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Top Connecticut Colleges

Learn about 9 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Connecticut


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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
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Connecticut College

Connecticut College
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Fairfield University

Fairfield University Chapel
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Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University
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  • Location: Hamden, Connecticut
  • Enrollment: 8,166 (6,118 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university
  • Distinctions: home to the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute; 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 25; strengths in business, health, and media fields; member of the NCAA Division I Northeast 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
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Trinity College

Trinity College
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  • Location: Hartford, Connecticut
  • Enrollment: 2,396 (2,292 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
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Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University
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Yale University

Yale University
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