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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
Western Connecticut State is a public university located in Danbury, Connecticut. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,089 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Western Connecticut State acceptance rate is 71%. Popular majors include Police and Criminal Science, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 44% of students, Western Connecticut State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,700.
About Western Connecticut State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Freedom Football Conference
Address
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Website
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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

Acceptance Rate
71%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
880-1080
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$16,972/ 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
$5,994/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

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.56 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.55 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,089Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
993
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Average
    39%
  • Easygoing
    34%
  • Very friendly.
    21%
  • Basic
    3%
  • Competitve
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.62 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.72 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Close to home
    50%
  • Familiar
    20%
  • Commuter School
    15%
  • Second home
    15%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
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
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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.
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I believe Western Connecticut State University is truly a great place to pursue further education, while gaining the full college experience. The university offers as much aid as they can to help students in their academics as well as all other aspects of student and personal life. WestConn has the best of both worlds as far as programs. There is an AMAZING MUSIC and THEATER PROGRAM, and the Nursing program is the BEST IN NEW ENGLAND!!! The best part, is that so many of the staff and faculty are willing to go the extra mile to help students excel in their studies. In my personal experience, the overall experience I have had with the majority of my professors is very good. They are some of the people who have allowed me to positively grow as a student. I am very grateful I got accepted into this university. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.
When I first visited the school, I knew it had become my first choice school. After attending accepted students day, I committed immediately. The application process was very simple and I got a response in about two months. I was very happy to had been accepted being that I was worried my 2.8 GPA would be too low to get accepted into a four-year university. Wescon has a great campus with amazing and helpful staff and students. I enjoy every second I spend wether it’s in classes or studying at their phenomenal library. Wescon makes me more moviated to attend college and pursue my degree in nursing. Their nursing program is spectacular and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a BA in Nursing. Wescon is an amazing school that provides opportunities to many, being that they are so affordable with their tuition prices.