University of Hartford Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (8)
The Hartt School has all the makings of a world-class theater conservatory: Top notch facility, exciting faculty, and once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities. In my time there, i studied Shakespeare with british theater professionals, worked with a Tony-winning director at a Tony-winning regional theater, and made friendships that last me to this day.
Hated it. Not sure they are the same now as they were when I attended, but the dorms were in close proximity to an off campus housing project which was a bit scary. I have not retained any friends who I met there. I had no pride in the institution. I wanted to be a graphic designer but the art school wanted me to repeat an entire year of classes to get above a B- grade average in order to continue on in the program. I am 100% sure I would have been a graphic designer today had I not gone to that school and had my career and confidence completely ruined at such a young age. I wanted to transfer after the first year, but my father wouldn't let me because they did give me a lot of financial aid (which I am still paying off almost 20 years later). I ended changing my major to communications and have made a decent career for myself after taking many classes elsewhere that fully prepared me for what I needed to know. I could have done much better for myself at another school. I am positive of that.
The University of Hartford/Hartford Art School was a great Undergrad experience where I connected with amazing professors and peers. The facilities to create work in were top notch and the teachers were not only a great help during my time in school, but continue to be excellent resources and mentors years later. One of the biggest draws for me to this school, was the access into other departments. As both an artist and a classical harpist, I was able to Major in Illustration, but continue my harp studies through the School of Music. Many other schools did not offer this opportunity. The Hartford Art School gave me a great community of artists with different backgrounds, and inspired me to develop my work as an artist and grow.
Being a music performance major isn't for wimps! But if you really want it, pursuing it at The Hartt School is a great experience. The classroom instruction has been tough (think music theory, ear training and music history) but the instructors were caring and if you care enough to approach them for extra help, they will go out of their way to ensure you get it. There are numerous opportunities to join performance groups (chamber music, orchestra, baroque ensemble, musical theater pit). The friends and connections I've made at The Hartt School have also paid off by allowing me to find paid gigs with local community theater, weddings, corporate events, etc. By far, the best part of my Hartt experience was my private lesson studies. My teacher is a world class professional who has given me the tools to improve my playing be leaps and bounds. If you are considering Hartt I highly suggest arranging an interview lesson with the teacher you want to study with so you can get a feel for their style and personality. Good Luck!
UHart is a small school, which is nice because your professors do get to know you. Chances are there will be a least a few professors in your major whose classes you'll be in multiple times, especially as an upperclassman. The art, music and dance programs are very good; if that's something you're interested in, whether you're studying it or not, there are lots of shows, concerts and performances to go to. Be sure to get involved in things as a freshman; with a smaller student body it might take a little longer to find people you have a lot in common with, but the more you sign up for the more likely you are to find friends.
Close knit but also large enough so that you could blend in. Amazing teachers. They encourage students in the education program to jump right into student teaching and observations so that you definitely know if it is the right major for you, early on.
Uhart's program was top notch in the area for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The mixture of courses from the phenomenal Barney School of Business, Psych program and Communications program was the perfect mix to prepare me for my career.
I transferred to the University of Hartford from the University of Connecticut at Storrs in 2013, and all can say is that I wish I would have come to this university sooner. If you like smaller class sizes and a more personal relationship with your professors this is definitely the place for you! I have nothing but good things to say about my experience here, and would recommend it to anyone!