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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Little East Conference
From Western Connecticut State University

Western is proud of its 117-year tradition of developing advantages that benefit you, the student. WCSU has over 5,600 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 50 Bachelors, 14 Masters and 2 Doctoral degrees.
These advantages include:
• Affordability: Tuition at Western is one-third the cost of small, private New England universities.
• Location: WCSU is conveniently close to major routes and only an hour from the business, entertainment and cultural centers of New York City.
• Small class sizes: The student-to-teacher ratio at WCSU is 12:1. Expect the kind of one-on-one attention that ensures your success in college.

We look forward to discussing your college plans and/or to welcoming you to campus should you want to schedule an in-person meeting or tour.

Western Connecticut State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
March 1
Acceptance Rate
79%
SAT Range
880-1080
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$19,029/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,781/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
82%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.53 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses

Majors

Visual and Performing Arts at WCSU

The School of Visual and Performing Arts offers a conservatory-level education at the affordable cost of a public university. Only 60 miles from downtown New York City, our School uniquely positions us to draw from the talent and resources rooted there–allowing us to enrich our local arts community by providing quality arts programming and a competitive arts education.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    25%
  • On Campus
    74%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,128Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
900
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 41 responses
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  • Average
    39%
  • Easygoing
    34%
  • Very friendly.
    20%
  • Basic
    2%
  • Basic for people to commitute for class
    2%
  • Competitve
    2%

    Campus Life

    Freshmen Live On-Campus
    Poll
    48%
    of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.65 responses
    Poll
    61%
    of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.75 responses
    Poll
    What one word or phrase best describes your school?
    Based on 43 responses
    Report
    • Close to home
      49%
    • Familiar
      19%
    • Commuter School
      14%
    • Second home
      14%
    • Home away from home
      2%
    • My school for the next 4 years
      2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $45,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    49%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    76%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.37 responses

    Western Connecticut State University Reviews

    792 reviews
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    Western Connecticut State University is an awesome local college that allows you to grow because of its population size. You have more opportunities to be involved, get leadership experience, be close to your professors, and have an on-campus job!

    I'd like to see administration being a little bit more involved. The professors are amazing, and I think administration can be too if they built a closer relationship with students.
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    Overall dorming on this campus was a great experience! A majority of the dorms are extremely spacious and the buildings are nice. you get to meet a lot of different people from all over the country and built relationships. They have a wide range of clubs and activities you an partake in on campus. The cafeteria also has a great selection of various types of foods to choose from. The academics at Western are pretty hard depending on the class, but its a great University to earn a degree. The I feel as this campus would be a great experience for those looking to live on campus.
    For financial affordability purposes, and quality of education for a state managed higher educational institution, Western CT State University was a great choice! Their degree programs are designed to be broad enough to provide breadth of knowledge towards an advanced degree. But, if you know specifically what path you need to take to achieve your career goals, I urge that you do your research and look for program specifics that align closely with that long term goal.