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Southern Connecticut State University provides exemplary graduate and undergraduate education in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. As an intentionally diverse and comprehensive university, Southern is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.

Southern Connecticut State University, a flourishing community of over 10,000 students, is located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, near the artsy and historic Westville Village section of the city. Founded as a teachers college in 1893, Southern has evolved into a comprehensive university offering 116 graduate and undergraduate programs. More than 700 faculty members lead students through a wide range of studies and research specialties. Southern is proud to be an institution of the Connecticut State University System. Southern is in the midst of the first phase of a $230 million master plan to transform the center of campus. We are doubling the square footage of the Hilton C. Buley Library and upgrading the technology research tools. Engleman Hall has been vastly expanded, with more space devoted to academics, and in January 2006 we opened our new Michael J. Adanti Student Center, the hub of a dynamic student community. 

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Southern is located in New Haven, a historic seaside city founded by English Puritans in 1637. A center of culture and learning, New Haven has roots that go deep into New England history and education.

Southern is located in New Haven, a historic seaside city founded by English Puritans in 1637. A center of culture and learning, New Haven has roots that go deep into New England history and education. After all, Noah Webster compiled his first dictionary while living in New Haven. A dramatic reminder of New Haven's past is its downtown design, laid out in nine symmetrical squares. The most prominent is the center Green with its three landmark churches: Center Church (1812-15), a Georgian masterpiece housing a Louis Tiffany stained glass window; Trinity Church (1813-14), in the Gothic style; and the United Church on the Green (1812-15), in the classic Federalist design. Still the focal point for life in New Haven, today's Green is surrounded by modern office structures, government buildings, and trendy restaurants, making it an exciting and colorful place to be. For rest and relaxation, you can take advantage of the area's wealth of attractions. Besides movies, restaurants, and concerts, students enjoy world-famous theaters like the Yale Repertory, the Shubert, and Long Wharf, museums of art and natural history, and a whole range of sporting and seaside activities, from cruises on Long Island Sound to picnics at Lighthouse Point. And New Haven's nightlife has really taken off, with a whole new generation of clubs, shops, theaters, and restaurants. On any given evening, traffic stops while the good times roll. Today, New Haven is a multicultural city of more than 130,000 people. Thanks to its close proximity to major urban areas--just 90 minutes from New York City and fewer than three hours from Boston--New Haven plays a crucial part in the Northeast's economic, cultural, and social life.