Connecticut Colleges Summary

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.

Online Education in Connecticut

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.

Learn more about higher education at colleges in Connecticut through the, the state's official website or through the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education.


  • 2018 Fact Sheet, University of Connecticut,
  • Academics, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities,
  • Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges,
  • SARA, Connecticut,

Education Institutes in Connecticut
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Connecticut
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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Colleges and Universities in Connecticut
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of ConnecticutStorrs27,412Four or more years$15,730368
Yale UniversityNew Haven13,433Four or more years$53,430296
Central Connecticut State UniversityNew Britain11,822Four or more years$10,616132
Quinnipiac UniversityHamden10,207Four or more years$47,96097
Southern Connecticut State UniversityNew Haven10,050Four or more years$10,954105
Post UniversityWaterbury9,845Four or more years$16,61050
Sacred Heart UniversityFairfield8,958Four or more years$41,42094
Gateway Community CollegeNew Haven7,016At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,42488
University of New HavenWest Haven6,867Four or more years$39,270157
University of HartfordWest Hartford6,770Four or more years$40,694134
Naugatuck Valley Community CollegeWaterbury6,237At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,42491
Manchester Community CollegeManchester6,003At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,46486
Western Connecticut State UniversityDanbury5,642Four or more years$10,85965
University of BridgeportBridgeport5,485Four or more years$33,05592
Norwalk Community CollegeNorwalk5,413At least 2 but less than 4 years$4,41468

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,