Connecticut Universities & Colleges

Accredited & Comprehensive List Of Schools In Connecticut

Although Connecticut is small in both population (3.5 million people) and area (5,500 square miles), the Nutmeg State offers its citizens a host of post-secondary educational options. Among them are Yale University, Wesleyan University, and Trinity College, colleges and universities with strong enough reputations to enable them to attract students from throughout the United States and abroad. Yale, one of the 8 Ivy League Colleges, is highly selective, admitting just 6 of every 100 undergraduate applicants. Located in the city of New Haven, Yale was founded in the small coastal town of Old Saybrook in 1701, making it older than all but two U.S. colleges. The university offers numerous graduate programs and schools of law and medicine.

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Second in selectivity in Connecticut is Wesleyan University, which admits about one in five applicants. Wesleyan offers 45 undergraduate majors and a fast growing number of online courses. Master’s degrees can be earned in four areas; astronomy, earth & environmental sciences, math & computer science, and music. Doctoral degrees may be pursued in biology, chemistry, mathematics, molecular biology and biochemistry, physics, and ethnomusicology.

The multi-campus University of Connecticut is by far the largest post-secondary institution in the state, with more than 30,000 on its main campus in Storrs and a law school and medical school in suburban Hartford. UCONN offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, and its acceptance rate of 50% makes it by far the most selective public university in New England. “U.S. News and World Report” ranks UCONN the 19th best public university in the nation. Connecticut supports 13 community colleges, and hosts the federally-supported United States Coast Guard Academy.

There are 5 Catholic colleges in the state; Albertus Magnus College, Fairfield University, Holy Apostles College, Sacred Heart University, and University of St. Joseph. Specialty institutions in Connecticut include Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Paier College of Art, and Charter Oak State College, which describes itself as “Connecticut’s public online college”.

Traditional Colleges – Connecticut

Albert Magnus College

Central Connecticut State University

Connecticut College

Eastern Connecticut State College

Fairfield University

Lyme Academy – College of Fine Arts

Manchester Community College

Mitchell College

Post University

Quinnipiac University

Sacred Heart University

Saint Joseph College

Southern Connecticut State University

Trinity College

United States Coast Guard Academy

University of Connecticut

University of Hartford

University of New Haven

Wesleyan University

Western Connecticut State University

Yale University

Community Colleges In Connecticut

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Asnuntuck Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 170 Elm St, Enfield, CT 06082
  • Phone – (860) 253-3000

Capital Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 950 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103
  • Phone – (860) 906-5000

Gateway Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 88 Bassett Rd, North Haven, CT 06473
  • Phone – (203) 285-2406

Housatonic Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604
  • Phone – (203) 332-5000

Manchester Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 60 Bidwell St, Manchester, CT 06040
  • Phone – (860) 512-3000

Middlesex Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT 06457
  • Phone – (860) 343-5800

Naugatuck Valley Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 750 Chase Pkwy, Waterbury, CT 06708
  • Phone – (203) 575-8000

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 2 Park Pl, Winsted, CT 06098
  • Phone – (860) 738-6300

Norwalk Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 188 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854
  • Phone – (203) 857-7000

Quinebaug Valley Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 742 Upper Maple St, Danielson, CT 06239
  • Phone – (860) 412-7200

Three Rivers Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360
  • Phone – (860) 215-9000

Tunxis Community College

  • Site –
  • Address – 271 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT 06032
  • Phone – (860) 773-1300

Career, Vocational, Or Trade Schools In Connecticut

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Baran Institute of Technology


Branford Hall Career Institute

Porter and Chester Institute


Lincoln Technical Institute


Post University

Baran Institute of Technology
East Windsor


Porter and Chester Institute

University of Phoenix

Fairfield County

Connecticut Culinary Institute

CSB School of Broadcasting


Lincoln Technical Institute



Connecticut Culinary Institute

Post University


Lincoln Technical Institute

New Britain

Albertus Magnus College

New Haven

Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Inst.

New London


Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy

Post University

University of Phoenix


Rocky Hill

Porter and Chester Institute

Lincoln Technical Institute



New England Tractor Trailer Training School


Branford Hall Career Institute


CSB School of Broadcasting

Porter and Chester Institute


Connecticut Culinary Institute

Post University


Porter and Chester Institute


Fox Institute

West Hartford

Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy



Branford Hall Career Institute

Online Colleges in Connecticut

Despite its small size, Connecticut has remained an important location in the U.S. for postsecondary education. Although many of the schools in the state are some of the oldest among the traditional colleges in the United States, a significant majority of them are moving forward with the development of online educational options for current and prospective students. There are 43 accredited colleges and universities that currently offer online programs of some kind. These include Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, Doctoral degrees and a variety of graduate certificate programs. Prospective students will find that the quality of online degree programs in the state is higher than in many other states in the country, but that these programs come at a significantly higher cost as well. Most of the state’s colleges and universities are private, therefore both in-state and out-of-state students will have to pay much higher annual tuition rates in order to attend. Few of these schools offer their programs at a per-credit basis as well, so full admission most of the institutions will be required.

Although few students were choosing the online option as of 2012 (a paltry 6.8%, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report), the colleges and universities in the state have continued to expand these options over the past decade. The highest ranked programs in the state can be found at Quinnipiac University, St. Vincent’s College, University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University and Southern Connecticut State University. The least expensive of these is Southern Connecticut State University, which, as a public institution, offers online degrees at an annual rate of $9,600 for in-state student and $27,710 for out-of-state students. The University is well ranked by the U.S. News and World Report. At #125 among other universities in the region and #40 for Top Public Schools, the university is a good choice for those seeking some value in their online degree options.

At Southern Connecticut State University, students can take individual courses in business administration, computer science, education, business management and management information systems, nursing, psychology, political science, school health, social work, sociology and theatre. While there are no individual Bachelor’s degree programs available for students, there is a Master of Library Science degree available for those students interested in pursuing this area of study.

Quinnipiac University offers a wide range of online options, at a relatively expensive annual tuition rate of over $42,000 a year. However, the university is well ranked, sitting at #11 among Regional Universities (North). The school offers two undergraduate degrees fully online: a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The university offers a wider range of Master’s degree programs, with degrees available in Business Administration, Business Analytics, Organizational Leadership, Interactive Media, Instructional Design and Teacher Leadership . Three Doctorate program options are also available at Quinnipiac University, to include Occupational Therapy, Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia Track.

Prospective students will find many options available for them in Connecticut, but will also find extremely strict conditions set by Connecticut for those in-state students seeking to earn online degrees at institutions outside of the state. Any school offering online degrees to students residing in Connecticut must meet state standards set by the state’s higher education commission.