Central Connecticut State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Central Connecticut State University

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Central Connecticut State University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 66%. Founded in 1849 and located in New Britain, Connecticut, CCSU is the largest university in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. The university has a 15-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 23. Undergraduate students can choose from over 95 majors with business, education, communications, and psychology among the most popular. In athletics, the Central Connecticut Blue Devils compete in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference.

Considering applying to Central Connecticut State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Central Connecticut State University had an acceptance rate of 66%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 66 students were admitted, making CCSU's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 7,807
Percent Admitted 66%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 27%

SAT Scores and Requirements

CCSU requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 97% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 490 590
Math 480 570
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of CCSU's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Central Connecticut State University scored between 490 and 590, while 25% score below 490 and 25% scored above 590. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 480 and 570, while 25% scored below 480 and 25% scored above 570. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1160 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at CCSU.

Requirements

CCSU does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Central Connecticut State participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. The university is looking for applicants with a minimum combined SAT score of 1,000.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Central Connecticut State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 4% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 16 23
Math 16 24
Composite 17 23

This admissions data tells us that most of CCSU's admitted students fall within the bottom 33% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Central Connecticut State University received a composite ACT score between 17 and 23, while 25% scored above 23 and 25% scored below 17.

Requirements

Central Connecticut State University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. The optional ACT writing section is not required by CCSU.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Central Connecticut State University's incoming freshmen class was 3.15, and over 37% of incoming students had an average GPA of 3.25 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to CCSU have primarily B grades. The university is looking for applicants with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and a class rank in the top 50% of their graduating class.

Admissions Chances

Central Connecticut State University, which accepts over half of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool. However, CCSU also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Recommended coursework includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social science (including U.S. History), two years of science (including one lab), and three years of a single foreign language. Note that some programs have additional admission requirements.

The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, CCSU may request interviews with applicants to obtain additional information. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Central Connecticut State University's average range.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Central Connecticut State University Undergraduate Admissions Office.