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Western Connecticut State University Overview

Western Connecticut State University stands out among Connecticut universities. The university features an excellent faculty, small classes, a diverse community, and a broad array of rigorous academic programs. WCSU is an affordable mid-sized public university, which creates the quality experience of the best private institutions.

Students from New York and New Jersey can enroll at the same tuition paid by Connecticut residents and get the same high-quality and affordable education that Connecticut students enjoy.

WCSU has a full-time enrollment of more than 4,500 students and has a legacy of opportunity.

WCSU Faculty

WCSU educators excel in their subject areas and disciplines and are committed to fostering a diverse academic community and excellence in teaching. Small class sizes taught by award-winning professors - including Fulbright scholars - provide the best learning opportunities available.

WCSUÔÇÖs Location

Capitalizing on its location in Danbury, Connecticut - a New England city characterized by economic vibrancy and a diverse citizenry - as well as its proximity to the educational and cultural riches of New York City, WCSU is truly a global university.

WCSU students exhibit their art in Manhattan, perform theater on Broadway and in Scotland, visit the United Nations and travel to China, Spain, Puerto Rico, Vietnam and other countries for immersion programs.

WCSU Is a Diverse University Community

At Western Connecticut State University, students, faculty and staff value and affirm the unique contributions of the school's many populations, recognizing the learning opportunities that differences create.

Workshops, roundtables and student organizations create understanding of how best to combine the many unique talents within the WCSU student and faculty populations.

WCSUÔÇÖs Academic Programs

WCSU offers a range of high-quality academic offerings, including top-ranked and award-winning teacher education, music performance, musical theatre, nursing, meteorology, applied behavioral analysis, professional writing and justice and law administration programs.

There truly is something for everyone at WCSU.

Western Connecticut State University Offers a Student-Centered Environment

The WCSU philosophy is simple: Foster intellectual and social growth and development that prepares students to be productive citizens of the state of Connecticut and the world by developing their knowledge, experience, and critical thinking: life-long learning characterized by intellectual curiosity, imagination and creativity.

If students can imagine it, they can achieve it at WCSU.

WCSU Is Affordable

WCSU is proud to offer the affordability and access of a mid-sized public university with the high quality of the best private institutions. Through private and corporate scholarships and endowments, the university provides resources to students with academic achievement and financial need.

Location & Contact

Address 181 White Street
Danbury, CT  06810
United States
Contact Office of University Admissions
Email: admissions@wcsu.edu
Phone: 203-837-9000
Fax: 203-837-8338

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Required for some programs Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 551 500 590
SAT Math 530 490 590

Tuition & Fees

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Room & board
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 18.24%
Black or African American 10.51%
White or Caucasian 60.67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.16%
Asian 3.87%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.08%
Two or more races 2.94%
Other 3.29%


Male (48.45%)
Female (51.55%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 29%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
WCSU Theatre Arts Department Productions, WCSU Annual "Roots & Shoots" hosting of Dr. Jane Goodall and The President's Lecture Series

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Criminology Club, Jazz Club, American Marketing Club and Meteorology

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No No No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark Division 3 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No No No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Division 3 No
Football No No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Volleyball No Division 3 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 220
Part-time - 400
Male - 299
Female - 321