673 reviews
  1. Danbury, CT
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
40%
SAT Scores Range
880-1080
ACT Scores Range
18-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Will You Get In?

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
Report
  • Average
    42%
  • Easygoing
    36%
  • Very friendly.
    18%
  • Competitve
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
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

Western Connecticut State University Reviews

673 reviews
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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.
The workload is appropriate. The curriculum is meticulous in nature. The school is well prepared to help students immerse themselves into all sorts of specific majors and jobs. It is the pride of the school having a diverse music staff of all different backgrounds who want to connect their students to the markets they will master in the future. I enjoy it greatly. Due to personal reasons, I have switched from Music Education to Music Performance. Regardless of my choice, the music education has full grasp to turn a student into an effective educator. Through constant innovation of curriculum and an experienced staff, WestConn offers a comprehensive program that few other schools can match. It truly is fantastic!
Our professors and their vast experience, the music education program has a large reputation as being the best in Connecticut, if not the best in New England. We have large expectations exemplified by our Professional Program. This program can and does cut off certain students from receiving their degree due to a lack of compliance with the guidelines. Workload is large as with any music related degree. Due to a large amount of core classes (theory, sight-singing, lessons, piano, etc...) many students are challenged by the high standards they are met with. Our new building, the Visual and Performing Arts Center is fantastic! Priced at $96.7 million, it is definitely of great use to our music education and other music related majors as well as theater and art.