CCSU is located in suburban New Britain, conveniently located in the center of Connecticut, approximately 2 hours from Boston or New York. The campus has been recently renovated. The University is surrounded by a pleasant neighborhood, with shopping and dining facilities nearby.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
CCSU offers an attractive campus with new and renovated buildings adding to the classic collegiate style of its architecture. The academic buildings feature technologically state-of-the-art "smart classrooms" and seminar rooms, and the entire campus offers wireless access. The Student Center provides lounges, dining services, conference and game rooms, information services, and a range of other support services. Three theatres offer space for plays, concerts, and guest lectures. The S.T. Chen Art Gallery hosts shows by student, faculty, and visiting artists. The Student Technology Center features 250 computers plus printers and scanners for student use. Campus-based TV and radio stations provide exciting entertainment as well as opportunities to learn about the professions. The Elihu Burritt Library provides access to over 2 million books through an online catalog, a wide array of electronic databases and online resources, and special collections ranging from the unparalleled collection of Polish American materials to the Equity Archive. The University also offers many new athletic facilities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, modern exercise equipment, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a weight-training room, and an athletic training center. In the Kaiser Annex students can walk, jog, and play tennis or a pickup basketball game. CCSU recently opened new football, soccer, softball, and baseball fields to complement its basketball and volleyball arena. The residence halls and classrooms are fully networked. Approximately 20% of the students live on campus in nine residence halls.
CCSU's Center for Advising and Career Exploration coordinates a comprehensive Co-op Education Program as well as internships at local and area corporations, agencies, and government offices. Annual career fairs bring some 200 area and regional businesses to campus. CCSU Co-op students annually earn $4 million, and more than 65% are offered full-time career starting jobs with their Co-op employers.
The School of Education has many connections to area schools, including several Professional Development Schools, which provide CCSU students nearly unique opportunities to perfect their teaching skills in a full range of elementary and secondary classrooms.
The School of Engineering, Science & Technology offers a wide array of internship opportunities in area engineering, manufacturing, and technology businesses.
The Center for International Education, nationally recognized for the quality of its Study Abroad programs, offers students a rich variety of study-abroad opportunities at more than 40 locations throughout the world and provides academic and cultural programs that promote a better understanding of peoples and cultures.
And the University and the New Britain Museum of American Art (an internationally acclaimed museum) have a partnership allowing students and faculty to visit the museum for free.
Student Organizations & Activities
There are 130 student clubs and organizations, which cover a broad range of interests: academic--such as the Anthropology or the Investment clubs; athletics--such as the crew or flying clubs; cultural--for example, the art club, the jazz band, and other musical organizations; ethnic--such as the Black Student Union, Latin American Students Organization, and the Muslim Student Association; religious--such as Hillel and the Newman Club; and such honors organizations as Delta Mu Delta, Lambda Delta, and Kappa Delta Pi. On-campus entertainment is wide and varied, including, most recently, "Devils Den@ 10"_student-run entertainment on Thursday evenings.
The large number of commuter students means that campus life can be a little lacking, but the school is working at "integrating commuter students or encouraging them to move on campus." There is an "awesome student center," but one criminology student says, "It almost seems as if there is a lack of on-campus activities for residents." "College is all of what you make it," a student counters. "Find the right group to hang out with and you might not go home until Thanksgiving, even if you live two towns over." "Getting involved on campus with clubs or Greek life will help with your experience here." Contrary to what you might here, "the food is not disgusting." "The food isn't mom's home-cooked meals, but you aren't going to starve." Central Connecticut State University might have some limitations, but students say it "grows every day in diversity, academics, improving student life—for residents and commuters—and [in] maintaining traditions."