The University of New Hampshire CONNECT Program began in 1994 as a three-day summer orientation program designed to provide incoming students of color with a sense of community and belonging.
The first CONNECT program had twenty-nine students and one graduate student Coordinator. UNH faculty and staff participated as mentors with great enthusiasm and commitment. The first program, though small in size, was well attended by students and their parents. In 2014, the Program saw its biggest class, with approximately 100 students and a full-time Coordinator.
After the success of this initial program, CONNECT was seen as a necessity to demonstrate the university's commitment to the recruitment and retention of students of color at UNH. Today, CONNECT is a yearlong academic and social support program for all students of color, first generation, and high financial need students.