About Goodwin College
With a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, our students represent the very best of Goodwin College.
Specializing in career-focused education, Goodwin College attracts students from a broad range of backgrounds, including recent high school graduates and those who have attended college in the past. Many graduates find successful employment in their fields of choice with the help of the College’s counseling and career services staff.
Seventy-one percent of students work while attending Goodwin College, many full-time. The College strives to accommodate these students through providing a broad selection of evening, weekend, and online classes. Classes are offered year round in three academic sessions, allowing even the busiest students to complete their degrees in a reasonable time period.
Student life at Goodwin College is enhanced by student organizations, a student council, and a variety of activities throughout the year. Student-coordinated service projects, such as holiday toy drives, food drives to aid disaster victims, participation in National Rebuilding Day, and Habitat for Humanity, are an integral part of many students’ college experience at Goodwin College.
The River Campus
Goodwin College’s ever-expanding campus is located alongside the bank of the Connecticut River in East Hartford, directly across the water from Brainerd Airport. The campus has won awards for design and for the effort to convert a former brownfield into a vibrant, gorgeous learning environment for our students.
In 2009, Goodwin College completed the first phase of a multi-year campus expansion project with the construction of a $38 million, 109,000-square-foot campus center on the Connecticut River in East Hartford, Connecticut.
The center — which includes classrooms and labs, meeting areas, a two-story library, and an 840-seat auditorium — is designed as a self-contained campus hub, providing all of the College’s services in one location. It is easily accessible from several major highways, including I-91, I-84, and Route 2.
The College’s campus has grown to include the Connecticut River Academy, a magnet high school focusing its curriculum around environmental science. Students from throughout the region attend the school, utilizing the river as a learning resource.
Goodwin College owns several hundred acres of adjacent land along the Connecticut River, as well as over 30 residences in surrounding neighborhoods. The College is developing plans for the environmentally sustainable public use of the riverfront, which it will open to community enjoyment through a network of trails and parks.
The College awards close to $2 million in institutional financial aid, helping to ensure that no student is denied the benefit of higher education because of cost.
Further expansion in future phases is planned, including the eventual construction of additional classroom facilities and campus housing. The College is on track to open a permanent on-campus building for the Connecticut River Academy, as well as two additional magnet schools. The College has plans to host a second magnet high school on River Campus property as well as the Goodwin College Early Childhood Education Magnet School.