Southern Connecticut State University: Narrative Description

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501 Crescent St.
New Haven, CT 06515-1355
Tel: (203)392-5200
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Connecticut State University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1893. Setting: 168-acre urban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $6.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5809 per student. Total enrollment: 12,177. Faculty: 816 (406 full-time, 410 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 4,969 applied, 49% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 22% from top quarter, 61% from top half. Full-time: 6,617 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,697 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 46 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 12% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 17% 25 or older, 33% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: psychology; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at New England Board of Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $3034 full-time, $307 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9820 full-time, $307 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2780 full-time, $63 per term part-time. College room and board: $7698. College room only: $5558. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 63 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: People to People, Pre-Law Society, Accounting Society, Crescent Players, Black Student Union. Major annual events: Spring Weekend, Homecoming, Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,605 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Hilton C. Buley Library with 495,660 books, 3,549 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5 million. 750 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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