Western Connecticut State University
Welcome to WCSU
With one of the top nursing schools in Connecticut, WCSU’s School of Professional Studies prepares students as highly competent professionals in careers of education, health and human services, who are also culturally competent advocates and professional leaders. We provide students with a foundation of knowledge in the liberal arts, as well as professional coursework and community-based experiential learning opportunities which value open communication, respect for others, and creative and critical inquiry.
WCSU’s Department of Nursing offers Undergraduate, RN to BS, Master’s and Doctoral Studies, allowing for a comprehensive interactive curriculum, engaged learners, emphasis on critical thinking and promoting professionalism in nursing practice. WCSU offers small class sizes and accessible faculty. Our faculty connect with students, which allows for professional dialogue both in the classroom and clinical settings. RN to BS and Master’s Programs offer online and hybrid classes. The Baccalaureate Degree and Master’s Degree Programs in nursing are accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE).
Located on the campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Western at Waterbury offers a convenient location for students in the Greater Waterbury area to take completion courses for a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Our Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences (HPS) Department links education and research with service learning, student teaching, and internship experiences. We use an experiential learning approach that incorporates team building, knowledge enhancement, skill building, volunteerism, and continuous quality improvement. Students create health promotion programs for the university and surrounding community organizations. The service learning approach provides students with an opportunity to gain real-life experience and help the community at the same time.
WCSU’s Education and Educational Psychology Department prepares innovative and creative teachers and leaders to join us in our work to improve K-12 education in the state and region. Our programs, including teaching, counseling, and instructional leadership, are known for their standard of excellence. Our graduates currently serve as teachers, school principals, and superintendents throughout Connecticut, New York, and the northeast region. We work closely with local school districts to provide multiple opportunities for our candidates to teach, tutor, mentor, and collaborate with Pre-K-12 students in field settings and create teachers, counselors, and leaders for the 21st century.
Our Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and provides a quality of education that prepares informed, culturally sensitive, skilled generalist social workers who provide services for the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
In our classrooms you will benefit from our faculty’s years of experience in the field as social work practitioners, including child trauma, military veterans, immigration, child welfare, program administration, social welfare, and social, racial, and economic injustice. Our students graduate with skills that prepare them to go on to Master’s degree programs or to go into the workplace as case managers, community social workers, political advocates, child protective service workers, and more.
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.