Aug 20, 2017


Located in the northeastern region of the United States, Connecticut is the third smallest state in the country. It is bordered by New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Long Island Sound. Hartford is the capital city, while Bridgeport is the largest city.

ConnecticutConnecticut boasts one of the best education systems in the United States, with famous colleges such as Yale University. There are more than 260,000 students enrolled in the state’s 43 institutions of higher education. However, like other states in the northeast, Connecticut is also one of the most expensive states to live in, according to the 2014 CNBC ranking of America's top states for business.

The major industries in the state are finance and insurance, which accounts for 18 percent of the state’s gross state product, according to the2014 Connecticut Economic Review. Connecticut also has a strong manufacturing sector and its transportation equipment and aerospace industry accounts for 45 percent of the state's exports.

Top Reasons to Study in Connecticut

  • Education Quality: Connecticut’s education system is considered one of the best in the country. A 2014 report by US News & World Report ranks Yale University the third best university nationally, while the University of Connecticut ranks among the top twenty public universities.
  • Employment Prospects:Connecticut is a major finance and insurance hub, and is home to major industry players like The Hartford, Travelers, Cigna, Aetna, and GE Capital. Other major private employers include Xerox Corporation, Praxair, Stanley Black and Decker, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Fifteen of the 2014 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Connecticut.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.



College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
University of Connecticut English,Integrative Pysiology,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
Trinity College Business,Education,Health Private >10,000 Request Info
University of Bridgeport Business,Engineering,Health Private >10,000 Request Info
Wesleyan University Architecture,Business,Engineering Private >10,000 Request Info
University of New Haven Business,Health,Social Sciences Private >10,000 Request Info
Yale University Business,Health,Social Sciences Private >10,000 Request Info

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Connecticut, contact the Office of Higher Education.

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