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Central Connecticut State University

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Central Connecticut State University was founded as the New Britain normal school. It became the Teachers College of Connecticut in 1933 and the Central Connecticut State College in 1959. It acquired University status in 1983. It is the largest of the four universities in the Connecticut State University system. It is accredited by the The New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Its mission statement says in part that it is “a community of learners dedicated to teaching and a scholarship.” The University emphasizes teaching and the personal and social growth of students. It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.

Central Connecticut State University was founded in 1849, and is the oldest public university in the State of Connecticut. The University was originally founded as a teachers’ college. In 1959 it included four-year degrees in the liberal arts. Its present name and status as a state university were granted in 1983.


Central Connecticut State offers 100 majors in more than 80 fields, including the liberal arts, sciences, teacher preparation, information technology, and business. CCSU has established international learning partnerships with 70 universities in nearly 40 countries worldwide. There are 400 full-time faculty members, 75% of whom possess the terminal degree in their field, and approximately 400 part-time instructors. CCSU professors have been recognized by their peers and the media as particularly outstanding, especially in the fields of astronomy, technology, and collaborative endeavors. The University has an endowed chair in the fields of finance, Polish-American Studies, public policy, and journalism, ensuring that CCSU will attract and retain some of the greatest minds in those fields today.

Central Connecticut State University has academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. There are 5 schools: the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education & Professional Studies, the School of Technology, and the School of Graduate Studies.

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in a variety of fields within the various academic colleges. Degrees at the bachelor’s level can be received in such areas as anthropology, computer science, English, political science, theater, accounting, international business, molecular sciences, engineering, technology education, nursing, physical education, and social work.

Graduate programs are offered in all 4 academic schools. These include master’s level programs in accountancy, English, music education, business administration, counselor education, reading, engineering technology, and computer information technology. A doctoral degree is offered in educational leadership. There are also numerous teaching certification programs.

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Unique Programs

The Internet & Multimedia Studies program prepares students to enter the world of cyberspace as intelligent professionals and mold the world of information sharing, research, and access. This includes courses in the social sciences and humanities that concentrate on ethics and values associated with the Internet’s implications.

The Polish Studies Program, established in 1974, includes an endowed chair in Polish Studies currently held by Dr. M.B. Biskupski. Coursework includes culture, history, language, and a study of America’s Polish community. The University’s library includes 21,000 books on the subjects of Polish culture and is a vast resource for anyone studying Polish history or the Polish people.

Central Connecticut State University has several special academic programs. One of these is the Honors Program, which is an interdisciplinary approach to three areas of study: Western culture, science and Society, and world cultures. Students write a thesis in their junior year.

The Intensive English Language Program is for international students, including those not enrolled in the university, wishing an in-depth study of the English language and American culture. It also includes a transition program for those students who desire university admissions.

The Internet and Multimedia Studies Program is a concentration allowing students to take courses in various departments focusing on technical skills. It also aims to have students become involved in the political and cultural values and implications of technology. Students in this program finish a senior project or independent study.


CCSU admissions requirements dictate that all freshman applicants must have completed four unites of English, three units of mathematics, two units each of laboratory science and social science, and three years (recommended) of a foreign language. Students who do not meet this preparatory curriculum requirement may still qualify for admissions, based on the decision of the Director of Recruitment and Admissions. Admissions decisions are made based on high school grade point average, rank in graduating class, and scores on the SAT exam. The University desires students who rank in the top 50% of their graduating class, demonstrate a C (2.0) grade point average or above, and score at least a 480 on the verbal and a 450 on the math portion of the SAT exam. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and to meet with an admissions counselor prior to making a decision about where to attend. Students are also encouraged to contact or visit the college where they will be studying to learn about particular fields of study, academic requirements, or possible scholarship opportunities available to them. Advanced Placement credit is available for students who score a minimum of 3 on the Advanced Placement Program exam.

Central Connecticut State University has no stated application deadline. The application fee is $50. Applications can be submitted on-line. Students who are enrolled in high school at the time of application will need to have their official final high school transcripts sent after graduation to the Admissions Office.

As part of their application, students should submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores. These must be submitted directly by the high school guidance counselor and not by the student. Students should have completed high school courses as follows: 4 units of English, 3 units of mathematics, 2 units of history and social studies, 2 units of science, and 3 units of a foreign language. Students who are taking courses which will require calculus at Connecticut State of should take an additional unit of mathematics. Admission is based on a combination of high school record, class rank, and SAT scores. Some students may also need to have an interview. Generally students should be in the top 50% of their high school graduating class, have a C average in the required courses, and have an SAT verbal of 480 and SAT math of 450.

Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background.

Students applying to the graduate programs at Central Connecticut State University should consult the individual department and/or school to which they are applying. Applications can be submitted on-line, and the application fee is $50. General requirements include the GRE or other appropriate test scores (such as the GMAT) and a bachelor’s degree. The graduate application deadline is July 1 for the fall semester.

Financial Aid

Between 2004 and 2006, CCSU will provide over $40 million in student financial aid through a variety of comprehensive sources. CCSU itself contributes approximately $4.5 million annually from endowed scholarship funds and private donations. Nearly half of all CCSU students receive some kind of financial aid award package. Applicants for freshman admissions to CCSU should have their FAFSA and any other necessary paperwork submitted by March 1 in order to be considered for aid. CCSU provides access to and assistance with such aid programs as the Federal PLUS loans, direct deposit programs, alternative student loans, financial aid estimation, and specialized aid programs.

Tuition at Central Connecticut State University was $3,082 for the fall 2005 semester for in-state, undergraduate students attending full-time. Students applying from out of state and graduate students have higher costs.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Work-study programs are also available. Students who seek financial aid will need to fill out the Federal Student Financial Aid Form, available on-line. Other financial assistance and scholarships will require the completion of additional forms.

Graduate students may also receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of assistantships or fellowships are available and about the details of the application process. There are several scholarships particularly for graduate students.

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CCSU is home to 8 residence halls housing approximately 20% of all students. The campus sits on 165 manicured acres and is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. The campus’ location just minutes from Hartford and two hours from New York City and Boston provides students with endless opportunities for sight seeing and weekend getaways.

Student life at Central Connecticut State University includes opportunities in a diverse range of activities and organizations. Arts include dance, music, theatre, and visual art exhibitions. Student clubs and organizations include fraternities and sororities, academic groups, religious groups, cultural groups, sports and recreational clubs, and performing groups such as the Jazz Ensemble and the University Singers. Students can write for the student newspaper the Recorder or be a DJ for the campus radio station, WFCS.

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The Central Connecticut State Blue Devils compete in 18 different sports within the NCAA Division I. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and track. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track, and volleyball. Athletic facilities include Arute Stadium, home to the Blue Devils football team; Detrick Gymnasium; the Michael S. Knapp Weight Training Center; Jack Suydam Natatorium; and Balf Savin Baseball Field. The University also has a softball field, athletics bubble, and athletic training facilities. The student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) provides an organizational format for student athletes to collaborate and support one another on campus, positively promote athletics on campus and in the local community, and establish a link to the Athletics Department for donors, parents, and students. The SAAC organizes such events as charity drives, family events on campus, reading to young and disadvantaged school children, field days, and sports tournaments. The Athletics Department also facilitates the Strength & Conditioning Program, which blends nutrition, sciences, and attention for CCSU student-athletes in order to prepare them for competition and ensure their health.

Central Connecticut State University is an NCAA Division I School. Teams compete in the Northeast Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and track & field. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track & field, and volleyball. The sports teams are supported by a spirit squad, which includes a cheerleading team that competes in various competitions and performs at all home football and basketball games. The team nick-name is the Blue Devils.

Athletic facilities at Central Connecticut State University include a football field, softball field, baseball field, gymnasium, soccer field, swim center, and the Central Connecticut Athletics Bubble, which consists of indoor tennis courts with an inflatable roof.

Student athletes receive academic support from the university in the form of team advisors from the Academic Center for Student Athletes. Athletes also participate in community service projects and take part in other events as part of the NCAA Life Skills program. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee also sponsors different activities such as family night or reading to children for athletes to take part in.

Local Community

Central Connecticut State University is located in New Britain, Connecticut, which has a population of approximately 72,000. New York City is easily accessible. The city has several museums, including the New Britain Industrial Museum, a zoo, art galleries and theaters, and a minor league baseball team.

New Britain boasts 1200 acres of some of the state’s most beautiful parks and outdoor recreation facilities. In addition to the outdoor experience, there are also a number of cultural activities to partake in, including two theaters, historical sites, and a number of museums. There is a 27-hole golf course, a double-A baseball team, and the Willow Brook Park Sports Complex available to all members of the community.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Connecticut and 112th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 2 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 178 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 4 0.01
Robbery 143 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 881 1.20
Larceny 1,768 2.41
Vehicle theft 318 0.43

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District905

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 979th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,510 $4,510 $14,594
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $4,196 $4,196 $5,617
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $417 $417 $426
FT Graduate Tuition $5,617 $5,617 $15,650
FT Graduate Required Fees $4,130 $4,130 $5,551
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $524 $524 $537
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,197 $23,197 $34,702
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,197 $23,197 $34,702
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,261 $14,261 $25,766

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,055 $8,321 $8,055 $8,321 $18,679 $19,353
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,814 $10,056
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,782 $2,785
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,814 $9,271
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,570(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,120(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,551 (2,624 male / 2,927 female)
Admitted 3,560 (1,749 male / 1,811 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 1,293 (678 male / 615 female)
FT Enrollment 1,278 (667 male / 611 female)
PT Enrollment 15 (11 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment11,865

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Northeast Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Northeast Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Northeast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Northeast Conference

ACT Test Admission

617th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 3%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

843rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1100

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,142
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,110
Board Fee$4,396

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 56 221 171 79 2 1,868 87 2,533
Accounting 6 16 11 9 86 1 130
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology 2 16 19
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 2
Art Teacher Education 15 15
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2 2 20 26
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 3 4
Biochemistry 2 4 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 4 3 6 45 2 64
Business Administration and Management, General 3 8 7 5 79 2 105
Chemistry, General 1 3 4
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Civil Engineering, General 1 8 1 11
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 1 6 10
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 2 23 27
Construction Management 1 3 3 51 1 59
Counseling Psychology 6 6
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 7 3 1 40 2 53
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 10 10
Criminology 1 18 17 2 90 4 137
Design and Visual Communications, General 2 1 3 1 29 36
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 7 1 8
Economics, General 1 17 18
Education, General 1 15 17
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 9 26 3 24 27 89
Educational/Instructional Technology 9 1 10
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 1 3 1 7
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 77 1 81
Engineering Technology, General 1 1 4 1 7
English Language and Literature, General 5 6 1 54 66
Finance, General 6 3 2 36 1 49
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 4 7 11
French Language and Literature
Geography 1 3 2 16 22
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 4 5
German Language and Literature 1 1
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 1 1 6 9
History, General 4 2 71 2 80
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 1 3 20 27
Industrial Technology/Technician 2 8 3 3 1 37 1 56
Information Science/Studies 1 1 3 1 6
Information Technology 4 2 1 3 8 19
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1 1 4 8
International/Global Studies 1 4 17 1 23
Italian Language and Literature
Journalism 1 3 8 12
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 3 3
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Management Information Systems, General 1 3 3 6 11 25
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 2 1 4
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 8 6 2 58 75
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 5 4 1 28 38
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1
Mathematics, General 3 1 2 5 47 61
Mechanical Engineering 2 1 1 3 18 25
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 1 15 17
Molecular Biology 1 3 3 3 39 2 52
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 3 5
Music Teacher Education 1 12 1 14
Music, General 1 1 5 7
Nurse Anesthetist 2 3 30 1 38
Operations Management and Supervision 4 1 20 3 28
Organizational Communication, General 4 4
Philosophy 2 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4 2 1 59 1 69
Physical Sciences, Other 5 5
Physics, General 3 3
Political Science and Government, General 1 2 1 22 1 28
Psychology, General 12 14 3 120 5 159
Public/Applied History 1 5 6
Reading Teacher Education 2 2 1 34 9 49
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 9 4 4 55 1 77
Robotics Technology/Technician
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Sciences, General 2 2
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work 8 3 38 49
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 4 4
Sociology 19 9 40 4 72
Spanish Language and Literature 10 6 16
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 50 3 56
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 13 6 1 82 4 109
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 2 4 40 46
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 8 8
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 1 2 16 20

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 522nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $85,249 ($87,042 male / $79,105 female)
Number of FT Faculty 434 (245 male / 189 female)
Number of PT Faculty 916
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $19,640,468

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