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With the lowest tuition and fees among the comprehensive public universities in the state, Central Connecticut State University is considered the best value.

Dedicated to learning in the liberal arts and sciences, the University comprises five schools: Carol Ammon College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences; and the schools of Business; Education & Professional Studies; Engineering, Science & Technology; and Graduate Studies. CCSU offers full-and part-time undergraduate programs in more than 100 areas of study.

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Overview

Applicants
7,870
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average HS GPA
3.07

GPA Breakdown

8%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
32%
2.50 - 2.99
12%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 570
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18.5 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Regular — May 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
933
with Terminal Degree
507

500
Men
433
Women
174
Minority
18
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
24%
Graduate in 5 years
45%
Graduate in 6 years
52%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Construction Management.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Operations Management and Supervision.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Network and System Administration/Administrator.
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Industrial Technology/Technician.
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician.
  • Robotics Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physical Sciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Students Say

Central Connecticut State University is a small, "affordable" school that offers students lots of strong majors and plenty of support. A music major says the school provides "An intense but nurturing environment that fosters intellectualism, culture, and independence in its students." Education, criminology, nursing, and psychology are popular and well-respected programs. Students say the school requires "hard work and dedication" and that they're there "to become the best, most qualified person you can be." Professors are a little hit-and-miss, but most are "great," and "very avid about their particular fields of study, which makes it easy to understand and do well in their classes." "Most have many years of experience in their field and are accessible outside the classroom" and "truly go above and beyond to help their students succeed and move forward." "The school could stand to improve in the advising area," and it also should increase the availability of certain classes. One student reports, "Most students who go to CCSU are here for five years instead of four because they are unable to get into required classes because they fill up so quickly, and there aren't enough sections open."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dave Campo
Head Coach, Dallas Cowboys

Carmen E. Espinoza
Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

John Larson
Connecticut Congressman

Michael Knapp
President, CitiFinancial

Merle Harris
President, Charter Oak State College

Judy Willis
Sr. VP, Business Affairs, Mattel, Inc.

Troy McMullen
ABC News Editiorial Producer

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
24%
Graduate in 5 years
45%
Graduate in 6 years
52%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Oct 31

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,050

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,573

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,356

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,484

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,625

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,642
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,882
Required Fees
$4,974
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,179
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
9,554
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

4.34%
Asian
12.79%
African-American
14.61%
Hispanic
61.12%
Caucasian
2.78%
Unknown
1.48%
International

47% female
53% male
80% are full time
20% are part time

Students Say

Central Connecticut State University has a large population of commuter students and students who are working/helping put themselves through school. "Commuters and students who live on campus are very segregated from one another," which "makes it difficult for people…of certain groups to associate with different types of people." It can sometimes feel like "people come to campus to take classes and leave." Students say that hanging out in the student center or joining a club are the best ways to overcome this problem. "Cliques exist," but "most people find a group they fit in with." "It's easy to talk to any person you're in class with," and most students are "fun, outgoing," and "ready to help you find your way," if you ask.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
24%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
60%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

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."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Joanne Milke

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

n/a

Documentation Required for ADHD

n/a

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
135
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

19% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Blue Devils)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Blue Devils)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UCONN
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UCONN

Sustainability

Central Connecticut State University is certainly a leader in the sustainability movement. In fact, the school was one of the first signatories of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment way back in 2007. And CCSU proudly and steadfastly maintains its continued commitment to this area. For example, the university formulated a Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the aim of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Built into that overarching goal are interim reduction goals. By 2015, CCSU hopes to achieve a 20 percent reduction from 2008 levels. And by 2025, the university aims to have reached a 50 percent reduction. In order to meet these figures, CCSU has begun to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the construction of a state-of-the-art Energy Center and a 1.4 MW Fuel Cell. The university also purchases renewable energy credits. CCSU invests in numerous building retrofits to ensure facilities are as efficient as possible. And they have begun implementing campus-wide educational initiatives. Hydration Stations have been placed in Residence Halls and Administrative buildings, reducing plastic bottle use by over 10,000 bottles a month. Central Connecticut also participates in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Game Day Challenge. The goal of the competition is to reduce waste generated at college football games. It also aims to increase awareness and participation in waste reduction programs. CCSU put forth a valiant effort in 2011 and 2013, when the university was champion of the “Waste Minimization” category (meaning they had the least amount of waste generate per attendee). And with the school’s continued efforts, we’re confident they’ll be a champion again!

90/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
No

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
10%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tour Operations
n/a

Address
Recruitment and Admissions
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Phone
860-832-2278

Email
admissions@ccsu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center
Cafeteria, Memorial Hall
Torp Theatre, Davidson Hall
Vance Academic Center, Vance Hall
Mid-Campus Residence Hall
Semesters, Student Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
West Farms Mall, Famington, CT
Stanley Park, New Britain, CT
Tony's Central Pizza, New Britain, CT
Berlin Turnpike, Newington and Berlin, CT
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Prior to scheduled campus tours.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
n/a (URL to Compliance: ccsubluedevils.collegesports.com/compliance/ccon-compliance.html)

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, bus, Bradley International Airport (30 minutes from campus)

Driving Instructions to Campus
http://www.ccsu.edu/visit/


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