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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut

40 Colleges
$51,636 Avg Salary*
50% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

If you're seeking a diverse and multi-faceted college experience, you've come to the right place. The following rankings were designed specifically to help students discover Connecticut schools that value diversity.

After analyzing 40 schools in Connecticut, we came up with our list of those that offered the most diversity. The four factors we consider to determine overall diversity includes: race and ethnicity of the students, location of origin, age, and male to female ratio.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut

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#1

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in Connecticut. Yale is a private not-for-profit institution located in New Haven, Connecticut. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 12.87% of the students are international. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Yale go into careers with an average salary of $83,200.

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#2

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut

The excellent diversity at Wesleyan University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Connecticut. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Middletown, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,096 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

16.28% of the students come from out of the country. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan U go into careers with an average salary of $54,700.

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#3

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut

Out of the 40 schools in Connecticut that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Trinity College landed the #3 spot on the list. Trinity Bantams is located in Hartford, Connecticut and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 596 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

A significant number of the students are international, about 11.54% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Trinity Bantams is $66,100 during the early years of their career.

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#4

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

Out of the 40 schools in Connecticut that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, University of Hartford landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in West Hartford, Connecticut, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 65% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. During the early years of their career, graduates from Uhart make an average of $47,800 a year.

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#5

United States Coast Guard Academy

New London, Connecticut

A rank of #5 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut list means United States Coast Guard Academy is a great place for students who value diversity. Located in New London, Connecticut, the small , public school handed out 241 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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#6

Post University

Waterbury, Connecticut

With a ranking of #6, Post University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut list. Located in Waterbury, Connecticut, the fairly large , private for-profit school awarded 1,043 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 15% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $40,900 during the early years of their career.

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#7

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut

With a ranking of #7, University of Connecticut did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut list. Located in Storrs, Connecticut, the large , public school handed out 6,052 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UCONN is $58,400 during the early years of their career.

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#8

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

University of New Haven landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut ranking. Located in West Haven, Connecticut, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,189 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from U of New Haven is $52,100 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Cromwell, Connecticut

Holy Apostles College and Seminary ranked #9 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut list. Located in Cromwell, Connecticut, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 31 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 9% falling into the traditional age range.

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#10

University of Connecticut-Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

University of Connecticut-Stamford did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut ranking, coming in at #10. University of Connecticut-Stamford is a small public school located in Stamford, Connecticut.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from University of Connecticut-Stamford go into careers with an average salary of $58,400.

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#11

Mitchell College

New London, Connecticut

Mitchell College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut ranking. Mitchell College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in New London, Connecticut. It awarded 108 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Mitchell College make an average of $32,000 a year.

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#12

Connecticut College

New London, Connecticut

Connecticut College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut ranking, coming in at #12. Located in New London, Connecticut, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 518 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Conn College make an average of $54,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#13

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut

If you crave a diverse college experience, University of Bridgeport, coming in at #13 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. University of Bridgeport is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 37% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from University of Bridgeport go into careers with an average salary of $43,100.

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#14

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut

If you crave a diverse college experience, Quinnipiac, coming in at #14 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Quinnipiac University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Hamden, Connecticut that handed out 1,891 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac is $63,300 during the early years of their career.

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#15

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, Connecticut

Western Connecticut State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut ranking. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the medium-sized , public school awarded 987 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 62% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $45,200 during the early years of their career.

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University of Connecticut-Hartford Campus came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut ranking. Located in Hartford, Connecticut, University of Connecticut-Hartford Campus is a small public school.

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#17

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University ranked #17 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut list. Located in New Britain, Connecticut, the fairly large , public school awarded 2,083 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 54% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. During the early years of their career, graduates from CCSU make an average of $47,900 a year.

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#18

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, Connecticut

Eastern Connecticut State University ranked #18 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut list. Willimantic, Connecticut is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,108 students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from ECSU make an average of $46,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#19

Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut

Coming in at #19 for 2021 overall diversity in Connecticut is Fairfield U. Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $72,100 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut

If you crave a diverse college experience, Sacred Heart, coming in at #20 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This medium-sized , private not-for-profit school is located in Fairfield, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 60% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. During the early years of their career, graduates from Sacred Heart make an average of $56,000 a year.

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#21

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut ranking, coming in at #21. SCSU is a medium-sized public school situated in New Haven, Connecticut. It awarded 1,676 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 57% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from SCSU make an average of $45,300 a year.

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#22

Manchester Community College

Manchester, Connecticut

Manchester Community College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut ranking, coming in at #22. Located in Manchester, Connecticut, Manchester Community College is a medium-sized public school.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Manchester Community College make an average of $34,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#23

Asnuntuck Community College

Enfield, Connecticut

With a ranking of #23, Asnuntuck Community College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut list. A small institution, ACC is public.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from ACC is $36,300 during the early years of their career.

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#24

University of Connecticut-Tri-Campus

Waterbury, Connecticut

Coming in at #24 for 2021 overall diversity in Connecticut is University of Connecticut-Waterbury Campus. Located in Waterbury, Connecticut, University of Connecticut-Waterbury Campus is a small public school.

During the early years of their career, graduates from University of Connecticut-Waterbury Campus make an average of $58,400 a year.

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#25

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, Connecticut

With a ranking of #25, Charter Oak State College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Connecticut list. New Britain, Connecticut is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 470 students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 5% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $38,800 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

  • 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 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).

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