Division of Student Affairs


Dean's Message

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"Welcome to the University of New Haven! It is my hope that you will invest in your academic success, grow personally, and fully engage in the life of the university during your four years at the University of New Haven.

As a member of the University community, you will have many opportunities to develop your skills, abilities, and talents and engage in learning through our academic and co-curricular programs. Please make every effort to get involved and connect with your fellow students, the faculty, and staff. The more you invest in the University and its opportunities, the more successful and rewarding your learning experience will be.

Being a student at the University of New Haven means having the best of two worlds: an active and involved on-campus community and the surrounding cities of West Haven and New Haven. Students interested in cultural, intellectual, recreational or social opportunities have a wealth of opportunities from which to choose.

During your time at the University of New Haven, you will be faced with a wide variety of challenges for which you may need support or assistance. I encourage you to seek out a Student Affairs staff member to assist you or refer you to someone who can. Student Affairs staff are trained and experienced professionals whose mission is to assist you in your holistic development as a person - intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Our purpose is to help you succeed and maximize your learning while at the University.

There is always something happening at the University of New Haven. Check out the opportunities offered by the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation, Department of Athletics, David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Undergraduate Student Government and, learn about campus leadership opportunities which will enhance your experience at the University. To find out what there is to do in the communities that surround the University of New Haven, go to Visitors and Community.

I hope you will take advantage of every opportunity to enhance your experience at the University of New Haven, challenge yourself academically, make good choices socially, and be open to learning from students whose backgrounds and interests are different from yours. Best wishes for a successful college career!

We encourage you to browse the Student Life section of our website to discover everything the University of New Haven and the surrounding communities have to offer!

Rebecca Johnson
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Learning Goals

As a result of participation in programs offered by the Student Affairs Division, students will develop the following skills and competencies which will enhance their ability to be lifelong learners:

1. Understanding of Self and Appreciation for Others

2. Interpersonal and intrapersonal competence

3. Civic responsibility and engagement

4. Cognitive complexity

5. Practical competencies which lead to academic and personal achievement

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Student Affairs at the University of New Haven is to engage students to develop holistically through diverse experiential learning opportunities.

As student-centered advocates for learning, student development and community involvement, we:

  • Ensure student access to University programs, services and facilities;
  • Collaborate to build and promote a supportive campus community where all individuals are treated with respect;
  • Empower students to advocate for themselves;
  • Establish opportunities for the development of life skills necessary to achieve personal and professional goals.