South Central Connecticut has six colleges and universities, including world-renowned Yale University. The higher education sector transitioned to remote learning in March 2020 and implemented infection control procedures to let students safely return to campus in the fall. Although distance learning adequately provides academic content, essential social interaction, and networking can only occur in person.
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 four pillars are:
- Arts & Humanities for Insight: Unlock society’s untapped potential by blending scholarship and creativity.
- Science for Breakthroughs: Push science to new frontiers that create transformative, global solutions.
- Collaborating for Impact: Work together to ensure one field’s insights fuel another’s breakthroughs.
- Leaders for A Better World: Shape aspiring leaders to serve all sectors of society.
The university also maintains a strong town-gown relationship with the City of New Haven. Yale University made a new six-year, $135 million voluntary payment commitment to 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 public university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in liberal arts and sciences, education, business, and health and human services. SCSU recently received a $1.5 million NSF S-STEM grant to recruit and train undergraduate students in computational biology. ComBiNE (Preparing Computational Biologists for the New England Workforce) will address the industry's growing employment gap and offer talented, financially-challenged students four-year scholarships. Interdisciplinary at its core, the program combines computer or data science and biology or biotechnology degrees. It offers dedicated mentors, cohort support, and a tiered three-summer research experience program in partnership with local industry. SCSU’s Computer Science Department also recently developed a Graduate Certificate in Computing Foundations. This 4-course (12 credit) graduate certificate program can be completed part-time over two semesters and will help individuals with undergraduate degrees transition into higher-paid technology fields.
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.