Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University

Founded in 1893, Southern Connecticut State University, or SCSU, is one of five state universities in Connecticut. It is located in New Haven, Connecticut. SCSU is the third-oldest campus in the Connecticut State University system. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse fields of study. It is composed of several academic divisions.

SCSU is home to various sports teams for both men and women. These teams are nicknamed the Fighting Owls. The women's basketball team won the NCAA Division II championship in 2007.

WSIN (Southern Independent Network) is the college radio station and Southern News is the student run newspaper.

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Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven , CT 06515-1355
General Phone: (203) 392-5200

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Southern Connecticut State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching680education, multilingual education, educational administration, instructional media design, educational research, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Liberal Arts610women's studies, foreign language and literature, German language, Romance languages, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, ...
Therapy and Counseling268psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, community health services
Business and Management245business management
Media111communication studies, journalism
Family and Social Work100social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine84registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Science70biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Medicine69public health
Medical Support and Technology45audiology and speech pathology
Fine Arts40fine arts, art history and criticism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy34parks and recreation management, athletic trainer
Computer Science and Engineering26computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts16drama
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Southern Connecticut State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Postbaccalaureate certificate02
Master's degree82638
Bachelor's degree1,42639
Post-master's certificate1719
Doctor's degree51
Associate's degree11

Southern Connecticut State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Connecticut State had a total enrollment of 11,930 students (9,079 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 67%
Graduate 33%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 10%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 22%
20-21 21%
22-24 20%
25-29 14%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York6%
New Jersey2%

Southern Connecticut State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 47 %

Southern Connecticut State Room and Board (2007)

Southern Connecticut State offers campus housing for 2,610 of its 9,079 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of New Haven, Connecticut for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Connecticut Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Southern Connecticut State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430520
SAT Math430530

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southern Connecticut State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,179
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,316
Room and board $ 8,966
Room charge $ 4,976
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,990
Books and supplies $ 1,300
Other expenses $ 550

Financial Aid:
Southern Connecticut State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 140600)

Southern Connecticut State Faculty

Southern Connecticut State has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*2*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year113$92,58962$89,298
Associate professoracademic year65$72,98181$73,256
Assistant professoracademic year48$59,90458$59,512
Instructoracademic year6$44,21513$45,381
All faculty totalacademic year232$79,082214$72,485

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern Connecticut State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northeast 10 Conference
Basketball Northeast 10 Conference
Baseball Northeast 10 Conference
Track Northeast 10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports164965

Southern Connecticut State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Southern Connecticut State Apart:

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Female % of student body
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Top 5%Southern Connecticut State Female % of student body
Number of students
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Top 6%Southern Connecticut State Number of students
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Southern Connecticut State Number of degree programs
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Southern Connecticut State Salaries of full-time faculty
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%Southern Connecticut State % of accepted students who choose to enroll
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Southern Connecticut State % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in fine arts
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Southern Connecticut State % of degrees in fine arts
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Southern Connecticut State % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Southern Connecticut State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% students 40 years or older
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 20%Southern Connecticut State % students 40 years or older

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