ENHP history Richard Starr
Richard Starr, son of ENHP’s first dean Irving Starr, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Hartford in 1958.

The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) has a rich history that began with education programs offered through Hillyer College, one of the three original institutions that formed the University of Hartford.  Hillyer College began in the late 1800s when courses were offered to young men in the newly built YMCA in downtown Hartford.

A rich history of career-focused programs

In 1957, three institutions joined together to form the University of Hartford—Hillyer College, the Hartford Art School, and the Hartt School of Music—and started building a new campus at 200 Bloomfield Avenue in West Hartford. At this time "education" became its own entity—first as a division within Hillyer College, then as the College of Education under the leadership of Irving S. Starr, its first dean.

Over the years, the name of the college evolved as it grew and added new programs. In the late 1970s, it became the College of Education and Allied Health as it expanded into health-related fields. In 1987, it combined with the nursing and health science programs formerly housed in the College of Arts and Sciences to create the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

Since its formation as a college, ENHP has continually expanded its programs to prepare students for careers as passionate educators and empathetic caregivers.  The college now offers more than 25 nationally accredited programs leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees as well as certificate programs. ENHP is proud to educate future professionals, expand knowledge through research and scholarship, and serve our community.

Learn more about the University of Hartford's history here.