Connecticut’s Best Research Universities of 2021

Interested in attending a STEM school in Connecticut? Our ranking of top research universities for bachelor’s degrees displays schools that will best prepare you for STEM careers.

Connecticut’s Best Research 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.


What are Connecticut’s Colleges & Universities?

Connecticut’s Best Overall

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A research university is a great option for students interested in obtaining STEM degrees. Research universities invest heavily in research, which consequently provides meaningful and extensive opportunities for its students and faculty to participate in research. There are 7 research universities in Connecticut, 6 of which meet our criteria. The list below of the best research universities in the state satisfies the following four conditions:

  1. It must be a fully accredited university.
  2. It must offer doctoral degrees across the range of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
  3. It must report high levels of research activity based upon the number of research and/or practice doctorates awarded each year.
  4. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 50%.

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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.

Best Research Universities in Connecticut for Undergraduates

  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

    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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  3. #3

    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
  4. #4

    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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  5. #5

    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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  6. #6

    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

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