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UB's Firsts and Bests



  • Fones School of Dental Hygiene was the first school established in the world (1913).
  • Partnered with the Peace Corps to offer New England’s first Peace Corps Preparatory Program (2014).
  • First Master in Human Nutrition in the nation in 1991 (also first to offer online in 1997).
  • The first & only PhD program in Technology Management in the Northeast.
  • The School of Nursing launched the first BSN program in CT in the ‘90s.
  • STEM on Wheels is the first STEM bus in CT.
  • The first PhD in Computer Science and Engineering in the Northeast.
  • Home to the first ABET-accredited Computer Engineering program in CT.
  • First High Tech Incubator in Fairfield County.
  • The first Education Leadership Doctoral Program (EdD) in Connecticut (1980).
  • The first university-based chiropractic program in the nation (1991).
  • Carnegie Classification: Research Doctoral: STEM-dominant


  • NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer National Champions (2018).
  • Largest graduate engineering program in CT and second-largest graduate engineering school in New England.
  • 100% pass rate for the fully accredited physician assistant national certifying exam (2 consecutive years).
  • Approximately 100% employment rate for engineers.
  • U.S. News & World Report named UB online programs among the best in the nation in 2018 (7th year on the list).
  • 50,000 community service and service learning volunteer hours annually.
  • The University with the most ASEE student research awards in the last 10 years (Northeast Section).
  • One of 62 Universities in the world to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Grand Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century program.
  • Women’s Gymnastics has won 6 USA Gymnastics National Championships in 10 years.
  • The average class size is 14.
  • 16:1 student-faculty ratio