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ECONOMIC DRIVER: HIGHER EDUCATION
South Central Connecticut is home to eight colleges and universities, including the world-renown Yale University. These institutions have a total enrollment in excess of 50,000 and employ almost 25,000 people. The economic impact is over $1.5 billion.
Yale University, New Haven
Photo: Michael Marsland/Yale University
The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven, West Haven
Photo: Courtesy of the University of New Haven
Lender School of Business at Quinnipiac University, Hamden
Photo: Mimi Dudley
Investment and Expansion
Higher education continues to thrive as an essential economic driver in the region. Through the close collaboration of the universities and local hospitals, as well as a robust advanced manufacturing industry, the region offers a unique synergy among its three key industries.
- Yale University
- Global leader in higher education, research and technology transfer
- #3 university in the United States (2014 U.S. News & World Report#15 in NIH research grants
- 2,395 international scholars (96 countries represented)
- 2,180 international students (119 countries represented) (2013-2014 Yale University Fact Sheet)
- Investing for the future
- $558.9 million in research spending in 2013 alone
- $2 billion ongoing capital improvement program
- 15% planned expansion in undergraduate enrollment (800 student expansion).
- New School of Management opened in 2014
- Yale Center for Genome Analysis, the Center for High Throughput Cell Biology, the Small Molecule Discovery and the Yale School of Nursing relocate to Yale West Campus in West Haven/Orange.
- Gateway Community College opened a new $200 million Downtown campus in 2012.
- Middlesex Community College recently opened a secondary site in Meriden.
- Southern Connecticut University continues to implement a $230 million capital improvement program through 2015.
- University of New Haven
- Enrollment is up 29% since 2005 (42% out of state and 60% international).
- Opened the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science in a new state-of-the-art facility.
- Quinnipiac University
- Enrollment is up 300% since 1987 (79% out of state).
- Nationally recognized for its forward-thinking capital investments, including $300 million York Hill campus (2007) and the Franch H. Netter, M.D. School of Medicine (2013).