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Colleges / Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate81%
Acceptance Rate81%

About WCSU

Western Connecticut State University Overview

Western Connecticut State University is a public, state school in an urban setting in Danbury, Connecticut. WCSU was founded in 1903 and the school enrolls around 5,247 students a year, including 4,641 undergraduates. WCSU provides housing for up to 1,601 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

Student Activities at WCSU

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of WCSU's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? WCSU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? WCSU has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? WCSU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at WCSU on the Student Life page.

2022 WCSU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 66%
In-State Tuition $6,162
Out-of-State $18,436
Percent of Need Met 35%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $9,463

Is WCSU a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer view of what WCSU offers and if it could be the right college for you.

WCSU Acceptance Rate 2022

WCSU is moderately difficult to get into. Around 81% of applicants get into WCSU each year. Last year, 5,189 students applied to WCSU and 4,188 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at WCSU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at WCSU, around 76% come back their sophomore year. WCSU's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 51%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook WCSU Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with WCSU directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Western Connecticut State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2021, the total market value of Western Connecticut State University's endowment was $21.4 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $15,739 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at WCSU

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

WCSU meets 35% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend WCSU full-time are awarded $9,463 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $38,474 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at WCSU.

Based on this information, does WCSU seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is WCSU a good school for you?

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Where is WCSU?

WCSU is located in the urban setting of Danbury, Connecticut, less than an hour from New York City.

If you are interested in seeing WCSU for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 84 to Danbury, or book a flight to the nearest airport, LaGuardia.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what WCSU and Danbury are like without leaving home.

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College Info

181 White Street Danbury, CT 06810-6885

Campus Setting: Urban

WCSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to WCSU is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to WCSU is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs



ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to WCSU is 22. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into WCSU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.



Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

510 - 590


Reading SAT Range

510 - 610

WCSU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at WCSU is like? There are approximately 5,247 students enrolled at WCSU, including 4,641 undergraduate students and 606 graduate students. 82% percent of students attend school full-time, 78% percent are from CT and 22% percent of students are from other states.


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