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Your chances of getting into Central Connecticut State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

76.7%
Admission Difficulty for Central Connecticut State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at CCSU is 76.7%.  Its admission rate is the 12th lowest in Connecticut.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into CCSU and can you get accepted?

Central Connecticut State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 5,601 out of the 7,302 who applied were admitted.

Central Connecticut State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.2. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into CCSU?

77% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Central Connecticut State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 1050 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

CCSU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.2

Typical High School Grades 

B

What GPA do you need to get into Central Connecticut State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into CCSU are to have around a 3.2 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.2 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as CCSU accepts 77% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at CCSU is 3.2 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #15 in Connecticut for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since CCSU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.2 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Central Connecticut State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 4.3% Good
3.75 to 3.99 11.4% Good
3.50 to 3.74 16.7% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 14.2% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 21.7% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 23.9% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 7.5% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.3% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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CCSU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Central Connecticut State University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 53% of students submitted SAT scores and 1% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

940-1160

Applicants Submitting SAT 

53%
SAT Scores for Central Connecticut State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 480
Math 25th Percentile 460
Composite 25th Percentile 940
SAT Scores for Central Connecticut State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 590
Math 75th Percentile 570
Composite 75th Percentile 1160
Average SAT Score 1050

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Central Connecticut State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at CCSU is 1050 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 940-1160. Students who get into Central Connecticut State University score in the top 71 percent of all SAT test takers..  CCSU ranks #18 in the state of Connecticut for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1050 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. CCSU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 940 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 940, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 830, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Central Connecticut State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1050 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1050, you have around a 77% chance of being admitted. A 1160 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 86% chance of getting in.

Central Connecticut State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1160 and Above Good >86%
1050 to 1160 Avg + 77%-86%
940 to 1050 Avg - 64%-77%
830 to 940 Reach 48%-64%
Less than 830 Low <48%
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CCSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

18-24 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

1%
ACT Scores for Central Connecticut State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 19
Math 25th Percentile 18
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for Central Connecticut State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 24
Composite 75th Percentile 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into CCSU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to CCSU is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 24.  The school ranks #14 in Connecticut for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 15.

1 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Central Connecticut State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Central Connecticut State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into CCSU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 77% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 86% with a 24 ACT score.

Central Connecticut State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >86%
21 to 24 Avg + 77%-86%
18 to 21 Avg - 64%-77%
15 to 18 Reach 48%-64%
Less than 15 Low <48%
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High School Class Rank

67% of Central Connecticut State University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 31% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Central Connecticut State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 10%
Top 25% of class 31%
Top 50% of class 67%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Central Connecticut State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,679 3,623 7,302
Accepted 2,872 2,729 5,601
Acceptance Rate 78% 75% 77%
Enrolled 555 701 1,256
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 26% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 26, 2024

Days left to Apply

88

Applicants have 88 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 26, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Central Connecticut State University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Central Connecticut State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Central Connecticut State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Required to be considered for admission
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Central Connecticut State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Central Connecticut State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.2 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1050 and ACT of 21 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Central Connecticut State University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=128771 IPEDS survey data for Central Connecticut State University.

FAQs

Does Central Connecticut State University prefer SAT or ACT?

53% of students submit their SAT scores to CCSU. 1% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Central Connecticut State University?

77% of those who apply are granted admission to CCSU. Admission competition is and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Central Connecticut State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 940 and 1160. The average SAT score is 1050. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Central Connecticut State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 24. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.