The state's flagship public university is the University of Connecticut, which is also the largest school in the state. The remainder of the state's public institutions
constitute the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, comprising four state universities, twelve community colleges, and an online school, Charter Oak State College.
Connecticut is also the home of one of the five federally-run service academies, the United States Coast Guard Academy. The oldest college in the state, founded in 1701, is
Yale University, one of the most prestigious schools in the world.
Albertus Magnus College
• In 1924, the Dominican Sisters of Saint Mary of the Springs, who are now known as the Dominican Sisters of Peace, purchased an estate in New Haven, Connecticut, in an
effort to found a women’s college. A charter was signed on July 13, 1925, and the first classes at Albertus Magnus College were held on September 24, 1925 in Rosary Hall, the
mansion on the property.
Central Connecticut State University
• In 1849 CCSU was founded as the State Normal School to train teachers. It was the 6th Normal School in the US and is the oldest public university in Connecticut. It ran
until 1867 when the school was temporarily closed due to opposition in the Connecticut General Assembly. In 1983 the school transitioned from a college to a regional
university. Organizational governance changed in 2011 when the Connecticut Department of Higher Education was dissolved and replaced by the Office of Higher Education and
the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education .
• The College was founded in 1911, but its history began in 1909 when Wesleyan University announced that it would no longer offer admission to women. At that time, more women
than ever were seeking higher education and demanding the right to vote. A committee was formed and towns across the state of Connecticut began offering prospective sites.
Eastern Connecticut State University
• Eastern was founded in 1889 as the Willimantic State Normal School, an institution whose sole purpose was to train teachers. Thirteen female students attended classes on
the third floor of the Willimantic Savings Institute during its first year; the first male student was not enrolled until four years later in 1893. In 1890, the Town of
Windham deeded 6 acres of land to the State of Connecticut. The state decided to use it as the new home for the Willimantic State Normal School, which was quickly outgrowing
its space. Construction of a new, larger facility was completed in 1895
• Fairfield University, founded by the Society of Jesus, is a coeducational institution of higher learning whose primary objectives are to develop the creative intellectual
potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility. Jesuit Education, which began in 1547, is committed today
to the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement. Fairfield is Catholic in both tradition and spirit. It celebrates the God-given dignity
of every human person
• Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational university in Southern New England where students receive an educational experience that’s both personal and challenging from faculty
who care deeply about student outcomes. Their 3 campuses are located in Hamden and North Haven, Connecticut. They offer more than 100 programs to an estimated 7,000
undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students.
Sacred Heart University
• Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis, second bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, to provide an institution of higher education
that would serve the people of the diocese and region, regardless of sex, race, creed or religion. In October 1962, Bishop Curtis announced both the plan to open a college
the following September, and its name, “Sacred Heart.” The choice of the name had a dual origin: it was the name of the bishop’s first pastorate in Bloomfield, N.J., and was
a pledge from the bishop attesting to the value of such an institution.
Ten years later, Southern teamed up with Yale University's Department of Education to offer a master of science degree. In 1954, the State Board of Education authorized the
institution -- then known as New Haven State Teachers College -- to assume complete responsibility for this graduate program.
Southern Connecticut State University
• Life began for Southern Connecticut State University on September 11, 1893,
when three teachers and 84 students met at the old Skinner School in New Haven
to create a two- year teacher training school, New Haven State Normal School. By
1937, Southern had grown into a four-year college with the power to grant
Saint Joseph College
• St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States. In 1696, The King William’s School, the Maryland colony’s “free” school, is founded. In 1784 the state
of Maryland charters St. John’s College, merging it with King William’s School; four of the college founders signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Teikyo Post University
• Post University has a rich history of providing students with the skills they need to compete in the global marketplace. From Post's founding in 1890 as a business school
to support the training and educational needs of the blossoming industries of central Connecticut, it has been an excellent choice for career-minded individuals.
• Trinity College is, in some ways, a traditional New England college. They teach the liberal arts and sciences on a beautiful, 100-acre campus with classic collegiate
architecture. But in other ways, we are undeniably unconventional.
University of Bridgeport
• In the early twentieth century Bridgeport was one of only six U.S. cities of over 100,000 people with no institution of higher education. Local physics and mathematics
teacher E. Everett Cortright believed that equal access to education was necessary for national success, stating, “Ability and leadership must be sought in all groups.” He
and two friends, founder of the dental hygiene profession Alfred Fones and Raybestos President Sumner Simpson, decided to create a two-year junior college, the first one in
University of Connecticut
• Late in 1880, brothers Charles and Augustus Storrs donated land and money to start an agricultural school in Connecticut. More than 130 years later, the University of
Connecticut has become one of the top 20 public universities in the nation. In 1949, The University awards its first doctoral degrees — two in chemistry and one in genetics.
University trustees prohibit organizations that discriminate against or exclude individuals based on race, religion, or national origin.
Fan ShopUniversity of Hartford
• Now in its sixth decade, the University of Hartford sits proudly on a 350-acre main campus that includes parts of Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield, Conn. It
provides a beautifully landscaped vista with grassy expanses and wooded areas with a branch of the Park River winding through it.
University of New Haven
• Founded on the Yale campus in 1920, the University of New Haven is a private, coeducational university situated on the coast of southern New England. It’s a diverse and
vibrant community of more than 6,800 students, with campuses across the country and around the world.
• Founded under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church and with the support of prominent residents of Middletown, the now secular university was the first institution
of higher education to be named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. About 20 unrelated colleges and universities were subsequently named after Wesley. Wesleyan,
along with Amherst College and Williams College, is a member of the Little Three colleges.
Western Connecticut State University
• Founded in 1903, WCSU is part of the Connecticut State University (CSU) system, the primary division of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) system, which
includes Eastern, Southern and Central Connecticut state universities; CSCU as a whole consists of those universities in addition to a number of community colleges. Between
the four state universities, more than 34,000 students are enrolled, with more than 5,700 students enrolled at Western. (As of the Fall 2016 semester.)
• The university traces its roots to the 1640s when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a local college to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in
the New World. In 1701 the charter was granted for a school.
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