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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. 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 six degree-granting colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, the College of Business, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences.[4]

University of New Haven
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Former names
New Haven College
MottoA Leader in Experiential Education
PresidentSteven H. Kaplan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,

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
ColorsBlue and Gold
AthleticsNCAA Division IINE-10
Sports17 Varsity Teams[3]
MascotCharlie the Charger
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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. 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.[5] 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.[6]

Situated on about 82 acres overlooking the Connecticut shoreline the main campus is 90 minutes by train to New York City and 2 ½ hours from Boston. Satellite campuses are located in New London, CT (on the campus of Mitchell College), 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 overviewEdit

Approximately 33% of students are enrolled in arts and sciences, 21% in business, 12% in engineering, and 34% in criminal justice and forensic sciences.[15]

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.[16] The College of Arts and Sciences' theatre program was selected to host the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January 2012.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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." [20]

Undergraduate and Graduate ProgramsEdit

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

Campus buildingsEdit

The University of New Haven currently houses 48 campus buildings[21], including the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science – and the newest building, Westside Hall.[22]

Residence hallsEdit

The University of New Haven offers 14 on- and off-campus, University-sponsored residence halls.[23] They consist of:

  • 1132/1136 Campbell Ave
  • Bergami Hall
  • Bethel Hall
  • Bixler Hall
  • Gerber Hall [24]
  • Dunham Hall
  • Forest Hills
  • Main Street Condominiums
  • Ruden Street Apartments
  • Savin Court
  • Sheffield Hall
  • Celentano Hall
  • Winchester Hall
  • Westside Hall
  • 1 Atwood Place

Non-Residential BuildingsEdit

The University of New Haven has a variety of non-residential facilities that are used to house classrooms, dining halls and cafe's, athletic gyms, and centers for student activities and resources.[21] These Include:

  • Maxcy Hall
  • Bayer Hall
  • Gate House
  • Harugari Hall
  • Marvin K. Peterson Library
  • Campus Store
  • Bartels Dining Hall
  • Buckman Hall
  • Dodds Hall
  • Kaplan Hall
  • Echlin Hall
  • North Hall
  • Subway Building
  • Dental Center
  • Athletic Offices
  • Charger Gymnasium
  • Bartels Student Activity Center
  • Alexander W. Nicholson Jr. Health Center
  • David A. Beckerman Recreation Center
  • Arbeiter Maenner Chor
  • 1124, 1132, 1136 and 1076 Campbell Avenue
  • Charger Plaza
  • Charger Plaza Building C
  • 46 Ruden Street
  • 1 Care Lane
  • 16 Rockveiw Street
  • Tow Youth Justice Institute
  • Forensic Science Learning Lab
  • Alumni House
  • 600 Saw Mill Drive
  • Orange Campus

Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic ScienceEdit

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

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[28]
  • a Research and Training Center


The New Haven Chargers are the athletic teams that represent the University of New Haven, located in West Haven, Connecticut, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Chargers' 17 athletics teams, 7 for men and 10 for women, compete as members of the Northeast-10 Conference.[29] New Haven has been a member of the NE-10 since 2008.

In 2016-2017, the women's volleyball and baseball team won Northeast-10 Conference championships. Overall 12-of-16 teams qualified for postseason play, while six teams (men's & women's cross country, volleyball, baseball, women's lacrosse and softball) advanced to the NCAA Championships. Six Chargers were named All-Americans following their respective seasons; Zach Voytek (football), Tyler Condit (football), Kendall Cietek (women's lacrosse), Nicole Belanger (women's lacrosse), Hannah Johnson (women's lacrosse) and Robert Petrillo (baseball). Off the fields, courts and tracks, the Chargers 300-plus student-athletes combined for a 3.01 grade point average in the Spring of 2017, the 18th straight season with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Additionally, 343 Chargers received NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll accolades, while 163 were named to the New Haven Dean's List.[30]

Varsity teamsEdit

Club SportsEdit

There are 18 recognized Club Sports[31] at the University of New Haven. Club Sports are recreation or athletics student-led organizations who compete with other universities and colleges. Each club is a University of New Haven recognized student organization and member of a regional or national governing association. Participation and individual dues vary by club.

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

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 tournament, special events and online programs. Over 50 team and individual sport programs are offered throughout the academic year. Access to all RECSports programs is free and open to all University of New Haven students.

Student organizationsEdit

UNH has 160 clubs and organizations as of February 2013.[32]


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.[33]

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.[34]


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 BulletinEdit

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.[35]

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.

Chargers Marching BandEdit

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 over 260.[36]

The marching band consists of both undergraduate and graduate students from almost every degree program on campus and is the largest organization on campus. Members include those with championship high school and drum corps experience as well as those whose high school bands did not march at all. The band performs at all home football games, as well as several high school competitions throughout Connecticut, and has also traveled to Fitton Stadium at the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, MA, and travels yearly to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, PA, most recently to participate in the Collegiate Marching Band Festival.[37]

The band is under the direction of Jason Degroff. The assistant director and battery arranger is Dr. Alexander Casimiro, and the music arranger is Keith Murray.

Chariot YearbookEdit

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.


The university's non-commercial radio station, WNHU-FM, first signed onto the air at 1600 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 the year 2015.[38] 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 lab for student learning, and as a source of culturally diverse programming for the communities we serve. [39] 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.[40]

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.[41] 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.[42]

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]


Students usually start their time on the station with WNHU-2, the online stream from the University of New Haven. Training for students to start their own show is taught by the WNHU2 Director, currently Leah Walker. As stated on, "An unfiltered sense of creative freedom is what WNHU-2 is all about, so you may encounter explicit language, lyrics, and stories. The views expressed on WNHU-2 are those of our students and our students alone." [43]

Current Student EmployeesEdit


  • Station Manager: Rebecca Satzberg
  • Promotions/Social Media Director: Lynnsey Spader
  • Assistant Promotions Directors: Amy Suraci and Ricky Hauser
  • Production Director: Kayla Mutchler
  • Program/Music Director: PJ Tucker
  • WNHU2 Program Director: Leah Walker
  • Director of Fundrasing: Jake Paul
  • Aircheck Director: Hunter Cary

Bucknall TheatreEdit

Bucknall Theatre 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 theatre 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 majors. It is used as a lecture hall and is equipped with pull out desks on each of the 250 seats. [44]

Recent ProductionsEdit

Spring 2019

  • Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play by: Anne Washburn
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged by By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

Fall 2018

  • Caberet Book by Joe Masteroff, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb Based on the play I Am a Camera by John van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood

Spring 2018

  • The Trojan Woman By Euripides, Adapted and Translated by Ellen McLaughlin
  • Students New Works Festival

Fall 2017

  • A Chorus Line Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, Book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante
  • An Evening of Radio Plays By Samuel Beckett, the Neo-Futurists, and Harold Pinter

Spring 2017

  • The Nether By Jennifer Haley
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert

Fall 2016

  • Our Town By Thornton Wilder
  • Theatre for Community Impact Devised by the students in Theater for Community Impact with Steve Luber [45]

Black Student UnionEdit

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.[46]

Notable alumniEdit

The University of New Haven has approximately 50,000 alumni.[47]

Faculty and staffEdit

The student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 16:1, with an average class size of 22 students. The University has nearly 510 staff members and 263 full-time faculty members in addition to part-time and adjunct professors. Of full-time faculty, 82% hold the highest degree in their field. [48]

Notable professorsEdit


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