Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, Connecticut is home to 24 public, private non-profit, and private for-profit colleges, including the prestigious Ivy League school Yale University.


    The average student in Connecticut spends $14,140 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 $14,940 in aid in 2019.

Our Research

Our selection of the best colleges in Connecticut includes both large and small, well-known, and niche schools. Private universities supported by endowments and tuition are plentiful on this list, as are state universities. Small schools that specialize in liberal arts education or specialized fields are also given a place in our top 50.

We also took accreditation into account when building our list of Connecticut colleges. Thirty-four of the institutions on this list are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). This body recognizes many schools in the six New England states as well as several others around the world. The NECHE emphasizes quality programs, directed curricula, and an attentiveness to students’ needs in its member universities.

We evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score for each program on a scale from 0 to 100. For a more extensive explanation, check out Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 51 hours to write this article
  • 151 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 346 education programs we compared

The Top 50 Colleges in Connecticut

Best Colleges In Connecticut
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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 2020, were education and health services; trade, transportation, and utilities; government; professional and business services; and goods-producing 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 expected to increase by the largest margins are operations research analysts, software and applications developers, mechanical engineers, market research analysts and marketing specialists, and actuaries.

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.