Connecticut’s Most Affordable Colleges and Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Connecticut. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Connecticut’s Most Affordable 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.


What are Connecticut’s Colleges & Universities?

Connecticut’s Best Overall


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We’ve identified 7 affordable colleges and universities in Connecticut with stated tuitions and fees below the national average of $16,000/year, and a graduation rate of greater than 50%. The most affordable schools in the state satisfy the following criteria:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees
  3. Its stated tuition and fees must be under $16,000/year.
  4. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 50%.

How do we determine Connecticut's most affordable 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.

Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in Connecticut

  1. #1

    Charter Oak State College

    New Britain , CT

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Charter Oak State College known for?

    Charter Oak State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice

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  2. Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/20

    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

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  3. Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Western Connecticut State University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • Earth Sciences
    • Literature
    • History
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Medical

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  4. Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1000/20

    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

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  5. Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    4K

    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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  6. #6

    Post University

    Waterbury , CT

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    10K

    What is Post University known for?

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

    • Business
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice

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  7. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1305/29

    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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