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College Profile: Western Connecticut State University

 
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Western Connecticut State University (Western, WestConn or WCSU) is a public university in Danbury, Connecticut. Founded in 1903, WestConn has an arts and sciences curriculum, a business school, and several professional programs including elementary and secondary education, nursing, music performance, and social work. It is also home to The Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies.
 
181 White Street
Danbury, CT
06810-6826
203-837-8200 (general)
203-837-8580 (financial aid)
203-837-9000 (admissions)
 
 
 

 

General Information
Other Names Western, WCSU
Type Public, 4-year or above
Control Public
Size 5,000 - 9,999
Campus Setting City: Small
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
Yes On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
Yes ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
Yes ROTC: ArmyYes Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyNo Weekend/evening college
Yes ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

Western Connecticut State University Website
Wikipedia

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Required

Applicants (most recent fall period)
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Admissions (most recent fall period)
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Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
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SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
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Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
7,426 Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
4,016 Fall Applicants1,590 Total Dormitory Capacity
2,368 Fall Admissions

Geography
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Gender
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Ethnicity
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College Levels Offered
No Less than one year certificateNo One but less than two years certificate
Yes Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
Yes Bachelor's degreeYes Postbaccalaureate certificate
Yes Master's degreeYes Post-master's certificate
Yes Doctor's degreeNo First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

Degrees and Certifications
Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) (Specialist)
Students at Western Connecticut State University may take Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) classes at the main campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Students concurrently registered full-time at WCSU pay no additional tuition for these classes. Credits earned may be transferred as free elective credits toward the WCSU degree by having an official transcript sent from UConn to the WCSU Registrar's Office. Grades are not transferred. The freshman and sophomore courses are open to all students and carry no military obligation.
Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) (Specialist)
Students at Western Connecticut State University may take Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) classes at the main campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Students concurrently registered full-time at WCSU pay no additional tuition for these classes. Credits earned may be transferred as free elective credits toward the WCSU degree by having an official transcript sent from UConn to the WCSU Registrar's Office. Grades are not transferred. The freshman and sophomore courses are open to all students and carry no military obligation.
AS Liberal Arts (Associate Degree)
This degree may be awarded to students who have completed:
BA Anthropology/Sociology (Bachelor Degree)
The allied fields of anthropology and sociology offer ways of understanding the world that are fundamental to many courses of study. Anthropology and sociology look at everyday life in the context of groups, societies and cultures to which humankind contribute. The program is designed to provide background for varied business, government and social service careers as well as for advanced graduate studies in a wide area of disciplines. There is an anthropology/sociology and elementary education option for students desiring to become elementary school teachers.
BA Biology (Bachelor Degree)
The programs in the Department of Biological and Environmental Science provide students with the background required to succeed in a wide variety of fields such as cell and molecular biology, medicine, environmental science and education. A core of science courses provides a solid foundation in biology while electives allow students to pursue their special interests. At WestConn all biology majors conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
BA Chemistry (Bachelor Degree)
The Department of Chemistry offers the chemical training necessary for allied health areas such as medical technology and nursing. The chemistry program and the biochemistry option are both accredited by the American Chemical Society.
BA Communication (Bachelor Degree)
The Department of Communication employs a variety of resources designed to help students improve their ability to participate in and evaluate the communication process. The department?s curriculum provides a balance of theory and practice that can be applied to personal relationships, business, media and other communication environments.
BA Computer Science (Bachelor Degree)
The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree is designed to meet the needs of students interested in software development. It can accommodate students who plan to enter the profession directly from college or who plan to continue with graduate study. The program is continuously revised to keep it up to date. The department recommends that all computer science majors pursue a minor in some field.
BA Earth and Planetary Sciences (Bachelor Degree)
Consistent with the universitys mission to serve as an accessible, responsive, and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut, the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Meteorology endeavors to provide students with a complete and current education in the principles and applications of physics, astronomy and meteorology, in ways that accommodate the students backgrounds and career objectives.
BA English, American, and Comparative Literature (Bachelor Degree)
Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including a writing intensive course (W), foreign language and physical education. Students must have an overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or better in courses used to satisfy the major requirements.
BA History (Bachelor Degree)
In keeping with the mission statement of Western Connecticut State University, the Department of History and Non-Western Cultures provides students with a comprehensive liberal arts education that prepares our majors for the job market and beyond. Our mission is to help students develop expertise in analyzing historical themes and to prepare them for employment in teaching or other specialized fields such as business, journalism, and law, or for graduate work in history.
BA Mathematics (Bachelor Degree)
The mathematics programs offered by the department are designed to meet the needs of students interested in pure or applied mathematics or mathematics education. The programs are flexible and kept up to date. They can accommodate students who plan to continue with graduate studies in mathematics or related fields as well as those who want to enter the profession directly from college.
BA Political Science (Bachelor Degree)
Students of political science are given an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the political aspects of society. They are provided with a practical background for a variety of legal, government, public and social service careers, and a preparation for graduate studies in political science, as well as in related fields, such as pre-law. There is a political science and elementary education option for students desiring to become elementary school teachers.
BA Psychology (Bachelor Degree)
Courses in the psychology department are designed to offer the psychology major a comprehensive education in the methods and content of the discipline of psychology while simultaneously providing some flexibility in course selections. Students are given a broad overview of the field in their first course, Introduction to Psychology, and are required to complete a three-course sequence dealing with the methods and statistics used by psychologists. In addition to the required methods courses, students must satisfy a breadth requirement by taking at least one course from each of five major areas within psychology (cognitive, biological, developmental, social-personality, and clinical-counseling). Lastly, in their senior year, students are required to take an advanced seminar or research course. All students are assigned a faculty adviser who will assist them in selecting the appropriate combination of psychology courses to match their personal or job-related interests and/or their graduate school or career aspirations.
BA Social Sciences (Bachelor Degree)
This interdisciplinary major provides students with both a broad-based foundation in the social sciences and with a variety of course choices, allowing a student to focus on a specific topic or theme, such as global studies, family studies, or multi-cultural studies. This program is considered particularly relevant for teachers. There are two options for joining the major in social sciences with the majors in elementary education or secondary education.
BA Spanish (Bachelor Degree)
Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including physical education.
BS Meteorology (Bachelor Degree)
The meteorology degree provides students with a broad based background of fundamental skills in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, earth science, and general meteorology. Students choose an option in either theoretical meteorology or operational meteorology and weathercasting. This allows students to enter professional employment upon graduation. A student completing the undergraduate courses in meteorology will have the necessary expertise to find employment as a weather forecaster or broadcast meteorologist, to enter emerging environmental research fields, or to pursue graduate studies in meteorology or atmospheric science. Practical experience is available in WestConns Meteorological Studies and Weather Center and our student-produced TV and radio weather programs, and research experience is available through student assistantships offered to qualified candidates from faculty research grants.

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