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Southern Connecticut State University Overview

Southern Connecticut State University is a public institution situated in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Southern Connecticut State University Known For?

1,676 Undergraduate Awards
$32,188 Avg Cost After Aid
65% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at SCSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 48% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from SCSU with a bachelor's degree make about $45,300 a year. That's 11% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Southern Connecticut State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

SCSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#169 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#342 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SCSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Most Popular Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Value Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Value Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Value Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SCSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Best Special Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#12 Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#13 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#39 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#42 Best Fine & Studio Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#90 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Southern Connecticut State University?

Location of Southern Connecticut State University

Contact details for SCSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1355
Phone: 203-392-5200
Website: www.southernct.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southernct
Twitter: https://twitter.com/scsutweet

How Do I Get Into SCSU?

You can apply to SCSU online at: www.southernct.edu/admissions/

Admission Requirements for SCSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SCSU?

65% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
93% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at SCSU is 65%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 60%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 93% of students accepted to SCSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 570. Math scores were between 450 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Southern Connecticut State University  ( 480 to 570 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Southern Connecticut State University  ( 450 to 550 )
200
800
SCSU received ACT scores from 8% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Southern Connecticut State University  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Southern Connecticut State University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Southern Connecticut State University  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Southern Connecticut State University?

$32,188 Net Price
74% Take Out Loans
6.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SCSU is $32,188. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SCSU, approximately 74% of students took out student loans averaging $6,734 a year. That adds up to $26,936 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SCSU is 6.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Southern Connecticut State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,801 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,962 undergraduate students at SCSU, with 6,801 being full-time and 1,161 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SCSU

There are also 1,855 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,801 full-time undergraduates at SCSU, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SCSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southern Connecticut State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SCSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 225
Black or African American 1,297
Hispanic or Latino 816
White 3,598
International Students 62
Other Races/Ethnicities 803

Geographic Diversity

Connecticut students aren't the only ones who study at Southern Connecticut State University. At this time, 19 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 36 countries are represented at SCSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Southern Connecticut State University

229 Took All Classes Online
1,563 Took At Least One Class Online
32.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,563 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SCSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 17th most popular in Connecticut for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SCSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southern Connecticut State University was 32.7%. This is the #652 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SCSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SCSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Library & Information Science 58%
Library Science 58%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SCSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SCSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Library Science #8
Library & Information Science #8

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Southern Connecticut State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 254 0 42 0 296
Interdisciplinary Studies 267 0 0 0 267
General Psychology 146 0 17 0 163
Social Work 69 0 91 0 160
Special Education 38 8 62 0 108
Nursing 100 0 3 2 105
Public Health 84 0 19 0 103
Teacher Education Subject Specific 47 23 31 0 101
Communication Sciences 28 0 54 0 82
Educational Administration 0 69 0 12 81
Teacher Education Grade Specific 71 4 0 0 75
Communication & Media Studies 70 0 0 0 70
General English Literature 57 0 6 0 63
General Biology 54 0 6 0 60
Sociology 48 0 4 0 52
Health & Physical Education 32 0 8 0 40
Recreation Administration 31 0 9 0 40
General Education 0 0 33 0 33
History 26 0 7 0 33
Fine & Studio Arts 33 0 0 0 33
Computer Information Systems 23 0 7 0 30
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 16 14 0 30
Political Science & Government 27 0 0 0 27
Liberal Arts General Studies 25 0 0 0 25
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 24 0 24
Library & Information Science 3 0 16 0 19
Student Counseling 0 0 18 0 18
Romance Languages 15 0 1 0 16
Mathematics 16 0 0 0 16
Allied Health Professions 14 0 0 0 14
Geography & Cartography 14 0 0 0 14
Multilingual Education 0 0 13 0 13
Chemistry 12 0 1 0 13
Anthropology 13 0 0 0 13
Music 11 0 0 0 11
Drama & Theater Arts 10 0 0 0 10
Physics 6 0 3 0 9
Economics 9 0 0 0 9
Journalism 8 0 0 0 8
Geological & Earth Sciences 7 0 0 0 7
Philosophy 5 0 0 0 5
Other Education 0 0 3 0 3
Writing Studies 0 0 3 0 3
Accounting 0 2 0 0 2
Natural Resources Conservation 2 0 0 0 2
Ethnic Studies 0 0 1 0 1
Germanic Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0
Urban Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,676 122 496 14 2,308

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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