Connecticut’s Best Colleges and Universities of 2021

Here are the best colleges and universities in Connecticut. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Connecticut’s Best Colleges and Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Connecticut

As the fourth oldest learning institute in the United States, Yale enrolls just over 15,000 students at its New Haven campus. Higher education in Connecticut includes both public and private institutions that offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. With 19 public schools and 20 private schools, students have a variety to choose from. Tuition for most of the state’s community colleges averages $4,000, while the cost for other public schools ranges from $8,000 to $16,000.

Students interested in psychology, economics, and communications can check out the University of Connecticut (UConn), which is home to the premier research institute for ecological psychology. Sacred Heart University, a Roman Catholic university, is known for its religious studies and business programs. And those looking for a smaller student population may want to check out Manchester Community College, which enrolls about 4000 students and offers affordable degrees in literature, biology, and social work.

Students in Connecticut can choose from a variety of higher education experiences fitting a full spectrum of budgets and career goals. Learn more and begin earning your degree from one of Connecticut’s top colleges or universities.


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How do we determine Connecticut's best colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.


Every fall, more than 2 million high-school graduates will enroll in colleges and universities across the United States. Finding the best college for your educational, personal, and professional goals may be challenging. The purpose of this ranking is to help you manage this challenge with an accurate, objective, and up-to-date ranking of the best colleges and universities in Connecticut for earning a bachelor’s degree.

We’ve identified a total of 22 colleges and universities in Connecticut, 16 of which meet our criteria. The list below of the best schools in the state focuses on those that offer four-year undergraduate degrees, includes both public and private colleges and universities, and also meet the following two conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 50%.

Best Colleges & Universities in Connecticut

  1. #1

    Yale University

    #5 institution's historical influence
    #4 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    7%

    Graduation

    96%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1515/34

    New Haven, CT

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    What is Yale University known for?

    Yale University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Wesleyan University

    #112 institution's historical influence
    #34 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    21%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    4K

    Middletown, CT

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    What is Wesleyan University known for?

    Wesleyan University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Religious Studies
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Connecticut College

    #833 institution's historical influence
    #212 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    38%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1380/31

    New London, CT

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    What is Connecticut College known for?

    Connecticut College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Engineering
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Trinity College

    #497 institution's historical influence
    #148 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    36%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1374/30

    Hartford, CT

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    What is Trinity College known for?

    Trinity College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    University of Connecticut

    #206 institution's historical influence
    #1460 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1305/29

    Storrs, CT

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    What is University of Connecticut known for?

    University of Connecticut’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Law

    Most Influential Alumni

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  6. #6

    Fairfield University

    #962 institution's historical influence
    #483 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    Fairfield, CT

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    What is Fairfield University known for?

    Fairfield University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Communications
  7. #7

    United States Coast Guard Academy

    #1743 institution's historical influence
    #67 overall school desirability

    Acceptance

    20%

    Graduation

    86%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1305/27

    New London, CT

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    What is United States Coast Guard Academy known for?

    United States Coast Guard Academy’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
  8. #8

    Eastern Connecticut State University

    #2922 institution's historical influence
    #1167 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    Willimantic, CT

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    What is Eastern Connecticut State University known for?

    Eastern Connecticut State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
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  9. #9

    Albertus Magnus College

    #3370 institution's historical influence
    #501 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    970/19

    New Haven, CT

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    What is Albertus Magnus College known for?

    Albertus Magnus College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Business
    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

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  10. #10

    University of Hartford

    #1263 institution's historical influence
    #824 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/24

    West Hartford, CT

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    What is University of Hartford known for?

    University of Hartford’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Communications
    • History
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology
  11. #11

    Quinnipiac University

    #1437 institution's historical influence
    #804 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    9K

    Hamden, CT

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    What is Quinnipiac University known for?

    Quinnipiac University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Law
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  12. #12

    University of New Haven

    #1525 institution's historical influence
    #770 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/24

    West Haven, CT

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    What is University of New Haven known for?

    University of New Haven’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • History
    • Law
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #13

    Sacred Heart University

    #2192 institution's historical influence
    #1133 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    9K

    Fairfield, CT

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    What is Sacred Heart University known for?

    Sacred Heart University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Religious Studies
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • Nursing
    • Literature
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  14. #14

    University of Saint Joseph

    #6022 institution's historical influence
    #458 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    2K

    West Hartford, CT

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    What is University of Saint Joseph known for?

    University of Saint Joseph ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
  15. #15

    Central Connecticut State University

    #1807 institution's historical influence
    #1069 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/20

    New Britain, CT

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    What is Central Connecticut State University known for?

    Central Connecticut State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  16. #16

    Southern Connecticut State University

    #2302 institution's historical influence
    #923 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1000/20

    New Haven, CT

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    What is Southern Connecticut State University known for?

    Southern Connecticut State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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