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Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, Connecticut

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Western Connecticut State University overview
Location Danbury, Connecticut
Online wcsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Western Connecticut State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Founded in 1903, Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) is a public institution located in Danbury, Connecticut, a city known for its proximity to the cultural and economic opportunities of New York City, roughly 70 miles to the southwest. The university's two campuses, Midtown and Westside, feature a blend of traditional and modern architecture, with a range of facilities that support both academic and extracurricular endeavors. WCSU enrolls approximately 5,000 undergraduate students across a variety of programs, with notable strengths in music, particularly through their acclaimed School of Visual and Performing Arts, as well as in business, justice and law administration, and the sciences. The university is recognized for its accessible admissions process, aiming to accommodate a diverse undergraduate cohort. Housing is available on both the Midtown and Westside campuses, providing students with the option to engage in the campus residential experience.

In the most recent statistical year 5,093 prospective students applied, and 4,253 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 629 enrolled in the school.  3,234 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,183 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,464 plus fees of $5,881. WestConn is ranked 466 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












WestConn is rated within the top 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Western Connecticut State University overview
SAT 1010/1230
ACT 19/29
GPA 3.38

Applications Accepted

Western Connecticut State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Connecticut Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Western Connecticut State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$5,881
Room and Board $14,568
Budget for Other Expenses$2,250
Total One Year Cost$30,463

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Western Connecticut State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$5,881
Room and Board $14,568
Budget for Other Expenses$2,250
Total One Year Cost$43,357

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

40% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Western Connecticut State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 27%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 12%
Communication 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Education 8%

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