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B-
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
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  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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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
67%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
880-1080
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$17,422/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,556/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,412/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,630/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,404/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,103/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
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
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.53 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,116Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
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  • Average
    40%
  • Easygoing
    37%
  • Very friendly.
    20%
  • Competitve
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.59 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Close to home
    51%
  • Familiar
    22%
  • Second home
    16%
  • Commuter School
    11%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
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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Western Connecticut State University is a great school! I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences here, the people I have met and the opportunities I have been giving. Living on campus is a huge bonus at this school, as meeting people can be hard on a predominantly commuter campus. However, the school gives out whatever you put in.
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Coming in as a transfer I thought I would feel a little out of place. However, all the students and professors were very welcoming and friendly. I found myself fitting in right away and adjusting quickly to life on campus. The professors are more than willing to make sure you understand any material completely and really urge you to visit them during office hours with any questions or concerns. My fellow classmates are very encouraging and outgoing. The theatre arts department is like a little family. I’m very glad I chose WestConn to finish up my undergraduate degree.
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.