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Central Connecticut State University is located in the same community as Charter Oaks State College, in New Britain, Connecticut. It’s a public, state school offering campus housing to its students. The university also has a small student population of 2,215, making it easier for you to get to know a good percentage of your fellow students. The university was founded in 1849, which makes it older than many other colleges and universities in the United States. You’ll be able to earn degrees ranging from bachelor’s up to doctorates, including those for professional practice and research and scholarship.

Overview of Central Connecticut State University

If you visit with your family, it’ll be a good opportunity to take a tour of the campus and get to know the layout of dorm rooms and classroom buildings. You can familiarize yourself with where each building is so you can make it to your classes on time. The campus isn’t large in acreage, which means you likely won’t have to drive or even rush from one end of campus to the other.

Just to the south of the university, you may be able to see the single building for Charter Oak State College, an online college offering degrees. Your experiences before attending Central Connecticut University may also help you earn college credits. If you took dual credits or passed your Advanced Placement exams, talk to your admissions contact about earning university credits.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 14:1
Graduation Rate 57%
Year Founded 1849

Student Enrollment

Total Students11,154


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,794
Female 4,251

Graduate Student

Male 1,118
Female 991

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Male 3,798
Female 4,009


Male 2,507
Female 2,646

Acceptance Rate66%

Male 66%
Female 66%

Enrollment 1,391

Male 716
Female 675
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline May 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Without financial aid, the total cost for attendance to Central Connecticut State University would sit at around $26,861 per year. This includes in- or out-of-state tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other costs.

However, you probably won’t end up having to pay that full amount. The average net price is what is left for you to pay after your financial aid has been applied. In a recent academic year, the average net price was $15,602. Even better, depending how much financial aid you qualify for, you may end up owing even less. If your family earned less than $30,000, they might pay around $12,298; if they earned between $48,001 and $75,000, they may pay around $15,860; and if they earned $110,001+, they will pay around $20,288.

Financial aid plays a vital role in our education system. As a first-year student, you filled out your first FAFSA, which helped you and your parents find out how much financial aid you qualified for. You’ll do this every year you are in school. At CCSU, in a recent school year, 78% of freshman qualified for grants and scholarships averaging $6,826. A smaller number of students received an average of $3,954 in the form of institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $15,602
Average Total Aid $6,826
Students Receiving Financial Aid 90%
Room & Board $12,528

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $11,068
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $24,028
  • Books and Supplies - $1,050
  • Room & Board - $12,528
  • Other - $2,215


If at any point you realize that you have a conflict between two of your classes, you may be able to avoid dropping either course, which is great news if they are courses you must take for your major. Instead, you can check with your advisor about the possibility of changing the classes out for other sections or ask about distance learning, since online classes are available. Evening classes aren’t an option, but there should still be plenty of options for flexibility.

If at some point you worry that you will wrestle with the idea of transferring to another school, it might make you feel better to know that at Central Connecticut State University, the retention rate is 72%. This means that 72 out of 100 freshman students decide to stay on for their second year of school. While this is no crystal ball to show that you will get everything you need out of your classes here, it does show that a majority of students feel happy enough with their education that they return for another year.

The 4-year graduation rate is relatively low at 30%, but the 6-year graduation rate is almost double that at 57%. While the first is low, the second is close to the national average. And the five most popular degree programs offered are business, management, marketing and related support services; social sciences; psychology; biological and biomedical sciences; and communication, journalism and related programs.

Student Population Total

Student Population 11,154

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 590 Total Graduates / 29%
Accounting 143 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 126 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 94 Graduates
Finance, General 80 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 248 Total Graduates / 12%
Criminology 151 Graduates
Sociology 35 Graduates
Economics, General 23 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 20 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 158 Total Graduates / 8%
Psychology, General 158 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 133 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 96 Graduates
Molecular Biology 32 Graduates
Biochemistry 5 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 120 Total Graduates / 6%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 48 Graduates
Mass Communication/Media Studies 41 Graduates
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 20 Graduates
Journalism 11 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 38%

Outcome & Salary

After you graduate, you should be ready to start a new job in your degree field. The average Central Connecticut State graduate earns around $54,600 during their early career and an average of $93,000 by their mid-career. Their 4-year cost of education averages $62,408, which, taken with these other numbers, makes their 10-year salary earnings potential $670,300 and their 20-year earnings potential $1,600,300.

If you subtract the cost of your education from those numbers, your 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) is $607,892 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,537,892. High school graduates earn a national average salary if $38,792. Because they chose to go straight to work without earning a higher-level degree, their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $54,600
College Grads Average Salary $67,030
College Grads Mid Career Salary $93,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $670,300
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,600,300
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $62,408
10 Year Projected ROI $607,892
20 Year Projected ROI $1,537,892
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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