Top Connecticut Colleges

Learn about 9 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Connecticut

Connecticut's top colleges and universities range from a large public university to a small, private liberal arts college. Despite the state's small size, Connecticut has great options for a wide range of applicants. My list includes two Catholic universities, an Ivy League school, and a federal military academy. I've listed the top Connecticut colleges alphabetically to avoid the arbitrary distinctions often used to distinguish #1 from #2, and because of the impossibility of comparing such different types of schools. These top colleges were chosen based on factors such as first-year retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, academic strengths, value, financial aid and student engagement.

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Coast Guard Academy

USS Seawolf sails past the U.S. Coast Guard Academy
USS Seawolf sails past the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Marion Doss / Flickr

Connecticut College

Connecticut College
Connecticut College. randomduck / Flickr

Fairfield University

Fairfield University Chapel
Fairfield University Chapel. WalkingGeek / Flickr

Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University
Quinnipiac University. terryballard / Flickr
  • Location: Hamden, Connecticut
  • Enrollment: 9,900 (7,099 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university
  • Distinctions: home to the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute; 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 25; strengths in business, health, and media fields; member of the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  • Admissions: Quinnipiac University GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Quinnipiac University profile

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut from the air
Fairfield, Connecticut from the air. dsearls / Flickr

Trinity College

Trinity College
Trinity College. Paul Keleher / Flickr
  • Location: Hartford, Connecticut
  • Enrollment: 2,350 (2,259 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; high levels of participation in study abroad, community service and internships; students from 45 states and 47 countries
  • Admissions: Trinity College GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Trinity College profile

University of Connecticut (UConn)

University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut. Matthias Rosenkranz / Flickr

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University. moyix / Flickr

Yale University

Yale University
Yale University. interrupt / Flickr
  • Location: New Haven, Connecticut
  • Enrollment: 12,458 (5,472 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university
  • Distinctions: one of the eight Ivy League schools; one of the nation's top universities; member of the Association of American Universities for strong research programs; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; 6 to 1 student / faculty ratio; library holdings of near 13 million volumes; excellent grant aid and few loans
  • Admissions: Yale GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Yale University profile

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25 Top New England Colleges and Universities

Dartmouth Hall at Dartmouth University
Dartmouth Hall at Dartmouth University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

If you want to expand your search to the states near Connecticut, be sure to check out these 25 top New England colleges and universities.