By BVS Staff
Welcome to our best value ranking of online colleges in Connecticut.
For such a tiny state, Connecticut has a surprising number of four-year colleges and universities – more than 20, in fact! But perhaps it is the ubiquity of traditional learning opportunities and limited traveling distances that denies most in-state students the need for online education. Indeed, only about a third of Connecticut’s institutions of higher learning provide such flexible study options – but they do exist! And of those online-accessible schools, we’re bringing you the 3 “best values” in the state. Note that for rankings with 3 schools or fewer, we made the decision not to include individual scores due to a lack of data. However, the order of the ranking still stands as an indication of relative value.
3. University of Bridgeport
The University of Bridgeport has been recognized as a leader in distance education since it began offering online undergraduate programs nearly 20 years ago. Over the years, its online programming has only grown in breadth and sophistication, eventually earning the school a Connecticut top online college ranking from U.S. News in 2015. Thanks to a combination of flexible, asynchronous coursework and personalized, one-on-one instruction, the University of Bridgeport is able to optimize students’ time and energy, providing an exceptional education without any of the hassle of a traditional degree program.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $30,850/yr
2. Sacred Heart University
Like the University of Bridgeport, Sacred Heart University ranks high on U.S. News’ listing of the best online schools in the country. But that hardly exhausts SHU’s list of accolades; from the Princeton Review to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, many organizations have already beaten us to the punch in awarding this school a Connecticut best online colleges ranking. So while the $37K-a-year price tag makes this school slightly more expensive than its competitors, there’s no doubt that online students at Sacred Heart get what they pay for.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $37,170/yr
1. St. Vincent’s College
As a subsidiary of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, St. Vincent’s College is understandably devoted to providing higher education for both practicing and aspiring medical professionals. To accommodate the needs of working nurses and hospital techs in particular, St. Vincent’s offers affordable online degrees in Connecticut that include an RN to BSN completion program, as well as bachelor’s in Radiologic Sciences and Healthcare Administration. The convenience, quality, and exceptionally low prices of these courses makes them extremely popular in the Bridgeport medical community; over 60% of SVU students qualify as distance learners.
In-State Undergrad Tuition: $14,630/yr
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