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University of New Haven

University of New Haven
Former names
New Haven College
Motto A Leader in Experiential Education
Established 1920
Type Private
President Steven H. Kaplan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 6,400
Undergraduates 4,800[1]
Postgraduates 1,800
Location West Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IINE-10
Sports 17 Varsity Teams[2]
Nickname Chargers
Mascot Charlie the Charger
Website .edu.newhavenwww

The University of New Haven (UNH) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational university located in West Haven, Connecticut, which borders the larger city of New Haven and Long Island Sound. U.S. News & World Report has named the University the 100th best university in the northeastern United States as well as in the top tier of engineering programs nationwide in its annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings.[3] Between its main campus in West Haven and its graduate school campus in Orange, Connecticut, the University is situated on approximately 122 acres of land. Combining a liberal arts education with professional training, the University comprises five degree-granting colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, and the College of Lifelong & eLearning for adult and online students.[4]

From 2006-2011, the University’s undergraduate and graduate student enrollment increased by 28% and as of fall 2011 totaled over 6,000 students.

The University is a member of the Northeast-10 Conference and its mascot is the Charger, a medieval war horse. In 2008-2009, new student applications increased 100 percent.[5] New facilities include the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Soundview residence hall (Celentano Hall), the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, and Westside residence hall.[6]

Situated on about 75 acres overlooking the Connecticut shoreline the main campus is 90 minutes by train to New York City and 2 ½ hours from Boston. Six satellite campuses are located in New London, CT (on the campus of Mitchell College), Waterbury, CT, Shelton, CT, Newington, CT, Albuquerque, NM, and Prato, Italy.[7][8]


  • History 1
    • Milestones 1.1
  • Academic overview 2
  • Campus Buildings 3
    • Residence halls 3.1
    • Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science 3.2
  • Athletics 4
    • Division II sports 4.1
      • Football 4.1.1
      • Volleyball 4.1.2
    • Recreational sports 4.2
      • Club sports 4.2.1
      • Intramurals 4.2.2
  • Student organizations 5
    • USGA 5.1
    • SCOPE 5.2
    • Charger Bulletin 5.3
    • Chariot Yearbook 5.4
    • WNHU 5.5
    • Black Student Union 5.6
  • Notable alumni 6
  • Faculty and staff 7
    • Notable professors 7.1
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The University of New Haven was founded in 1920 as the New Haven YMCA Junior College, a division of Northeastern University, which shared buildings, laboratories, and faculty members[9] at Yale University, for nearly forty years.


  • 1920 - New Haven YMCA Junior College founded as a branch of Northeastern University[10]
  • 1923 - First associate degrees awarded[10]
  • 1926 - Received state charter as "New Haven College"[10]
  • 1948 - Received accreditation by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools[10]
  • 1958 - Received authorization to offer bachelor of science degrees in business and engineering[10]
  • 1960 - Moved to West Haven to site of former county orphanage, Ellis C. Maxcy Hall[10]
  • 1965 - Constructed Student Center[10]
  • 1966 - Received accreditation for baccalaureate programs[10]
  • 1968 - Constructed engineering building[10]
  • 1969 - Opened graduate school program; constructed first residence hall[10]
  • 1970 - Renamed "University of New Haven"[10]
  • 1971 - Added athletic complex[10]
  • 1974 - Constructed Marvin K. Peterson Library[10]
  • 1975 - Purchased Harugari Hall[10]
  • 1985 - Acquired Arbeiter Maenner Chor[10]
  • 1991 - Constructed new building for admissions[10]
  • 1995 - Relocation of Southeastern Branch to Mitchell College in New London[10]
  • 2012 - Opened the satellite campus in Prato, Italy

Academic overview

Approximately 33% of students are enrolled in arts and sciences, 21% in business, 12% in engineering, and 34% in criminal justice and forensic sciences.[11]

A number of the University's undergraduate degree programs have been nationally recognized, most notably the nationally accredited engineering programs, forensic science, criminal justice, marine biology, and music and sound recording, as well as music industry.[12] The College of Arts and Sciences' theatre program was selected to host the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January 2012.[13]

Campus Buildings

The University of New Haven currently houses 35 campus buildings, including the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science - and the newest building, Westside Hall.[14]

Residence halls

The University of New Haven offers 14 on- and off-campus, University-sponsored residence halls.[15] They consist of:

  • 1132/1136 Campbell Ave
  • Bergami Hall
  • Bethel Hall
  • Bixler Hall
  • Botwinik Hall
  • Dunham Hall
  • Forest Hills
  • Main Street Condominiums
  • Ruden Street Apartments
  • Savin Court
  • Sheffield Hall
  • Celentano Hall
  • Winchester Hall
  • Westside Hall

Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, which was dedicated on October 15, 2010.
The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, which was dedicated on October 15, 2010.

The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science opened on the campus of the University of New Haven in the fall of 1998. Dr. Henry C. Lee has been a member of the UNH faculty since 1975.[16]

The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science was dedicated on October 15, 2010 and consists of a crime scene center, crisis management center, museum, laboratories, classrooms, a 104-seat lecture hall, and Dr. Henry C. Lee's office.[17]

The Institute is also known for holding multiple lectures and classes throughout the year, all of which are taught by practitioners with forensic experience. Popular and often recurring topics include Crime Scene and Evidence Photography, Death and Homicide Investigation, Advanced Blood Stain and Pattern Analysis, and many others.[18]

There are specialties in interdisciplinary research, training, testing, consulting, and education in forensic science, and is able to accomplish this by housing 6 centers of excellence:

  • the National Cold Case Center
  • the Learning Center
  • the Forensic and Emergency Crisis Management Command Center
  • an Advanced Technology Center
  • the National Crime Scene Training Center[19]
  • a Research and Training Center


DellaCamera Stadium is the official sport stadium for the University's football team as well as other various sporting events.

Division II sports

UNH is a member of the Northeast-10 NCAA Division II Athletic Conference. The UNH Chargers compete in 17 varsity sports. In 2008-2009, the Chargers had 10 student-athletes earn Academic All-Conference Honors, and three earned Academic-All American honors. Over the same period, UNH athletic teams completed more than 3,000 hours of community service.[20]

There are 14 NCAA Division II athletic sports offered at the University of New Haven.[21] They are football, women's volleyball, baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track & field, women's lacrosse, softball, and women's tennis.


The Chargers play at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium on the campus of the University of New Haven.

The 2012 season brought the UNH Chargers a final 10-1 record and a bye week into the NCAA second round playoff game, for their first and only loss of the season.

On January 7, 2013, UNH football head coach Peter Rossomando was named the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year for Division II. Liberty Mutual recognizes coaches for "sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence on and off the field."[22]

On February 6th 2014, Coach Christopher Pincince was announced the new head coach of the Chargers. Coach Pincince previously worked with the Chargers and he is now returning to where his career began. During his first season with the chargers, as head coach, he finished with a record of 6-5 after a slow start to the season. The Chargers open up with a tough opponent, Slippery Rock, for their first game in the 2015 season. Coach Pincince's team is preparing and working hard in the off-season to achieve team goals. He expects his players to take responsibility and hold each other accountable; the team motto this year is "1 affects 100." The 2015 season looks bright for the University of New Haven Chargers. [23]


UNH is ranked the best D2 women's volleyball team in the East.[24] The 2012 season gave the UNH Chargers a final 30-2 record, the second best record[25] in terms of winning percentage in program history, and 27-match winning streak. The season ended with a 3-1 loss to Indianapolis in the Elite Eight at the UWF Field House in Pensacola, FL.

Recreational sports

Intramurals at the University of New Haven change throughout the year but consist of many sports.[26] Additionally, UNH offers multiple club sports that do not compete at the Division II level, yet may still compete regionally.[27]

Club sports


  • 3v3 Basketball (CoRec Pro, CoRec Semi-Pro)
  • 4v4 Volleyball (CoRec Pro, CoRec Semi-Pro, Men's Pro, Men's Semi-Pro, Women's Pro, Women's Semi-Pro)
  • Indoor Soccer (CoRec Pro, CoRec Semi-Pro, Men's Pro, Men's Semi-Pro, Women's Pro)
  • Kickball (Open)
  • Pickleball (Singles, Doubles, Women's)
  • Racquetball (Men's)
  • Softball (CoRec Pro, CoRec Semi-Pro, Men's Pro, Men's Semi-Pro, Women's)

Student organizations

UNH has 160 clubs and organizations as of February 2013.[28]


The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) at the University of New Haven houses all of the University's recognized

  • Official website
  • New Haven Athletics website
  • The Charger Bulletin – student newspaper website

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Regional University North Rankings". 
  4. ^ "Academics". 
  5. ^ Application Increase
  6. ^ Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science
  7. ^ "Southeastern Campus". 
  8. ^ UNH Opens First International Satellite Campus in Italy
  9. ^ "University of New Haven History". 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Chepaitis, Joseph B. (1995). "UNH Milestones". The University of New Haven, 75th Anniversary: a Celebration of Learning. Carleton Graphics. p. 16. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  11. ^ "University Statistics". 
  12. ^ "". University of New Haven Degree Programs. 
  13. ^ "". University Theater Department. August 2011. 
  14. ^ "New Academic Building Will House Two Classrooms, MathZone". 
  15. ^ "Residential Life". University of New Haven. 
  16. ^ "Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science". Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. 
  17. ^ "". Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. 
  18. ^ "Programs". Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science Offered Programs. 
  19. ^ "National Crime Scene Training Center". Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science National Crime Scene Training Center. 
  20. ^ "Story Archives". 
  21. ^ "New Haven Chargers". 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "University of New Haven Names Chris Pincince Head Football Coach". University of New Haven Chargers. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  24. ^
  25. ^
  26. ^ "IMLeagues - University of New Haven". 
  27. ^ "University of New Haven Directory of Clubs and Organizations". 
  28. ^ "Directory of Recognized Student Organizations". University of New Haven. February 2013. 
  29. ^
  30. ^
  31. ^
  32. ^ "". New Haven Advocate. November 2011. 
  33. ^ SPINELLI, TONY (August 13, 2006). Polka Prince' expands his radio audience"'". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  34. ^ Arzoian, Rebecca (September 28, 2007). "To practice improv...". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  35. ^
  36. ^ "Alumni Spotlights". 
  37. ^ "University of New Haven". 
  38. ^ "UNH Fast Facts". Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  39. ^ Brisebois, Dan. " - Eddie Schwartz". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  40. ^ "University of New Haven - Henry C. Lee". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 


Notable professors

UNH has 522 faculty members, 83% of whom hold the highest degree in their field. The student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 16:1. The University has nearly 500 staff members, making the total number of faculty and staff 1,022, with 241 full-time faculty members in addition to part-time and adjunct professors.[37] Of the full-time faculty, 81 percent hold the highest degree in their field and 20 percent are from minority populations.[38]

Faculty and staff

The University of New Haven currently has nearly 50,000 alumni.[36]

Notable alumni

On April 6, 2013, the Black Student Union celebrated its 40th anniversary during the annual Sankofa Ball held during the University's Black and Latino Alumni Weekend.[35]

The Black Student Union is one of the most significant club/organization to influence cultural awareness through its programming all year, collaboration with other cultural clubs/organizations, and specifically through its Black History Month events.

Like most other Black Student Unions on college campuses at that time, UNH’s Black Student Union was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and was proactive in generating change on campus including cultural awareness programs, requesting African American History courses, and working closely with fraternities and sororities.

The University of New Haven Black Student Union (BSU) was established in 1973 and was the first student organization on the university’s campus for students of color.

Black Student Union

On June 4, 2013, WNHU broadcast an 11-hour live set featuring DJs of the founding decade of the station. This day-long event, which was held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST was in celebration of the station's 40th anniversary. WNHU first broadcast live on the air on June 4, 1973.

WNHU is known for eclectic programming with shows ranging from new music, rock, gospel, funk, and talk shows to specialty formats such as polka and Irish music.[33] Unlike many college or community radio stations where DJs change frequently, some WNHU personalities have hosted shows for years, many of whom are UNH alumni.[34]

WNHU is broadcast on 88.7 FM. WNHU is considered the best college radio station in the state of Connecticut according to the New Haven Advocate, which has awarded the station "Best College Radio Station" for over 6 consecutive years.[32]

The university's non-commercial radio station, WNHU-FM, first signed onto the air at 1600 EDT on July 4, 1973.


The Chariot Yearbook is a student-run yearbook at the University of New Haven tasked with producing the University's annual yearbook. Typically the Chariot Yearbook highlights: the graduating class, the recognized student organizations, and several campus wide events and celebrations.

Chariot Yearbook

The Bulletin has historically been active in College Night, an event for all local college students that takes place in the Broadway area of downtown New Haven, Connecticut. Colleges involved include UNH, Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, and Albertus Magnus College.

Both undergraduates and graduates write for the paper. The Bulletin comes out weekly on Wednesdays while classes are in session. The paper version of the Bulletin is distributed for free throughout the campus of UNH, and is also published online.[31]

The newspaper's articles express student opinion and news from a student's point of view. It covers on-campus and off-campus events; local, national, and important international news stories; and features political editorials, comics, and entertainment reviews. Features include the sarcastic "The Charger Battery", which recaps the week at the University of New Haven.

The Charger Bulletin is the official, student-run newspaper at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut since 1938. It is published weekly in a broadsheet format.

Charger Bulletin

The Student Committee of Programming Events (SCOPE) is a student-run programming organization made up of several committees: Comedy and Lecture, Day Programming, Film, Halloween & Spring Carnival, Special Events, Technology, Publicity and Weekend Programming.


The Legislature is composed of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives is composed of the top 20 clubs and organizations and the Senate is composed of 23 Senators elected by the Student body. The Executive Branch is composed of the President, Senior Vice President, Vice President of Operations, Treasurer, Executive Assistant and Sergeant-at-Arms and are collectively known as the Executive Board responsible for the management of the affairs of the USGA.[30]


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