University Options in Central Connecticut

There are roughly 19 universities within central Connecticut. Read about the schools near large cities, with the largest student populations, highest graduation rates, and lowest costs to find the school for you.

The central Connecticut area has a number of public and private universities, with degree programs ranging from associate to doctoral. This article compares universities on criteria including lowest net price and highest graduation rate, with information drawn from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Central Connecticut Schools Near Large Cities

The following schools are located near large cities, like Hartford and New Britain. They vary from 2-year public schools to 4-year public schools.

  • Asnuntuck Community College (Enfield)
  • Bay Path University (Longmeadow)
  • Capital Community College (Hartford)
  • Central Connecticut University (New Britain)
  • Eastern Connecticut State University (Willimantic)

Largest Schools in Central Connecticut

The largest schools in central Connecticut are the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University. These numbers listed below are undergraduate students, as of Fall 2014.

  • University of Connecticut (18,395)
  • Central Connecticut State University (9,871)
  • Manchester Community College (7,300)
  • Springfield Technical Community College (6,622)
  • University of Hartford (5,180)

Lowest Net Price

The net price of a school is determined by subtracting the amount of financial aid students receive from the total cost of attendance. The majority of universities in central Connecticut have average net prices under $25,000 for in-state students. Listed below are the schools that NCES lists as being the most affordable in the area, as of 2014-2015.

  • Manchester Community College ($3,981)
  • Middlesex Community College ($4,437)
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College ($5,523)
  • University of Connecticut - Tri-Campus ($6,442)
  • Ansuntuck Community College ($6,569)

Highest Graduation Rate

Three of the colleges listed below are 4-year private schools. The other two are 4-year public schools. NCES defines a school's overall graduation rate as the percentage of students who graduate within 150% of the time it normally takes to complete their program (for example, since a bachelor's degree typically takes 4 years to complete, 6 years would be 150% of 'normal time'), and the graduation rates listed below are for first time undergraduates who entered in Fall 2009. Most universities in central Connecticut have graduation rates below 60%.

  • Wesleyan University (94% graduation rate)
  • Trinity College (86% graduation rate)
  • University of Connecticut (83% graduation rate)
  • University of Connecticut - Tri-Campus (58% graduation rate)
  • Bay Path University (57% graduation rate)

Schools in central Connecticut offers a wealth of options for graduate and student, whether they prioritize a large student body, an affordable price, a proven track record of students completing the programs in a timely manner.

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