Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 392-5200
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) is a public university home to more than 11,000 students. It was founded in 1893 as a teachers college and today offers nearly 115 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. SCSU is located in New Haven and is recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its nursing, nursing-anesthesia, social work, and speech-language pathology programs. SCSU has about 440 full-time and 615 part-time faculty members, ultimately yielding a 15 to 1 student-to-faculty ration. Due to this, students tend to get more personal attention from professors and experience smaller class sizes when compared to other large, public universities.

Programs Offered

SCSU offers 69 undergraduate programs and 45 graduate programs. Forty percent of undergrad students at SCSU are enrolled in a business, psychology, or health-related academic discipline, according to U.S. News & World Report. At SCSU, students can take online courses that count towards their business, computer science, management, management information systems, nursing, psychology, political science, school health, social work, sociology, or theatre degree. Students also have the opportunity to complete their online master’s degree in library science. All online courses are administered through SCSU’s eLearning Vista system, which accommodates various online learning formats.


SCSU became a New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredited university in 1952. Today, it remains accredited by the NEASC, and many of its programs are accredited by program-specific accreditation agencies.


When applying to an undergraduate program at SCSU, students must submit an application, a $50 application fee, an official secondary school transcript or GED document, and standardized test scores. All of these documents are due by April 1, though students may send them in earlier. SCSU is considered “least selective” by U.S. News & World Report and accepts more than 70% of students who apply. Prospective SCSU graduate students must submit a bachelor’s degree transcript, their GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, or PRAXIS scores, proof of immunization, letters of recommendation, and an application with a $50 application fee. Applications can be submitted online or via mail, and admissions are rolling, though some graduate programs may have deadlines.


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