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Every online college student has a different reason for completing a degree over the internet, whether it’s due to physical distance from their university of choice, a work schedule that prevents them from attending classes during the day, or family obligations which limit their academic availability. Due to the state’s small geographic size, there aren’t many options to choose from when it comes to online colleges in Connecticut. However, many students can still find an online program that suits their needs.

Online schools in CT charge a slightly higher tuition rate than the national average. Despite this, many Connecticut residents enroll at a college in their home state to take advantage of in–state tuition, rather than paying the high cost of out–of–state tuition at other schools. While most of today’s online degrees are available entirely online, some courses may require proctored exams or in–person labs. Being close enough to travel to campus consequently provides several advantages. Online learners who live close to campus can also access on–site services like the library, tutoring centers, and advising offices.

Four Reasons to Find an Online College in Your State

  1. Guaranteed in–state tuition saves you money
  2. Be a part of a university or college you know and love
  3. Get a degree from a school employers know and trust
  4. Be close enough to easily visit when desired

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We selected the online colleges and universities here based on the quality of their programs, types of courses and degrees offered, faculty strengths, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation, including a strong reputation for online degree programs.

Note: In ranking the best online colleges in Connecticut, giving attention to the variety of degree programs available at the institutions is of utmost importance. For this reason, a more prestigious school in Connecticut may offer one, or a few online degrees, but that may not be enough for that school to rank highly among the best online colleges in the state. In this ranking, we are dedicated to showing who’s leading the way in delivering quality online degree programs in Connecticut.

The Best Online Colleges in Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University
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St. Vincent's College 

Bridgeport, CT

About this school

Founded in 1905, this Bridgeport institution is unique among online schools in Connecticut for offering career-focused healthcare degrees. Developed in partnership with St. Vincent's Medical Center and Health Services, the college's 17 degree and certificate programs are available in online, hybrid, and "e-Enhanced" formats. Both the BSRS completion degree in radiological sciences and accelerated healthcare management certificate program may be completed entirely online. However, due to state distance education regulations, online courses are currently only available to Connecticut residents.

SVC takes a holistic approach to admissions. While prospective students are expected to provide official transcripts demonstrating a GPA of 2.75 or better and a letter of recommendation, the college also considers applicants' employment histories, leadership potential, volunteership experience, and other factors. Admissions are conducted on a rolling basis.

Graduation Rate
38%
5

Sacred Heart University 

Fairfield, CT

About this school

Located in Fairfield, Sacred Heart is New England's second-largest Catholic university, with a student body of around 8,500. The university's 70 academic programs incorporate several online degree options, including five web-based nursing degrees, an online master's in applied psychology, and a master's degree in social work. All online courses are accelerated, and most full-time students complete their studies in around two years.

Admission requirements differ considerably between programs. Applicants may need to provide letters of recommendation, a resume, and a personal statement. Tuition also varies according to program. Sacred Heart was one of the first online colleges in Connecticut to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, and continues to provide support for military students and veterans.

Graduation Rate
63%
6

Albertus Magnus College 

New Haven, CT

About this school

Founded in the Dominican Catholic tradition, Albertus serves more than 1,000 graduate and continuing education students through a series of online and flex programs. Distance learners may choose from 13 associate, bachelor's, and master's degree options in business, arts and sciences, and social sciences.

Albertus is unique among online colleges in Connecticut for allowing students to enroll in web-based classes, traditional courses at the New Haven campus, or a combination of both. Online and flex programs are offered in eight-week, accelerated terms, and students may earn as many as 30 credits in one year. The college also offers credit for professional and life experience. Along with customized program guidance from faculty and staff, distance learners receive access to career development services.

Graduation Rate
43%
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University of New Haven 

West Haven, CT

About this school

In addition to its main campus, this private university operates satellite campuses in Orange, New London, and Old Lyme, Connecticut; a location in Prato, Italy; and a robust distance education program. The University offers several online master's degrees in areas such as criminal justice, emergency management, and environmental engineering. The university's web-based master's degree in investigations is the first of its kind among online schools in CT. All web-based courses are delivered asynchronously, and many of the programs allow students to customize their education through academic concentrations.

Along with official college transcripts, prospective students must submit two letters of recommendation. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should also provide a CV and personal statement. GRE scores may be submitted for consideration, but are not required.

Graduation Rate
56%
8

University of Connecticut 

Mansfield, CT

About this school

UConn's eCampus offers six graduate degrees and over 20 certificate programs in a variety of fields, including education, accounting, and health. While most distance education programs are available entirely online, the education and neonatal nurse practitioner programs require short on-campus residencies. Like many online schools in Connecticut, UConn's admission requirements vary by program, and applicants may need to provide essays, GMAT or GRE scores, or letters of recommendation.

Distance education students gain access to a comprehensive array of academic and technical resources, including assistance from UConn's writing and learning centers and 24/7 HuskyTech support. The university's career development center offers a broad spectrum of online services, including mentoring opportunities, a job board, interview critiques, and resource guides for writing CVs and cover letters.

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The Most Affordable Colleges in Connecticut

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University of Bridgeport
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Quinnipiac University 

Hamden, CT

About this school

A private college based in Hamden, Quinnipiac serves more than 10,000 students annually through on-campus and online programs. The school was an early adopter of online education, offering its first distance programs in 2001. Today, Quinnipiac ranks among the most affordable online colleges in Connecticut, offering professionally focused degrees that maintain a student-centered education model and sense of community among distance learners. The college uses the Blackboard learning system to deliver online courses.

Quinnipiac offers three online bachelor's degrees and 11 online master's degrees in disciplines including:

  • Business Administration
  • Health Science Studies
  • Nursing
  • Operational Leadership

Quinnipiac's bachelor's degrees function as degree-completion programs, which require applicants to possess either an associate degree or a minimum of 45 approved undergraduate credits. All bachelor's programs require 120 credits, and Quinnipiac allows students to transfer up to 75 credits toward an undergraduate degree.

Quinnipiac offers many of its degrees entirely online, while others feature primarily online courses but require students to visit campus for orientation sessions. All courses use an asynchronous format, enabling students to complete assignments on their own schedule. Online students can access comprehensive support services, including administrative support, technical support, and academic advising.

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Sacred Heart University 

Fairfield, CT

About this school

A private Roman Catholic college based in Fairfield, SHU ranks as the second-largest Catholic college in New England and one of the most affordable online colleges in Connecticut. U.S. News and World Report consistently honors ranks the college as one of the best in the Northeast, offering praise in several categories, including best online bachelor's programs, best value schools, best colleges for veterans, and best online graduate nursing programs. The Princeton Review has also ranked SHU among its 380 best colleges each year since 2015.

SHU offers one online bachelor's degree, four online master's degrees, and one online doctorate in disciplines including:

  • Nursing
  • Social work
  • Strategic Communications and Public Relations

The school's bachelor of science in nursing is a degree-completion program that requires all applicants to hold RN certification. The degree requires a total of 120 credits, typically taking 1.5-3 years to complete, depending on course load and transfer credits. Students can transfer up to 90 credits toward the nursing bachelor's degree. SHU also offers master's and doctoral programs in nursing.

Geared toward working students, most of SHU's programs offer several start dates throughout the year. The undergraduate nursing program, for example, features six start dates. Courses feature a fully asynchronous format, allowing students to complete coursework around their own schedule. Undergraduates typically spend 12-15 hours each week on schoolwork.

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Additional Online Colleges in Connecticut Featured on TBS

Middlesex Community College

Middletown, Connecticut

Post University

Waterbury, Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

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2017 Best Online Colleges and University in Connecticut
  1. Post University
  2. Quinnipiac University
  3. Charter Oak State College
  4. University of Bridgeport

 

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