About Southern Connecticut State University

Founded in 1893, Southern Connecticut State University. is a Public college. Located in Connecticut, which is a city setting in Connecticut, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 7,963 full time undergraduate students, and 2,357 full time graduate students.

The Southern Connecticut State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 423 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Southern Connecticut State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate63%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range830-1030
ACT Range18-23

Admissions at SCSU are considered Selective, with ,49% 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.

60% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 21% were in the top quarter, and 5% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Southern Connecticut State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    128 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

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

  • How would you rate campus food?

    149 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    151 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    151 Students rated class size 4.1 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    150 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    150 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    151 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

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

52 Students rated Southern Connecticut State University

Thalya - 05/07/2024

I love this university, very diverse which is something important to me, safe environment, lots of groups/clubs that you can involve yourself in, great university! Food is amazing and has different options, dorm rooms a great as well, area is a safe environment with plenty of downtown night life! Will feel very supportive with staff/advisors etc

Brie - 04/30/2024

Southern Connecticut State University is good school of you’re looking for opportunities in the business fields, as a music student, I feel things could be better for the music department but there are opportunities to showcase your musical talents as well.

Destiny - 10/05/2020


Gabriela - 06/11/2020

Southern Connecticut State University is a great place to grow socially and academically. My sister used to be a student there and she absolutely loved attending there and even reflect back on the good old days in university. I'm looking forward to the many new people I will meet in class and outside of class.

Southern Connecticut State University FAQS

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

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Southern Connecticut State University is 63%. 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?


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

    Commuter school

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  4. What kind of person should attend this school?


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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    I consider the best thing about my school to be the fact that the quality of the education is high while the cost of attending is low. For me, this is important because I am putting my self through school entirely on my own from here on out. That is a tough burden to bear at my age. It is satisfying to not feel overly stressed about financing my education, because such a feeling truly takes away from what's really important about college: learning.

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

    Sadly, from what I have observed, there is a real lack of school spirit and enthusiasm at my school. My fellow students don't seem to be as eager to learn as I am, and that is a little bit disheartening. I go to each class ready to learn and be inspired, and meanwhile, the kids around me are on their cell phones, dozing off, or engaging in various other distractions. I have not met a great deal of other motivated students, and to me, that is troubling. For this reason, among others, I am planning to transfer next fall.

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

    that books were so expensive

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  8. Describe the students at your school.

    Many students in the lower-level courses seem as though they could not care less about their academic career. Some of them are rude, and will even go so far as to make fun of professors during class. It seems like some of them have trouble reaching the maturity level of a true college student. Once I started taking courses in my major, I found that I had a lot in common with many of my classmates and many of us are in the same classes each semester. We collaborate and work well as students of the Foreign Language Department.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Making sure that people who go into teaching are trully passionate for the profession.

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

    Southern has a very diverse campus, and everyone enjoys each others company. You will see groups of students, such as the art scholar, guitarist, break dancer, and football player, having a blast together, even if career interest's or hobbies aren't similar. Everyone is always smiling, and it's just a calm, friendly environment.

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

    Sometimes the wireless internet doesn't work in classrooms and dorm buildings.

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

    A person should know who they are. So many of the students have no idea what they want and get stuck at our campus for years trying to get a degree with no guidence.

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

    It is a great school with many opportunities to meet new friends. It has a very modern library to do research on those hard term papers. Excellent teachers and staff.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    It's like a school for people who don't have a lot of money. The food could be better, and there isn't always a lot of stuff to do on the weekends. Everyone is really mature, and doesn't act childish about things. Everyone helps each other out if they can, and you make friends very easily. There is a lot of school pride.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    First generation college students. Students who maintain employment as they matriculate.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Greek life is very big at this school. Also, the most popular organizations are Procon, and RHA. They both put on events for students, both on and off campus. Our girls soccer team, boys football, rugby, and basketball team are all popular. Their are intramural sports to join, as well as club sports. Students who live in the dorms are better able to attend campus events, than commuter students because a lot of the events are at night. It's also easier to meet friends if you live on campus, because you have the whole day and weekends to do stuff together. A lot of people go home on the weekends because there isn't always much to do. There are shuttle buses on the weekends that take you to the mall, and the plaza if you want to go shopping. There's also field trips or other campus events on the weekends sometimes.

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  17. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I decided to go to this school because there are a lot of clubs and events that keep students entertained, and the campus isn't too big. There are also job opportunities there to apply for.

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  18. What do students complain about most?

    Parking has been something to work with, but a new garage has been built, as-well-as a new parking lot opening over this summer (2013).

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  19. What are your classes like?

    I'm a journalism major, and right now I'm taking two journalism classes. One is a writing class about print and broadcast writing, but you don't do too much writing. The other class is about the history of journalism, and it's also a speech class. We had to recite the first ammendment, and do other speeches about some of the stuff we learned in the book for the class. Math is a hard subject for me, and so I'm taking one of my math classes for the second time. The math teacher I had my freshman year was the best, he was very interactive with the students, and wanted us to always ask questions. My other math teachers are speedy and if you do ask for help, they help you, but with a yelling tone of voice, which just doesn't help me at all. There's a tutor center, but students are your tutor, and they sometimes have their own way of solving the problems, which isn't always helpful to me. I'm also in biology, which is ok, but there's also a bio lab once a week, which is kind of hard when the tests for the class come because you have to remember lots of terms, but it you study A LOT, you'll pass it. English classes are ok, you just have to type your essays the way the professor wants you to, and your papers usually have to be at least 3 pages or more.

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  20. What are the academics like at your school?

    The most popular major is nursing. Some professors are willing to help you a lot, and others will expect you to do some things for yourself. I always go to ratemyprofessor.com before picking my class schedule. My major is journalism, which entails a lot of writing, but you don't do too many papers for journalism. My least favorite class is math. This year i'm actually taking the same math class over for a second time.

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  21. Describe the dorms.

    There are dorms and there are also suites. There are 3 bedroom dorms and 2 bedroom dorms. The 3 bedroom costs less, and is what every freshman receives, unless the 2 bedrooms aren't taken up. In a 3 bedroom there's a single bed and a bunkbed. In every room there are only 2 closets, and there are desks, and columns of drawers, so with a 3 bedroom, making space for yourself can get tricky. The dorms are called straightlines because they are where all freshman live on campus. Depending on your credits, and when you are a sophomore, you are able to live in a suite, which is like an apartment, and they cost more because that's when you have to provide your own dishes and you don't get a meal plan like you would in a dorm. In the dorms you have 5 floors. There are guys floors and girls floors, and two RA's live on each floor in case you have a problem, and they also plan activities inside the dorm for residents to attend, so that they can meet each other. Don't bring too much stuff because the rooms aren't big, especially with 3 people in a room. Also bring a fan, a lot of people buy the big square fans because it can get hot in the rooms. When you first walk into a dorm, there's a big lounge area and a desk where two RA's sit, so that they can sign your guests into the building. There's a basement with a pool table and ping pong table. You have to swipe your school ID to get into the building, and of course use your key to get into your room.

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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.

81% of students attending Southern Connecticut State University receive some sort of financial aid. 41% were awarded federal grants. While 68% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
$0 - $30K
$30 - $48K
$48 - $75K
$75 - $110K
$110K & UP

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