C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B
Western Connecticut State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Freedom Football Conference
Address
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Website

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Test Scores and GPA for Western Connecticut State University

Cost

Net Price
$16,625/ year
National
$15,431
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,257/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,763/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,548/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,041/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,290/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.53 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,365Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
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  • Average
    42%
  • Easygoing
    36%
  • Very friendly.
    18%
  • Competitve
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.57 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.67 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Close to home
    51%
  • Familiar
    23%
  • Second home
    17%
  • Commuter School
    9%

After Western Connecticut State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.37 responses
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Western Connecticut State University Reviews

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I've genuinely enjoyed my time at Western Connecticut State University. Certain professors and classes have been such important figures in my learning and growing process. Because the student demographic is so vast, my perspective has been challenged, expanded, and shifted time and time again by keeping a listening ear towards others. The small classroom settings make for a more personal and relaxed learning environment where both student-student and student-teacher relationships have greater opportunity to be developed.
It seems that the quality of the classes can be somewhat of a hit or miss though based on the professors' teaching ability and course organization, which seems to vary drastically. There's also a distinct difference between the Visual Arts and Performing Center, which is a very recently built building and where I spend the majority of my time, versus the other buildings.
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I transferred to WCSU the second half of my freshman year because of the study abroad options, location, and affordability. WCSU is in Danbury, my hometown, which is very diverse, developed, and vibrant. Going to WCSU gives a real-life feel to the college experience, rather than the "away at college" in a small town vibe. There are lots of opportunities to work around and within the campus. The classes are VERY small but the professors have a chance to learn students' names and invest more time individually. Overall, WCSU is a great school for commuters, returning students (night classes are great), and residential students.
I had an overall positive experience at WCSU. I went in to school undecided in my major and found the Social Work program, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. The Social Work department was amazing and close knit- a perfect department to foster my personal and professional growth. My personal belief is that WCSU-and all colleges- should have better resources regarding which majors and degrees will assist them in success in the "real world" and in their long-term goals and which majors and degrees will be harder to use. In addition, specifically at WCSU, there was little guidance to students who had less specific majors, such as Psychology or History. I know many other students at WCSU who had to attend the university much longer than the anticipated four-year bachelor's degree program, as their advisors did not advise them well. Overall, I had a good experience at WCSU.