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Becoming part of the global community is one of many interests that can be explored at WestConn.

Our philosophy is simple: Foster a holistic approach to intellectual and social growth and development that prepares students to be productive citizens of the world by developing their knowledge, experience, and critical thinking. For Ashley Hyde her intellectual curiosity, imagination and creativity were piqued as an undergraduate student at WestConn, especially in her social sciences courses with Dr. Rob Whittemore and political science courses with Dr. Chris Kukk. From her initial major in biology to core courses in anthropology and courses in international relations … Ashley was able to develop a research project that was likely one of the best proposals Fulbright received.The knowledge and confidence that she gained as a student helped shape her desire to help others, but it was a trip to Cape Verde in 2009 that solidified her decision to make a change in the world.

As part of the trip, sponsored by the Humanitarian Travel Club, Hyde took part in assisting with medical aid, tutoring students and helping deportees reintegrate into society. “That trip really spurred my interest there. There are an increasing number of people being deported from the United States,” Hyde said. “Housing and employment are a problem and there is a huge cultural issue, a stigma, with being a deportee. No one in the community wants to help them.”

Her plans to help others earned Hyde a Fulbright scholarship in January. In the fall, she will move to Jamaica for a year to conduct research on alternative methods of integration for deportees. At the end of the year after her study is completed, Hyde will earn a Master of Science in public health or international relations from the University of West Indies, which will advise and oversee her project.

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We have six great reasons to consider WestConn.

Reason No. 1:

Outstanding Faculty

Burt Peretti

Peretti makes history contemporary, relevant
WestConn’s educators excel in their subject areas and disciplines, and are committed to excellence in teaching, ensuring student success and fostering a diverse academic community. Small class sizes taught by award-winning professors — including some Fulbright scholars — provide the best learning opportunities available.

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Reason No. 2:

Location

Kelley Bradley

Global climate studies start close to home for Connecticut native
Capitalizing on our location in Danbury, Connecticut, a New England city characterized by its economic vibrancy and its diverse citizenry, as well as our proximity to the educational and cultural riches of New York City, WestConn has truly become a global university. Our students can be found exhibiting their art in Manhattan, performing theater on Broadway and in Scotland, visiting the United Nations and traveling to China, Spain, Puerto Rico and Vietnam for immersion programs.

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Reason No. 3:

Diverse University Community

Najah Mahfoud

Nursing major says WestConn helped her accomplish every goal
At WestConn, we value and affirm the unique contributions of our many constituent populations, recognizing the learning opportunities that differences can create. Workshops, roundtables and student organizations serve to explore and understand how best to combine the many unique talents within our student and faculty populations to foster discussion and understanding.

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Reason No. 4:

Quality Academic Programs

Jessica Thibeault

Future science teacher gets hands-on experience in state-of-the-art biology lab
WestConn offers a range of quality academic offerings, including signature programs like our teacher education, music performance, nursing and science degrees, to our one-of-a-kind meteorology, professional writing and justice and law administration programs. There truly is something for everyone at WestConn.

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Reason No. 5:

Student-Centered Environment

Ashley Hyde

Becoming part of the global community is one of many interests that can be explored at WestConn.
Our philosophy is simple: Foster a holistic approach to intellectual and social growth and development that prepares students to be productive citizens of the state of Connecticut and the world by developing their knowledge, experience, and critical thinking and by fostering life-long learning characterized by intellectual curiosity, imagination and creativity. In other words, if you can imagine it, you can achieve it at WestConn.

Reason No. 6:

Affordability

James Heffner

Student uses scholarships to follow his dream
WestConn is proud to offer the affordability and access of a mid-sized public university while creating the quality experience of the best private institutions. Through private and corporate scholarships and endowments, the university continues to provide resources to students with academic achievement and financial need.

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