About Us

Goodwin University is proud of its remarkable legacy of creating career-focused, educational opportunities for more than 20 years. It has grown from a business technology training center, to an accredited baccalaureate college, to a re-imagined, community-based university comprising three schools of academic discipline: the School of Applied Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Business, Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Goodwin has reached an impressive series of milestones, including the creation of one of Connecticut’s leading nursing programs, the development of robust advanced manufacturing and incumbent worker training programs, approval to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and the development of a vibrant campus and neighborhood along the Connecticut River. Adding to campus growth are the Reggio-Emilia-based Riverside Magnet School (pre-K to grade five) and the sustainability-themed Connecticut River Academy (grades six to 12).

Central to the Goodwin mission, first and foremost, is service to students. In that spirit, Goodwin has embraced Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as its central teaching philosophy, removing traditional obstacles to learning and re-thinking the ways that all learners are able to demonstrate their knowledge and comprehension. UDL has proven incredibly successful, leading to the establishment of the Goodwin Institute for Learning Innovation, with schools nationwide looking to the University for visionary thinking in education.


In 2021, the University formalized its association with the University of Bridgeport by bringing it under the Goodwin umbrella as an independent, nonprofit organization with its own board of trustees. By expanding its geographical influence to the southern part of Connecticut, Goodwin has taken a monumental step forward in creating new educational opportunities for students and in creating workforce development that will benefit the state for future generations.