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  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 is a public university located in Danbury, Connecticut. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,116 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Western Connecticut State acceptance rate is 67%. Popular majors include Police and Criminal Science, Psychology, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 46% of students, Western Connecticut State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,600.
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
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
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.54 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 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 36 responses
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  • Average
    42%
  • Easygoing
    36%
  • Very friendly.
    19%
  • 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.60 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Close to home
    50%
  • Familiar
    21%
  • Second home
    16%
  • Commuter School
    13%

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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My experience is great, would recommend others to go here. Great staff and help from professors. I've been here for a few years, and so far my experience has been a great one. There are great events at WCSU, good athletic programs, and very friendly people around the campus. If you need to go from campus to campus, there is a shuttle for transportation. Friendly environment, and relaxed too. The libraries are a cool place to go and have plenty of computers or resources.
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.