Higher Education

Home to Six Colleges & Universities
The region hosts six colleges and universities, including two law schools, two medical schools, and the world-renowned Yale University. The University of New Haven is home to the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. Although not a true cluster, the education sector is a main economic driver, producing a well-educated workforce, while employing over 30,000 people and having a total economic impact of over $2 billion annually.
These institutions continue to be dynamic partners in solving workforce issues. Recent programs include:
  • Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
  • Southern Connecticut State University STEM curriculum: B.S. in Biotechnology, Biochemistry Concentration within B.S in Chemistry, Graduate Certificate Programs (to support the career advancement needs of current regional biotechnology employees) and Biotechnology Concentration to create unique concentrations for students in other STEM disciplines.
  • Gateway Community College
    • Public Utility Management (Associates Degree)
    • Computer Science Certificate
    • Skill Up for Manufacturing
  • Hospitality Careers Initiative Certificate

Enrollment Fall 2021

    • Yale University
    • Southern Connecticut State University
    • Quinnipiac University
    • Gateway Community College
    • University of New Haven
    • Albertus Magnus
Total Enrollment


Updated November 2022

  • Albertus Magnus College 203-773-8550 or 800-578-9160
  • Gateway Community College 800-390-7723
  • Middlesex Community College 860-343-5800
  • Quinnipiac University 203-582-8200
  • Southern Connecticut State University 203-392-SCSU or 888-500-SCSU
  • University of New Haven 203-932-7000 or 800-DIAL-UNH
  • Yale University Directory Assistance 203-432-4771

Recent Facility Investment

The region’s colleges and universities also create many permanent and temporary jobs through facility investment.

Quinnipiac University

  • 2017 – Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine $100M
  • 2017 – soccer and lacrosse venues $28M

University of New Haven

  • 2020 – Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation $26M
  • $250 million in investment in the last decade

Southern Connecticut State University

  • 2020 – $48 million, 94,750-square-foot building for the school’s College of Health & Human Services scheduled for completion fall, 2021

Yale University

  • 2016 – Yale Center for British Art renovation $33M
  • 2016 – Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library renovation $73M
  • 2017 – Yale University opens two additional undergraduate colleges, Pauli Murray College and Benjamin Franklin College, increasing undergraduate enrollment by 800 students $600M
  • 2018 – Yale undergraduate degrees in neuroscience were first offered in 2018 as a partnership between the Psychology Department and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department.
  • 2019 – Yale Science Building construction $283M
  • Center for the Humanities, to be completed summer 2020
  • Underway – Yale Peabody Museum expansion and renovation. Expected completion 2023.
  • $250M Underway – Stephen A. Schwarzman Center at Yale – a world class center for student life and the arts. Yale $150M+

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