South Central Connecticut has six colleges and universities, including world-renowned Yale University.
The region’s colleges and universities are committed to creating a globally competitive workforce and retaining the region’s talent through relevant curricula, inclusive enrollment, and community-building.
Yale University is one of the most prestigious private universities in the world, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs in various fields, including the arts, science, business, engineering, law, medicine, and public health. A leader in innovation, Yale’s research often results in new companies in medicine, pharma, bioscience, environment, computer science, and quantum computing, among other sectors. The recent $6 billion “For Humanity” capital campaign reinforces Yale’s global standing in liberal arts, science, and technology. The campaign is an opportunity to engage the entire Yale community. In addition to a financial target of $7 billion, the strategic goals support transparency, inclusion, and a vision of a stronger, more unified Yale.
The university also maintains a strong town-gown relationship with the City of New Haven. The investment in New Haven includes establishing a new Center for Inclusive Growth at Yale, focused on creating and implementing economic strategies that benefit all New Haven residents. The university is the primary donor for scholarships offered by New Haven Promise. Through Promise, Yale provides up to $5 million per year for city residents who graduate from a New Haven public school and attend college in Connecticut. In December 2022, Yale created the Pennington Fellowship for New Haven students to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) is a top institution with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in fields like liberal arts, business, and health. Its 168-acre campus has modern facilities that cater to students' academic and social needs, including more than 100 clubs and organizations. SCSU has received a $1.5 million NSF S-STEM grant to train undergraduates in computational biology, and its Computer Science Department offers a Graduate Certificate in Computing Foundations.
Gateway Community College offers associate degree programs, certificate programs, and continuing education courses in various fields. Students entering their junior year with a 3.0 GPA can automatically transfer to SCSU or Quinnipiac University.
The University of New Haven, in West Haven, is a private university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, criminal justice, engineering, health sciences, liberal arts, and more. The university’s engineering and health science programs address two regional sectors’ employee recruiting challenges.
Quinnipiac University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, communications, education, health sciences, and law. Quinnipiac’s health sciences programs, including a medical school, are important resources for addressing the healthcare worker shortage.
Albertus Magnus College recently launched a groundbreaking partnership with Fairfield University to unlock the pipeline for certified registered nurses.