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First, Best, & Only

With the University's Centennial Celebration approaching, we take note of its long and storied history, including an impressive list of achievements categorized as being the first, the best, and the only.

First

  • First in the world: Fones School of Dental Hygiene (1913).
  • The School of Nursing launched the first BSN program in Connecticut.
  • Partnered with the Peace Corps to offer New England’s first Peace Corps Preparatory Program (2014).
  • UB’s master’s degree in Nutrition is the first and most in-depth program in the nation (1991).
  • The first & only PhD program in Technology Management in the Northeast.
  • STEM on Wheels is the first STEM bus in Connecticut.
  • The first PhD in Computer Science and Engineering in the Northeast.
  • Home to the first ABET-accredited Computer Engineering program in Connecticut.
  • 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).

Best

  • NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer National Champions (2018).
  • Largest graduate engineering program in CT and second-largest graduate engineering school in New England.
  • 97% five-year pass rate average for the fully Accredited Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).
  • Approximately 100% employment rate for engineers.
  • Money Magazine Best Colleges 2019.
  • UB online programs were named among the best in the nation for the 7th straight year per USNWR* (2018).
  • 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.
  • 39th most diverse national university per USNWR* (2020).
  • Ranked as a top performer for social mobility among national universities per USNWR* (2020).
  • UB undergraduate and graduate black and Latino students in STEM-related fields graduate at a higher rate than the national average.
  • The average class size is 14.
  • 16:1 student-faculty ratio.

* U.S. News & World Report

Only

  • The only university in Connecticut with a master's degree in Artificial Intelligence.
  • Only Connecticut college to receive ASEE Diversity Recognition Program Award (Bronze).
  • Women’s Gymnastics has won 6 USA Gymnastics National Championships in 11 years.
  • Only university with two Top 10 Global Teacher Prize finalists.
  • UB is one of only three Connecticut universities included in the Carnegie Classification system as Doctoral/Professional, and the only one of the three designated as STEM-focused.