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Undergrad Profile

Located at the crossroads of beautiful New England and sophisticated New York City, Western Connecticut State University offers 50 undergraduate degree programs so you can choose from a wide range of the highest-quality, most career-oriented academic courses. 

You’ll learn from accomplished faculty in world-class facilities with access to state-of-the-art technology—and you’ll gain the foundational knowledge, professional training, and critical-thinking and communication skills essential to success.

Highly accomplished in various disciplines, WCSU professors make the most of our University’s advantageous location. Whether bringing Art students to visit world-famous museums, leading Business students on Wall Street tours, or involving Science majors in important field research, our instructors make sure that students observe firsthand how the facts, concepts, and techniques learned in classes, studios, and labs are professionally applied. Our Kathwari Honors House offers innumerable opportunities for the University’s most exceptional students, including, in some cases, merit scholarships.

With our outstanding educators and small classes, WCSU majors and concentrations give you the skills and knowledge demanded by 21st-century employers. Because the active business, health, and commerce centers of Danbury and other cities are so accessible, our Career Success Center is perfectly situated to help you gain valuable work experience with internships and co-ops. We offer students many opportunities to work on campus for credit or for pay—and great experience for your résumés. We have a vibrant, engaged alumni community, many of whom are eager to mentor and hire the next generation of WCSU graduates.

Four colleges, each with its own area of concentration
The Ancell School of Business informs students’ business acumen
and develops the skills required for success in corporate, entrepreneurial, financial, law, philanthropic, and other business areas. Professionals from local, national, and international firms interact with Ancell students, faculty, and staff through forums, lectures, and mentorships. Ancell programs are taught by respected faculty, many of whom currently practice what they teach—whether as attorneys, accountants, entrepreneurs, or others.

The Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences is home to 13 departments, 18 undergraduate majors, and five graduate majors. Students acquire a base of general knowledge before delving into their desired disciplines. Macricostas students win Fulbright awards and graduate school scholarships and are accepted to graduate programs in medicine, law, teaching, and more. 

The School of Professional Studies prepares students for exciting and fulfilling careers with undergraduate degrees in Education, Educational Psychology, Health Promotion, Nursing, or Social Work; master’s degrees in Nursing and Education and Educational Psychology; and doctoral degrees in Education and Nursing. Courses of study are based on the liberal arts and integrate theory and practice by providing rich classroom experiences, nursing simulation labs with the latest technology, and applied internships. 

The School of Visual and Performing Arts, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, offers a conservatory-level education at the affordable cost of a public university. Only 60 miles from downtown New York City, our state-of-the-art studio, recording, and classroom facilities provide professional-level training for musicians, music educators, artists, and performers—and our performance center draws enthusiastic audiences to award-winning shows. Instructors regularly record, perform, and exhibit in nearby Manhattan and throughout the region.

Student exchange
WCSU is a member institution of ISEP, so our students can study at member universities at no additional price beyond what it costs to attend WCSU. Students spend semesters at universities all over the world, attend faculty-led short courses abroad, and spend semester breaks on service learning activities around the globe. Theatre students make biannual visits to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and some are invited to attend the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC, where our musicals have won awards for acting, directing, and production.

Campus life
Students who choose to live on campus are housed in six residence halls. Safe and comfortable, with 24/7 University Police presence and full security systems, accommodations range from classic dorm room living to full apartments. Students can have their cars on campus, where there is free parking, but there is also continuous complimentary shuttle transportation between campuses.

Activities and athletics
Student clubs and athletics are a great part of the WCSU experience. Activities include an active Greek council, a campus radio station, and many social and academic-based student organizations. You’ll enjoy learning at our observatory and planetarium, exploring the 350-acre nature preserve on our Westside campus, and having fun at outdoor concerts, performances, and food festivals at the Ives Concert Park.

With Colonial Chuck as our mascot and spirited fans to cheer them on, the NCAA Division III Colonials meet challengers on home courts and fields, in the 2,500-seat stadium of our Athletic Complex, or away at rival schools. At Midtown, you’ll find the Colonial Fitness Zone and the Bill Williams Gymnasium, which is host to Intramural leagues. Our Westside campus is home to the William A. O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center, which houses a six-lane pool, four full courts for basketball and volleyball, and a fitness center. The Westside Athletic Complex has three spacious practice fields and six lighted tennis courts. 

WCSU offers in-state tuition for students from the New York counties of Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Rockland, and Ulster—and a warm welcome and world-class education to students from around the country and the globe, including veterans and students with unique educational needs. 

WCSU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.; the Board of Governors of Higher Education, State of Connecticut; the Connecticut State Department of Education; the American Chemical Society; the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education; the Council on Social Work Education (baccalaureate level); the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; the National Association of Schools of Music; and the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

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WCSU is an affordable public university with the qualities of New England’s best small private colleges.