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Connecticut (CT): Colleges, Universities and Technical Schools

There are 55 public and private not-for-profit higher education institutions within Connecticut. The schools with the lowest net price, highest graduation rate, location to large cities, and the largest schools by enrollment are categorized for your benefit.

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With so many colleges, universities and technical schools to choose from, Connecticut students have plenty of available options. To help students narrow down their choice, the schools are broken down into for separate categories based on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Connecticut Schools Near Large Cities

Connecticut schools near large cities offer potential students a diverse grouping of 2- to -4 year schools, both public and private non-profit. The areas where these schools are found, like West Hartford and New London, are also diverse cities in size and location.

  • Albertus Magnus College (New Haven)
  • Capital Community College (Hartford)
  • Gateway Community College (New Haven)
  • Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven)

Largest Schools in Connecticut

The largest schools in Connecticut are some of the most well-known schools in the country. They had roughly 10,000 students or more, as of fall 2015. Most of the largest schools are 4-year schools, some of which are public.

  • University of Connecticut (27,043 students)
  • Yale University (12,385 students)
  • Central Connecticut State University (12,086 students)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (10,473 students)
  • Quinnipiac University (9,654 students)

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Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates an institution's net price by taking the cost of attendance and subtracting the average amount of institutional and government financial aid received by its first-year full-time undergraduate students. The following net prices for Connecticut institutions during the 2014-2015 school year were reported by the NCES to be the lowest.

  • Three Rivers Community College ($3,979)
  • Manchester Community College ($3,981)
  • Middlesex Community College ($4,437)
  • Housatonic Community College ($4,759)
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College ($5,523)

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate reported by the NCES represents the percentage of students who finished their degree or certificate programs within 150% of normal completion time (three years for an associate's degree, for example). The following schools with the highest overall graduation rates are representative of full-time undergraduates who started their programs in 2009.

  • Yale University (97% graduation rate)
  • Wesleyan University (94% graduation rate)
  • Trinity College (86% graduation rate)
  • University of Connecticut (83% graduation rate)
  • Connecticut College (83% graduation rate)

We've compiled four categories where schools have been organized into their location, affordability, graduation rates and student enrollment to help you decide on which one might be best for you.

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