CCSU: A National Leader in Undergraduate Education


Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) offers a range and quality of educational programs matched by very few other universities. What makes CCSU so highly regarded? CCSU professors work hard to serve each and all of their students and provide them the personal attention they need for academic success. As one student notes, “There are great professors at CCSU, and they will help you every step of the way.”

First-Year Experience

Students begin working toward success even as they enter the campus for the first time. CCSU’s distinctive First-Year Experience (FYE) program establishes a special bond between professor and student by providing each first-year student with a faculty mentor who introduces the student to the complexities of college learning and living and helps the student develop the skills necessary for academic success. In part a “learning-how-to-learn” program aiding the transition from high school to college, the FYE also serves as a gateway program for students to explore potential majors. Classes are kept small and follow a seminar approach, which engages both students and professor in the mutual enterprise of learning. Students and FYE faculty develop long-lasting relationships that span students’ entire careers at CCSU.

Center for Advising & Career Exploration

The Center for Advising & Career Exploration (CACE) provides academic advising to all first-time, full-time students during their first semester and all full-time, first-semester freshmen during their second-semester. A variety of career counseling services is offered to all students and alumni. Graduating students are provided assistance with making the transition to employment through workshops on résumé writing, interviewing techniques, job search strategies and information on employment. Recruiters from major area corporations, government agencies, and school systems visit the campus as a part of the year-long, on-campus recruiting program. CACE coordinates the Cooperative Education program, as well as listings of various internship and job opportunities.

Honors Program

Central Connecticut State University’s Honors Program provides academically qualified students with exceptional learning opportunities. Limited to no more than 50 selected students each year, the program is both challenging and rewarding: classes (kept small) are designed to be academically rigorous, and students who succeed in the program are provided half or full scholarships covering in-state tuition. Taught by interdisciplinary teams of faculty, classes are designed to promote debate and discussion and the acquisition of critical-thinking skills — the foundational skills necessary for intellectual growth, civic participation, and success after college — however a student defines “success.”

World-Class Faculty Providing a World-Class Education

Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Penn, MIT, Rensselaer, Duke — these are just some of the distinguished universities from which CCSU professors have earned their PhDs. At CCSU, you’ll get a world-class education from professors who have world-class credentials. And all classes at CCSU are taught by professors, not graduate assistants. While CCSU professors do produce award-winning scholarly research and appear as expert commentators on national TV programs, their first calling is teaching. And they practice their vocation with a deep commitment to student learning. At CCSU, they mean it when they say, “Students first.”

Financing Your Education

CCSU is committed to providing an excellent AND accessible education. CCSU knows that tuition can make financing your investment in your future a challenge. That’s why the University has been working hard to increase its financial aid: since 2006, the amount awarded has nearly doubled to over $90 million. Last year, the University awarded more scholarships than ever before: Over $1 million was provided to some 600 students. CCSU’s aim is even higher this year: More support for more students. CCSU also offers a comprehensive student campus jobs program, providing on-campus work for over 800 students each year.

CCSUCCESS: Success Begins with CCSU

Your success begins with CCSU. The University is committed to helping you make the most of your college education. You will be provided with the tools and the support to complete your degree and to step successfully into the future. See for yourself all that CCSU has to offer by scheduling a campus tour at (860) 832-CCSU (2278) or via e-mail at Admissions@ CCSU.edu. The campus is one of the finest in Connecticut. Be sure to check out CCSU at ccsu.edu, where you can apply online and watch a video about the things that make CCSU a great place for you.