Post is the second-largest university in the state, with over 36,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students. Waterbury is home to the University’s main campus – a 56-acre property nestled into the countryside – and its Online Education Hub, which is in the City’s downtown area. Opened in 2019, the Hub is a 500-employee center sprawling across four floors of the renovated Howland-Hughes Building – once a famous department store – and represents the educational service needs of students from 142 countries.
Post is an educational innovator – with hybrid learning options and a massive online infrastructure that features over 2,000 associates dedicated to the online learning experience. Behind its motto of “Post Makes It Personal,” the University – which began in Waterbury in 1889 – has gained notoriety for its personal attention, flexible programs and in-demand degrees.
U.S. News & World Report® has ranked Post University among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs for 2020. They also ranked Post among the Best Online Graduate Business and Education Programs 2019, Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans 2019, Best Online Bachelor’s Programs from 2013-2015 and 2018, and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans in 2018.
Student Achievement Happening At All Levels
According to the most recent Next Generation Accountability Index results generated by the Connecticut State Department of Education, Waterbury Public Schools have shown the greatest increase since 2015-2016 when compared to all other towns and cities in Connecticut that serve students in Pre-K to 12th grade.
In addition, Waterbury’s schools are considered “racially balanced” by the State of Connecticut Department of Education.
Significant Investments in Public Schools
Over the last decade, the City of Waterbury embarked on an aggressive school construction program to meet the needs of increased student enrollment – which now tops 19,000 in the public school system. Since then, four new pre-K through eighth grade neighborhood schools have been constructed, with a fifth coming in the 2021-2022 school year.
A new technical high school, Waterbury Career Academy, was opened, with a focus on manufacturing, computer technology and human services. A $15 million media center and additional classroom space was added to one middle school, a $25 million addition and alteration project was completed at one high school, and a $46 million addition & alteration of one elementary school is currently being designed.