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About Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University (WestConn) is a public university located in Danbury, Connecticut. Founded in 1903, WestConn operates two campuses that are located three miles apart: a 34-acre 'Midtown' campus and a 364-acre Westside campus. The school offers students the opportunity to participate in a Greek system, 63 student organizations, 14 varsity sport teams and a student government.


WestConn operates four schools and one division: the Ancell School of Business, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Professional Studies and the Division of Graduate Studies and External Programs. Of the schools, the School of Arts and Sciences is the largest, enrolling 2,369 students in its programs in 2012. Through this division and these schools, the university offers 39 undergraduate, 15 master's and two doctoral programs of study.

In the fall of 2012, the school employed 226 full-time and 302 part-time faculty members. Of full-time faculty members, 84% held doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. At that same time, the university had a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1


Undergraduate applications can be submitted online or in-person. Applications must include official high school transcripts or GED test scores, ACT or SAT scores, a personal essay and a $50 application fee. Applicants must have ranked in the top third of their high school class and have had a 'B' average in all college preparatory classes they completed in high school. The school may require some applicants to submit a letter of recommendation or participate in an interview.

In 2011, the university received 2,157 applications, of which it accepted 62%. Of accepted students, 34% enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was about $2,142 for in-state, $3,213 for New England regional and $6,933 for out-of-state students per semester. At that same time, board cost between $819 and $2,288 per semester and housing $2,843 and $4,528 per semester.

The school offers work study opportunities to its students, and also accepts grants, loans and scholarship awards to pay tuition costs. Scholarships may be awarded based on area of study, need or academic merit.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees**
Post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 5,815 undergraduate and 592 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Available*
Schools and Programs Four schools and one division offering 39 undergraduate, 25 master's and two doctoral programs of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010:
Associate's: liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities (12)**
Bachelor's: business management (247)**
Master's: education (111)**
Doctoral: education (1)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 16% in four years**
40% in six years**
Admission Rate 62% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 1,261 in 2012 (includes 440 transfer students)*
First-Year Retention Rates 72% of full-time and 55% of part-time students**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% in SAT scores in 2011: reading: 450-540, math: 450-540**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions begin December 1st every year*
Decision Notification Date May 1 for admission to fall 2012 semester*
Tuition (2012-2013) Approximately $2,142 for in-state, $3,213 for New England regional and $6,933 for out-of-state students per semester*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010:
Federal grants (43%)**
State and local grants (47%)**
Institutional scholarships (2%)**
Federal loans (66%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 77% in 2010**

Sources: *Western Connecticut State University, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810
  • Phone: (877) 837-9278
  • Website: www.wcsu.edu

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