About Central Connecticut State University

Founded in 1849, Central Connecticut State University. is a Public college. Located in Connecticut, which is a city setting in Connecticut, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 9,538 full time undergraduate students, and 2,246 full time graduate students.

The Central Connecticut State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 446 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Central Connecticut State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate60%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range900-1100
ACT Range19-24

Admissions at CCSU are considered Selective, with ,34% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

72% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 22% were in the top quarter, and 10% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Central Connecticut State University.

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    105 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    87 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    118 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    126 Students rated campus facilities 3.8 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    126 Students rated class size 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    126 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    127 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    127 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

Central Connecticut State University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Central Connecticut State University?

60 Students rated Central Connecticut State University

Cassidy - 04/01/2023

I personally love the theatre department at Central. Everyone there is very open and welcoming, and while the department is woefully underfunded, we are still able to put on some really amazing productions. That being said, I don’t like the school itself. It is the cheapest of the state schools and it shows.

Hazel - 11/03/2021

CCSU is broke and the food is abhorrent. I've been thinking about transferring because I can't trust a school that cares so little about its students that it would poison. I personally know multiple students who have received food poisoning from the dining hall. Whether I go off the dining plan or not, I don't trust this school because it clearly doesn't care at all about its students. We pay thousands of dollars for dining and get food poisoning, and they do nothing. The academics would be fine except the school is broke, lays off professors, and can't offer the classes your major requires. I have changed my major for this reason - I couldn't take half of my required classes because they simply weren't offered, and now I am experiencing the same problem in my new major. It feels like CCSU hates its students.

Joseph - 10/30/2021

I'd like to share my recent experience with the Master of Data Science program at Central Connecticut State University. Without going into too much detail, the first few courses in the program started off well. They were hands on and taught me a lot, including programming languages/procedures with real world applications of Data Science. However the next two courses are where the program took a turn and where I started to see serious problems. The main problem is up to 50% of coursework and assignments in the latter courses started to lack lectures/videos and/or required readings that you'd normally expect from a graduate level education. Instead, we were essentially directed to web/google search and self teach ourselves both the concepts and technical programming procedures as well. For instance, in a required Multivariate Analytics course DATA 514, the course lecture, lesson, required readings etc did not actually teach how to test for Multivariate Normality of a dataset with a large number of variables, and instead the professor directed us to find the answers and teach ourselves the concepts and procedures online. Then, upon asking for clarification and the appropriate procedures, the professor was mostly combative and didn't provide clarification nor the procedures. I was left learning very little. Occasional web searches are fine and inevitable, but when web searches drive half of the assignments and grade on key concepts, and especially on technical data science and statistical procedures in R-Studio we haven’t been exposed to, with minimal to no guidance, then I take issue. Upon complaining to the University that this not up to the level of graduate coursework expected from an accredited degree granting university, costing thousands of dollars each, the University essentially defended the aforementioned practices and gave no indications that they would make any changes. Anyway, just wanted to share. Again, I would recommend avoiding this Data Science program at Central Connecticut State, and recommend looking elsewhere. There appear to be plenty of Data Science degrees offered elsewhere, and I doubt many of them have a mode of instruction of asking you to web search R-Studio/Python procedures for up to half the coursework like CCSU does.

Wenell - 07/29/2020

Central is a school for the working student, it is affordable while offering a ton of resources both academically and recreationally. While our sports teams are no Uconn, players and coaches give each game everything; I used to joke that its not CCSU until you see some volleyball player limping on a crutch with busted knees. I highly recommend this school to people who are looking for an affordable and safe school to attend.

Central Connecticut State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Central Connecticut State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Central Connecticut State University is 60%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Of all the years I have attended college, the most important piece of advice I would tell future college students (and my younger self) is to seek extra help as soon as it is needed. In my earlier college days, all too often I would not get the help I needed and needless to say I did not do as well as I could have. Talking to your professor after class time not only gets you the help you need to do well on assignments but also lets the professor know you genuinely care about the class and your grades. When it comes time for final grades, showing the professor you cared could be the difference in getting a higher grade. It also lets you get to know your professor which helps create a more friendly class environment, which is also beneficial to learning.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is a great education for a great value, not too big in size, but not ideal if you are looking to have fun. It is good for what it is.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are driven to pursue a morally gratifying and selfless career in nursing.

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known some students before I came to this school. I commute and driving to school gives me a limited opportunity to meet students and some of the students who were living on campus had activites prior to starting the school year and they got to know their roommamtes and other freshmen. I kind of hated it and I am a shy type of person so I kind of sucked not knowing anyone at all before hand. however I did manage to meet a few people throughout my stay here and they have been very nice .

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    From personal experience, it would have to be the Math Lab located at the Cpoernicus building. When I used to take Math 105, I always get a math tutor who is unqualified to help me because of their lack of experience with the subject. I personally think they should hire older canididates because they have the maturity and the experience needed for those who are struggling with material given by an older professor.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The teaching program at my school is considered one of the best in state. Connecitcut is known for having a very difficult teacher education program and Central really helps to make sure their students succeed. Also compared to other schools Central is fairly small. I personally prefer to have a small knit community college because I feel the professor get to know my personality. Two of the other schools I considered where very big and when I went to visite them I felt overwhelmed and lost. When I visited Central I really felt like I belonged.

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  8. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I think that the most frustrating thing about school is feeling those cold winter gust hit my face when walking through campus from one building to the next but that is something I can definitely live with in New England.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about this school is the diversity and provide the greatest education. In my opinion, I like to be surrounded by people with different backgrounds and ethnics. It will make the school look unique and forms its self into a small community. This small community everyone has the oppurunity to meet and interact with one another. This is a great chance to learn about different background and cultures. In the end, we are all the same. Each and every individual is unique in his or her own ways. We all have talents and desires that we can share.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for the education and number of graduates that work for my previous high school.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    To attend CCSU, you should be comfortable with the idea of constantly being surrounded by noise sand energy and people. Central is so named because it is the central hub of action and energy; at the center of many main cities in Connecticut. The school is right next to the state capitol, and is a very urban setting, you should be happy with the hustle and bustle of city life. I think you should genuinely like being around people in order to be successful at Central, because along with getting an education, you'll be making connections for the future.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The kind of person who shouldn't attend this school, is one who is not serious about working towards thier education. CCSU as well as any other college should be taken very seriously. College is an extremely important step on your life staircase, and it is definately not one that you should stumble on.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    When I talk to my childhood friends or family about my school, I talk to them the college friends I met. My college friends and I are well ambitious and entertaining.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

85% of students attending Central Connecticut State University receive some sort of financial aid. 38% were awarded federal grants. While 64% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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