Western Connecticut State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

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Western Connecticut State University Description:

Western Connecticut State University is a public university made up of four schools: the Ancell School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Visual and Performing Arts, and the School of Professional Studies. The university has two campuses -- the 34-acre main campus in downtown Danbury, and the 364-acre Westside campus a few miles to the west.

Westside is home to the business school, athletic facilities, and several residence halls. A university shuttle runs between the two campuses. Students at WestConn can choose from 37 undergraduate programs of study, and academics are supported by a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Criminal justice, business, nursing, and communication fields are among the most popular. In athletics, the Western Connecticut Colonials compete in the NCAA Division III Little East Conference for most sports. The university fields six men's and eight women's intercollegiate sports.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,721 (5,181 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 79% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,017 (in-state); $22,878 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,884
  • Other Expenses: $2,238
  • Total Cost: $25,439 (in-state); $38,300 (out-of-state)

Western Connecticut State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 81%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 68%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,944
    • Loans: $6,106

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Art, Business Administration, Communication, Criminal Justice, Finance, History, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 73%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 38%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 22%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 46%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Basketball, Swimming, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Western Connecticut State University Mission Statement:

read the complete mission statement at http://www.wcsu.edu/president/vision-principles.asp

"Western Connecticut State University serves as an accessible, responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut. We strive to meet the educational needs of a diversified student body through instruction, scholarship and public service. Western aspires to be a public university of choice for programs of excellence in the liberal arts and the professions by providing full-time and part-time students with the necessary background to be successful in their chosen careers and to be productive members of society..."

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