Key Industries | Higher Education

The region is home to eight colleges and universities, including two law schools, two medical schools and the world-renowned Yale University. The University of New Haven includes 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. Yale University is the region’s second largest employer.

Second only to Healthcare and Biosciences, Higher Education continues to be a significant job generator. While these institutions have always employed a large number of our residents, they have also become an effective partner in solving regional workforce challenges through strong partnerships between industry and local colleges and universities.

Institution* Undergraduate Graduate Total Source
Yale University 5,746 7,228 12,974 College Navigator
Southern Connecticut State University 7,947 2,255 10.202 College Navigator
Quinnipiac University 7,305 2,895 10,200 College Navigator
Gateway Community College 7,015  0 7,015  College Navigator
University of New Haven 5,216
1,768 6,984 College Navigator
Middlesex Community College 2,682  0  2,682 College Navigator
Albertus Magnus 1,128  336 1,464 College Navigator
Paier College of Art 79
0 79 College Navigator
Total 37,118 14,482



 Updated 08/31/2018

Yale University

Global leader in higher education, research and technology transfer
  • #3 university in the United States (2018 U.S. News & World Reports)
  • #10 in number of NIH research grants, #11 in amount of grants ($356 million) in 2018
  • 2,492 international scholars (117 countries represented)
Growing employment and student base traveling to and from New Haven
  • 14,159 employees (faculty and staff)
  • 5,746 undergraduates
  • 7,228 graduate students
Yale is investing for the future
  • $593.5 million in research spending in FY 2016
  • $2 billion ongoing capital improvement program
  • 15% planned expansion in undergraduate enrollment (800 student expansion) by September 2020
  • $150 million project that reimagines the historic University Commons and Memorial Hall into a state-of-the-art campus center by 2020

(2015-2016 Yale University Fact Sheet)

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)

Southern Connecticut University their 2015-2025 Strategic Plan to build on the University's successes.

Recent accomplishments include developing a Bioscience Career Ladder working in conjunction with the City of New Haven and leading industry representatives.

Quinnipiac University

  • Quinnipiac University continues to garner increasing national acclaim for its academic programs
  • The Quinnipiac University polls are widely perceived as the gold standard and are often quoted in national and international media
  • Quinnipiac's is ranked in the top 13% among all 4-year schools nationally for value of education by The Economist and The Brookings Institute
  • 2013 marked the entry of the first class into the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine
  • In 2016, the School of Engineering opened

Gateway Community College

  • Established the 2016-2019 Gateway Community College Strategic Plan in alignment with the goals and objectives set forth in the 2008-2013 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
  • Ongoing collaboration wtih Workforce Alliance and other public and private partners to create and update programming to meet the changing workforce needs
  • Identified the need to adjust staffing and class offerings to increase the graduation rate
  • Businesses in Greater New Haven are in need of employees with coding skills. Take advantage of the latest Gateway Community College's Web Development Certificate program.

University of New Haven

University of New Haven Unveils Plans for Major Expansion in Time for Centennial in 2020

The centerpiece of the University’s “Building for Success” campaign is the development of the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation, a 44,000 square-foot-facility that will feature engineering and science labs, collaborative classrooms, and communications studios. Read More

The University of New Haven has five academic colleges:
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • Tagliatela College of Engineering
  • Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

The University of New Haven established a new School of Health Sciences in 2018 Read More

Middlesex Community College

  • In 2014, Middlesex Community College graduated the largest class in its history
  • In 2012, the program in Meriden was expanded to allow students to complete their degrees without having to transfer to the Middletown location
  • New programs that a clearly aligned with the region's key industries are being created on an on-going basis, including:
    • Opthalmic Medical Assisting Certification
    • Health and Life Sciences Career Institute
    • Health Information Management Degree
    • Day & evening programs in Advanced Manufacturing

Albertus Magnus

  • Four-year, private, liberal arts, coeducational, degree-granting college offering undergraduate and graduate programs; founded in 1925 by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, who are now known as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
  • More than 50 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations
  • Approximately 550 full-time traditional (day) undergraduates and nearly 1,700 continuing education and graduate students from eight U.S. states and two international countries

Paier College of Art

  • Modeled after the traditional art schools at the turn of the century, the Paier College of Art offers students the unique opportunity to learn their respective disciplines under the tutelage of seasoned professionals. By teaching timeless artistic fundamentals, students are empowered to produce work utilizing traditional or digital methods.
  • Programs include:
    • Fine Arts
    • Graphic Design
    • Illustration
    • Interior Design
    • Photography