Best colleges in New Haven

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Sports, Festivals and Academia – New England Style

New Haven can come off as one heck of an intimidating town thanks to its prestigious Ivy League status. But, there are actually 7 colleges and universities located in this town , ranging from community colleges to high-ranked universities. Whether you are an athlete or cultural connoisseur, New Haven is home to a diverse student population. Formerly a booming manufacturing economy, today's New Haven employers are rooted in a variety of fields including finance, real estate, agriculture and healthcare. Job opportunities are varied enough that many college grads choose to stick around to enjoy more of this charming city.

New Haven, with its 4 local breweries and over 400 restaurants and bars , finds a way to stay down to earth , being the first city in America to establish a tree planting program. With just over 130,000 residents , it remains the second-largest city in Connecticut while maintaining that small-town vibe locals love. New Haven is home to the annual Blues, Berries & Jam summer concert series, where lunchtime performances meet the Downtown Farmers' Market. You'll also get to taste and feel all four seasons here, with hot summers and cold, snowy winters. This is great news for those who love to try new things, as New Haven plays host to a variety of seasonal activities and events including rugby leagues and nearby night skiing. When you're ready to call a new town home, consider the friendly, creative destination of New Haven – but only if you're prepared to have a great time furthering your education.

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Best Four Year Universities in New Haven

Yale University
New Haven, CT
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Yale University is a private Ivy League institution that was founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School. Today, Yale is situated in urban New Haven, Connecticut with a campus that takes up 373 acres and a total undergraduate enrollment of just over 12,000. Yale is one of the “Big Three” along with Harvard University and Princeton University and tends to offer small undergraduate classes. Initially, the school had a strong religious connection to the Connecticut Colony, and for a while, only offered sacred language and theology classes, though Yale has since expanded its curriculum to provide a range of academic options. 

Yale is organized into 14 schools including nationally-ranked Yale Law School, the Jackson School of Global Affairs, and the Sheffield Scientific School. Worldwide, the school has several international partnerships, most notably being the Joint Undergraduate Program in Beijing, which is offered through an ongoing professional relationship with Peking University. In 2009, Tony Blair established the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, a collaboration between Yale and Durham University. 

Yale has produced multiple United States Presidents and Vice Presidents and is a bastion for on-campus political activism. While on campus, visitors should be sure to explore the University Art Gallery, Yale Repertory Theatre, and enjoy a picnic on the New Haven Green. Notable alumni include actor and condiment magnate Paul Newman, news anchor Anderson Cooper, and Alien actress Sigourney Weaver.

Quinnipiac University offers 116 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 3,063 students graduated with students earning 1,849 Bachelor's degrees, 844 Master's degrees, 311 Doctoral degrees, and 59 Certificates.

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Southern Connecticut State University offers 107 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 2,195 students graduated with students earning 1,563 Bachelor's degrees, 496 Master's degrees, 122 Certificates, and 14 Doctoral degrees.

Albertus Magnus College
New Haven, CT

Albertus Magnus College offers 68 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 491 students graduated with students earning 286 Bachelor's degrees, 166 Master's degrees, 30 Associate's degrees, and 9 Certificates.

Post University
Waterbury, CT

Post University offers 94 degree programs. It's a large, private for-profit, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 1,758 students graduated with students earning 999 Bachelor's degrees, 287 Master's degrees, 280 Associate's degrees, and 192 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in New Haven

Naugatuck Valley Community College offers 93 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 1,073 students graduated with students earning 696 Associate's degrees, and 377 Certificates.

Gateway Community College offers 88 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 847 students graduated with students earning 652 Associate's degrees, and 195 Certificates.

List of all colleges in New Haven

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Yale University Logo Yale University New Haven, CT
5/5
11 : 1 13,609
Quinnipiac University Logo Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
5/5
23 : 1 9,708
Southern Connecticut State University Logo Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT
3/5
23 : 1 9,817
Albertus Magnus College Logo Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT
5/5
27 : 1 1,419
Stone Academy-Waterbury Logo Stone Academy-Waterbury Waterbury, CT     259
University of Connecticut-Waterbury Campus Logo University of Connecticut-Waterbury Campus Waterbury, CT
3/5
  806
Stone Academy-West Haven Logo Stone Academy-West Haven West Haven, CT     531
Branford Academy of Hair and Cosmetology Logo Branford Academy of Hair and Cosmetology Branford, CT     42
Belle Academy of Cosmetology LLC Logo Belle Academy of Cosmetology LLC Waterbury, CT     10
Stratford School for Aviation Maintenance Technicians Logo Stratford School for Aviation Maintenance Technicians Stratford, CT     70
Paul Mitchell the School-North Haven Logo Paul Mitchell the School-North Haven North Haven, CT     218
Academy Di Capelli-School of Cosmetology Logo Academy Di Capelli-School of Cosmetology Wallingford, CT     248
Porter and Chester Institute of Hamden Logo Porter and Chester Institute of Hamden Hamden, CT
4/5
  342
European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing Logo European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing Guilford, CT     26
Oxford Academy of Hair Design Inc Logo Oxford Academy of Hair Design Inc Seymour, CT     109
Ace Cosmetology and Barber Training Center Logo Ace Cosmetology and Barber Training Center Waterbury, CT     211
Naugatuck Valley Community College Logo Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
2/5
64 : 1 6,055
Gateway Community College Logo Gateway Community College New Haven, CT
2/5
67 : 1 6,864
Branford Hall Career Institute-Branford Campus Logo Branford Hall Career Institute-Branford Campus Branford, CT     93
Post University Logo Post University Waterbury, CT
4/5
217 : 1 10,642