From the School

One of Connecticut’s premier comprehensive public universities, Central Connecticut State University is a vibrant learning centered community dedicated to teaching and scholarship.

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is a comprehensive public university. 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 fulland part-time undergraduate programs in more than 100 areas of study.


From The School

CCSU is a learning community of students with a broad range of abilities, interests, and backgrounds. We value excellence and achievement in academic scholarship, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Our admissions process evaluates the readiness of applicants to succeed based on past demonstrations of academic and personal successes.

CCSU has a "rolling" admissions policy, not a set admissions deadline, which gives students greater flexibility in applying. The University urges prospective students to apply as early as possible in their senior year. The University begins accepting students for the fall semester in mid-October and will continue to review applications until the class is filled.

First-year applicants are considered on the basis of performance in college preparatory classes, rank in class, SAT or ACT test scores, recommendations, and community and extracurricular involvement and leadership. A personal essay is required. For some applicants an interview with a representative of the Office of Recruitment & Admissions may be necessary. If the applicant ranks in the top 20% of his/her class, is an A-B student, and has SAT scores of 1100 or higher, the student should consider finding out about CCSU's Honors Program by calling 860-832-2938 for details. CCSU accepts most Advanced Placement (AP) courses for college credit, provided the minimum CCSU required score is achieved. Check with Admissions for the required scores.

Admission criteria include graduation from a regionally accredited secondary school. High school work should include college preparatory courses in: English (four years); Mathematics (covering algebra I, geometry, and algebra II); Science (two years including one-year lab science); Social sciences (two to three years including U.S. history). Coursework in foreign language is recommended (at least three consecutive years of the same foreign language up through the third level will satisfy the foreign language proficiency required of all CCSU-enrolled students). Students whose preparation does not follow this pattern may still qualify for admission if, in the judgment of the Director of Recruitment and Admissions, there is strong evidence that they have the potential to complete a degree program or if they meet other established criteria as authorized by the University President under authority delegated by the Board of Regents of the Connecticut State College & University System. Applicants who are not graduates of a secondary school should submit their secondary school transcript up to the time of withdrawal and a copy of their high school equivalency diploma and scores.

The most important thing for the applicant to remember is to provide as much information as possible achievements, awards, and examples of leadership when applying.

Students are encouraged to apply online at For paper applications, please provide the Office of Recruitment & Admissions with 1) completed application for undergraduate admission 2) official high school transcript, SAT or ACT test scores, recommendations, and essay and 3) a non-refundable application fee of $50. All correspondence should be sent to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, CCSU, P.O. Box 4010, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06050-4010. Tours and information sessions may be arranged by calling 860.832.2289 or via e-mail at:


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 550
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 550

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended


Regular — May 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

CCSU also offers a number of interdisciplinary programs as well as independently designed majors. The Honors Program, a challenging interdisciplinary program of study for academically qualified students, offers half and full-tuition merit scholarships and a variety of other benefits and resources, including a new Honors Lab.

Majors and Degrees Offered

CCSU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The University operates on a two-semester calendar and offers four summer sessions plus one winter session. Undergraduate programs include: Accounting; Anthropology; Art (Art History); Athletic Training; Biochemistry; Biology (Ecology; Biodiversity; Evolutionary; Environmental Science; General); Biomolecular Sciences; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Civil Engineering Technology; Communication (Media Studies; Strategic Communications); Computer Engineering Technology; Computer Science; Construction Management; Criminology; Design (Graphic/Information); Earth Sciences; Economics (General; Operations Research); Education (Elementary; K-12; Secondary; Special Education); Electronics Technology; Engineering &Technology Education; Engineering Technology; English; Entrepreneurship; Exercise Science; Finance; French; Geography (Environmental; General Regional; Planning; Geographic Information Science; Tourism); German; History; Hospitality & Tourism; Industrial Technology (Electro-Mechanical Technology; Environmental & Occupational Safety; Graphics Technology; Manufacturing; Networking Technology; Technology Management); Interdisciplinary Science (Environmental Interpretation; Physical Sciences); International Business; International Studies; Italian; Journalism; Management (Entrepreneurship; Human Resource); Management Information Systems; Manufacturing Engineering Technology; Marketing; Mathematics (Actuarial; Statistics); Mechanical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering Technology; Music; Nursing (BSN & RN to BSN); Philosophy; Physical Education (Exercise Science & Health Promotion); Physics; Political Science (General; Public Administration); Psychology; Social Sciences; Social Work; Sociology; Spanish; Theatre.

Degrees: BA, BFA (Theatre); BS; BSN; BS-RN, Teacher Certification (elementary; secondary; k-12)

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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

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

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • 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

  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

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

  • 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 Clinical Sciences

  • 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."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

TUITION & FEES (per year)
CT Resident
Tuition & fees $10,185
Housing (double occupancy) $6,820
Food (cost varies per meal plan) $4,996
Total $22,201
Out-of-State Resident
Tuition & fees $22,874
Housing (double occupancy) $6,820
Food (cost varies per meal plan) $4,996
Total $34,690
Annual costs for books, travel and personal expenses will vary and be about $2,500

Financial Aid

Approximately 75% of CCSU full-time students receive some form of financial aid. CCSU's office of Financial Aid works with students to help them meet educational expenses from their first year until graduation. To apply for financial aid students must complete the FAFSA form. For more information, call 860.832.2200, e-mail, or on the Web at


Application Deadlines

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

CCSU serves approximately 12,500 students—10,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate. Our distinguished alumni include successful business men and women, the first Latina state supreme court justice, CEOs in a wide range of industries and corporations, leading academics at national universities, award-winning educators and educational leaders, trainers and coaches at high schools and colleges as well as top NFL and MLB teams, journalists, novelists, and artists— each and all demonstrating that success begins with CCSU.

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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



46% female
54% male
79% are full time
21% 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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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 26% of the students live on campus in nine residence halls.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

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

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

15% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Blue Devils)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Blue Devils)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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!

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Tour Operations

Recruitment and Admissions
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050



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

Information Sessions

Prior to scheduled campus tours.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit
n/a (URL to Compliance:

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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

Driving Instructions to Campus

Articles & Advice