The University of Bridgeport (UB) is a private university located on the Long Island Sound in Bridgeport. It was originally established in 1927 as the Junior College of Connecticut, but became a four year institution and changed its name to the University of Bridgeport in 1947. Today, UB has a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of over 5,600 students and offers 125 degree programs.
The student population is diverse representing 45 states and 80 countries. UB was ranked third in the region for percentage of international students by US News and World Report. Differing cultures are shared through the more than 50 clubs and organizations that are available to students.
Over the years, the university has had a long standing membership and business relationship with the BRBC. Neil Salonen, the President of the University of Bridgeport, has been a member of the BRBC Executive Committee for 15 of the 17 years he has been with UB.
Salonen believes the BRBC has helped the University in a number of ways. It has connected the University with the business sector, especially restaurants and shopping centers. These connections benefit the students through discounts and opportunities for employment while bringing more customers to the businesses in the region. The BRBC also allows Salonen to advocate for UB on the local and state level.
“Community is a big part of the BRBC,” Salonen commented. As UB continues to grow, the BRBC community will continue be an important link between the university and the greater Bridgeport region.