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Central Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University is a regional, comprehensive public university dedicated to learning in the liberal arts and sciences and to education for the professions. Comprising five schools—the Carol A. Ammon School of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education & Professional Studies, Engineering, Science & Technology, and Graduate Studies—CCSU offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the Master’s and sixth-year levels and the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Committed to offering Connecticut citizens access to distinctive academic programs of high quality, the University is also a responsive and creative intellectual and economic resource for the people and institutions of our state’s Capitol Region.


Living in the CCSU Community

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Central Connecticut State University is one of Connecticut’s premiere comprehensive public universities. Excellent professors and a wide array of academic programs prepare students for success in whatever field they choose. As the university's motto notes, students truly start with a dream and finish with a future.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2015?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 12,086

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 9,933
Women 4,643 47%
Men 5,290 53%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 14 <1%
Asian 373 4%
African American / Black 1,139 11%
Hispanic 1,306 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 7 <1%
White 6,406 64%
Two or More Races 260 3%
International 157 2%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 271 3%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do CCSU undergraduates call home?
Connecticut 95%
Other US States & Territories 3%
Other Countries 1%
How old are CCSU undergraduates?
Average Age 23
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 17%

New Student Applications (Fall 2015)

Of the 8,686 new freshman applicants, 59% were admitted and 27% of the admitted students enrolled at Central Connecticut State University in Fall 2015.
Of the 1,137 transfer applicants, 80% were admitted and 71% of the admitted students enrolled at Central Connecticut State University in Fall 2015.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 19 - 24  
Math 460 - 550
Critical Reading   460 - 550
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 10%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 68%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 61%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.05
Percent who submitted High School GPA 99%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $24,446

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend Central Connecticut State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2014 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


CCSU Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 15 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 76%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 98%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 450
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 42%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 21%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 84%

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Campus-based Housing

68% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
27% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

Most parents today are concerned about the safety of their children when they are away from home. Likewise, those students who commute to our campus, our faculty, administrators and staff also want a safe and secure learning and working environment. Central Connecticut State University understands these concerns and is proud of its record in ensuring that people enjoy their time at CCSU as free as possible from threats to their safety and well-being. In 1999 CCSU’s Police Department became the first university police department in Connecticut, and only the second in New England to achieve international recognition as an accredited police department. Within Connecticut, the Connecticut State Police, the UCONN Police and ten municipal police departments share this distinction.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
Size and Setting
Medium four-year, primarily nonresidential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Balanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Postbaccalaureate comprehensive

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.


Student Activities and Involvement at CCSU

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 94% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 85% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 20% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 78% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 21% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 46% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 18% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 12% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 91% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 94% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 64% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 61% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 88% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 93% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 83% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 67% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 86% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 72% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 75% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 75% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 79% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 76% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

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Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at Central Connecticut State University in 2014-15
Degrees awarded at Central Connecticut State University in 2014-15
Bachelor's 1,996
Master's 564
Doctoral 7
Total 2,567

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Accounting and Related Services. 8%
Psychology, General. 8%
Business Administration, Management and Operations. 6%
Criminology. 6%
Communication and Media Studies. 5%
Links to degree programs at Central Connecticut State University
Links to degree programs at Central Connecticut State University





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 88% four-year success and progress rate means that 88% of students starting in Fall 2009 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2009 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 1,281 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 744 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 78%

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Student Learning at Central Connecticut State University

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.