The academic and social environment at Southern Connecticut State University encourages students to discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to realize their dreams.
We’re driven by our mission to foster a culture enriched by academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good. With these values at heart, you’ll find opportunities to lead woven through every area of the University—in the classroom, on athletic teams, in clubs and organizations, and as peer mentors and University ambassadors. You can also take charge of your future while furthering University-wide initiatives such as creating a tobacco-free campus, promoting climate commitment, and incorporating green practices into everyday life at Southern.
Interested in transferring to Southern?
Approximately 40% of Southern’s student body consists of transfer students who already had some level of higher education experience prior to attending Southern. As a university, we are dedicated to making this transition a positive experience. We are committed to helping you—before you get to campus, during your transition to Southern, all the way to your graduation day.
Students transfer colleges for a number of reasons. Some change majors and move to a school that better suits their new path. Others start at a two-year college before transferring to finish their degree at a four-year college or university. Even if a first-choice college simply wasn’t the right fit, students can take heart in knowing they’re not alone.
Students who are looking to transfer from one of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges to Southern may take advantage of the Transfer Articulation Program (TAP). Launched in fall 2016, TAP is a new program for ensuring Connecticut community college students complete degree programs that transfer to Connecticut State Universities and Charter Oak without losing or generating excess credit. Students who are in the TAP program and are interested in transferring to Southern will generally complete two years at a community college and the final two years at Southern.
The best way to learn about Southern Connecticut State University is to visit our campus. We offer campus tours five days a week and most Saturday mornings.
Student success is Southern’s highest priority
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, this public university offers 117 undergraduate and graduate programs, unique research opportunities, access to fascinating internships, a vibrant campus, and a commitment to preparing strong leaders.
Our nationally renowned faculty in our five schools—Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Graduate Studies, and Health and Human Services—challenge you to meet high standards of academic rigor and integrity.
You will discover that Southern is a community of faculty, administrators, and staff all dedicated to providing the knowledge and opportunities you need to succeed as a student, grow as an individual, and develop as a professional. When we talk about “higher education” at Southern, we mean education in all its forms: academic and personal, theoretical and practical, professional and emotional. We are committed to educating the complete person: the person who wants a career and a life.
Southern continues its development at its beautiful, modern campus with a new School of Business and an expanded library. Southern’s ongoing expansion of its science programs has been greatly enhanced with the opening of the 103,608-sq. ft., four-level academic science and laboratory building. Situated adjacent to Jennings Hall, the current home for the sciences, the new building will enhance the ongoing expansion of Southern’s science programs and the University’s capacity to educate more students in the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A student-centered university
Southern understands the tremendous power of education and its ability to transform lives. The campus has a vibrant, culturally rich, and ethnically diverse environment. The faculty and staff are a talented, dedicated group of people whose first priority is to educate and assist students. Southern students are inspired by the research, scholarship, and creative activity of our professors.
As a student-centered institution, Southern views student success as its highest priority. In addition to its extensive academic offerings, Southern offers a wide array of academic support services to strengthen and enrich the classroom experience and meet academic and career goals.
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to conduct research under the mentorship of engaged faculty, and in many cases to partner with them on research projects, many times resulting in co-authored academic papers and shared presentations at national conferences. Hands-on research opportunities allow you to explore potential career paths and develop close relationships with faculty who can serve as references.
Reflecting our diverse world
At Southern we are committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good. Each and every day, we encourage our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to consider our individual roles in challenging injustice, valuing diversity, and creating a climate of inclusion.
One of the great things about Southern is the energy on campus. Southern offers a wide range of services and programs for students to motivate and enrich their learning and to contribute to their individual growth. Recognizing that much learning occurs beyond the physical boundaries of the classroom, we dedicate ourselves to maximizing the fullest potential of both the individual and the campus community.
Students who balance their academic work with cocurricular activities are more inclined to achieve success in academic and other pursuits, create opportunities for personal development, and are better prepared for life after graduation. Southern’s many campus clubs and organizations provide rich educational, social, leadership, and cultural opportunities, both on and off campus. Cultural events are planned through the Office of International Education, and we offer 19 highly competitive NCAA Division II men’s and women’s athletic teams.
Office of International Education
The Office of International Education (OIE) serves inbound international students (degree-seeking and short-term exchange) as well as outbound students interested in studying either abroad or at a partner institution in the US. We also serve Southern faculty members interested in establishing programs abroad and members of the Southern community interested in participating in a Fulbright Program.
Our current international students come from all over the world, including countries such as Venezuela, Canada, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Nigeria, Spain, India, Bermuda, Korea, Belarus, and the Netherlands, and we are excited these numbers are on the rise! Our staff members are committed to facilitating as smooth a transition as possible for international students.
Achieving successful outcomes
Completing a degree program and preparing for today’s job market requires students to be well prepared, creative, and able to use a variety of programs and services to develop necessary skills.
Beginning with freshman year, students are matched with a faculty advisor. Southern’s Academic and Career Advising Center works with students to help envision the connection between present academic experience and future plans. Our goal is to broaden students’ perspectives with respect to their career choices.
From study abroad and advanced research opportunities to service learning and internships, Southern students have outstanding experiences and great preparation for careers.
We invite you to visit our vibrant campus to see firsthand how Southern can shape your future, and then to join us in pursuing your educational dreams.
At A Glance
Type of School: Four-year public university
Size of Campus: 168 acres
Number of Students: 10,825 undergraduate and graduate students; over 2,600 students living on campus
Number of Faculty: 439 full-time faculty, 82% of whom hold the doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in their field, and 593 part-time faculty members, many of whom are practitioners in their fields
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Five schools—the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Graduate Studies—offer more than 100 degree programs ranging from Business to Secondary Education, Biology to Studio Art, and Communication Disorders to History. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees are awarded, as well as graduate certificates, sixth-year professional diplomas, and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership and Nursing Education.
Geographic Diversity: 37 states represented: top five are Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts; 26 foreign countries represented, including Germany, China, South Korea, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom
International Student Services: Office of International Education, career services, tutorial centers, orientation, People To People International Friendship Club, student clubs and activities
Full-Time Undergraduate Yearly Expenses 2016–2017:
• Tuition and fees per year: In state, $10,054; out of state, $21,974
• On-campus housing and meals per year: $11,920
• Total per year: In state, $21,974; out of state, $34,835
Additional costs may be incurred, including books, supplies, medical insurance, and personal expenses for students living year-round in the New Haven area. Cost varies depending on which residence hall you are assigned.
Application Deadlines and Fees: Application fee is $50. Transfer applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.