Connecticut Colleges & Universities

If you want to attend school in New England and be close to New York City, explore the basics of Connecticut colleges.

Attending Colleges in Connecticut: Interested in studying at schools in Connecticut? The state has long placed value on learning: the first municipal public library in America was established in Connecticut in 1656, and the first law school in America, Litchfield Law School, was established in 1784. If you're wondering what life is like for students attending colleges in Connecticut now, read on to learn about the basics of Connecticut schools.

Connecticut: Quick Statistics:
  • • Connecticut is home to approximately 3.5 million people.
  • • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 10.4 percent of Connecticut's population is African American, while about 3.6 percent is Asian.
  • • Approximately 12.3 percent of persons in Connecticut are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
  • • The median household income in Connecticut in 2008 was $68,294, well above the national average.
  • • According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there were approximately 185,153 college students in Connecticut during the 2008-2009 school year.

Major Colleges in Connecticut: There are several big-name private Connecticut colleges, including Yale University, Wesleyan University, Trinity College, and Hartford Seminary. The state's public universities are the University of Connecticut, whose five branches include a Law School and Health Center, and the Connecticut State University System, which has four locations around the state. There are also twelve community college branches in Connecticut.

The cost of attending schools in Connecticut will depend on whether you choose a four-year university or community college, a private or public school, whether you pay for room and board, and the types of scholarships you secure. According to the NCES, during the 2008-2009 school year, the average cost of attending a public two-year institution in Connecticut was $2,982. The total cost for a private four-year institution was $42,268, with an average of $30,911 charged for tuition and fees alone. The total average cost for a public four-year institution was $17,364, with an average tuition and fees cost of $7,891.

After Graduation: Getting a Job in Connecticut: Connecticut tends to pay its employees well, as evidenced by the following average salaries in Connecticut:

  • • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software: $94,970
  • • Personal Financial Advisors: $125,210
  • • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: $50,850
  • • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education: $65,790
  • • Registered Nurses: $71,930

The good news for job hunters in Connecticut is that the economy seems to be recovering slightly from the recession. Connecticut's unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent in June 2010, slightly below the U.S. average of 9.5 percent. June was also the sixth consecutive month that Connecticut added jobs to its labor force. The industries that have added the most jobs since the beginning of 2010 are professional and business services, manufacturing, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and retail. According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, the largest employers in Connecticut include Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Yeom Internal Medicine, Yale University, and Pratt & Whitney (a manufacturing company).

Connecticut schools may or may not be right for you, so look into specific institutions that offer the career training you want, to help you make one of the most important decisions of your life.

The writer Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a freelance writer, translator, and piano teacher.


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