Today Connecticut is one of the richest states in the country, with the highest per capita income of $71,033. It is also home to some of the nation’s most prominent universities such as Yale and Wesleyan University, as well as the country’s first law school, Litchfield Law School (1773-1883).
The Connecticut State Department of Education is in charge of overseeing the state’s K-12 public education. Over the next five years, the committee is focusing on ensuring equity and excellence for all Connecticut students. Its past similar initiatives did not go unnoticed, as a CNBC report issued in July of this year ranks Connecticut the third best state for education, mentioning its commitment to connect every classroom to the internet through outstanding online learning. Connecticut is also known to have some of the best reading and writing scores, high school graduation rate, and best college entrance exam scores in the U.S. To foster these accomplished students after high school, currently many Connecticut colleges and universities, both private and public, are proud to offer an impressive array of online degrees and programs. Below is a list of College Choice’s highly-rated online curriculum in the state of Connecticut.
What are the best online colleges in Connecticut?
The colleges ranked on this page are listed after careful examination of data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS database, Payscale, US News & World Report, and individual colleges’ websites. Overall ranking is based on institutional excellence and best return on investment. Institutional excellence is based on a variety of factors such as graduation rate, institutional notoriety, acceptance statistics, etc. Return on investment is based on tuition costs, average student indebtedness after graduation and expected career salary upon graduation.
See our rankings methodology page.
University of Connecticut
College Choice Score: 100
Average Net Price: $18,931
Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut is one of the top public research universities in the nation. It has four regional campuses (Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury) and over 30,000 students that are enrolled in the university’s undergraduate, graduate, professional, and doctorate degrees. UConn is proud to boast its athletic achievements as a Division I sports campus, as well as its highly rigorous academic spirit committed to a culture of innovation. In keeping with this commitment, UConn has authorized 112 projects totaling $3.1 billion and has added four million square feet to its campus since July 2016. The university plans to continue to expand over the next ten years to give students the opportunity to develop further in their academic and professional careers.
- Graduate, Graduate Certificate, Hybrid Graduate Certificate, and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate online programs available
- Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) is one of the most acclaimed accounting programs in the Northeast
- Graduate Business Program ranked number four in the nation according to S. News & World Report
Taught by the same faculty that teach traditional face-to-face courses, UConn’s extensive online program gives students the opportunity to still be integrated on campus while learning from the comfort of their own home. All classes are offered under the university’s eCampus portal, with access to various services such as the UConn Library System and Google Apps. As each individual program has its own deadlines and application requirements, prospective students should go online and click on the desired program from the eCampus course list for more information. Students will then receive an email prior to the start of the semester about how to access the online course.
College Choice Score: 93.87
Average Net Price: $35,595
Quinnipiac University is a private university in Southern New England founded in 1929 with three campuses (Mount Carmel, York Hill, and North Haven) located in Hamden and North Haven. About 10,000 students are currently enrolled in its College of Arts and Sciences and eight professional schools, all with a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1. In order to commit to its three core values of offering high-quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment, and a strong sense of community, Quinnipiac offers programs that integrate a liberal arts education that encourages critical thinking and intellectual curiosity. According to The Economist and The Brookings Institute, Quinnipiac ranks in the top 13% of all four-year schools in the nation for its value of education.
- Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, Certificate, and Summer courses available
- Undergraduate Business School ranked one of the best in the year 2017 by The Princeton Review
- Online Graduate Business program ranked among the best in the nation in 2017 by S. News & World Report
- Ranked one of the best online programs for veterans in 2016 by S. News & World Report, offering a special 10% discount for all online programs
Since 2001, Quinnipiac has offered online programs that allows students the flexibility to finish their degree while still maintaining a strong sense of community. The university never outsources their staff, therefore students will always receive the same quality of education as a traditional on-campus student. Courses are delivered via the Blackboard system where all reading materials, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes/exams, etc. can be accessed. The university provides a web-based orientation before the start of each program.
Sacred Heart University
College Choice Score: 92.29
Average Net Price: $38,313
Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 by Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis with the goal of providing the community with a strong liberal arts education founded in the Catholic tradition. As the second largest Catholic university in New England, SHU has over 8,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs. With its rigorous Catholic intellectual tradition, SHU prepares students to lead and serve in the world with strong convictions to spread the Gospel and social justice. In addition to its commitment to pursuing academic excellence, the university’s Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) earned the personal endorsement of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI for fostering interreligious dialogue. Sacred Heart was also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best regional universities in the North in 2016.
- Six accredited online degrees and one four-level, non-credit certificate program
- RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) ranked highest in the state by Hospital Newspaper, New England Edition
- SHU is ranked a best institution for both online programs and online graduate nursing programs by S. News & World Report
- Master of Social Work program one of the most competitively priced among private universities
SHU offers six start times per academic year for the Master in Applied Psychology and nursing programs (undergraduate and graduate), while the other programs are offered with three start times either in the spring, summer, or fall. Each online program has its own specific application requirements such as minimum GPA, letters of recommendation, interview, supplemental essays, etc. Interested students should request more information online as well as read the admissions overview site before applying online.
University of Hartford
College Choice Score: 84.43
Average Net Price: $30,328
With over 5,000 undergraduates and 1,600 graduate students, the University of Hartford is a private university that was chartered in 1957 from its humble beginnings as a commuter school during the post-WWII era for returning soldiers. Its mission is to engage students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and values to thrive in the pluralistic world. UHart is known for its excellence in the visual and performing arts, engineering, and business classes, as well as for its small classes and mentor approach to education. In order to maintain their commitment to fostering community, UHart is currently undergoing various initiatives such as campus cleanups, sustainability programs, and smoke-free environments.
- Seven Masters programs and online summer courses available
- Barney School of Business among only five percent of business programs worldwide accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
UHart’s supportive online program offers personal attention and community-oriented interaction throughout the whole process. In addition, students are given career advice and hands-on activities to help prepare them for entering the professional world. Some programs also offer hybrid courses to give students the chance to maintain that traditional face-to-face learning environment. Prospective students should apply online at the programs’ individual pages.
University of New Haven
College Choice Score: 82.81
Average Net Price: $30,454
Established in 1920, the University of New Haven is a private university on the coast of southern New England. It offers five colleges (the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Tagliatela College of Engineering, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, and the Lyme Academy of College of Fine Arts) with over 100 academic programs and more than 6,800 diverse students from around the world. Its mission is to provide students with an education that has an emphasis on excellence in liberal arts and professional education. The University of New Haven has been recognized as a top-tier, comprehensive university in the North region by U.S. News & World Report. More specifically, its undergraduate engineering programs in the Tagliatela College of Engineering program was also singled out as a top-tier program.
- Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Emergency Management, Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, and Master of Science in Investigations
- Online summer courses available
- University of New Haven is a recognized leader in the field of Emergency Management
- Master of Science in Investigations is the first degree of its kind in the nation
These four programs were developed for working professionals in mind, therefore classes are completely online and some terms can take as little as 6.5 to 7 weeks to complete. Each program boosts an impressive group of alumni, such as employees who are currently working in the Department of Justice or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Interested students can apply online under each individual program’s page.
University of Bridgeport
College Choice Score: 78.02
Average Net Price: $24,530
The University of Bridgeport was founded in 1927 during the time when the city of Bridgeport was one of only six U.S. cities of over 100,000 people with no institution of higher education. It is a private, four-year university located an hour from New York and two hours from Boston. Today its undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees are offered through thirteen schools, colleges, and institutes. UB’s programs are centered around the goal of students seeking professional growth and therefore curricula are developed to prepare students for the culturally diverse and international world. According to U.S. News & World Report, UB is the third highest university in the region for percentage of international students and the 17th highest for most ethnically diverse student body. In addition, the “Student Loan Report” ranks UB the fourth lowest university in the state of Connecticut for student loan debt.
- Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral degree programs available
- Bachelor’s and MBA program voted among the best online programs of 2017 by U.S. News & World Report
UB was the first university in Connecticut to offer an online master’s program. It has since grown to offer a variety of programs in various disciplines. Classes are through Collaborate Ultra, a real-time video conferencing tool that lets students add files, screen share, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact with other students and the professor. First students should apply online with the help of an admissions counselor, and then will be sent information about their financial aid. Once students have been accepted, he/she will be connected with an academic advisor which will guide him/her throughout the rest of the degree process. From there students will start an online orientation that only takes a few hours to complete before they are able to start classes which are offered in 8- or 16-week sessions.
University of Saint Joseph
College Choice Score: 73.50
Average Net Price: $23,672
The University of Saint Joseph was first established in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut who sought out to begin the first liberal arts college for women in the Hartford area. The school was founded under the idea that education should be centered around professional development as well as strong Catholic traditions. Today, in addition to its traditional undergraduate women’s program, the university offers coeducational masters, certificate programs, undergraduate program for adult learners, and professional doctoral degrees. It is currently undergoing the process of offering full-time undergraduate programs to men to make the school fully coeducational. The University of Saint Joseph was also ranked number six among Niche’s 2016 listing of Best Colleges in Connecticut.
- Online graduate programs in: Health Coaching Certificate, Health Informatics Certificate, M.S. in Biology, M.S. in Chemistry, M.S. in Nutrition, M.S. in Biochemistry, and Doctor in Nursing Practice
- S. in Biology part of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC)
Courses are delivered via the Blackboard system. Each course has its own start and end dates following the same academic calendar (fall, spring, and summer). In general, students can expect to spend two to three years to complete a 30-credit online program, depending on how many classes are taken per semester. Students also typically spend an average of 12 hours a week per course.
Albertus Magnus College
College Choice Score: 71.76
Average Net Price: $25,642
Originally a women’s college founded by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Mary of the Springs in 1924, Albertus Magnus College became a coeducational private university in 1985. From 1992, the college began offering graduate programs. Today there are currently approximately 500 full-time traditional undergraduates and 1,000 adult undergraduate and graduate students. As part of the Dominican tradition, Albertus holds many special ceremonies and traditions, most prominently holding the tradition of honor as an important part of college life. Albertus also holds a strong commitment to a liberal arts curriculum, with an impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1.
- Fully online, hybrid, and accelerated degree programs available for bachelors and masters degrees
- S. in Accounting voted one of the best master’s accounting programs in 2016
While most online programs are hybrid at Albertus, students have the option of getting their B.S in Business Management and MBA completely online. In addition, the Accelerated Degree Program is nearly 75% hybrid or online format. This programs also allow students to earn 30 credits in one year by just taking two classes per term. Students will have one in-class and one online session per week that meet Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 5:30PM to 7:50PM or 8PM to 10:20PM. There is also the New Dimensions Program, where students attend class only once a week, typically from 6PM to 10PM in addition to online learning applications.
College Choice Score: 70.96
Average Net Price: $30,167
With over 125 years of offering education that provides students with the skills to compete in the global marketplace, Post University was founded in 1890 as a business school. It maintains its mission of preparing students to become leaders in their chosen careers. Post University has received many awards and accolades throughout the years, with some of the most notable ones being that it has received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and was selected as a Top School in Military Advanced Education & Transition Magazine’s Guide to Colleges & Universities for 2016 and 2017. Post University currently is the largest provider of fully online higher education programs in the state of Connecticut.
- Ranked among the best online bachelors programs since 2013 by U.S. News & World Report
- Accounting program ranked 12 in Accounting Degree Review’s 2016 Top 30 Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Accounting
Post offers eight-week accelerated modules six times per year (January, March, May, July, September, and November). Most students typically take two courses per module. Depending on number of courses taken, students can finish a bachelors degree in two or three years, while graduate programs can be complete from a year to 18 months.