Minor Protection Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
The University of Connecticut is proud to serve the broader community through a wide range of educational and enriching opportunities and is committed to promoting a welcoming and secure experience for the children and youth who participate in activities at UConn. Through the Minor Protection Program, we support and provide resources to organizations and the University community. We provide trainings and monitor adherence to the Minor Protection Policy. We serve individuals under the age of 18. All school groups visiting or partaking in activities at the UConn campus, are advised to review university policies regarding minors. This can be found at minorprotection.uconn.edu.
The Lodewick Visitors Center provides a 30-minute information session and 90-minute guided tour of the Storrs campus for high school aged students. The program for high school freshmen and sophomores focuses on how to prepare in high school to be a competitive college applicant. Presentations for high school juniors and seniors cover the range of academic, research and leadership opportunities and the application process. Information related to Student Support Services and financial aid also shared in the presentations. Self-guided activities available upon request for middle school groups.
UC Cafes & Dairy Bar
UConn's historic Dairy Bar serves over 200,000 people annually and is a favorite stop for visitors to campus. School groups can arrange for ice cream to be ready when they arrive at the Dairy Bar (see website to arrange). Additionally, there are numerous cafes around campus providing beverages, snack, sandwiches and more.
High School and Middle School groups are invited to share a meal in one of our campus dining halls (with all-inclusive pricing) prepared by our award winning chefs! Or a school may opt for eating at our Union Street Market Food Court located in the Student Union, which also offers a variety of exciting options. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan options are always available. Let us know if there are food allergies and we'll gladly accommodate. View our website for menu of offerings and hours of operation, depending on the time of year.
William Benton Museum of Art
We offer guided tours for all ages of our temporary and permanent exhibitions, and Architectural and Art Walks on campus depending upon the weather. Our arpillera program is geared toward high school students and relays information about the aesthetics and history of Chilean arpilleras and a chance to create their own. It is great for history classes, and the program can be amended to focus on the Chilean people and culture during the rule of General Pinochet. The mola program focuses on the process of making molas from the Kuna people's inspiration to the final product. The students will gain an understanding of this type of folk art, as well as the culture of the indigenous people of Panama. This program is primarily for elementary and middle school students, but can also be altered to fit into high school students' curriculum.
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH) at UConn works with multiple departments across campus to provide interdisciplinary learning opportunities for people of all ages. For K-12 school groups, self-guided tours of the Museum's Antu exhibits and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Greenhouses on campus can add truly unique activities to any school field trip. Throughout the year, the Museum also offers free weekend public programs that include informal lectures for adults, youth and school age children as well as seasonal special event "days" for all ages featuring hands-on natural science activities, lively presentations and tours with UConn faculty, staff and graduate students.
CSMNH current exhibits: Wilbur Cross, Biology/Physics, Babbage Library (beginning late Fall).
Jorgensen Center offers approximately 30 national and international cultural events covering a broad range of artistic disciplines and popular entertainment. Jorgensen Center offers public school programs with discounted tickets and can assist with transportation arrangements. The Jorgensen Outreach for Youth provides free or discounted tickets to public schools and provides scholarship and performing opportunities to middle and high school aged children accepted into the program.
The H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center provides middle and high school student groups the opportunity to connect with our students. Through engaging and informative panel discussions, our students provide insight to the college application process and life at UConn. They cover topics ranging from academics and residential living to participating in student organizations and campus culture regarding diversity and inclusion. We strive to convey the full breadth of the college experience to underrepresented students.
Asian American Cultural Center
The Asian American Cultural Center welcomes all visitors to tour our Center and see what we have to offer. We can host panel discussions on academic, cultural, and social life on campus as well as sponsor special activities to engage and provide cross cultural engagement.
Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center
Located on the Student Union's fourth floor, PR\LACC provides presentations to high schools about our resources for UConn students, faculty and staff. We can also arrange for a panel of Undergraduate students to speak about their UConn experiences.
The Rainbow Center, UConn's LGBTQIA+ Resource Center, welcomes groups to visit our Center, take a tour, and learn about our offerings. We are most commonly available for tours of our facility, but may be available to provide additional support depending on group needs and interests.
University Events & Conference Services
Juliet Kapsis, Program Coordinator
Karen Zajac, Reservationist
University Events & Conference Services' (UECS) mission is to represent and enhance the UConn brand of quality and innovation through positive event and conference experiences. UECS is the single point of contact for all external organizations that want to reserve space or execute a conference, event, summer academic program, or camp on campus. Our department offers full conference and event management from conception to execution.
In addition, UECS handles reservations and invoicing for all summer programs that include housing and/or dining. We are also responsible for contracting and paperwork processing for all youth camps.
UECS is committed to providing the highest quality service to external partners, program attendees, and visitors to UConn. As a certified one-stop-shop, we are THE resource for off-campus groups looking to host a program at UConn. Let us help you create a memorable experience for your guests.
Early College Programs
The Office of Early College Programs (OECP) is committed to fostering a relationship between higher education and secondary education through early and pre-college options at the University of Connecticut including UConn Early College Experience (ECE), Pre-College Summer (PCS), and On-Campus Courses (Dual Enrollment).
ECE offers high school students the opportunity to take UConn courses at their high school for both high school and college credit. We certify high school teachers as UConn ECE affiliate faculty members and they offer the UConn courses to their students for credit. We encourage our instructors to bring their students to UConn to provide them with the opportunity to be on a college campus and even it in on a class. Our UConn ECE Instructors are responsible for initiating a campus visit, and working with Jessica Dunn to make arrangements to visit a class, receive a tour of campus, visit the library, or even visit the Dairy Bar! We typically meet up with our high school groups to welcome them to campus, and the instructors direct the rest of their time on campus.
PCS provided high school students the opportunity to live and learn on The Storrs campus through four intensive one-week sessions during the month of July. Within each one-week session, students focus on one field of their choice, attending classes taught by UConn professors or industry professionals. While on campus, students attend workshops designed to assist with the transitions after high school. Included in our workshops is an info session and tour of the campus coordinated by Nella Quasnitschka in the PCS Program Office.
Communications & Engagement
The UConn Library offers a variety of exhibitions and spaces that may be of interest to school organizations. Groups of all ages are welcome to a self-guided view of our three exhibition galleries in both the Homer Babbidge Library and Archives & Special Collections housed in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. We have a Maker Studio that can be toured with small groups and the spaces of the Homer Babbidge Library can be reserved for group meetings and include computer classrooms, small auditorium-style spaces, and a visualization studio.
Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections provides hands-on, active-learning programs which engage students in primary source research and which foster critical thinking, curiosity, analytical skills, and historical empathy. ASC staff work with teachers to customize sessions to suit course needs, including tours, introductory sessions intended to expose students to archives and archival work, workshops on research methods and primary source literacy, materials handling practice, digital projects, content-specific workshops centered on ASC collections, and more. ASC is a frequent partner with local elementary, middle, and high schools, and is a participating site in CT History Day.
The University of Connecticut provides support for over 650 student-athletes and annual attendance at UConn athletics home events averages about 600,000 per year. Beginning in the fall of 2019, UConn students will be able to attend all UConn athletics home events without purchasing a ticket. Information for ticketed athletics events, including men's and women's basketball, football, men's and women's soccer and men's hockey can be found by visiting UConnTickets.com. Keep in mind group rates are available for parties of 10 or more! All other home athletics events are free of charge so stay up to date online at UConnHuskies.com and on social media @UConnHuskies.