Connecticut, though small in size, is home to a large variety of options for higher education. Though the most well-known college in Connecticut is probably Yale University, this Ivy League school is rivaled by other institutions in the state, especially a couple prestigious Liberal Arts Colleges. Students who are residents of the state have the option of attending certain public colleges for a discounted price in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont – all through the New England Regional Student Program.
Connecticut College, in New London, CT, is part of a group of colleges colloquially known as the “little ivies,” referencing its high academic standards and top notch facilities. This school is known for its high selectivity and quality interdisciplinary academic programs. With nearly 2,000 students, the college has neither a Greek housing system nor freshmen-only residences, enhancing the sense of community on campus.
Trinity College, as the second oldest college in Connecticut behind only Yale, is another “little ivy” in the state. The school offers 38 majors and 26 minors, along with small class sizes and over 100 student clubs and organizations. Though the sticker price of this college is high, many need-based financial aid options are available for students.
Wesleyan University, with around 3,000 undergraduate students, is located in Middletown, CT, and affiliated with the Methodist Church. The school provides financial aid to students who need it, allowing the university to construct diverse classes, with students from different economic and cultural backgrounds.