University of Hartford Reviews

  • 24 Reviews
  • West Hartford (CT)
  • Annual Tuition: $46,148
67% of 24 students said this degree improved their career prospects
92% of 24 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 6/12/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"I spent one semester and completed two courses in the graduate nursing program. I received As in both courses and felt like I learned a lot. I dropped out and transferred to another university due to it being a very unsupportive, unprofessional environment. With two bachelor's degrees and a nursing job of 20 years, quitting was not my usual style. One week before a discussion post was due and one and one half weeks before a major project was due, Professor Duhamel sent a memo to the class that said, "please note the changes to the syllabus." The post was now due the next day rather than in one week and the project was now due in three days rather than in a week and a half. In a panic, I emailed her and said this was impossible. It was not until this point that she admitted she made a mistake...and that we should have caught on and spoken up. Well I had not caught on. I trusted the syllabus. Go figure. She said she would grant me the original dates but it would mess up the grading system as it went beyond what was supposed to be the end of the term. There was no apology or acknowledgment that this sudden change would cause undue stress. I turned the project in three days after the new due date and four days before the original due date (that I had been granted). I made an error in setting the video for her viewing. She emailed me and told me to correct it immediately or the grading system would be screwed up. When I reminded her I had been granted the original due date, she lectured me about how the class was at fault for not catching the mistake. When I went to Professor Breda, the head of the department, she responded by what sounded like a pitch she gives to new students about the program and advanced nursing. She kept avoiding the topic. Even upon my inquiry, she refused to acknowledge any injustice I had encountered. She told me she could get me a new advisor (as my advisor was Prof Duhamel) but that I would still have to take the nursing theory course with her. When I asked her if I could take nursing theory at another university and transfer the credits, she said no. After dropping out of the program, I decided to take the issue further up the chain, hoping corrective action would take place for the sake of other students. In a telephone conversation with Professor Thompson, the head dean, she not only refused to acknowledge I had been wronged, but gave me serious attitude repeating several times the phrase, "but you're not a student here anymore." She missed the point. Really, all I wanted was something like, "The behavior you describe is not commiserate with the values of the university. I will investigate the matter as this is not a way to treat students. I'm sorry we lost you as you were a good student." I received nothing of the sort from either dean."
a pierce
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2018
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"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."
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2018
  • Degree: Communications
"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."
Bayla Arietta
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2018
  • Degree: Art & Design
"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."
Sarah B.
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2017
  • Degree: Music
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"Good, small classes. Bad job placement. Good professors and environment."
Jeannette D
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2016
  • Degree: Biology
"The University of Hartford Neuroscience Program was one of the best experiences of my educational career. It gave me the opportunity to engage in case-based learning and evidence-based practice. It has enhanced my critical thinking skills and provided me with the skill-set necessary to work with those who have various cognitive disabilities."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Communications
"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."
James Mravec
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2016
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"The best part of the program was the instructors. They were all the highest level of professionals from the illustration field. The other pro of the program was that it is a low residency program. This allowed me to continue to work while getting my MFA degree. I would not have been able to do this if I needed to attend school full time on campus. This has been a wonderful experience overall and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to continue their education in illustration. The con of the program is the cost. It is very expensive to get a Masters degree. I don't necessarily think that Hartford is any more expensive than other schools though."
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2015
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
Heidi Joseph
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"The professors were great, personable and responsive. The opportunity for clinical in Toronto was fantastic."
Heidi Joseph
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"The instructors were phenomenal. The classes were hard work and contained pertinent real societal, economical discussions and projects. I had the opportunity to do part of my clinical with another group of students in Toronto, Canada and it was well worth it. We were exposed to community and public health nursing and Western Medicine. I did take an online course which was very easy and not challenging content wise. It was an interesting content however. This would be one con of the program. My research class for nursing was also not challenging and the instructor for this class was frankly not often on topic and frequently discussed irrelevant topics. This then made the class easy to pass since she was interested in content of the work submitted. She also did not provide sufficient discussion of research relavence so I found myself behind the 8-ball in a later class. I made lifelong friends with my classmates and found the overall process rewarding. Thank you, Heidi Joseph"
Clara Frias-Taveras
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2014
  • Degree: Neuropsychology
"Great program! Excellent faculty! Very clinically oriented neuroscience program. Excellent for pre-med students who enjoy learning about all things neuro-related. Most classes are geared towards the health sciences and taught through clinical cases. The faculty and program director are very attentive, enthusiastic and provide guidance and assistance. I haven't done any bench work yet but I've heard it's very unorganized and chaotic, aren't all labs that way though? Overall, it's a small, individualized and fun program."
Keyla Gammarano
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"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!"
Kelsie Ross
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2014
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"I am very happy with the flexibility that my graduate program offers. The faculty works hard to tailor the program to student-specific interests. The cohort for each semester is also very diverse and provides the opportunity for a lot of valuable thoughts and insight that might otherwise be lacking. I cannot think of any cons about my graduate program."
Caitlyn Hauswirth
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2014
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"The overall value of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program at University of Hartford is great. The program is less expensive than many other schools, but the teachers are just as qualified, if not more qualified! Many of the professors are practicing PTs, and many are board certified in their chosen specialties. The school has many contracts with clinics all over the country for the students to complete their clinical experiences at. The school is located in West Hartford, and the immediate surrounding area is very nice, full of beautiful homes and expensive neighborhoods. However, there are no affordable options in those neighborhoods for students to live. If you travel outside the immediate surroundings you can live in Bloomfield (think nice suburbs), or Hartford (which is cheaper and if you find the right apartment, can be very nice)."
Francesco Barone
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2014
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"I completed my masters and am working on my doctorate in guitar and have had a great experience."
Francesco Barone
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2014
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"My experience at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music has been great. The performance faculty is first class, 1 on 1 instruction is par none, the conservatory is academically minded but doesn't require the same work load as a university and the atmosphere is competitive yet supportive. During my masters I rose my guitar technique and musicianship to a professional level. I can only say great things about my experience at the Hartt School, a hidden treasure among conservatories."
Eric Himle
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2013
  • Degree: Art & Design
"This review is for an MFA Illustration program. The program is limited residency. It is incredible. The instructors are among the best illustrators/educators in America. The program pushes one to be better artistically, professionally and academically. It is a unique program unlike any other has to offer."