Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Connecticut 2022

Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Connecticut 2022

Liberal arts colleges are a great option for students seeking a well-rounded education in an intimate campus setting. The best liberal arts colleges in Connecticut offer a diverse selection of degree programs with opportunities for a highly individualized educational experience.

Colleges and Universities in Connecticut

Connecticut is home to a variety of top brick-and-mortar schools as well as a wide variety of fully accredited online colleges. Higher education in Connecticut includes both public and private institutions that offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, both in person and through online degree programs.

With 19 public schools and 20 private schools, Connecticut gives both traditional and online students plenty of options to choose from.

Students seeking an affordable option can attend one of the state’s numerous community colleges, which average $4,000 a year for tuition. The in-state cost for tuition in Connecticut’s four year public schools ranges from $8,000 to $16,000. Many of the community and public colleges in Connecticut also offer online degree programs.

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.

Those looking for a smaller student population and more online courses may want to check out Manchester Community College, which enrolls about 4000 students and offers affordable in-person and online degrees in literature, biology, and social work.

And of course, Connecticut is also home to Yale University, the fourth oldest learning institute in the United States. The venerable Ivy League school enrolls just over 15,000 students at its New Haven campus.

Both traditional and online 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 the top brick-and-mortar or online colleges in Connecticut.


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A liberal arts college is a school that puts a premium on undergraduate studies and offers a broad range of subjects for students to study. A college of liberal arts typically provides smaller class sizes, more direct engagement with professors, and, most importantly, the opportunity to sample a wide range of subject areas on the way to a bachelor’s degree. We’ve identified 14 liberal arts colleges in Connecticut. To be ranked among the 30 best liberal arts colleges in Connecticut, schools must fully accredited institutions.

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Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Connecticut 2022

  1. #1

    Wesleyan University

    Middletown , CT
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    Tuition + fees

    $62K

    Acceptance

    21%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    4K

  2. #8

    Post University

    Waterbury , CT

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    10K

    What is Post University known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #12

    Mitchell College

    New London , CT

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Mitchell College known for?

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

    Most Influential Alumni

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Connecticut’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Your Area of Interest

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Wesleyan University
  2. Connecticut College
  3. Trinity College
  4. Fairfield University
  5. United States Coast Guard Academy
  6. Eastern Connecticut State University
  7. Albertus Magnus College
  8. University of New Haven
  9. Central Connecticut State University
  10. Southern Connecticut State University

Check out our directory of liberal arts colleges throughout the U.S. for a look at the top liberal arts schools in every state.