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Guide to Online Colleges in Connecticut

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  • Quinnipiac University Online Programs, http://www.quinnipiac.edu/academics/qu-online/online-programs/
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  • University of Bridgeport Online Programs, http://www.bridgeport.edu/academics/online-programs/
  • University of Connecticut, http://ecampus.uconn.edu/programs.html
  • University of New Haven Notable Alumni, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_New_Haven#Notable_alumni
  • University of New Haven Online Course Programs, http://www.newhaven.edu/Lifelong_eLearning/online-courses-programs/
  • University of Saint Joseph, http://www.usj.edu/academics/online-programs/
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If you'd like to earn a degree and improve your earning prospects, an online college in Connecticut may be the right choice for you. An online college in Connecticut can help you complete an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree while you continue to work and/or take care of other obligations. The online format for coursework means you can have the flexibility to take classes at times that are convenient for you.

Here's a brief overview of online colleges in Connecticut:

  • There are 34 schools in Connecticut that offer online degree programs, ranging from the associate and bachelor's to the master's level.
  • 23 schools offer associate degree programs while 19 allow students to earn bachelor's degrees, and 17 have master's degree programs available.
  • Although majors vary from school to school, many online colleges in Connecticut offer business administration, marketing, accounting, finance, psychology and education programs.
  • The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System is the largest one in the state. It includes four state colleges, 12 community colleges, and Charter Oak State College.

To see more information on online colleges, like our rankings of the best online colleges in Connecticut, keep reading. After our ranking section, keep scrolling to see descriptions of state-specific scholarships as well as loans that are available to qualified applicants through the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority or CHESLA.

What Makes a Good Online College?

Here at OnlineColleges.com, we have created multiple rankings that show the best online schools in Connecticut. We used carefully selected criteria to select the schools featured in our rankings, and every school we included is accredited by a body such as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Check out our "What is College Accreditation?" page for more details on why accreditation is important, or the Connecticut State Department of Education for further details on Connecticut accreditation.

Our rankings were compiled to help students select the ideal online college for them. Students who browse our rankings are able to see and compare data details such as the number of online programs offered, average in-state tuition costs, and available credit offerings at each school. To learn why we believe these factors are essential for students who wish to enroll in an online degree program, visit the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Connecticut for 2018-19

Distance learners have many different options for online study at colleges and universities in Connecticut, so choosing one to enroll in can be difficult. Use our ranking of the 10 best online colleges in Connecticut, and the personalized rankings of our Top Colleges Tool, to help make your decision! We compiled this list using data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, analyzed through our proprietary methodology. You can read more about our methodology at the bottom of this article; on the other hand, you can read more about our top 10 online colleges in Connecticut just after this sentence.

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Methodology
1

Post University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$16,610
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
93%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37
School Type
4-year

Post University, founded in 1890, originally taught shorthand, bookkeeping and typing. Well over a century later, students can choose from a range of online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as several online graduate certificate programs. Available subjects range from forensic psychology, to emergency management and homeland security, to sports management.

Post Online's courses are offered asynchronously, in an accelerated eight-week format. Student services include general IT help, Blackboard learning management instruction and support, academic advising and access to the Post University Writing Center. Career services include resume assistance, mock online interviews and a suite of online career development tools.

2

Sacred Heart University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$39,820
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
34%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 by an area Bishop, and it strives to "educate students in mind, body and spirit… to make a difference in the global community." As of August 2018, it is the second-largest Catholic university in New England, and its students provide more than 85,000 hours of community service in the region and around the world.

Online students at SHU are assigned a Student Services Coordinator who can offer advice and guidance from enrollment up through graduation. The school's online degree programs -- accessed through Blackboard -- primarily focus on nursing, from an RN-to-BSN program all the way up to a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. However, other options exist, such as a Master of Science in Applied Psychology with three possible concentrations.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield,
CT 06825
 
3

Quinnipiac University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$46,780
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
2
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1929, Quinnipiac University serves students at two campus locations (Hamden and North Haven) as well as online. Quinnipiac University Online began in 2001, and offers online undergraduate degree programs in business administration, nursing and education, as well as graduate programs in subjects such as nursing operational leadership, instructional design and business analytics. Online summer courses are also available.

QU Online maintains a range of services to support distance learners (especially military members and veterans). In-house technical support helps online students stay connected and productive. Academic advisers can offer guidance with course sequencing. QU Online's administrative staff also helps students with course registration, financial aid and other key areas.

4

University of Connecticut

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$14,880
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
27
School Type
4-year

More than 130 years ago, a small agricultural school was founded in Connecticut. That school has blossomed into the University of Connecticut, which delivers online undergraduate and graduate coursework via its eCampus. The UConn faculty offers hundreds of online classes each semester (note that certain classes require residency in the state). Subjects include survey research, neonatal nursing, education technology and human resource management.

UConn offers online students the following services: access to the UITS Help Center for technical support; Blackboard support; access to the UConn Library System and Google Apps@UConn; academic counseling and advising; tutoring through the Quantitative Learning Center; and writing support services.

5

Albertus Magnus College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$31,140
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
58%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
4-year

Albertus Magnus College, in New Haven, initially opened in 1924 as an all-women's college, but became coeducational in 1985. The school derives its name from Saint Albert the Great and also follows unique traditions, such as a Candlelight Ceremony to welcome new students and a Laurel Day Ceremony that celebrates graduating students with a bestowal of laurels.

Education options at Albertus Magnus are quite flexible, allowing students to pursue their education online or in a hybrid format as desired. Whether online, on-campus or a combination of both, courses are offered in an accelerated, eight-week format. Online students can benefit from school resources such as the Albertus Magnus Career Services, access to internships and experiential learning, and the opportunity to earn credits for life experience.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

700 Prospect Street, New Haven,
CT 06511
 
6

University of Saint Joseph

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$38,033
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

This Catholic nonprofit school was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy, and has grown to offer a series of online degree and certificate programs primarily focused on science and health care. Master's degree programs in biology, nutrition and chemistry are complemented by certificate programs in health informatics, emerging infection diseases and integrative genomics.

Online students at the University of Saint Joseph access their materials using the Blackboard learning platform and follow the same academic schedule as on-campus students. USJ's online courses consist of both posted lectures/ book work and online discussions. The Pope Pius XII Library offers various online services, chief among them off-campus access to its databases.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford,
CT 06117
 
7

Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,750
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
78%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
11
School Type
4-year

The liberal arts school of Holy Apostles College and Seminary can help students to develop their Catholic faith, prepare for evangelization and complete an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Lay students, seminarians and religious sisters are all part of the student body at this school.

In addition to a plethora of online undergraduate courses in religious studies and the humanities, Holy Apostles offers online master's degree programs in subjects such as theology and philosophy. The college also hosts several Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as Facebook groups; "like" the school on Facebook to receive notifications of upcoming MOOCs and simply join the created groups to participate in the courses.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

33 Prospect Hill Road, Cromwell,
CT 06416
 
8

Eastern Connecticut State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,919
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
4-year

When Eastern Connecticut State University was founded in 1889, it was focused entirely on training teachers. Over time, this university has developed several degree completion programs in a variety of subjects, designed to help students who have completed at least 60 college credits. In addition, Eastern Online -- the university's online platform -- offers a variety of online courses each semester, delivered through the Blackboard learning management system.

Eastern Online supports its distance learners with access to the Academic Services Center, the Eastern Connecticut State University Writing Center, and the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

9

Goodwin College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$20,888
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
56%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3
School Type
4-year

A nonprofit school founded in 1999, Goodwin College boasts a diverse student body, offering flexibility through campus-based, evening, weekend and online courses. The standard course format at Goodwin is 15 weeks, but accelerated 7.5-week courses can be pursued as well. 100 percent online degree programs are available in subjects such as nursing, public health and organizational leadership, and it is also possible to enroll in hybrid courses instead if that is your preference.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

One Riverside Drive, East Hartford,
CT 06118
 
10

University of Bridgeport

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$32,250
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
13
School Type
4-year

The University of Bridgeport was founded in 1972 as a junior college, and it began offering online degree programs in 1997 with an online Master of Science in human nutrition. Students accepted into an online Bridgeport degree program are assigned a dedicated academic advisor who can aid with course selection, academic resources, career development and more.

In addition to human nutrition, Bridgeport offers several other online degree programs, from a Bachelor of Science in dental studies to a Master of Arts in global development and peace. Online classes are either eight or 16 weeks in length, depending on the program selected, and are accessed through the Canvas learning management system.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport,
CT 06604
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Connecticut for 2018-19

The following list presents 10 schools in Connecticut that offer online degrees at notably low tuition costs. Tuition figures are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and reflect in-state tuition (when in-state tuition is available) for all students, including online students.

If you're curious to see Connecticut schools with distance education ranked by other factors, check out our Top Colleges Tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Housatonic Community College$4,27619%2hcc.commnet.edu
    Tunxis Community College$4,27629%3tunxis.edu
    Naugatuck Valley Community College$4,31618%2nv.edu
    Asnuntuck Community College$4,35623%6asnuntuck.edu
    Capital Community College$4,35628%1ccc.commnet.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Holy Apostles College and Seminary$7,75078%11holyapostles.edu
    Charter Oak State College$7,983100%25charteroak.edu
    Central Connecticut State University$10,2257%2ccsu.edu
    Western Connecticut State University$10,41821%3wcsu.edu
    Southern Connecticut State University$10,53812%1southernct.edu

Despite being small in geographic territory, Connecticut had a fairly large number of colleges and universities that offer bachelor's or higher degree programs. These are some of the most-affordable four-year colleges and universities in Connecticut.

Financial Aid Resources in Connecticut

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Connecticut? 

1.Nutmeg Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Connecticut high school senior with exceptional academic accomplishments, and be an outstanding student.
Award Amount
$20,000
Application Deadline
December 1
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.Cindy Luberto Scholarship for Women Athletes
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be female high school seniors and participate in a sport that is organized, recreational or intramural. Selection is based on a 250-word essay describing the passion for the sport that is played and how that sport or your participation is unique.
Award Amount
$500
Application Deadline
April 10
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.Connecticut Women's Golf Association Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Connecticut resident with a current legitimate golf handicap.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
April 13
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a high school senior, current college student, or non-traditional adult student who plans to attend or is currently attending an accredited community college, four-year college or university, or a technical/ vocational program in the United States. High school senior applicants must rank in the top third of their graduating class or have a minimum 2.5 GPA. College student applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. All applicants must be from any one of the 64 Connecticut towns served by the sponsor.
Award Amount
$3,000
Application Deadline
March 31
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL

Student Loans in Connecticut

Connecticut offers students state-based loans through the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, otherwise known as CHESLA. Of course, you should always take advantage of your scholarship and grant options before applying for a loan, but Connecticut students who do not qualify for need-based loans may find that the state offers a strong program.

Students eligible for this loan must be enrolled at least half-time at an accredited nonprofit college or university in the state of Connecticut, or be a resident of Connecticut attending an institution out-of-state.

  • Application deadline:  No application deadline
  • Award amount:  From $2,000 per year, up to cumulative maximum of $125,000

For more details on student loans and how to get them, explore the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Connecticut

  • The CT Office of Higher Education houses a collection of information for students seeking financial aid in Connecticut, from state-based scholarships and grants to information on federal loans and loan forgiveness.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Connecticut

Connecticut colleges and universities draw resident and non-resident students alike. For instance, enrollment growth in recent years at the University of Connecticut has been fueled largely by out-of-state students, according to an analysis by The Connecticut Mirror.

Non-resident students might find the degree programs at UConn and other state institutions appealing, but they may be less than thrilled with the out-of-state tuition rates. Fortunately, you have a couple options to reduce these costs.

If you're planning to relocate to the state, you can be considered a resident in as little as six months if you maintain a full-time job. Otherwise, you may be eligible for reduced tuition through the Tuition Break program. That's open to those who live in one of six participating New England states and don't have access to their chosen degree program in their home state. Some schools may also offer special tuition rates to out-of-state students from border states.

What's more, you may be eligible for scholarships or grants that can help offset the cost of non-resident tuition. To learn more about the initiatives and programs available to you, talk to your school's admissions and financial aid offices.

Additional information for out-of-state students can be found at the following links:

 
Article Sources
Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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