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Connecticut is most well-known for hosting Yale University, one of the world’s most prestigious institutions, but don’t sleep on the University of Connecticut, a renowned university in terms of academics, research, and sports. The close proximity to New York City provides students with seemingly endless opportunities for internships and professional development. Other schools, like Trinity College and the University of New Haven, lure students in with thriving nightlife scenes and urban settings.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Connecticut

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Admission rate: 7%

Grad rate: 97%

Net cost: $17,549

Payback: 1.2 Years

Earnings: $88,655

Vs. state average: + $19,095

Economic score: 0.91

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#2 in Connecticut

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

Admission rate: 57%

Grad rate: 84%

Net cost: $22,012

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $72,460

Vs. state average: + $2,900

Economic score: 1.91

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#3 in Connecticut

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, Connecticut

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $10,724

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $54,604

Vs. state average: - $14,956

Economic score: 2.44

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#4 in Connecticut

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut

Admission rate: 21%

Grad rate: 89%

Net cost: $26,527

Payback: 2.6 Years

Earnings: $68,102

Vs. state average: - $1,458

Economic score: 2.62

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#5 in Connecticut

Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut

Admission rate: 57%

Grad rate: 80%

Net cost: $38,869

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $86,060

Vs. state average: + $16,500

Economic score: 2.67

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#6 in Connecticut

Connecticut College

New London, Connecticut

Admission rate: 38%

Grad rate: 80%

Net cost: $32,626

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $71,239

Vs. state average: + $1,679

Economic score: 2.87

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#7 in Connecticut

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $41,191

Payback: 3.7 Years

Earnings: $72,191

Vs. state average: + $2,631

Economic score: 3.55

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#8 in Connecticut

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 77%

Net cost: $41,104

Payback: 4.2 Years

Earnings: $75,575

Vs. state average: + $6,015

Economic score: 3.89

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#9 in Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut

Admission rate: 65%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $16,158

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $52,515

Vs. state average: - $17,045

Economic score: 3.90

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#10 in Connecticut

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, Connecticut

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $18,215

Payback: 3.2 Years

Earnings: $53,289

Vs. state average: - $16,271

Economic score: 4.12

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#11 in Connecticut

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut

Admission rate: 37%

Grad rate: 85%

Net cost: $34,460

Payback: 4.2 Years

Earnings: $68,317

Vs. state average: - $1,243

Economic score: 4.23

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#12 in Connecticut

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

Admission rate: 78%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $28,541

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $58,087

Vs. state average: - $11,473

Economic score: 4.56

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#13 in Connecticut

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, Connecticut

Admission rate: 70%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $18,618

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $49,907

Vs. state average: - $19,653

Economic score: 4.66

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#14 in Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $20,763

Payback: 3.8 Years

Earnings: $51,551

Vs. state average: - $18,009

Economic score: 5.07

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#15 in Connecticut

Albertus Magnus College

New Haven, Connecticut

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 66%

Net cost: $26,015

Payback: 4.5 Years

Earnings: $55,262

Vs. state average: - $14,298

Economic score: 5.71

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#16 in Connecticut

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Admission rate: 71%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $22,600

Payback: 4.1 Years

Earnings: $50,003

Vs. state average: - $19,557

Economic score: 5.77

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#17 in Connecticut

University of Saint Joseph

West Hartford, Connecticut

Admission rate: 79%

Grad rate: 71%

Net cost: $21,416

Payback: 4.5 Years

Earnings: $46,100

Vs. state average: - $23,460

Economic score: 6.79

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#18 in Connecticut

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $33,400

Payback: 5.3 Years

Earnings: $52,610

Vs. state average: - $16,950

Economic score: 6.94

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#19 in Connecticut

Mitchell College

New London, Connecticut

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 40%

Net cost: $28,079

Payback: 13.8 Years

Earnings: $36,391

Vs. state average: - $33,169

Economic score: 26.34

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Rensselaer at Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: $93,416

Vs. state average: + $23,856

Economic score: N/A

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