Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Connecticut.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Connecticut. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHENEASC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. In addition, contact them or individual schools for more general college and university information.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of institutions there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for online colleges in Connecticut. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Although Connecticut is a relatively small state, it has a very large tradition of higher education. Learn about some of the public universities of Connecticut below.
University of Connecticut
UConn isn’t just a great athletic powerhouse; according to U.S. News & World Report the school ranks among the top 20 public universities in the nation. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks UConn among the top 25 best values in public colleges nationally, and the university is only the second American school to boast membership in Universitas 21, an international network of leading research-intensive universities in 16 countries. Forbes Magazine ranks UConn 30th out of the 124 national public research universities in its “America’s Best Colleges” rankings for 2012.
Central Connecticut State University
Whereas UConn attracts students from all over the world, with more than 85% of its graduates remaining in Connecticut, the mission of Central Connecticut State is much more focused on Connecticut residents. The largest of four comprehensive universities within the Connecticut State University System, Princeton Review named CCSU among “The Best Northeastern Colleges” and “America’s Best Value Colleges.”
United States Coast Guard Academy
One of the smallest military academies in the United States, the USCGA provides a BS degree free of tuition in exchange for five years of service in the Coast Guard. With a high-quality student body, 80% of graduates go on to pursue graduate degrees, and almost half of the student body were in the top ten percent of their graduating class in high school. The academy has produced two NASA astronauts.
Connecticut is home to several world-renowned private universities. Learn more about them below.
Known in particular for it excellent performing arts programs, Yale University has consistently been ranked in the top five schools by every ranking authority in the US. Yale is also well-known for its many secret societies and its top graduate and professional programs.
University of Hartford
The University of Hartford was founded in the mid-twentieth century to meet the needs of a growing urban population. The university’s engineering program is well-regarded and considered a competitor with MIT and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
According to U.S. News and World Report, Quinnipiac University ranked 11th in the Northern Regional Universities category and first in the northern region in the “Up-and-Coming Schools” category for the second year in a row. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Quinnipiac’s School of Business one of its “Best Undergraduate Business Schools in 2013.