STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — The University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees has voted to close the school’s Torrington satellite campus.
“It saddens me,” said UConn Torrington student, David Benson.
UConn President Susan Herbst says the move is necessary because of state budget cuts and declining enrollment in Torrington, which has just 88 full-time students. A spokesperson with the University of Connecticut says closing down the campus will also mean around $1,000,000 in savings annually that can be used towards other programs.
The branch will shut down at the end of the spring semester as a result of Wednesday’s vote.
The move was opposed by municipal leaders in northwestern Connecticut, who say the school is abandoning its students in that part of the state. Some business owners in Torrington also say they’re against the move.
“Another thing that Torrington has to lose,” said Giansanti Cadia, who owns Antohny’s restaurant. “I think it’s a good thing it stays open, it’s good for Torrington.”
UConn says it will offer all currently enrolled Torrington students placement at other UConn campuses, including at the one less than 30 miles away, in Waterbury.
School officials say they also will assist any student who chooses to transfer to another university.