Southern Connecticut State University empowers students to succeed in a world that demands more from them every day. Together we inspire minds and transform lives through in-demand degrees, innovative partnerships, practical learning experiences, and community engagement.
Type of School: Four-year public university
Size of Campus: 168 acres
Number of Students: 10,207 undergraduate and graduate students; over 2,600 students living on campus
Number of Faculty: 439 full-time faculty, 82% of whom hold a 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 Graduate Studies, and the School of Health and Human Services—offer more than 117 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, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York; 26 foreign countries represented, including Canada, China, Germany, Nigeria, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom
International Student Services: Office of International Education, career services, tutoring centers, orientation, People to People International Friendship Club, student clubs and activities
Full-Time Undergraduate Yearly Expenses 2018–2019:
• Tuition and fees per year: In state, $10,954; out of state, $23,463
• On-campus housing and meals per year: $12,432
• Total per year: In state, $23,386; out of state, $35,895
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.
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.
Interested in transferring to Southern?
Approximately 40% of Southern’s student body consists of transfer students who already have 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, and all the way to your graduation.
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. Students who are looking to transfer to Southern from one of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges may take advantage of the Transfer Ticket. This coordinated program ensures that Connecticut community college students who transfer to Connecticut State Universities to complete four-year degree programs will not lose or generate excess credits. Community college students who are in the Transfer Ticket program generally complete two years at a community college and their final two years at Southern.
A growing campus
Southern continues to develop its modern 172-acre campus with dramatic new additions and enhancements, such as the new 103,608-sq. ft. science building that houses teaching and research laboratories for its STEM programs. Embracing an innovative, sustainable design, the building is home to nanotechnology, physics and optics, cancer research, marine and coastal studies, astronomy, and other sciences.
A 135,000-sq. ft. addition to Buley Library, coupled with a total renovation of the original building, has doubled the size of the library’s footprint. The University’s master plan also calls for a new building to house Southern’s Health and Human Services programs and a new building for the School of Business.
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.
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 coauthored 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.
In addition to its extensive academic offerings, Southern offers a wide array of academic support services to strengthen and enrich the classroom experience and help students meet academic and career goals.
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. We’re driven by our mission to foster a culture enriched by academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.
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 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 be better prepared for life after graduation. Southern’s many campus clubs and organizations provide rich educational, social, leadership, and cultural opportunities 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. Southern currently sends students to over 100 destinations worldwide through our study abroad program. We also serve Southern faculty members interested in establishing programs abroad and members of the Southern community interested in participating in a Fulbright Program.
Achieving successful outcomes
Completing a degree 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.
Southern’s Academic Advising Center works with students to help envision the connection between their present academic experience and future plans. All students are matched with an academic advisor, and 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 gain outstanding experience and great preparation for their careers.
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.