Although Yale University may be the most well-known college in Connecticut, the state has dozens of respected institutions where college students can begin their academic or career journeys.
Many students get started in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. The CSCU consists of four state colleges, 12 community colleges and Charter Oak State College. The CSCU system offers more than 1,300 degree and certificate programs, including online degree pathways. CSCU's transfer and articulation policy lets students who complete a 60-credit associate degree program at a Connecticut community college transfer to any of the four-year state institutions in Connecticut.
The University of Connecticut system has its flagship campus at Storrs and regional locations at Waterbury, Hartford, Avery Point and Stamford.
The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges system consists of 16 member nonprofit institutions, including Wesleyan University and the University of St. Joseph.
Many out-of-state colleges are licensed to operate in Connecticut, including Brown University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont and St. John's University of New York. Connecticut also is home to the United States Coast Guard Academy at New London.
The University of Connecticut has its own site, UConn's eCampus, for distance education options for its undergraduate and graduate students.
Students interested in attending an online college based in a different state can do so through Connecticut's participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|University of Connecticut||Storrs||27,412||Four or more years||$15,730||368|
|Yale University||New Haven||13,433||Four or more years||$53,430||296|
|Central Connecticut State University||New Britain||11,822||Four or more years||$10,616||132|
|Quinnipiac University||Hamden||10,207||Four or more years||$47,960||97|
|Southern Connecticut State University||New Haven||10,050||Four or more years||$10,954||105|
|Post University||Waterbury||9,845||Four or more years||$16,610||50|
|Sacred Heart University||Fairfield||8,958||Four or more years||$41,420||94|
|Gateway Community College||New Haven||7,016||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,424||88|
|University of New Haven||West Haven||6,867||Four or more years||$39,270||157|
|University of Hartford||West Hartford||6,770||Four or more years||$40,694||134|
|Naugatuck Valley Community College||Waterbury||6,237||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,424||91|
|Manchester Community College||Manchester||6,003||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,464||86|
|Western Connecticut State University||Danbury||5,642||Four or more years||$10,859||65|
|University of Bridgeport||Bridgeport||5,485||Four or more years||$33,055||92|
|Norwalk Community College||Norwalk||5,413||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,414||68|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/