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Western Connecticut State University Overview

Located in Danbury, Connecticut, Western Connecticut State University is a public institution. Danbury is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Western Connecticut State University Known For?

995 Undergraduate Awards
$35,301 Avg Cost After Aid
71% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at WestConn is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from WestConn with a bachelor's degree make about $45,200 a year. That's 11% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Western Connecticut State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Most Popular Mental & Social Health Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#105 Most Popular Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#131 Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#12 Highest Paid Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduates College Factual
#21 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual
#114 Highest Paid Nursing Graduates College Factual

Where Is Western Connecticut State University?

Location of Western Connecticut State University

Contact details for WestConn are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810-6826
Phone: 203-837-8200
Website: www.wcsu.edu
Facebook: http://www.wcsu.edu/facebook/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/westconn

How Do I Get Into WestConn?

You can apply to WestConn online at: www.wcsu.edu/admissions/application/

Admission Requirements for WestConn

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into WestConn?

71% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
WestConn has an acceptance rate of 71%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 66%, and the acceptance rate for women is 74%.

Can I Afford Western Connecticut State University?

$35,301 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
7.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WestConn is $35,301. 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 WestConn, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $6,790 a year. That adds up to $27,160 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WestConn is 7.3%. 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.

Western Connecticut State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,074 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,982 undergraduate students at WestConn, with 4,074 being full-time and 908 being part-time.

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

There are also 649 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,074 full-time undergraduates at WestConn, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WestConn

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WestConn Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 187
Black or African American 390
Hispanic or Latino 872
White 2,394
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 231

Geographic Diversity

Connecticut students aren't the only ones who study at Western Connecticut State University. At this time, 10 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 15 countries are represented at WestConn. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Brazil, China, and France.

Online Learning at Western Connecticut State University

207 Took All Classes Online
1,533 Took At Least One Class Online
24.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,533 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the 20th 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 WestConn

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Connecticut State University was 24.6%. This is the #798 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WestConn regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 15%
Health Professions 26%
Nursing 28%
Psychology 15%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WestConn 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 WestConn.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #22
Psychology #60
Nursing #139
Health Professions #242

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%.

Western Connecticut State University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 95 0 12 3 110
General Psychology 0 90 0 0 0 90
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 85 0 2 0 87
Business Administration & Management 0 77 0 0 0 77
Communication & Media Studies 0 72 0 0 0 72
Mental & Social Health Services 0 62 0 0 0 62
Marketing 0 55 0 0 0 55
Accounting 0 52 0 0 0 52
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 1 51 0 52
Social Work 0 45 0 0 0 45
Fine & Studio Arts 0 26 0 9 0 35
Finance & Financial Management 0 34 0 0 0 34
Drama & Theater Arts 0 31 0 0 0 31
Music 0 31 0 0 0 31
History 0 25 0 3 0 28
Writing Studies 0 15 0 10 0 25
General Biology 0 24 0 0 0 24
Student Counseling 0 0 0 21 0 21
Management Information Systems 0 17 0 0 0 17
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 16 0 1 0 17
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 17 0 0 0 17
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 17 0 0 0 17
Political Science & Government 0 16 0 0 0 16
General English Literature 0 13 0 1 0 14
Computer Information Systems 0 12 0 0 0 12
Chemistry 0 12 0 0 0 12
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 11 0 11
General Education 0 0 0 11 0 11
Mathematics 0 7 0 4 0 11
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 2 0 0 0 10
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 10 0 0 0 10
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 7 0 7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 6 0 0 0 6
Economics 0 6 0 0 0 6
General Social Sciences 0 6 0 0 0 6
Sociology & Anthropology 0 4 0 0 0 4
Computer Programming 0 3 0 0 0 3
Romance Languages 0 3 0 0 0 3
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 2 2
Area Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 1 0 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 8 987 1 144 5 1,145

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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