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 Program offers innumerable opportunities for the University’s most exceptional students, including merit scholarships in some cases.
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—great experience for 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, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) 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 in other professional fields.
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, and 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, 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. 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.
WCSU is a member institution of The International Student Exchange Program (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.
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 newspaper and 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 tri-state area, including New York and New Jersey—and a warm welcome and world-class education to students from around the country and globe, including veterans and students with unique educational needs.
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Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals, and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.