Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT
location
Public
type
Urban
setting
52%
48%
student ratio
5,082
total students
Tuition Cost $10,458 | $23,147
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $8,593
Rolling
fall application deadline
70%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
530
sat math
551
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
Not
Reported
act composite

Overview

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.

WCSU’s 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.

WCSU’s 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

181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810-6885
USA

Office of University Admissions

Phone: 203-837-9000
Fax: 203-837-8338
Email: admissions@wcsu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Community Health Services Counseling
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

70% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied5,671
    • Accepted4,017
    • Acceptance Rate70%
    • Enrolled5,082
    • Female Applicants3,090
    • Females Accepted2,301
    • Female Acceptance Rate74%
    • Male Applicants2,581
    • Males Accepted1,716
    • Male Acceptance Rate66%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $50
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
      Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 551 500 590
    • SAT Math 530 490 590
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$10,458
    • Out-of-state tuition *$23,147
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$12,416
    • Room only *$7,108
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$8,593
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$8,838
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,368
    • Average Grant Aid:$9,223
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$5,302
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:97%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 42%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 13%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students5,082
    • Male Student Percentage48%
    • Female Student Percentage52%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino18.24%
    • Black or African American10.51%
    • White or Caucasian60.67%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.16%
    • Asian3.87%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.08%
    • Two or more races2.94%
    • Unknown or International Student3.29%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.22% representing 7 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students9% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 29%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Criminology Club, Jazz Club, American Marketing Club, Meteorology
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty620
    • Full-time Percentage35%
    • Part-time Percentage65%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 4,713 students to 371 faculty


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