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Goodwin College
“Goodwin College is an innovative learning community that empowers hard-working students to become sought-after...

Goodwin College

East Hartford, Connecticut

Goodwin College has reimagined what college can be. Founded in 1999, it strives to make higher education accessible, flexible, affordable, career focused, and supportive.


Goodwin College is a place where students can learn, grow, and succeed in a community of hard-working, motivated students, faculty, and staff. The College aims to give students career focused educations, tailoring the experience in the classroom to the upcoming demands of their future employers. Such a future-driven educational environment embodies the way that Goodwin strives to make the college experience fruitful, worthwhile, and altogether fulfilling.


Goodwin College’s mission is “to educate a diverse student population in a dynamic environment that aligns education, commerce and community. Our innovative programs of study prepare students for professional careers while promoting lifelong learning and civic responsibility. As a nurturing college community we challenge students, faculty, staff, and administration to fully realize their highest academic, professional, and personal potential.”



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,549 undergraduate students
16% of undergrad students are full time
19% male — 81% female
2% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
90 full-time faculty
201 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

School Location

Located just outside Hartford, Connecticut, and just east of the Connecticut River, Goodwin College fosters an environment that encourages exploration, growth, and motivation.

“Always remember that when you enrolled, you did more than just sign up for classes; you also signed up for all of the resources necessary for success and for all of the experiences that will enhance your semesters here.” – Tamara O’Day-Stevens, Ph.D., Dean of Students

Retention Fall 2015

59% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

16% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 19%
Black or African American 23%
White 51%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


Goodwin College provides students with many opportunities to explore cultures and embrace in both their campus community and the world around. One of the ways in which the Goodwin community celebrates multiculturalism is through the popular African Heritage Club. In this organization, students explore and teach one another of the many traditions and cultures of different African communities.


Goodwin’s Summer Bridge Academy sets students up for success from the very beginning. Incoming freshmen who choose to participate come to Goodwin for a free, six-week program that allows them to ease seamlessly into the college environment, meet their new peers, and even earn college credit in advance! Adventures on and off campus lead new students around the community, naturally forming strong friendships among all who participate. And, since they earn six college credits before officially starting school, Summer Bridge scholars can begin their college career with confidence and a true advantage.


Goodwin College offers a variety of clubs and organizations for students to lead and join. Clubs and activities are sure to enliven the college experience, enriching students’ everyday lives as part of a well-rounded, involved education. Just a few clubs and organizations available include such groups as the environmental science club, a number of dance crews, intramural sports, and more.

“Make the most of your experience at Goodwin College by attending a club meeting, participating in an event, becoming an active committee member, or running for election. Getting involved is the key to growth and success!” – Goodwin College


Goodwin College is invested in the success of its students from their first day on campus to far beyond graduation. While at Goodwin, students can join the Nutmeg Career Program, which is a structured guide that aims to set students off confidently into the professional world. This program helps student manage their coursework, all while providing them useful resources for their career search and preparation. Through the Nutmeg Career Program, students can explore careers that may interest them, learn how to apply and interview, and ultimately land a job after graduation.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $19,500
Fees $450
Total $19,950


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
84% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$14,251 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,621 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates