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67 Colleges
55,391 Yearly Graduations
$85,186 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,401 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2019, 55,391 students received a degree from a college in Connecticut, making it rank #31 in terms of graduations. Connecticut colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $21,296 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $25,885 per year.

About 59% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $7,100 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
9,189 Yearly Degrees
$17,834 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Connecticut is 27,215, of which 18,917 students are undergraduates and of those, 18,090 are full-time. For undergraduates at UCONN, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,847 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UCONN with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $46,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5,084 Yearly Degrees
$57,700 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Yale University is 12,060, of which 4,703 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,696 are full-time. For undergraduates at Yale, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

Only 7% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 52% are men and 48% are women.

6% of Yale students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,262 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $56,600 during the early-career years.

#3

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,105 Yearly Degrees
$50,760 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,843 undergraduates at Quinnipiac, of which 6,482 are full-time, and there are 9,746 students altogether. It takes the average Quinnipiac undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 82% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

62% of Quinnipiac students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $12,373 a year. Quinnipiac has a 2.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Quinnipiac is $51,900.

#4

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
2,897 Yearly Degrees
$11,502 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Central Connecticut State University is 10,652, of which 8,593 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,811 are full-time. It takes the average CCSU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

About 65% of students who apply get accepted. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

59% of CCSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,325 a year. CCSU has a 6.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CCSU is $39,100.

#5

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,746 Yearly Degrees
$44,350 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,417 undergraduates at Sacred Heart, of which 5,671 are full-time, and there are 9,313 students altogether. Sacred Heart has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Of the accepted students, 30% are men and 70% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $11,861 a year. Sacred Heart has a 3.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Sacred Heart with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $45,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
2,308 Yearly Degrees
$11,822 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southern Connecticut State University is 9,331, of which 7,440 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,268 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

70% of SCSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,183 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SCSU is $36,800.

#7

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,012 Yearly Degrees
$41,654 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,961 students at University of New Haven in total, 5,097 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,837 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of New Haven is 4.2 years.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

95% of University of New Haven students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $12,136 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from University of New Haven with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,965 Yearly Degrees
$43,560 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,521 undergraduates at UHart, of which 4,073 are full-time, and there are 6,493 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UHart is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 75% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $10,175 a year. UHart has a 7.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,400 during the early-career years.

#9

Post University

Waterbury, Connecticut
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,811 Yearly Degrees
$15,458 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Post University is 13,844, of which 12,848 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,609 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Post University is 4.4 years.

Approximately 79% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,727 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Post University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,516 Yearly Degrees
$51,325 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,354 undergraduates at Fairfield U, of which 4,231 are full-time, and there are 5,513 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Fairfield U is 92%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 56%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at Fairfield U take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,475 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Fairfield U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $55,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,469 Yearly Degrees
$35,760 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,155 students at UBridgeport in total, 2,350 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,868 are full-time. For undergraduates at UBridgeport, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

77% of UBridgeport students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $10,281 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UBridgeport with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford

Stratford, Connecticut
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,429 Yearly Degrees
$17,590 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford is 1,819, which includes 1,137 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

84% of Porter and Chester Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,065 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Porter and Chester Institute is $31,100.

#13

Naugatuck Valley Community College

Waterbury, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
1,198 Yearly Degrees
$4,516 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Naugatuck Valley Community College is 5,083, which includes 1,886 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

4% of Naugatuck Valley Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,062 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Naugatuck Valley Community College is $27,600.

#14

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
1,187 Yearly Degrees
$12,304 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,475 undergraduates at ECSU, of which 3,713 are full-time, and there are 4,644 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at ECSU is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at ECSU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,356 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from ECSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,174 Yearly Degrees
$59,416 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wesleyan University is 3,053, of which 2,852 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,836 are full-time. Wesleyan U has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

This a very selective school with only 21% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

25% of Wesleyan U students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,965 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wesleyan U is $42,100.

#16

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
1,145 Yearly Degrees
$11,781 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,640 undergraduates at WestConn, of which 3,849 are full-time, and there are 5,246 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Roughly 63% of students at WestConn take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,777 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from WestConn with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Goodwin College

East Hartford, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
950 Yearly Degrees
$20,988 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,213 undergraduates at Goodwin, of which 416 are full-time, and there are 3,312 students altogether. It takes the average Goodwin undergraduate about 5.0 years to complete their degree.

73% of Goodwin students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,372 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,600 during the early-career years.

#18

Gateway Community College

New Haven, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
883 Yearly Degrees
$4,496 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,003 students at Gateway Community College in total, 1,902 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 3% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,794 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Gateway Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Manchester Community College

Manchester, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
871 Yearly Degrees
$4,516 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Manchester Community College is 4,448, which includes 1,468 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

3% of MCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,340 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,800 during the early-career years.

#20

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
861 Yearly Degrees
$41,736 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Saint Joseph is 2,305, of which 898 students are undergraduates and of those, 820 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Around 24% of accepted students are men, and 76% are women.

Approximately 84% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,886 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from USJ with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
777 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut is 307, which includes 227 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 92% of students at New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,333 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut is $33,700.

#22

Tunxis Community College

Farmington, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
695 Yearly Degrees
$4,556 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,342 full-time undergraduates at Tunxis Community College, and 3,365 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,583 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,300 during the early-career years.

#23

Norwalk Community College

Norwalk, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
679 Yearly Degrees
$4,546 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,420 students at NCC in total, 1,424 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

2% of NCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,553 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,500 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
650 Yearly Degrees

There are 391 students at New England Tractor Trailer Training School of CT-Bridgeport in total, 339 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

89% of New England Tractor Trailer Training School of CT-Bridgeport students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,504 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from New England Tractor Trailer Training School of CT-Bridgeport with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
639 Yearly Degrees
$8,553 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,538 undergraduates at Charter Oak State College, of which 401 are full-time, and there are 1,634 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

29% of Charter Oak State College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,761 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Charter Oak State College is $43,300.

Other Connecticut Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Housatonic Community College 631
27 Trinity College 627
28 Three Rivers Community College 559
29 Connecticut College 518
30 Albertus Magnus College 505
31 Asnuntuck Community College 452
32 Lincoln Technical Institute - East Windsor 435
33 Capital Community College 427
34 Middlesex Community College 416
35 Lincoln Technical Institute - Shelton 367
36 Quinebaug Valley Community College 260
37 Lincoln Technical Institute - New Britain 255
38 United States Coast Guard Academy 241
39 Stone Academy-West Haven 225
40 Northwestern Connecticut Community College 215
41 Stone Academy-East Hartford 202
42 American Institute - West Hartford 193
43 Porter and Chester Institute of Hamden 157
44 Branford Hall Career Institute - Southington Campus 134
45 Paul Mitchell the School North Haven 129
46 Holy Apostles College and Seminary 128
47 Mitchell College 125
48 Stone Academy-Waterbury 109
49 Branford Hall Career Institute - Branford Campus 100
50 International Institute of Cosmetology 98
51 Academy Di Capelli - School of Cosmetology 96
52 American Institute of Healthcare & Technology 67
53 Ricci’s Academy of Cosmetology 66
54 Industrial Management Training Institute 60
55 Bristol Technical Education Center 56
56 Oxford Academy of Hair Design Inc 54
57 Hartford Seminary 50
58 Ace Cosmetology and Barber Training Center 39
59 Branford Academy of Hair and Cosmetology 38
60 Cortiva Institute, Cromwell 25
61 Rensselaer at Hartford 24
62 Dolce The Academy 18
63 European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing 16
63 Paier College of Art Inc 16
65 Stratford School for Aviation Maintenance Technicians 7
65 CT Aero Tech School 7
67 Belle Academy of Cosmetology 4

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