8 Most Popular Colleges in Connecticut

Check out where all the Connecticut students are going and how much it's costing them.

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When asked to name a college in Connecticut, Yale may be one of the first schools that come to mind. And while Yale is one of the most popular schools in that state, there are several other schools providing a quality education and unique opportunities for students.

8. Norwalk Community College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 6,231

Cost: In-state: $1596 per semester for full-time student, Out-of-state: $4,788 per semester for full-time student

Best Programs: Unique options include building efficiency and sustainable technology, exercise science, fire technology administration, and interior design.

Fun fact: NCC's notable alumni include Connecticut's Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele, MLB pitcher Erik Bedard, and Norwalk Mayer Richard Moccia.

7. Manchester Community College

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 6,484

Cost: In-state: $1596 per semester for full-time student, Out-of-state: $4,788 per semester for full-time student

Best Programs: Computer game design, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, and marketing

Fun fact: MCC holds partnerships with local businesses and non-profits to extend the education of its students outside of the classroom.

6. Quinnipiac University

Type of College: Private University

Enrollment: 7,216

Cost: $38,000

Best Programs: health professions, communications, business management and marketing, and psychology

Fun fact: Quinnipiac offers unique amenities for students like an audio production student in the Center for Mass Communications and a trading room in the Financial Technology Center.

5. University of Hartford

Type of College: Private University

Enrollment: 7,290

Cost: $32,172

Best Programs: visual and performing arts, business management, education, and speech communication and rhetoric.

Fun fact: U of H has several traditions that bring students together. For instance, freshman sign a class banner that stays in the foyer of the main library until it's presented at their graduation.

4. Yale University

Type of College: Private University

Enrollment: 11,454

Cost: $42,300

Best Programs: political science, psychology, biology, history, and economics

Fun fact: The Skull and Bones Society, Yale's most famous secret society, includes notable members like George W. Bush and John Kerry.

3. Southern Connecticut State University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 11,930

Cost: In-state: $8,541, Out-of-state: $18,122

Best Programs: business/commerce, psychology, health and wellness, and education

Fun fact: Of the schools in the Connecticut State University System, SCSU has the highest number of graduates in Health Sciences, Social Services, and Education.

2. Central Connecticut State University

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 12,106

Cost: In-state: $8,321, Out-of-state: $17,902

Best Programs: business management, education, communications, and psychology

Fun fact: CCSU was featured by the Princeton Review as one of the country's most eco-friendly campuses.

1. University of Connecticut

Type of College: Public University

Enrollment: 23,692

Cost: In-state: $11,242, Out-of-state: $29,074

Best Programs: sociology, business, science technologies, and engineering

Fun fact: University of Connecticut is the only public university in New England that has a Schools of Law, Medicine, Dentistry, and Social Work.

Quick Facts

  • If you are not a Connecticut resident, it may be more important for you to search for scholarships and grants as the out-of-state tuition fees are often more than double what a Connecticut resident would pay.
  • While you're searching for the college that's just right for you, don't be afraid to go visit the campus or call an admissions officer to get more information. Usually, they are more than willing to answer your questions.

Stats source: CollegeStats and U.S. News and World Report.

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