Central Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University


CCSU is a leading comprehensive public university. Excellent professors and a wide array of academic programs prepare students for success in whatever field they choose. Nearly one third of our students are the first in their family to attend college. The University is committed to both access and excellence and offers a campus that warmly welcomes and supports all. We believe diversity is a strength. CCSU's educational excellence has been nationally recognized. Among our many honors, the Education Trust ranks CCSU 17th in the nation among public institutions in closing the academic achievement gap for African American students, and 23rd in the nation for improvement in African American student graduation rates.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Pre-Collegiate and Access Services Department

The Pre-Collegiate and Access Services Department’s mission is to provide a diverse population of first generation and low-income students with access to higher education by preparing them to meet high academic, personal and social standards.

Pre-College Summer Experience Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program (ConnCAP)

The Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program was designed to increase the number of graduating high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds and prepare them for success in college. ConnCAP consists of a challenging six-week summer academic instruction held on CCSU’s campus. Now in its second decade, Central Connecticut State University’s ConnCAP Program is one of the oldest and largest in the state. Learn more about Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program (ConnCAP)

Special Admissions Policy Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program is a five-week summer program designed for students who have the potential and the desire to do college-level work, but do not meet CCSU’s regular admissions standards. EOP students live on campus in CCSU residence halls during the summer with all expenses paid. Graduates of the summer program are admitted to CCSU as full-time matriculated students. Learn more about Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Scholars & Leadership Honors Program

Undergraduates with strong academic skills who are looking for further challenges are encouraged to consider the Honors Program. Students receive a half scholarship (half in state tuition and fees) upon entry, with the possibility for upgrade (based on academic performance) after completing one year in the program.

Academic Advising & Support The Center for Advising and Career Exploration (CACE)

The Center for Advising and Career Exploration provides academic advising services to all first-time full-time students during their first semester, as well as a variety of career counseling services to all students and alumni of the university. Learn more about The Center for Advising and Career Exploration (CACE)

Student Diversity

  • 9,538
  • 54/46
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 11%
    Black or African American
  • 12%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 65%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 2%

Student Success

  • 78%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 58%
    Six-year graduation
  • 42%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 70%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 23%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 434
    Full-time faculty
  • 104
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 16:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, Social Sciences, Education, Psychology, Criminology, Engineering & Technology, BS Nursing

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, Diversity Advocates, Ebony Choral Ensemble, Habitat for Humanity, Hillel Jewish Student Organization, Latin American Student Organization, Muslim Student Association, NAACP - CCSU ChapterAssociation, NAACP - CCSU Chapter, PPRIDE, United Caribbean Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $22,602
  • $9,741
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $12,040
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $59,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $7,951
    Average aid package
  • $26,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 24%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 73%
    Students with financial need
  • 94%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 78%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 4%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 7,791
    # of applicants
  • 64%
  • 3.10
    Average HS GPA
  • 22
    ACT Composite
  • 460—540
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 460—550
    SAT Math
  • 460—550
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 5/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date