Top IT & Computer Science Programs in CT

When it comes to considerable contributions in the world of Computer Science and Information Technology, small schools in Connecticut historically come up big.

Whether your company needs some of the region’s most qualified grads, or you seek a collegiate home with intimate class size and graduate potential, Connecticut colleges offer incredible options.

Connecticut colleges with a max enrollment of 6,500 students were examined and compared in two classifications – computer science and information technology programs. We audited each school’s programs in a group of relevant metrics: degrees offered, graduates per year, cost of attendance (average of four years in-state and out-of-state), spending per student.

We then assigned each school a composite score based on an eight-point scale for each metric; the top school in each metric was given the most points.

COMPUTER SCIENCE DIVISION

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT

Cool at the School:

Western Connecticut State plans to add two new degrees next fall: a BA in applied computing and a BA in digital and interactive media arts. Students concentrate on these specialties: computer security, digital media and software engineering.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Former Connecticut governor Jodi Roll
    • Basketball player E.J. Harrison
    • Film director Gorman Beechard

  • Degrees Offered:

    Computer Science major/minor; Web Development minor; Informatics minor (7)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $114,248 (8)

  • Spending Per Student:

    Not published

  • Enrollment:

    1,207 students

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

Cool at the School:

The nation’s 10th most diverse college, the University of Bridgeport ranked on the 2013 list of Best Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report for its master’s program for Computer Science online. The school has offered online courses since 1997.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Basketball player Manute Bol
    • Columnist Dan Rodricks
    • Diplomat Ivan Barbalic

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS/MS/PHD Computer Engineering (online option for MS); BS/MS/PHD Computer Science; BS self-designated General Studies with Computer Science focus (8)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $163,585 (5)

  • Spending Per Student:

    $17,348

  • Enrollment:

    3,021 students

University of New Haven

New Haven, CT

Cool at the School:

New Haven offers credit for Computer Science internships, and will coordinate one. The Computer Accreditation Commission of ABET, the U.S. professional body for engineering regulation and development, accredits New Haven’s BS in Computer Science.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • NFL Coach Tony Sparano
    • Pilot Merryl Tengesdal
    • Forensic scientist Henry Lee

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS/MS Computer Science; MS Computer Science (6)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $159,602 (6)

  • Spending Per Student:

    $21,930

  • Enrollment:

    5,048 students

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, CT

Cool at the School:

A member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, Eastern Connecticut State made the Princeton Review’s “Best Regional Colleges” in the Northeast. Eastern Connecticut State students can customize interdisciplinary tracks built around a core study of Computer Science.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Baseball player John Caneira
    • Public radio talk show host Faith Middleton

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS Computer Science; Computer Science also minor (also IT – Business Information Systems minor) (5)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $133,135 (1)

  • Spending Per Student:

    $21,386

  • Enrollment:

    5,139 students

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Cool at the School:

The student-run Safe Return Network Program maintains a database for town residents to register loved ones with Alzheimer’s, autism and dementia to aid law enforcement. The school developed a Computing Education Academy for high school students.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Actor Paul Marcarelli
    • Soccer player Adam Braz
    • Executive Kathleen Murphy

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS/MS Computer Engineering; MS Software Engineering; Self-designed major (7)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $182,135 (3)

  • Spending Per Student:

    $38,620

  • Enrollment:

    4,991 students

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Cool at the School:

The accelerated MS/BS degree program at Wesleyan allows advanced undergrads to enroll in graduate-level courses. The U.S. News and World Report ranked Wesleyan No. 17 in its list of Best Value Schools (for liberal arts colleges.)

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • NFL Coach Bill Belichick
    • Actress Dana Delaney
    • Anthropologist Ruth Behar

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS Computer Science; MS Computer Science; Accelerated BS/MS degree (6)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $186,168 (3)

  • Spending Per Student:

    $59,677

  • Enrollment:

    3,224 students

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Cool at the School:

Sacred Heart offers a five-year accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Computer Science degree. Degree tracks within BS Computer Science and MS Computer Science programs include IT, CS and Gaming Design. Princeton included Sacred Heart among its Top Grad Schools to Study Game Design.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Comedian Kevin Nealon
    • Musician Jose Feliciano
    • Actor John Ratzenberger

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS Computer Science (CS, IT and Gaming Design tracks); MS Computer Science (IT, CS and Gaming Design tracks) (4)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $178,792 (3)

  • Spending Per Student:

    $20,618

  • Enrollment:

    4,991 students

Trinity College

Hartford, CT

Cool at the School:

Trinity, with the highest cost for a four-year degree in the division, also spends the most per student. Trinity ranks in a tie for 30th in the U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Colleges for Veterans. The school’s Computer Science seminar for seniors focuses on communication skill development.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Actress Amber Scott
    • Columnist George Will
    • Author Jim Shepard

  • Degrees Offered:

    Computer Science major (4)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $199,283

  • Spending Per Student:

    $65,792

  • Enrollment:

    2,163 students

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT

Cool at the School:

College president Edward Klonoski was former Director of the Advanced Educational Computing Project, and Coordinator of Information and Instructional Technology Training at the University of Hartford.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Politician Kevin Lembo
    • Journalist Andrew A. Skolnick
    • Actress Mary-Jane Foster

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS Cyber Security; BS Information Technology (7)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $77,920

  • Spending Per Student:

    $3,855

  • Enrollment:

    2,637 students

Post University

Waterbury, CT

Cool at the School:

Post University offers a BS in Computer Information Systems online.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Otoharmonics President/CEO Michael Baker

  • Degrees Offered:

    Computer Information Systems (traditional or online) (7)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $105,000

  • Spending Per Student:

    Not Published

  • Enrollment:

    3,943 students

Eastern Connecticut State University

Windham, CT

Cool at the School:

Eastern Connecticut State assists in coordinating fieldwork, internships and co-ops for students in Business Information Systems.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Teacher Victoria Leigh Soto
    • CT House of Representatives member John Piscopo
    • Soccer coach Greg Andrulis

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS Business Information Systems; BIS minor (also CS minor) (7)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $133,135

  • Spending Per Student:

    $21,386

  • Enrollment:

    5,139 students

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT

Cool at the School:

The school offers an ethical hacking class to teach students to prevent security breaches.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Los Angeles Kings president Dean Lombardi
    • Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary
    • U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thomas H. Collins

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS/MS Cyber Systems; MS Data Science (7)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $159,602

  • Spending Per Student:

    $21,930

  • Enrollment:

    5,048 students

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT

Cool at the School:

University of Bridgeport offers seven concentrations available within IT.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Businessman Fred DeLuca
    • Baseball player Phillip Nastu
    • Composer Joseph Curiale

  • Degrees Offered:

    MS/PhD Technology Management (7)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $163,585

  • Spending Per Student:

    $17,348

  • Enrollment:

    3,021students

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Cool at the School:

There are nine graduate certificates: IT, Multimedia, Database, Web Design, Cyber Security, Network Security, Net Technology, Coding Boot Camp, Gaming Design. Currently, there are approximately 375 total Computer Science graduate students.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Actress Lydia Hurst
    • Soccer player Matt Jones
    • Singer/song-writer Jeff LeBlanc

  • Degrees Offered:

    MS Cyber Security (7)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $178,792

  • Spending Per Student:

    $20,618

  • Enrollment:

    4,991 students

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

Cool at the School:

The school developed a Computing Education Academy to give high school students access to engineering as a career.

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • Restaurateur Donatella Arpaia
    • Politician Chuck Page
    • Basketball player Ajou Deng

  • Degrees Offered:

    BS Information Systems & Operations Mangement; Self-designated major (7)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $182,135

  • Spending Per Student:

    $38,620

  • Enrollment:

    4,991 students

Trinity College

Hartford, CT

Cool at the School:

Trinity’s Interdisciplinary Computing is a self-designed major with two advisors: one in Computer Science, the other the other department applicable (such as bioinformatics, digital media, physical sciences or social sciences.)

Score: 15

  • Famous Alumni:

    • TV Producer Jesse Watters
    • Author David Chang
    • Former CT Governor Thomas Joseph Meskill

  • Degrees Offered:

    Interdisciplinary Computing (6)

  • Cost of Attendance:

    $199,283

  • Spending Per Student:

    $65,792

  • Enrollment:

    2,163 students