2017 Best Colleges in Connecticut

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    Yale University

    • New Haven, CT
    • 913 reviews
    College Junior:I absolutely love attending Yale University. I feel that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am entering my third year in the fall and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. What drew me to Yale was the close knit community and the welcoming and inclusive social space. I have friends from all walks of life and love to interact with people form all different backgrounds. I truly feel that I have grown as an individual as I have become equipped with the vocabulary to express eloquently just who I am and where I stand on certain issues to my peers.
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    Wesleyan University

    • Middletown, CT
    • 653 reviews
    College Sophomore:Wesleyan may not be for everyone, but it is right for me. I couldn't have chosen a school that fit me any better, and without a doubt, I would choose my school all over again.
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    University of Connecticut

    • Storrs, CT
    • 2,809 reviews
    College Sophomore:While in the business school it is not difficult to get a job out of school because you are more or less required to get an internship. As for the math department, I am not too sure
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    Connecticut College

    • New London, CT
    • 370 reviews
    College Sophomore:The Dance Department is amazing. The professors are great mentors, the classes are engaging and interesting, and the performances I've done have ranged from intriguing and thoughtful to exciting and silly. Every moment has been wonderful. You can't get this kind of training except from a conservatory. If you're at all serious about dance, Conn should be one of the top schools on your list.
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    Trinity College - Connecticut

    • Hartford, CT
    • 691 reviews
    College Sophomore:I could not be happier with my choice of Trinity College. Although it is not where I expected to end up, I now realize I would not have wanted to end up anywhere else!
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    College Freshman:Always There to Help – the teaches are always there to help you know matte what. they give you there office hours, and you can make and appointment and discuss any problems that you are having in the class.
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    Fairfield University

    • Fairfield, CT
    • 690 reviews
    College Sophomore:The school can do better in terms of diversity. It can get really clique-y really fast, however I also think it helps build a sense of independence. It allowed me to build a tough outer shell where I did not care what people think. It's hard when you come from the inner city than suddenly you are surrounded by rich, upper class people who wear name brands. I am actually enjoying the school, and I was able to break the classicist barrier with SOME people and make amazing friends. Often, people need to check their wealth privilege. Let's see. The Classes are small and intimate, which allows you to make a connection with your professor. This means your professor is more willing to understand about certain circumstances. There are many intelligent teachers, and very helpful staff around the school. It's not much of a party school and many people care about grades. The campus is BEAUTIFUL. They also try to incorporate commuters into the community which I find really nice, since in most schools I've heard commuters don't really hangout. It's a good school overall. For non-rich upper middle class students, it either causes you to have thicker skin or you break down.
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    College Sophomore:Considering the circumstances it's okay. The school is a 100% commuter school, so it's not as involved las a campus with housing. that is not to say that there are lack of events. The clases are small, you'll never be in a classroom with more that 40 students. There are about 2,500 undegrads, so it's not An isolated school. There is a huge population of foreign students a well. It is very affordable, specially if you live in the area.
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    Quinnipiac University

    • Hamden, CT
    • 1,674 reviews
    College Junior:Sleeping giant state park is great, class sizes are great, dorms are great, campus location isn't ideal. Always feeling the need to have to have a car to go places because no one walks, so much Greek life it is overwhelming and makes people who aren't in it feel left out, great school spirit at hockey games, schools within college are growing so fast they are having a hard time keeping up with number of classes to offer for all students interested in taking the class.
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    University of New Haven

    • West Haven, CT
    • 2,099 reviews
    College Junior:This school is very very boring. I don't feel like I'm learning as much or as well as I could be, which makes me feel like I'm wasting time and money. I'm ready to leave. it's just not for me.
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    University of Hartford

    • West Hartford, CT
    • 1,449 reviews
    College Sophomore:I chose this school for it's great study abroad program they also had my major along with the very helpful professors. I don't think I can find a study abroad like this in any tech school for architecture, that is why I stayed at this school. I wouldn't want to choose this school again if I had to do it all over because this school is not diverse. I am from a town where there are all different cultures around me, not just white and black, but from where I am from I had friends from Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Ecuador, India, Italy. Here I have met very few Hispanics, and very few Asians that are not international.
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    College Sophomore:Pretty Good Experience – I kind of keep to myself most of the time being on the run to classes & the library to do homework. Education comes before my social life but when I do have time I do socialize with people that I've seen around campus.
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    Eastern Connecticut State University

    • Willimantic, CT
    • 935 reviews
    College Junior:There's a lot of recruiting, job fairs, in campus interviews, and other helpful resources for students. I find this to be extremely helpful for me
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    Albertus Magnus College

    • New Haven, CT
    • 209 reviews
    College Freshman:I like how everyone know each other. The study body is one big family, and I had have many great experiences with my teammates and fellow students.
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    Sacred Heart University

    • Fairfield, CT
    • 848 reviews
    College Sophomore:What makes SHU unique is the family dynamic that was have on campus. Everyone says hello, everyone is polite and everything holds the doors for you even if you are a hundred feet away.
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    Southern Connecticut State University

    • New Haven, CT
    • 1,153 reviews
    College Sophomore:I transferred to Southern this last semester and it's very different than my experience at my other college. I am still getting used to the transition. I like how diverse Southern is, my high school was diverse so it makes me feel more comfortable. I commute because I live so close so it's nice to be around an area that I am used to.
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    Goodwin College

    • East Hartford, CT
    • 465 reviews
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    Post University

    • Waterbury, CT
    • 558 reviews
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    University of Bridgeport

    • Bridgeport, CT
    • 807 reviews
    College Freshman:The environment is very refreshing and freeing. The students all seem extremely welcoming and willing to give you tips and information that not only you but they believe is good for you to try to make the most of your time there.
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    College Freshman:I was a commuting part time student at WCSU last year. I didn't go here because it was my first choice and I loved it, but because I didn't feel I was ready to fully jump into a 4 year college situation. In this way, being part time at WCSU offered me a good transition from high school. I was able to take a few classes and see what college was like while still being comfortable and close to home. I found it easy to meet people and find things to do. Some classrooms were a bit run down, but hanging out on campus in good weather was nice. The science building is really nice, and I got to go to class there often. I'm now applying to schools for 2016, and I don't think I want to stick around here for 4 years, but my experience was worth it.
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    Central Connecticut State University

    • New Britain, CT
    • 1,132 reviews
    College Senior:The courses are generally easy depending if you study or not. The professors are there to help if you ask them and always tell you their office hours.
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    University of Saint Joseph

    • West Hartford, CT
    • 299 reviews
    College Freshman:I love my school because it exposes you to things you would never be interesting in.
    Yesterday i made a pillow in my spare time, I'm not sure many other campuses even care how their students sleep or what they sleep with.
    We have yoga, writing, painting and stress relieving classes and ALL of them are free.
    Zumba is here every Tuesday and Thursday and boys are allowed to come.
    I love my school more because i know every part of it. I built a connection with my ad-visor and she even know my favorite color.
    It's about the love you feel when you wake up and go to class because you know you're not just a number, but your professor knows your middle name. It's about feeling like you belong and that's how i feel.
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    Mitchell College

    • New London, CT
    • 131 reviews
    College Sophomore:The school has alot of special needs student so the work is very easy therefore people don't stress on school work because it easy but it does not pay off
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