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The world needs intellectually courageous, inventive, resourceful, and resilient leaders to address the new and complex problems of our time. At Conn, we have created a real academic journey, encompassing all four years of your life on campus.
Instead of providing a checklist of course requirements, though, our comprehensive four-year approach, Connections, integrates everything you do as a student here—your classes, your major, your study abroad, your internship—into habits of mind you can draw on for the rest of your life.
World-changing social movements and social innovation often start at the community level. Conn offers you a multitude of ways to get close to the day-to-day challenges, the aspirations, and the nuances of communities—whether that community is in our hometown, the seaport city of New London, or across the globe. These firsthand experiences are designed to open up your mind and heart and help you think about the kinds of problems you would like to help solve. In the summer before your senior year, you will take everything you have learned and put it to work in an internship—and because Conn guarantees $3,000 in funding for every qualifying internship, you can afford to choose one that fully reflects your newly broadened sense of possibility.
Nearly all Conn students live on campus. You come together as a group of people who have little or no shared history and do the hard work of putting together a community. You make friends with people you would never expect to. You look out for one another. Moreover, you learn that the best communities, and the best decisions, emerge when people are invested in making each other smarter and making good ideas stronger. Your campus experience becomes a model for shaping every community and every workplace you belong to after Conn. Moreover, it becomes your enduring connection with your fellow Camels.
At many colleges and universities, honor codes are mostly concerned with how you behave when you write a paper or take a test. Our nearly 100-year-old Honor Code is much more: it emphasizes the collective responsibility we have to each other. Created by students in 1922, the Honor Code ensures that "trust" at Conn stands for something: a shared bond, a way of life.
You will hear a lot about "shared governance" at Conn. It means our entire campus community's perspectives—students, faculty, staff, and administrators—are valued in the College's decision-making processes. It is the opportunity—and the responsibility—to fully participate in deciding about what matters. Shared governance also means students like you serve on significant committees on campus, including those that help determine the College's budget priorities, consider educational changes, and manage sustainability.
Founded in 1911, Connecticut College today is where liberal education is being redefined for the 21st century. Our Connections approach encourages students to ask personal and meaningful questions, explore answers by integrating courses from multiple disciplines, engage in off-campus learning, and share what they have learned with the broader community. Our graduates are prepared to be creative, adaptive thinkers ready to tackle the world's most complex problems.
At Conn, "academic rigor" is not just about the number of pages our students read: Synthesizing multiple viewpoints into breakthrough ideas. Students learn to look beyond typical narratives and assumptions and build strong connections among the many aspects of their college experience: the languages they are learning, the disciplines they are studying, the communities they are inhabiting, their work in class and the world, and ultimately, their lives after College. They learn how to make an impact—and how to inspire others to do so, too.
The Office of Student Accessibility Services is committed to ensuring nondiscrimination and access to all programs, activities, and services for qualified students with disabilities. The Office of Student Accessibility Services seeks to create an environment in which students with documented conditions or disorders that rise to a disability level participate fully in the range of experiences available to all students at Connecticut College, including curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities. The nature and degree of access to programs, services, and facilities, and the level of self-determination afforded qualified persons with disabilities will be indistinguishable from those available to their peers without disabilities.
We work with students with disabilities to assist them in fully participating in and having access to all of the College's programs and activities. The College appreciates that each individual is unique; therefore, each student's access needs who register with Student Accessibility Services are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Student Counseling Services provides individual counseling sessions and off-campus referrals, if indicated, and coordinates campus support groups dealing with emotional issues. Counselors will also meet with parents and individual faculty members but only if requested by the student using Student Counseling Services. A student who is interested in developing a specific support group should call the director of Counseling Services. Counseling Services is entirely confidential and will share information with the Director of Student Accessibility Services or another staff member only if a student signed a release.

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