Western Connecticut State University

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School Overview

Founded in 1903, Western Connecticut State University (WCSU, WestConn or Western) is public higher education institution in Danbury, Connecticut. It offers education programs in several fields of study and subject areas including sciences, business, elementary education, secondary education, music performance, nursing, and social work. WCSU is well known as the home of The Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies, a private non-profit organization that offers wildlife related research and education.

General Information

Admission Office

181 White Street

Danbury, CT 06810-6826

(203) 837-9000

(877) 837-9278

Fax: (203) 837-8338

Contact: William Hawkins

Enrollment Management Officer
Main Address

181 White Street

Danbury, CT 06810-6826

(203) 837-8200


Total undergrads: 5,769

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 944

Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,348

Graduate enrollment: 693


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 55%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Community Health Services B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Police Science B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Western Connecticut State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (203) 837-8200
Website: www.wcsu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.wcsu.edu/admissions/application/
Address: 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810-6826
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 5,631
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 44%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 4,054 (72% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $11,344
Out-of-state Tuition: $24,304
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 85%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,439

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Western Connecticut State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Western Connecticut State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 51
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 144
English Language and Literature/Letters 22
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 132
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Physical Sciences 31
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 51
Grand total 414116

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Western Connecticut State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,344
Out-of-state $24,304
Books and supplies $1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,758
Out-of-state $25,546

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 749 85%
Grant or scholarship aid 667 76% $5,439
Student loan aid 544 62% $6,758

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,911 58% $5,402
Federal student loans 2,786 55% $8,413

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Western Connecticut State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Western Connecticut State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 5,388 2,407 2,981
Percent admitted 100% 69% 81%
Percent admitted who enrolled 16% 17% 15%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Western Connecticut State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 5,631
Undergraduate enrollment 4,982
Graduate enrollment 649

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Western Connecticut State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPB) ? Baccalaureate only level programs offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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