Within a sixty-mile radius of Groton there are over thirty colleges and universities including the University of Connecticut main campus at Storrs, and the University of Rhode Island, as well as two Ivy League institutions, Brown and Yale and seven Community Colleges.
The Avery Point campus of the University of Connecticut provides undergraduate majors in American Studies, Marine Sciences and Maritime Studies as well as a wide range of undergraduate minors. The UCONN Department of Marine Sciences is also located at Avery Point. Faculty, staff, and students within the department carry out cutting-edge research in coastal oceanography using cross-disciplinary approaches. Seminars and Learning Community Discussions are open to the public. Nearby are Connecticut College, the US Coast Guard Academy and Mitchell College.