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Bachelor of General Studies

Shane Young ’21 listening to a lecture in his Operations and Information Management Class

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)  program offers a unique educational experience for busy adults; lots of flexibility, and with an ability to explore your interests.

Designed for students to explore a range academic perspectives integrating coursework from a number of different disciplines, students can choose from a variety of academic subjects.

Our mission is to provide you with the highest quality education, advising, and support services to enable you to reach your academic goals.

As a BGS student, you will work with an advisor to create a uniquely tailored plan of study from a wide array of academic courses offered at the University of Connecticut.

If you have completed 60 credits or completed an associate’s degree from an accredited university or college, you are invited to apply to the University of Connecticut’s Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program.

For more information about the BGS program, please email our BGS coordinator at

BGS Advising

BGS students are assigned an academic advisor to guide and advise them to make the most of their academic experience from admissions to graduation. Returning to college to finish your degree is an important life step, and we want to ensure the success of each student.

Prior to admission, advisors will help students:

  • Define goals
  • Discuss degree options
  • Evaluate academic transcripts
  • Explain the requirements of the BGS degree.

As a matriculated student, advisors will be available each semester to review

  • Student's goals
  • Course choices
  • Help make connections with other campus resources and programs.

Individual appointments are available with an academic advisor to discuss your degree options.

To learn more about the Bachelor of General Studies program, contact an academic advisor at 203-251-8550.

BGS Advising Tips

BGS Connects

Throughout the semester, BGS will provide useful information and tips related to your education and career goals connecting your experiences at UCONN tips for success. This information will be a guide to enhance your learning, so you can get the most out of your college experience.

Career Counseling

Internship Information


BGS Student Testimonials

“The BGS Program at UConn affords so much more than opportunity, flexibility, great classes and advisors, as well as an environment that emanates success—it allows dreams to become imaginable and realized.  As a full-time working adult student and mother of four sons, the BGS Program at UCONN has allowed me to realize and exceed my potential; it has made my career goals possible, and has shaped a future that knows no bounds. The BGS Program is embodied in the words of the creative pioneer and visionary Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it!” 

Nancy Keefe Fortin, 2014

“Thanks to the BGS program, I was able to finish my bachelors degree in two years. Since I had attended two previous universities, the BGS program was a fantastic alternative because I was able to transfer many of my previous courses, and I was able to take courses in different academic subjects like political science and anthropology.”

Breno Donatti, 2014

“The BGS program allowed me to acquire the skills I needed to take control of my life and get on the road to the career I want. With the help of my advisor, I was able to set goals and a road map that allowed me to get my education while balancing a job and family.

Rafael Santos, 2014

“UConn educated me formally, opening channels of instruction to round out my life experience and prepare me for a 21st century marketplace. It has been an amazing journey. One of the proudest moments in my life was getting my Bachelor’s of General Studies and then being asked to speak at our Stamford Celebration. Thank you, UConn.”

Ishray Jones, 2013