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2020 Best Colleges for Nursing in Connecticut

Nursing is a popular major and Connecticut is the 34th most popular state for students studying this major. 2,661 of the 293,633 Nursing degrees awarded last year were given by colleges in Connecticut. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Nursing in Connecticut ranking analyzed 8 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in nursing. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for Nursing students in Connecticut.

Choosing a Great Nursing School

Best Colleges for Nursing in Connecticut Your choice of nursing school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A nursing degree from colleges on this list typically translates into above average wages after graduation. Recent nursing graduates from Connecticut colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $72,864 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Nursing students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other nursing students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized nursing related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Nursing students in Connecticut.

Best Schools to Study Nursing in Connecticut

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Nursing degree.

Best Nursing Colleges in Connecticut

#1

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
7.6% Growth in Graduates
$75,300 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in nursing has to look into Fairfield University. Located in the large suburb Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Fairfield U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in nursing, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Professional Practice). Nursing students from Fairfield University get a earnings boost of around $2,962 over the typical income of nursing graduates.

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#2

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$72,600 Median Starting Salary

Every student who is interested in nursing has to look into Quinnipiac University. Quinnipiac is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hamden.

For those interested in something more advanced, Quinnipiac also offers 3 different higher degree levels in nursing, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Professional Practice). Graduates of the nursing program make about $72,600 in their early career salary.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$69,400 Median Starting Salary

Any student pursuing a degree in nursing needs to check out University of Connecticut. Located in the large suburb Storrs, UCONN is a public college with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UCONN also offers 4 different higher degree levels in nursing, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Grads of the nursing program report average early career income of $69,400.

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#4

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$71,500 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in nursing has to look into Sacred Heart University. Located in the large suburb Fairfield, Sacred Heart is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Sacred Heart also offers 3 different higher degree levels in nursing, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the nursing program make around $71,500 for their early career.

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University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT
Master Highest Degree Type
$81,000 Median Starting Salary

Located in the midsize city West Hartford, Uhart is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Uhart also offers 2 different higher degree levels in nursing, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Hartford nursing students earn $8,662 more than the standard nursing student.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$71,700 Median Starting Salary

Located in the small city Danbury, WestConn is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, WestConn also offers 4 different higher degree levels in nursing, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Professional Practice). Students who graduate from the nursing program make about $71,700 in the first couple years of their career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3.1% Growth in Graduates
$69,600 Median Starting Salary

SCSU is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of New Haven.

For those interested in something more advanced, SCSU also offers 3 different higher degree levels in nursing, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Grads of the nursing program report average early career wages of $69,600.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$67,600 Median Starting Salary

CCSU is a large public school located in the large suburb of New Britain.

For those interested in something more advanced, CCSU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in nursing, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the nursing program state that they receive average early career earnings of $67,600.

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Best Nursing Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Nursing Schools in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Massachusetts 311 6,521
New Hampshire 222 1,871
Maine 213 1,108
Rhode Island 203 1,157
Vermont 195 358

One of 34 majors within the Health Professions area of study, Nursing has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 104,465
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 90,916
Health & Medical Administrative Services 87,058
Allied Health Professions 86,125
Public Health 34,089

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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