Best Schools in Connecticut: University Overviews

While there are many great schools in Connecticut, two top schools stand out for their program variety and national rankings. Learn more about these and other top universities in the state.

School Overviews

If you want to pursue higher education in Connecticut, the state has over 95 options to choose from, including several nationally ranked colleges and universities. The top two schools in the state are Yale University and the University of Connecticut. Yale University is an Ivy League institution that consistently places at or near the top of U.S. World Report's national rankings. The University of Connecticut is a public institution recognized as the best of its kind in the state. These schools offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields.

Best Schools in Connecticut

1. Yale University in New Haven

According to U.S. News and World Report in 2010, Yale University is the highest-ranked school in Connecticut, and the third-highest ranked school in the nation. The university is composed of Yale College, which hosts undergraduate programs, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Yale also has ten professional schools.

2. University of Connecticut in Storrs

The University of Connecticut (UConn) was ranked 66th among national universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2010. UConn is, however, the highest-ranked public school in the state, and the institution has been ranked higher than any other public school in New England for 11 consecutive years, according to the school. Most prestigious among UConn's colleges is its School of Medicine and Dentistry, located in Farmington, Connecticut. Altogether, UConn has 14 schools and colleges offering five professional degree programs, 101 undergraduate majors and 86 graduate programs.

List of 20 Good Schools and Universities in Connecticut

College/University Name Distinction Location
Albertus Magnus College Accelerated associate's and bachelor's degree programs offered with evening, weekend and online course options New Haven, CT
Quinnipiac University School of Business was listed in the 'Top 100 Undergraduate Business Schools,' published by Bloomberg Businessweek; U.S. News and World Report ranks the graduate physician assistant program 11th in the nation Hamden, CT
Sacred Heart University Physical therapy program ranked first in the state and among New England's top five by U.S. News and World Report in 2013 Fairfield, CT
Southern Connecticut State University University offering a new, online master's program in sport and entertainment management New Haven, CT
St. Joseph College Women's college for undergraduates; co-educational for adult and graduate students West Hartford, CT
Trinity College University faculty members teach all courses Hartford, CT
University of Bridgeport University known for diversity, with students from 45 states and 80 countries; 10th most racially diverse institution nationally Bridgeport, CT
University of Hartford University has a 12:1 student-faculty ratio West Hartford, CT
University of New Haven University has additional campuses in Orange, CT and Tuscany, Italy West Haven, CT
Wesleyan University Students can choose from over 900 course offerings, across 40 academic departments Middletown, CT
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