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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Online and On-Campus Colleges in & Connecticut

Article Sources
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, accessed March 2, 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  • Most Recent Cohorts (All Data Elements): 2014-15, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education, accessed March 2, 2016, https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
  • School pages, accessed May 21, 2017: About Us, The University of Connecticut, http://uconn.edu/about-us/; Reverse Internship, Eastern Connecticut State University, http://www.easternct.edu/ce/reverse-internship/; What is CLEP?, Eastern Connecticut State University, http://www.easternct.edu/ce/cleptest/; What are DSST Exams?, Eastern Connecticut State University, http://www.easternct.edu/ce/dsst/; About Southern, Southern Connecticut State University, http://www.southernct.edu/about/; CCSU Profile, Central Connecticut State University, http://www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/search-profile-ccsu.pdf; Western Facts & Figures, Western Connecticut State University, http://wcsu.edu/president/facts-figures.asp; About the University of New Haven, University of New Haven, http://www.newhaven.edu/about/;
  • Facts About Student Aid, State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education, accessed May 11, 2017, https://www.ctohe.org/SFA/
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Connecticut is a relatively small state, but its residents have an array of top schools to choose from. One of the highest-rated universities in the country makes its home in Connecticut, and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system serves approximately 85,000 students.

Students at CSCU system community colleges may be able to take advantage of one of the state's Transfer Ticket programs, which ensure community college graduates a hassle-free transfer to all Connecticut State Universities without losing any credits or being required to take additional courses. Check with your community college advisor or visit the Transfer Ticket website for more info.

So how might prospective students know which traditional and online colleges in Connecticut are the top performers based on multiple metrics? In order to help students find out which institutions are the best, we compiled data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard. We then analyzed that data using a detailed methodology that covers 13 metrics of student success, degree access and overall affordability.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Connecticut

And now, check out the best traditional and online colleges in Connecticut for bachelor's degrees. More information about the specific categories used in our analysis is available via the "methodology" button.

Methodology
1University of Connecticut+
ADMISSION RATE
53%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$70
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
17

The largest university in Connecticut took the No. 1 spot on our rankings partially on the strength of its extensive catalog of degree programs. A total of 360 study plans were available on campus at the Storrs institution in 2015-16, a larger selection than any other Connecticut school in our rankings. It was also one of the best online colleges in Connecticut, offering more than 100 courses in the virtual classroom.

UConn also placed in the statewide top five for graduation rate, and its track record of affordability was similarly strong. Just three other schools on our list reported a lower median debt load for its graduates, and it posted the lowest cost of books and supplies among all schools in our top ten.

Additional Info
2Eastern Connecticut State University+
ADMISSION RATE
64%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

One measure of affordability we used in this study was average net price, a calculation of overall college cost that subtracts the expected amount of grant and scholarship aid from the estimated expense of tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, meals and other necessary expenses. Eastern Connecticut State University ranked No. 3 on the average net price metric for middle-income students and tied for No. 2 among schools on our list for the raw cost that students paid on average for books and supplies.

This public liberal arts university in Willimantic was also one of just a handful of schools in Connecticut to provide course credit for life experience through its Credit for Lifelong Learning (CLL), Reverse Internship (RI) and Professional Experience Portfolio (PEP) programs. Eastern also offers CLEP and DSST tests for non-traditional students returning to school after spending some years away.

Additional Info
3Southern Connecticut State University+
ADMISSION RATE
65%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Our No. 3 school had the lowest average net price of any school in the state for middle-income students, according to NCES numbers, and took the No. 6 spot for the average net price paid by those in lower income brackets. It also offered a considerable variety of academic programs, posting a top five number among schools on our list in that category.

Non-traditional students who need a refresher on some of the staple courses of higher education can take advantage of remedial services available at Southern. High school students looking to get a head start on their college coursework may take certain dual-credit classes that can carry over into their credit load once they're officially enrolled at the university.

Additional Info
4Yale University+
ADMISSION RATE
7%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$80
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

If our analysis included name recognition as one of its metrics, chances are that Yale University would've had little competition. The top retention rate and graduation rate in the state can be found at this old standard of the Ivy League. Only one other Connecticut school offered a greater variety of degree programs in 2015-16 than the 284 available at Yale.

Yale also took top-three spots for its percentage of graduates able to pay off their student loans within three years and the proportion of institutional grant aid awarded to its students. If it weren't for the considerable expense of its tuition, fees, books and supplies — ranking among the four most expensive Connecticut schools in both categories — Yale would likely have placed higher on our list.

Additional Info
5Central Connecticut State University+
ADMISSION RATE
59%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
2

Founded as New Britain Normal School in 1849, Central Connecticut State University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state. The New Britain school took the No. 1 spot in the state for its raw affordability of tuition and fees and placed at No. 2 and No. 7 respectively for the average net price it charged middle- and low-income students

The degree catalog at CCSU is fairly diverse as well, coming in at No. 4 statewide for its array of on-campus offerings. It also took the No. 5 spot among schools on our list in the graduation rate category and placed at No. 6 in the state on the median student debt metric for graduates.

Additional Info
6Western Connecticut State University+
ADMISSION RATE
57%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

Western Connecticut State University is another low-cost option for Connecticut students, placing at No. 2 for tuition and fees affordability and at No. 4 and No. 8 respectively for the average net price charged to its middle- and low-income students. Western was also one of the best online colleges in Connecticut, ranking third among our top ten schools for its percentage of students enrolled at least partially in distance education.

Western has two campuses, one 34-acre location in downtown Danbury and an expansive second campus about three miles from the main site. The student-faculty ratio at Western was a comfortable 12:1 in fall 2016, which typically means that students have better access than average to individualized attention from faculty and staff.

Additional Info
7Wesleyan University+
ADMISSION RATE
22%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$55
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

Wesleyan University stood out from the crowd in multiple categories, not least of all for its generous awarding of institutional aid. Only one other school on our list awarded a greater proportion of institutional grant aid per dollar of tuition and fees than Wesleyan. Its graduation rate was also a point of pride, coming in at No. 2 in the state and No. 12 among all 1,647 schools we surveyed nationally.

On top of that, the Middletown institution put up some impressive numbers on our student debt metrics. The median debt figure of $18,338 for 2014-15 graduates ranked second among all Connecticut colleges, and no other school on our list did better in the loan repayment category. More than 90 percent of Wesleyan graduates were able to repay their loans within three years, according to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard.

Additional Info
8Trinity College+
ADMISSION RATE
33%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

Trinity College offers plenty of upside for on-campus students, although students looking for an online bachelor's degree program in Connecticut won't find it at this Hartford institution. The state's third-best graduation rate can be found here, as well as a first-year student retention rate that ranked No. 3 among schools on our list.

Trinity also put up a strong showing in student aid categories, particularly for students with high levels of financial need. Low-income students at Trinity paid the third-best average net price in the state, despite an average raw cost of tuition and fees that ranked as the state's most expensive. Average net price for middle-income students placed at No. 10 statewide.

Additional Info
9Goodwin College+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Goodwin College was one of the best online colleges in Connecticut, posting a distance education enrollment rate of nearly 50 percent in fall 2015. Only one other school in the state reported a greater proportion of its student body as taking at least some of their courses in the virtual classroom.

Campus-based measures of schedule flexibility were also a bright spot at Goodwin. If you're an adult learner or other non-traditional student, you might appreciate such initiatives as postsecondary remedial services, degree plans available entirely through weekend and evening courses and programs that can award college credit for knowledge gained through life experience.

Additional Info
10University of New Haven+
ADMISSION RATE
82%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
9

This medium-small school with its main campus in West Haven rounds out our ranking as another of the best online colleges in Connecticut, taking the No. 2 spot among schools on our list for its percentage of students enrolled in at least some distance education coursework. It also took the No. 2 spot among our top ten for its number of degree programs available online.

Campus-based students can choose from quite an array of degree programs as well. Just two other schools in Connecticut offered a greater variety of study plans than the University of New Haven. It also tied at No. 2 among schools on our list for its affordable cost of books and supplies.

Additional Info

Most Popular Degree Programs in Connecticut

Knowing what subjects your classmates are likely to be studying can help you get a feel for the general academic climate of Connecticut. Here's a list of the state's top majors by enrollment.

In-Demand Careers in Connecticut

The job market is a shifting landscape, and students who keep tabs on it can work to ensure that their education is preparing them for a post-graduation career. Take a look at the hottest jobs in Connecticut this year.

Career Title Projected Job Growth Total Employment Annual Salary
Statisticians35%500$109,060
Operations Research Analysts34.8%1,420$86,670
Biomedical Engineers30.9%170$97,180
Occupational Therapy Aides30.4%80$40,870
Physical Therapist Assistants29%730$61,530
Boilermakers28.8%180$64,340
Physical Therapist Aides27.9%540$32,080
Occupational Therapy Assistants27.6%480$62,480
Nurse Practitioners25.5%2,310$113,550
Web Developers25.4%1,210$73,970
Personal Financial Advisors24.1%4,300$133,210
Interpreters and Translators24.1%310$50,680
Computer Systems Analysts23.8%7,120$94,760
Home Health Aides23.7%6,900$27,490
Personal Care Aides23.7%23,510$27,210
Software Developers, Systems Software22.8%4,790$103,320
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic22.6%2,290$46,410
Insulation Workers, Mechanical22.5%190$57,460
Software Developers, Applications22.4%9,240$100,620
Computer and Information Systems Managers22.2%7,900$144,480
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic21.4%750$63,280
Industrial Machinery Mechanics21.3%2,350$55,960
Optometrists21.2%220$192,870
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists20.8%1,760$86,950
Mechanical Engineers20.7%5,970$86,780
Residential Advisors20.3%1,990$32,870
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary20.1%140$69,730
Riggers20%230$48,280
Massage Therapists19.8%1,620$49,020
Mechanical Engineering Technicians19.7%950$68,990
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Connecticut

Connecticut students may be able to take advantage of state-specific financial aid programs like these:

  • The Roberta B. Willis Scholarship program features a merit-based award for graduating high school seniors and a need-based fund open to all qualifying Connecticut residents.
  • The Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) offers low-interest educational loans to Connecticut students.
  • The Connecticut Minority Teacher Incentive Grant provides grant aid and loan reimbursement for upper-division ethnic minority students who plan to teach in Connecticut schools.
 
Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Applicant must be a high school junior or senior who is part of a team working to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-word issue in 14 hours. Teams must be comprised of three to five students.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 17

 

 

 
Nutmeg Scholarship
Applicant must be a Connecticut high school senior with exceptional academic accomplishments, and be an outstanding student.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

December 1

 

 

 
Day of Pride Scholarship
Applicant must be an outstanding Connecticut high school senior from a disadvantaged background who has proven academic ability in high school grades, test scores, class rank, and letters of recommendation. Selection is based upon commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, demonstrated leadership, contributions to community, and demonstrated financial need.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

December 1

 

 

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Central Connecticut State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1615 Stanley St
City
New Britain
State
CT
Zip Code
06050
Website
www.ccsu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
460-550
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
460-550
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
460-550
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
9,933
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
59%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,300
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
15
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
4%
University of Connecticut
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
352 Mansfield Road
City
Storrs
State
CT
Zip Code
06269
Website
uconn.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
550-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
580-690
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
550-650
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
26-31
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
18,826
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$70
Admission Rate
53%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$13,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
17
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
7%
Eastern Connecticut State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
83 Windham St
City
Willimantic
State
CT
Zip Code
06226
Website
www.easternct.edu/
Test Scores
Recommended
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Fringe
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,097
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
64%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,016
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
16
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
7%
University of New Haven
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
300 Boston Post Road
City
West Haven
State
CT
Zip Code
06516
Website
www.newhaven.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
480-580
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
480-580
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
470-570
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
21-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Large
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,002
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
82%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$35,650
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
16
Number of Online Programs Offered
9
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
21%
Southern Connecticut State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
501 Crescent Street
City
New Haven
State
CT
Zip Code
06515
Website
www.southernct.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
410-510
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
410-500
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
420-520
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
8,106
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,600
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
14
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
11%
Trinity College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
300 Summit St
City
Hartford
State
CT
Zip Code
06106
Website
www.Trincoll.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,289
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
33%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$50,776
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
N/A
Wesleyan University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
237 High St
City
Middletown
State
CT
Zip Code
06459
Website
www.wesleyan.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,897
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$55
Admission Rate
22%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$48,974
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
8
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
N/A
Western Connecticut State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
181 White Street
City
Danbury
State
CT
Zip Code
06810
Website
www.wcsu.edu
Test Scores
Recommended
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,298
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
57%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,516
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
14
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
17%
Yale University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Woodbridge Hall
City
New Haven
State
CT
Zip Code
06520
Website
www.yale.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
720-800
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
710-800
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
710-790
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
31-35
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,532
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$80
Admission Rate
7%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$47,600
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
6
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Goodwin College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
One Riverside Drive
City
East Hartford
State
CT
Zip Code
06118
Website
www.goodwin.edu
Test Scores
N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
3,549
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
Open
Offers On-Campus Housing
No
In-State Tution & Fees
$19,950
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
9
Number of Online Programs Offered
1
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
50%
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