Yale is the best university in the state of Connecticut, ranked third nationally in the US News & World Report National Universities Rankings in 2009, followed by University of Connecticut (66th nationally).

Yale is the third-oldest higher education institution in the nation and a member of the Ivy League. It is ranked highly in the international league tables:
- 11th in the world (SJTU World Ranking 2008).
- 2nd globally by THES 2008 Top 200 Universities.
- 41st in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2009.
- 3rd in the Newsweek top 100 global universities.
- 19th in the Wuhan University Ranking.

University of Connecticut has been rated by U.S. News as the No. 1 public university in New England and also ranked among the top 30 public universities in the nation.

Sacred Heart University is placed in the top 30 among the Tier 1 master's level colleges and universities in the North (U.S. News & World Report 2010).

Fairfield University Dolan School of Business was listed among the "Best 237 Business Schools" by The Princeton Review.

Wesleyan University is among the oldest of the originally Methodist institutions of higher education in the United States.

University of Hartford is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Goodwin College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Nursing degree is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is accredited by the NEASC, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.

Paier College of Art is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors of Higher Education, and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).

List of colleges and universities in Connecticut:
  • Albertus Magnus College
  • Lincoln College of New England (formerly known as Briarwood College)
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Charter Oak State College
  • Connecticut College
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Fairfield University
  • Goodwin College
  • Holy Apostles College & Seminary
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • Mitchell College
  • Paier College of Art
  • Post University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • St. Joseph College
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Trinity College
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hartford
  • University of New Haven
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Yale University

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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