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Western Connecticut State University: Narrative Description


181 White St.
Danbury, CT 06810-6885
Tel: (203)837-8200; 877-837-9278
Admissions: (203)837-9000
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Connecticut State University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1903. Setting: 340-acre urban campus with easy access to New York City. Research spending 2003-04: $234,872. Total enrollment: 5,884. Faculty: 443 (186 full-time, 257 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 3,816 applied, 52% were admitted. 2% from top 10% of their high school class, 9% from top quarter, 46% from top half. Full-time: 3,873 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 1,264 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 19 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 6% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 6% 25 or older, 33% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, 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 other units of the Connecticut State University System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $3010 full-time, $287 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9744 full-time, $287 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2651 full-time, $60 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6582. College room only: $5112. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 3% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Justice and Law Club, Black Student Alliance, Student Government Association, Music Education National Conference, WXCI. Major annual events: Spring Fest, Homecoming, Midnight Breakfast. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 1,258 students; 1,591 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Ruth Haas Library plus 1 other with 182,915 books, 471,099 microform titles, 1,273 serials, 8,654 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.1 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 66,000, Danbury is within easy commuting distance of Stamford, Waterbury, Bridgeport, New Haven, and Torrington. Cultural centers in Danbury and in the surrounding cities are within easy reach. Trains and buses serve the area. Recreational facilities include nearby Candlewood Lake for swimming, boating, and fishing. Part time work is available in the community.

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