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67 Colleges
55,391 Yearly Graduations
$82,764 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,972 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. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Connecticut is $20,691 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $25,206 a year.

An estimated 59% of college students in Connecticut take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,993 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
9,189 Yearly Degrees
$16,300 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 18,555 full-time undergraduates at UCONN, and 27,578 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at UCONN is 94%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 48% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 55% are men and 45% are women.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,059 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $46,400 during the early-career years.

#2

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
5,084 Yearly Degrees
$43,300 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Yale University is 12,974, of which 5,743 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Yale, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

Only 7% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,025 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Yale with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $56,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,105 Yearly Degrees
$18,990 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,959 full-time undergraduates at Quinnipiac, and 10,200 students altogether. Quinnipiac has a freshman retention rate of 86%, 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 74%. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at Quinnipiac take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $11,966 a year. Quinnipiac has a 2.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Quinnipiac with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $51,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
2,897 Yearly Degrees
$7,378 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 11,880 students at CCSU in total, 7,605 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at CCSU is 4.7 years.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Roughly 64% of students at CCSU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,958 a year. CCSU has a 6.1% 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 $39,100 during the early-career years.

#5

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,746 Yearly Degrees
$30,427 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 8,543 students at Sacred Heart in total, 4,982 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Sacred Heart is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 60%. Of the accepted students, 31% are men and 69% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $10,327 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sacred Heart is $45,900.

#6

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
2,308 Yearly Degrees
$7,675 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,202 students at SCSU in total, 6,814 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at SCSU, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 65%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 74% of students at SCSU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,734 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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
$16,920 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,831 full-time undergraduates at U of New Haven, and 6,984 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 88% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $12,414 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from U 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
$14,292 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,561 students at Uhart in total, 4,460 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Uhart undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

76% of Uhart students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,170 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
$7,500 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,617 full-time undergraduates at Post University, and 8,540 students altogether. It takes the average Post University undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 63%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly 76% of students at Post University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,099 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Post University is $34,900.

#10

Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,516 Yearly Degrees
$18,795 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,192 students at Fairfield U in total, 3,879 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Fairfield U undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,106 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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
$18,612 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,300 full-time undergraduates at University of Bridgeport, and 5,434 students altogether. It takes the average University of Bridgeport undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

Roughly 78% of students at University of Bridgeport take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $10,984 a year. University of Bridgeport has a 8.3% 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 University of Bridgeport is $32,300.

#12

Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford

Stratford, Connecticut
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,429 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,347 full-time undergraduates at Porter and Chester Institute, and 2,043 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,634 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.0% 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

There are 6,373 students at Naugatuck Valley Community College in total, 2,173 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

2% of Naugatuck Valley Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,190 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Naugatuck Valley Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
1,187 Yearly Degrees
$7,378 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,282 students at ECSU in total, 4,210 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

72% of ECSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,090 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from ECSU is $35,200.

#15

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,174 Yearly Degrees
$56,704 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,213 students at Wesleyan U in total, 2,896 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Wesleyan U, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

The acceptance rate at Wesleyan U is 16%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

27% of Wesleyan U students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,828 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,100 during the early-career years.

#16

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
1,145 Yearly Degrees
$7,378 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Western Connecticut State University is 5,664, of which 4,089 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at WestConn, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

67% of WestConn students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,790 a year. WestConn 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 $35,700 during the early-career years.

#17

Goodwin College

East Hartford, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
950 Yearly Degrees
$13,500 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 401 full-time undergraduates at Goodwin, and 3,410 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 86% of students at Goodwin take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,268 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Goodwin with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Gateway Community College

New Haven, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
883 Yearly Degrees

There are 7,015 students at Gateway Community College in total, 2,179 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 5% of students at Gateway Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,794 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,200 during the early-career years.

#19

Manchester Community College

Manchester, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
871 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,969 full-time undergraduates at Manchester Community College, and 6,321 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

3% of Manchester Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,939 a year. Manchester Community College has a 6.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Manchester Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
861 Yearly Degrees
$14,202 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Saint Joseph is 2,405, of which 654 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average USJ undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted.

82% of USJ students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,427 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from USJ is $43,500.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
777 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut is 294, of which 203 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

87% of New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,333 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,700 during the early-career years.

#22

Tunxis Community College

Farmington, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
695 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,553 full-time undergraduates at Tunxis Community College, and 3,857 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,751 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Tunxis Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Norwalk Community College

Norwalk, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
679 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,054 full-time undergraduates at Norwalk Community College, and 5,836 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 9% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,011 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Norwalk Community College is $26,500.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
650 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at New England Tractor Trailer Training School of CT-Bridgeport is 200, of which 165 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Approximately 99% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,484 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.4% 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 CT-Bridgeport is $33,700.

#25

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
639 Yearly Degrees
$9,288 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,500 students at Charter Oak State College in total, 290 of which are full-time undergraduates. Charter Oak State College has a freshman retention rate of 100%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Charter Oak State College has a 7.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Charter Oak State College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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 Branford 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 Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy-Newington 25
61 Rensselaer at Hartford 24
62 Dolce LLC The Academy 18
63 European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing 16
63 Paier College of Art Inc 16
65 Platt Technical High School 7
65 Howell Cheney THS/CT Aero Tech School 7
67 Belle Academy of Cosmetology 4

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