Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven

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About Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University was founded in 1893 as a teacher's college and is located within a short distance from downtown New Haven. The university is one of four state educational institutions belonging to the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU) system that are governed by the Board of Regents. Commonly referred to as Southern, the public university offers a diverse variety of educational programs, including online distance learning.


Southern Connecticut State University is home to five schools, and it currently offers 69 undergraduate and 45 graduate degree programs. The university has approximately 11,800 students, along with 438 full-time and 615 part-time faculty members. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.

Some of the more popular fields of study undertaken by students include business administration and management, speech communication and rhetoric, public health, and registered nursing. Students can enjoy the many resources on Southern's campus, including the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, the Research Center on Computing and Society, and an onsite fitness center.


Prospective undergraduate students applying to Southern Connecticut State University should submit their applications by April 1. Southern reviews applications for entrance to its fall semester on a rolling basis. Notifications of acceptance are mailed out starting on December 1. When completing application forms, students must include their ACT and SAT test scores and letters of recommendation.

Once accepted, students may be able to apply for advanced standing by transferring credit earned from the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) proficiency exams if their scores are above the 50th percentile. Students need to complete their applications for admission online using Southern's link to its National App Center form. The acceptance rate for freshman applying during the Fall 2011 semester was 71.8%.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and basic fees for in-state undergraduate students for the 2012 to 2013 academic year are $8,541. Out-of-state undergraduate students pay $19,573 for the same school year. Room and board rates vary depending on the type of housing a student chooses. Rates for residence halls for the 2012-2013 academic year range from $3,719.50 to $7,147.50 per semester, and most include meal plans. The average total expense for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student for one year is $20,011, which includes tuition and fees, room and board, books, and transportation.

Full-time students are also required to carry health insurance. The school will automatically provide this coverage for a fee, unless students carry their own health insurance and sign a waiver. Prospective students have several options for financial aid, including loans, grants, federal work-study programs, and scholarships. Approximately 81% of undergraduate applicants receive financial aid, with an average financial aid award of $10,632. Southern Connecticut State University offers students the option of signing up online for payment plan programs.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees, post-baccalaureate and graduate certificates, Doctor of Education**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 8,696 undergraduate students and 2,837 graduate students in Fall 2011**
Student Housing Nine residence halls available, including apartment-style and townhouse-style communities*
Schools and Programs Five schools; 69 undergraduate and 45 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (225), Registered Nursing (113), Speech Communication and Rhetoric (99), Public Health (61), Social Work (60)
Master's: Library and Information Science (84)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 44% in 6 years**
Admission Rate 72% in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 76% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students for 2010-2011**
Average SAT Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT scores: 420-510 in critical reading, 420-520 in math for Fall 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Rolling admissions; April 1st*
Decision Notification Date December 1st*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition rates for 2012-2013 are $8,541 for Connecticut residents and $19,573 for out-of-state students; includes basic fees*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (34%), state and local government grants or scholarships (44%), student loans (70%), school grants or scholarships (8%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 81% for 2010-2011**

Sources: *Southern Connecticut State University, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions House, Southern Connecticut State University, 130 Farnham Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515
  • Phone: (203) 392-5644
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