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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 terms of yearly graduations, Connecticut is ranked #31 in the country with 55,391 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $20,691 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $25,206 a year.

About 59% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly 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
$17,226 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Connecticut is 27,280, of which 18,847 students are undergraduates and of those, 18,229 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at UCONN. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 48%. Of the accepted students, 55% are men and 45% are women.

43% of UCONN students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%!

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
$55,500 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,609 students at Yale in total, 6,092 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,088 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Yale is 99%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

This a very selective school with only 7% of students getting accepted. Around 49% of accepted students are men, and 51% are women.

8% of Yale students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,025 a year. Yale has a 1.1% 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 $56,600 during the early-career years.

#3

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,105 Yearly Degrees
$49,280 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,845 undergraduates at Quinnipiac, of which 6,543 are full-time, and there are 9,708 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.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at Quinnipiac take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $11,966 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.7% which is much lower than the average 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
$11,068 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,154 students at CCSU in total, 9,045 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,253 are full-time. 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.

Approximately 64% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,958 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from CCSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,746 Yearly Degrees
$43,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Sacred Heart University is 9,156, of which 6,158 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,348 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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.

Roughly 65% of students at Sacred Heart take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,327 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $45,900 during the early-career years.

#6

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
2,308 Yearly Degrees
$11,406 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,962 undergraduates at SCSU, of which 6,801 are full-time, and there are 9,817 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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.

74% of SCSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,734 a year. SCSU has a 6.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SCSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,012 Yearly Degrees
$40,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,793 students at University of New Haven in total, 4,912 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,625 are full-time. For undergraduates at University of New Haven, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 81% of students at University of New Haven take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $12,414 a year. University of New Haven has a 4.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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
$42,182 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,773 students at UHart in total, 4,793 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,247 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

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.

Approximately 76% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,170 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UHart with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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 10,642, of which 9,729 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,293 are full-time. For undergraduates at Post University, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 63% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 57% are women.

76% of Post University students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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
$49,830 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Fairfield University is 5,349, of which 4,303 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,160 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Fairfield U is 90%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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

55% of Fairfield U students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,106 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.9% 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
$34,760 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,233 undergraduates at UBridgeport, of which 2,132 are full-time, and there are 5,089 students altogether. It takes the average UBridgeport 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 UBridgeport take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,984 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,300 during the early-career years.

#12

Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford

Stratford, Connecticut
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,429 Yearly Degrees
$17,220 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford is 1,944, which includes 1,300 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Roughly 81% of students at Porter and Chester Institute take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,100 during the early-career years.

#13

Naugatuck Valley Community College

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

There are 6,055 students at Naugatuck Valley Community College in total, 2,098 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 2% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,600 during the early-career years.

#14

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
1,187 Yearly Degrees
$11,846 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,971 students at ECSU in total, 4,800 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,063 are full-time. For undergraduates at ECSU, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

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.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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
$57,034 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,230 students at Wesleyan U in total, 3,018 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,937 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Wesleyan U is 4.0 years.

Only 16% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

27% of Wesleyan U students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,828 a year. Wesleyan U has a 1.4% 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 Wesleyan U is $42,100.

#16

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, Connecticut
Public Public vs. Private
1,145 Yearly Degrees
$11,344 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,982 undergraduates at WestConn, of which 4,074 are full-time, and there are 5,631 students altogether. 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.

Roughly 67% of students at WestConn take out loans to pay for college. 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
$20,888 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,208 undergraduates at Goodwin, of which 453 are full-time, and there are 3,297 students altogether. For undergraduates at Goodwin, the average graduation time is 5.2 years.

Approximately 86% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,268 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Goodwin is $32,600.

#18

Gateway Community College

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

There are 6,864 students at Gateway Community College in total, 1,915 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 5% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

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
$4,476 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Manchester Community College is 5,511, which includes 1,824 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 3% of students at MCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,939 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from MCC 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
$40,286 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,398 students at USJ in total, 904 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 794 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted.

Approximately 82% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%!

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

There are 206 full-time undergraduates at New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut, and 295 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 87% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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 3,781 students at Tunxis Community College in total, 1,476 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at Tunxis Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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
$4,546 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,083 students at NCC in total, 1,681 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

9% of NCC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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 NCC is $26,500.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
650 Yearly Degrees

There are 243 full-time undergraduates at New England Tractor Trailer Training School of CT-Bridgeport, and 302 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Roughly 99% of students at New England Tractor Trailer Training School of CT-Bridgeport take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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
$8,553 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,547 undergraduates at Charter Oak State College, of which 387 are full-time, and there are 1,611 students altogether. 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.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $43,300 during the early-career years.

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 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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