Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, Connecticut is home to 25 public, private non-profit, and private for-profit colleges, including the prestigious Ivy League school Yale University.


    The average student in Connecticut spends $14,550 per year on in-state public college tuition and related fees, based on information provided by College Board.


    Between the government’s assistance and that of private and public universities, College Board determined that the average undergraduate student received $14,800 in aid in 2021.

Our Research

This list features some of the best brick-and-mortar schools in Connecticut. Each school featured is a nonprofit, accredited institution — either public or private — with a high standard of academic quality for post-secondary institutions. We included liberal arts colleges and research universities as well as small, midsize, and large institutions. Next, we compared this comprehensive list to a list of aggregated college rankings from reputable publications like the U.S. News & World Report among others to simplify a student’s college search. We pored through these rankings so students don’t have to.

The colleges on our list are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a reputable organization that examines the objectives, quality, and overall effectiveness of education programs in the northeastern United States.

We evaluated each school on tuition costs, admission, retention and graduation rates, faculty, and reputation as well as the student resources provided for on-campus students. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

The Top 50 Colleges in Connecticut

Best Colleges In Connecticut
Intelligent Pick
Yale University
Best Public Institution
University of Connecticut
Best Liberal Arts College
Wesleyan University
Best for Online Learning
Quinnipiac University
Best Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Trinity College
Best for Internships
Connecticut College
Best Catholic Institution
University of Saint Joseph
Best Career Services
Sacred Heart University
Fastest MBA Program
University of Hartford
Best for Professional Developments
Fairfield University

University of Connecticut at Stamford

University of New Haven

University of Connecticut at Waterbury

University of Connecticut at Avery Point

Charter Oak State College

Western Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University


What You Should Know About Graduating From College in Connecticut

Graduates of any one of Connecticut colleges have plenty of employment sectors to look into. The top five fields of employment in the state, as of October 2021, were education and health services; trade, transportation, and utilities; government; goods-producing; and professional and business services.

Some college grads are uncertain about their future upon graduating, but many fields in the Connecticut job market are seeing remarkable growth. For example, CareerOneStop reports that the positions requiring a bachelor’s degree expected to increase by the largest margins are logisticians, marine engineers and naval architects, animal scientists, medical and health services managers, and data scientists.

Recent college students just entering the Connecticut workforce can look to numerous employers to start their careers, including the aerospace company Pratt & Whitney and Foxwoods Resort & Casino. Healthcare grads can look to St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center for a career helping others, while Pfizer’s work in developing vaccines may interest biochemistry majors. ESPN is another large employer with its headquarters in Bristol.

What’s Next?

Paying for college isn’t easy. Fortunately, the federal government, Connecticut’s state government, and various institutions make financial aid readily available to students seeking bachelor’s degrees. Here are some resources you can use to find financial aid in Connecticut.

  • Connecticut Office of Higher Education. This office provides a directory of student financial aid programs to help applicants find the resources they need, including directions for obtaining federal aid and general information on paying for college.
  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is the federal government’s official method of determining a student’s eligibility for aid. Many schools require this form to be filled out before awarding any funds, but you can determine your eligibility beforehand thanks to the FAFSA4caster tool. When you’re ready, be sure to apply online before the deadline.
  • CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and helps you plan what you’re going to do after graduation. Before that, though, it has an organized page dedicated to helping students find scholarships and other forms of aid. This page can be filtered by degree type and state.