Best Public Colleges and Universities in Connecticut

Connecticut might be one of the smallest states in the nation, but it has a great deal to offer when it comes to higher education. At least 95 higher education options are available in Connecticut, including public and private colleges and universities, technical colleges, community colleges and vocational schools. Each year, “U.S. News and World Report” publishes a list of the best colleges in the nation, based on at least 10 reported criteria. In 2010, one public university and three private institutions in Connecticut made this prestigious list. The following is a guide to the best public colleges and universities in Connecticut, which in this instance focuses primarily on one particular school.

A guide to the best colleges and universities in Connecticut:

*The University of Connecticut in Storrs: In 2010, “U.S. News and World Report” ranked the University of Connecticut (UConn) 66th among the best national universities, making this 4-year institution the highest ranked public school in the state. UConn is also consistently ranked as one of the top public schools in New England. UConn is one of a small number of land, sea and space grant institutions in the country. Officially founded in 1881, UConn is the flagship campus of the University of Connecticut system. Five regional campuses are located in Avery Point, Waterbury, Stamford, Greater Hartford and Torrington.

The University of Connecticut at Storrs has a total enrollment of roughly 24,273 undergraduate and graduate students. Associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees are offered through 14 different schools and colleges at UConn, including 101 undergraduate majors and 86 graduate programs. Five professional degree programs are also offered at UConn, including a Doctor of Jurisprudence, a Master of Laws, a Doctor of Medicine, a Doctor of Dental Medicine and a Doctor of Pharmacy. Areas of study at UConn include agriculture and natural resources, liberal arts and sciences, dental medicine, education, fine arts, law, nursing, medicine, social work, pharmacy, business and engineering.

This guide to the best colleges and universities in Connecticut is by no means representative of all of the higher education options that “The Constitution State” has to offer. Additional private colleges and universities in Connecticut are also nationally ranked. For more information about the best public colleges and universities in Connecticut discussed in this article, visit the University of Connecticut website. For further details about the national rankings discussed in this article, visit the official webpage for “U.S. News and World Report.”