shelton, CT, Newington, CT, Albuquerque, NM, and Prato, Italy.[7][8]


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[9] at Yale University, for nearly forty years.


Academic overview[edit]

Approximately 33% of students are enrolled in arts and sciences, 21% in business, 12% in engineering, and 34% in criminal justice and forensic sciences.[11]

A number of the University's undergraduate degree programs have been nationally recognized, most notably the nationally accredited engineering programs, forensic science, criminal justice, marine biology, and music and sound recording, as well as music industry.[12] The College of Arts and Sciences' theatre program was selected to host the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January 2012.[13]

The University of New Haven is featured in the Princeton Review’s 2017 “Best 381 Colleges” guidebook. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in “The Best 381 Colleges” guidebook. The previous two years, the University was included in the Princeton Review's “Best in the Northeast” list.[14]

In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings, the University of New Haven was tied for 95th in the regional universities (north) category. It is the seventh consecutive year the University was named a top tier comprehensive university by �U.S. News & World Report.[15]

In 2015, the University of New Haven's College of Business received accreditation from AACSB International, the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting. "AACSB Accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees," said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "The entire UNH team—including the administration, faculty, directors, staff, and students—are to be commended for their roles in earning accreditation." [16]

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs[edit]

The University of New Haven has nearly 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs.

Campus buildings[edit]

The University of New Haven currently houses 35 campus buildings, including the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science – and the newest building, Westside Hall.[17]

Residence halls[edit]

The University of New Haven offers 14 on- and off-campus, University-sponsored residence halls.[18] They consist of:

  • 1132/1136 Campbell Ave
  • Bergami Hall
  • Bethel Hall
  • Bixler Hall
  • Botwinik Hall
  • Dunham Hall
  • Forest Hills
  • Main Street Condominiums
  • Ruden Street Apartments
  • Savin Court
  • Sheffield Hall
  • Celentano Hall
  • Winchester Hall
  • Westside Hall

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, which 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. Dr. Henry C. Lee has been a member of the UNH faculty since 1975.[19]

The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science 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 Dr. Henry C. Lee's office.[20]

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.[21]

There are specialties in interdisciplinary research, training, testing, consulting, and education in forensic science, and is able to accomplish this by housing 6 centers of excellence:

  • the National Cold Case Center
  • the Learning Center
  • the Forensic and Emergency Crisis Management Command Center
  • an Advanced Technology Center
  • the National Crime Scene Training Center[22]
  • a Research and Training Center


Main article: New Haven Chargers

Varisty Sports[edit]

Official athletics logo.

DellaCamera Stadium is the official sport stadium for the University's football team as well as other various sporting events.

UNH is a member of the Northeast-10 NCAA Division II Athletic Conference. The UNH Chargers compete in 17 varsity sports. In 2008–2009, the Chargers had 10 student-athletes earn Academic All-Conference Honors, and three earned Academic-All American honors. Over the same period, UNH athletic teams completed more than 3,000 hours of community service.[23]

There are 14 NCAA Division II athletic sports offered at the University of New Haven.[24] This includes; football, women's volleyball, baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track & field, women's lacrosse, softball, field hockey and women's tennis.

Club Sports[edit]

Club Sports are recreational or athletic student-led organizations who compete with other universities and colleges. Each club is a UNH Recognized Student Organization and member of a regional or national governing association.

Currently, the following Club Sports are offered at the University of New Haven:

RECSports (Intramurals)[edit]

RECSports is an extensive intramural sport program which provides participants the opportunity to compete and socialize through organized sports leagues, one-day tournaments, special events, and online programs.

Over 50 team and individual sport programs are offered throughout the academic year. This includes but is not limited to; World Cup Soccer, Kickball, Volleyball, Floor Hockey, Basketball, Cricket, Racquetball, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Handball, Box Lacrosse, Flag Football, Badmition, Spikeball, Softball and Whiffleball.

Student organizations[edit]

UNH has 160 clubs and organizations as of February 2013.[25]


The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) at the University of New Haven houses all of the University's recognized student organizations (RSOs). Offices are located on the top floor of Bartels Hall, the University's Student Center.[26]

The Legislature is composed of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives is composed of the top 20 clubs and organizations and the Senate is composed of 23 Senators elected by the Student body. The Executive Branch is composed of the President, Senior Vice President, Vice President of Operations, Treasurer, Executive Assistant and Sergeant-at-Arms and are collectively known as the Executive Board responsible for the management of the affairs of the USGA.[27]


The Student Committee of Programming Events (SCOPE) is a student-run programming organization made up of several committees: Spirit and Traditions, Entertainment, Charger Excursions, Film and Technology, Novelty and Variety, and Marketing Chairs.

Charger Bulletin[edit]

The Charger Bulletin is the official, student-run newspaper at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut since 1938. It is published weekly in a broadsheet format.

The newspaper's articles express student opinion and news from a student's point of view. It covers on-campus and off-campus events; local, national, and important international news stories; and features political editorials, comics, and entertainment reviews. Features include the sarcastic "The Charger Battery", which recaps the week at the University of New Haven.

Both undergraduates and graduates 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.[28]

The Bulletin has historically been active in College Night, an event for all local college students that takes place in the Broadway area of downtown New Haven, Connecticut. Colleges involved include UNH, Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Albertus Magnus College.

Chariot Yearbook[edit]

The Chariot Yearbook is a student-run yearbook at the University of New Haven tasked with producing the University's annual yearbook. Typically the Chariot Yearbook highlights: the graduating class, the recognized student organizations, and several campus wide events and celebrations.


Main article: WNHU

The university's non-commercial radio station, WNHU-FM, first signed onto the air at 1600 EDT on July 4, 1973.

WNHU is broadcast on 88.7 FM. WNHU is considered the best college radio station in the state of Connecticut according to the New Haven Advocate, which has awarded the station "Best College Radio Station" for over 6 consecutive years.[29]

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.[30] 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.[31]

On June 4, 2013, WNHU broadcast an 11-hour live set featuring DJs of the founding decade of the station. This day-long event, which was held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST was in celebration of the station's 40th anniversary. WNHU first broadcast live on the air on June 4, 1973.[citation needed]

Black Student Union[edit]

The University of New Haven Black Student Union (BSU) was established in 1973 and was the first student organization on the university’s campus for students of color.

Like most other Black Student Unions on college campuses at that time, UNH’s Black Student Union was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and was proactive in generating change on campus including cultural awareness programs, requesting African-American history courses, and working closely with fraternities and sororities.

The Black Student Union is one of the most significant club/organization to influence cultural awareness through its programming all year, collaboration with other cultural clubs/organizations, and specifically through its Black History Month events.

On April 6, 2013, the Black Student Union celebrated its 40th anniversary during the annual Sankofa Ball held during the University's Black and Latino Alumni Weekend.[32]

Notable alumni[edit]

The University of New Haven currently has nearly 50,000 alumni.[33]

Faculty and staff[edit]

UNH has 522 faculty members, 83% of whom hold the highest degree in their field. The student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 16:1. The University has nearly 500 staff members, making the total number of faculty and staff 1,022, with 241 full-time faculty members in addition to part-time and adjunct professors.[35] Of the full-time faculty, 81 percent hold the highest degree in their field and 20 percent are from minority populations.[36]

Notable professors[edit]


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