Huskies and Bulldogs, Oh My!
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Education is a big deal in tiny Connecticut. Public schools consistently rank among the top 5 in the country. Recently, its education chief has been appointed as the President’s Education Secretary. Moreover, Connecticut boasts 37 colleges and universities throughout. The University of Connecticut, UConn, is in the town of Storrs and has just over 18,000 undergraduate students. Due to the success of the athletic programs, particularly basketball, “Husky Fever” is rampant throughout the state. You’ll see bumper stickers, banners, and flags everywhere. Combined, the men’s and women’s basketball teams have won 21 NCAA championships and Gampel Pavilion, the on-campus arena where the games are played, is sacred ground. Further south, in New Haven, is Yale, the Ivy League university that was founded in 1701. In addition to being an elite institution of higher learning, and the country’s third oldest college, Yale is also very welcoming. Yale University is home to art galleries, music venues, a natural history museum, and even a rare book library. You can take a campus tour or just relax and watch students and visitors from all over the world explore this fascinating campus. Yale also funds the New Haven Promise program, paying full tuition for eligible students from New Haven public schools.