Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT

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Welcome to WCSU

Located at the crossroads of beautiful New England and sophisticated New York City, Western Connecticut State University offers you a wide range of high-quality, career-oriented academic courses at an affordable price. 
With outstanding educators, small class sizes and internship opportunities, WCSU gives you the skills, knowledge and experience required by 21st century employers.
With over 100 years of providing academic excellence, a fantastic collegiate experience and affordable tuition, WCSU is a great choice.
Our annual tuition is among the lowest in the region—and we offer over 100 scholarships in all fields.

WCSU gives you a great start
Connecticut students: With top-rated programs ranging from nursing to musical theatre, WCSU is where CT students go to get a high-quality, practical education—that doesn’t weigh them down with debt.

New York and New Jersey students: Pay only WCSU’s in-state tuition—among the lowest in the region.

New England Regional students: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont students get big discounts on WCSU’s in-state tuition because of WCSU’s participation in the New England Regional Student Program.

Hands-on, experiential learning
50 majors are yours to explore. Whether your passion steers you toward science, public health and health promotion studies, art, humanities or business, you’ll get expert teaching in small classroom settings, labs and field work. 

Career-forging experiences
Create moments you’ll remember and build skills that employers won’t forget. Take advantage of field excursions, internships, faculty-led undergraduate research projects and study abroad opportunities.

Expand your horizons at WCSU
You’ll have fun at 75 student clubs and organizations, enjoy dynamic intramural sports and recreation and experience world-class music, theatre and art.

Endless options 
Learn and practice the “soft skills” employers look for (such as leadership, teamwork and time management) and make the most of study abroad opportunities.

Special events 
Create lasting memories with lifelong friends—from on-campus jazz concerts and open mic nights to Homecoming Week and WCSU’s Annual WestFest.

Boundless spirit 
Play for one of our many club sport and intramural teams, or join spirited fans as our NCAA Division III athletes take the field (or court, or pool). 

For top students, our prestigious Kathwari Honors Program offers merit scholarships and other opportunities for success.

Our Career Success Center helps students gain valuable work experience with internships and co-ops. We offer students opportunities to work on campus for credit or for pay—and great experience for your résumés.

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 at service learning activities around the globe. Theatre students make biannual visits to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and some are invited to participate in 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 and there’s also complimentary shuttle transportation between campuses that runs continuously. 

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 spirited fans to cheer them on, our NCAA Division III teams 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 Fitness Zone and the Bill Williams Gymnasium, which is host to our 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. 

Schools

WCSU includes four schools and an office of graduate studies. Each of our four undergraduate schools focus on students’ success in their chosen careers:

The Ancell School of Business informs students’ business acumen and develops the skills required for success in corporate, entrepreneurial, financial, legal, philanthropic and other business areas. Professionals from local, national and international firms interact with Ancell students 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 general knowledge base 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 & 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 offers a conservatory-level education at the affordable cost of a public university. We’re only 60 miles from downtown New York City, and 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.

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