Connecticut Graduate Schools with Program Descriptions

There are 23 colleges and universities offering graduate programs within Connecticut. Compare statistics for some of these schools, such as graduation rates and costs, to help you with your educational goals.

The following pertains to schools with graduate programs in the state of Connecticut. The data, from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), examines graduation rates, net costs, and student populations.

Connecticut Graduate Schools Near Large Cities

Graduate programs can be found in Hartford, Fairfield, and New Haven. The latter two cities have at least two schools each. For those looking to study in a major city, consider these schools:

  • Albertus Magnus College (located in New Haven)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (located in New Haven)
  • Fairfield University (located in Fairfield)
  • Sacred Heart University (located in Fairfield)
  • Trinity College (located in Hartford)

Largest Schools in Connecticut with Graduate Programs

The five most populous schools in the state had at least 2,000 graduate students each in 2015. Two of these institutions are found in New Haven. If you want to study alongside many colleagues, the following schools with large total student bodies might be right for you:

  • University of Connecticut (27,043 students; 8,217 graduate students)
  • Yale University (12,385 students; 6,853 graduate students)
  • Central Connecticut State University (12,086 students; 2,153 graduate students)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (10,473 students; 2,367 graduate students)
  • Quinnipiac University (9,654 students; 2,672 graduate students)

Lowest Average Graduate Tuition

The four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system have the lowest graduate tuition in the state, although graduate student fees at these schools range from $4,200-$5,100. While Yale-New Haven Hospital's Dietetic Internship and Holy Apostles College and Seminary both had lower graduate tuition rates, those institutions' graduate programs are focused on a specific field of study. The following schools had the lowest graduate tuition rates in 2015-2016, among schools that offer a diverse selection of graduate programs:

  • Southern Connecticut State University ($6,188)
  • Central Connecticut State University ($6,188)
  • Eastern Connecticut State University ($6,188)
  • Western Connecticut State University ($6,188)
  • Post University ($7,500)

Highest Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are found by the NCES via undergraduates studying full-time who graduate within 150% of the usual time frame. Completion rates for graduate students are not required to be tracked or reported. Two universities had undergraduate graduation rates exceeding 90% in 2015. They both had graduate student populations greater than 2,500 that year.

  • Yale University (97% graduation rate)
  • Wesleyan University (94% graduation rate)
  • Trinity College (86% graduation rate)
  • University of Connecticut (83% graduation rate)
  • Fairfield University (82% graduation rate)

For prospective students looking for schools close to major cities, as well as institutions with many students, very high graduation rates, and reasonable costs, there are multiple options to consider in the state of Connecticut.

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