Connecticut Higher Education: Overview of Schools and Colleges

Connecticut is home to about 55 public and private not-for-profit schools. Excluding specialty institutions, we'll examine these colleges from the standpoint of four key statistical areas.

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Improve your handle on Connecticut colleges by learning about their net prices, student populations, graduation rates, and campus settings. We'll be pulling from information reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Connecticut Schools Near Large Cities

While there aren't any schools located in large cities within Connecticut, there are several colleges set in midsize and small cities. Five institutions offering a more urban campus experience include:

  • Albertus Magnus College (New Haven)
  • Capitol Community College (Hartford)
  • Gateway Community College (New Haven)
  • Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport)
  • Yale University (New Haven)

Largest Schools in Connecticut

Connecticut doesn't contain a wealth of large colleges, although there are a few with fairly sizable student populations. Three of the five biggest schools are public, with two private options in the mix. The most populated schools in the state are as follows:

  • 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)

Lowest Net Price

Net price is helpful to know as it provides an estimate of what college will cost after you've received financial aid. It's calculated through a subtracting average amount of aid to a new full-time undergraduate from the total cost of attendance. In the 2014-2015 year, the lowest net prices in Connecticut go in this order:

  • 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

Graduation rates are based on 150% of the 'normal' timespan required for students to complete their degree programs. Drawing from percentages of full-time undergraduate students who graduated during 2015, the best graduation rates in Connecticut were:

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

Connecticut residents have a good number of in-state colleges and universities options to choose from, with relatively inexpensive community colleges as well as larger universities and private institutions.

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