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Why This Matters


    Data from College Navigator reveals that Connecticut has 13 two-year institutions that offer associate degree programs.


    According to College Board, the average Connecticut resident paid this amount in tuition at in-district community colleges for the 2022-23 school year.


    The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 370,718 students attending two-year institutions during the 2020-21 school year received some type of financial aid.

Our Research

This list features some of the best community colleges 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 small, midsize, and large colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. 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 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 students. Then we calculated the Intelligent Score on a scale of 0 to 100. Read more about our ranking methodology.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

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Middlesex Community College

CT State Community College Manchester

CT State Community College Quinebaug Valley

CT State Community College Asnuntuck

CT State Community College Northwestern

CT State Community College Naugatuck Valley

CT State Community College Housatonic

CT State Community College Norwalk

CT State Community College Capital

CT State Community College Gateway

CT State Community College Tunxis

CT State Community College Three Rivers

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in Connecticut

As you prepare for community college, it’s important to consider your career and salary goals. According to the most recent data, the highest paying occupations that require an associate degree in Connecticut were radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, air traffic controllers, dental hygienists, and computer network support specialists.

You may find more success if you focus on career fields that typically have high job availability. The occupations projected to have the most job openings for associate degree holders over the next decade are preschool teachers (excluding special education), paralegals and legal assistants, dental hygienists, radiologic technicians, and electrical engineering technicians.

Associate degree holders in Connecticut should take into account the occupations that are expected to undergo a drop in employment. The jobs expected to decline over the next ten years are dietetic technicians and nuclear medicine technologists.

What’s Next?

While researching different community colleges, you should consider how you plan to fund your education. Below is a list of federal and state resources that connect associate degree students to scholarships, grants, and financial aid opportunities in Connecticut.

  • Connecticut Department of Education. The Connecticut Department of Education supports students pursuing higher education by offering helpful information about both federal and state-based financial legislation and grants.
  • Federal Student Aid. The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid assists students across the country by offering over $120 billion in financial aid every year. Students can see if they qualify by visiting the FAFSA4caster, and they can apply by filling out the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. The Bureau of Labor Statistics sponsors this resource to help students find scholarships available in their state for their degree level. The site also provides useful details about dollar amounts, qualification requirements, contact information, and application deadlines.

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