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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. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $21,296 per year to get their degree at a college in Connecticut, while out of state students will pay an average of $25,885 per year.

An estimated 59% of college students in Connecticut take out loans, with the average 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

There are 18,917 undergraduates at UCONN, of which 18,090 are full-time, and there are 27,215 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UCONN is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 56%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

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

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UCONN is $46,400.

#2

Yale University

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

There are 4,703 undergraduates at Yale, of which 4,696 are full-time, and there are 12,060 students altogether. It takes the average Yale undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The acceptance rate at Yale is 7%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Around 52% of accepted students are men, and 48% are women.

Roughly 6% of students at Yale take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,262 a year. Yale has a 0.9% 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 Yale is $56,600.

#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 9,746 students at Quinnipiac in total, 6,843 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,482 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $12,373 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.6% 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
$11,502 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.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,325 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

The total student population at Sacred Heart University is 9,313, of which 6,417 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,671 are full-time. 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.

62% of Sacred Heart students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $11,861 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
$11,822 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,440 undergraduates at SCSU, of which 6,268 are full-time, and there are 9,331 students altogether. It takes the average SCSU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

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 school reports a student loan default rate of 7.5% 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
$41,654 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of New Haven is 6,961, of which 5,097 students 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. Around 39% of accepted students 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 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

75% of UHart students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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

There are 12,848 undergraduates at Post University, of which 3,609 are full-time, and there are 13,844 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

79% of Post University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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 average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Fairfield U is 4.1 years.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $55,500 during the early-career years.

#11

University of Bridgeport

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

The total student population at University of Bridgeport is 4,155, of which 2,350 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,868 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UBridgeport 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.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,281 a year. UBridgeport has a 7.0% 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 $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
$17,590 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,137 full-time undergraduates at Porter and Chester Institute, and 1,819 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from Porter and Chester Institute with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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.

Roughly 4% of students at Naugatuck Valley Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,356 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.3% 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
$59,416 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,053 students at Wesleyan U in total, 2,852 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,836 are full-time. It takes the average Wesleyan U undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

Only 21% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

25% of Wesleyan U students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%!

Students who graduate from Wesleyan U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Western Connecticut State University

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

There are 5,246 students at WestConn in total, 4,640 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,849 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WestConn is 4.4 years.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students 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. WestConn has a 7.6% 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 WestConn is $35,700.

#17

Goodwin College

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

The total student population at Goodwin College is 3,312, of which 3,213 students are undergraduates and of those, 416 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Goodwin is 5.0 years.

73% of Goodwin students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,372 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.8% is close 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 6,003 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 average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gateway Community College is $26,200.

#19

Manchester Community College

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

There are 4,448 students at MCC in total, 1,468 are 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 school reports a student loan default rate of 6.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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
$41,736 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,305 students at USJ in total, 898 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 820 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at USJ is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 78%. 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. USJ has a 3.4% 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 USJ is $43,500.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
777 Yearly Degrees

There are 227 full-time undergraduates at New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Connecticut, and 307 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

92% 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 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

The total student population at Tunxis Community College is 3,365, which includes 1,342 full-time undergraduates. 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 typical student loan amount is $4,583 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Tunxis Community College is $27,300.

#23

Norwalk Community College

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

The total student population at Norwalk Community College is 4,420, which includes 1,424 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 2% of students at NCC take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

Students who graduate from NCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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.

Approximately 89% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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

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

Approximately 29% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%!

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 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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