Traditions & History
ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ has grown and evolved for 300-plus years, passing many milestones and forging traditions along the way.Â
The university traces its roots to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a local college in the tradition of European liberal education. In 1701 the Connecticut legislature adopted a charter âto erect a Collegiate School.â The school officially became ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥ College in 1718, when it was renamed in honor of Welsh merchant Elihu ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥, who had donated the proceeds from the sale of nine bales of goods together with 417 books and a portrait of King George I.
Take a stroll through ÃÛÌÇÖ±²¥âs three centuries of history, and learn about the traditions that have become part of the fabric of our university.