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Goodwin College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Goodwin College

Founded in 1999, Goodwin College is located in East Hartford, Connecticut. The private, non-profit institution offers certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Goodwin College offers 16 certificate, 13 associate's and five bachelor's degree programs. Available fields of study at these levels include business administration, early childhood education, medical assisting, criminal justice, environmental sciences, general studies, organizational studies, health science and child studies. The school operates on an accelerated calendar format, which includes three semesters per year and allows students to complete bachelor's degree programs in three years. The college also offers online and hybrid courses in fields such as biology, business, English, history and computer literacy.

The school's main building consists of 110,000 square feet of space that includes 23 lecture and 35 high-tech classrooms. Its facilities include one nursing, one respiratory, one medical assisting/phlebotomy, five science and three computer laboratories. Mock hospital patient rooms are also available for nursing students. The school offers 200 computers for student use and a library with 9,500 square feet of space housing workstations, printers, copiers, reading materials and study areas.

Through its agreement with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, the college offers live sessions in which e-tutors provide students with additional guidance and support during their studies. Students can participate in various activities including choral groups, a literary magazine and a student government.


Applications for admission to Goodwin College are submitted online. The school does not use the common application. Applicants must pay a $50 application fee, but this may be waived upon show of financial need. Applicants must also attend a personal interview with an admissions representative and submit their high school diploma or GED certificate. Transfer students must provide official copies of college transcripts.

Prior to enrollment, all students must take the ACCUPLACER placement exams. Additionally, the nursing, occupational therapy, histologic science, paramedic studies and English as a Second Language programs have special admissions requirements.

In 2011, the school enrolled 3,116 students. At that time, the majority of students were between 20-30 years old and 85% were female.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, Goodwin College's tuition was $18,900 for the full year. There was also a $500 required fee charge. The school estimated that books and supplies would cost $1,000 per year.

The school accepts Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Pell Grants and private and federal loans, including subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans and Nursing Student Loans. Students can also receive funding through the Connecticut Independent College Student Grant Program, Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students Program or Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

School Type 4-year private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's and bachelor's degrees**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 3,116 students in 2011**
Programs 16 certificate, 13 associate's, and five bachelor's degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 11 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Based on Number of Recipients in Spring 2011) Certificate: medical assisting (45)
Associate's: nursing (158)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who started in Fall 2005:
43% in four years**
Entering Class Size 381 first-year freshman and 729 transfer students in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011:
44% for full-time and 52% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Applications are accepted on a rolling basis**
Admissions Notification Date Admissions are made on a rolling basis**
Tuition $18,500 per year (2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010:
Grants or scholarship aids (97%), federal grants (85%), other federal grants (12%), institutional grants and scholarships (74%), federal student loans (90%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% in 2010**

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, **Goodwin College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Goodwin College, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118
  • Phone: (860) 528-4111
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