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The requirements for admission to Southern Connecticut State University are intended to ensure that students offered admission are adequately prepared for the academic program and will benefit significantly from their total college experience. Southern’s individualized program of admission assures that the student’s experience through and since high school is taken into consideration. Appropriate innovative programs and courses taken through non-traditional curricula are also given full consideration. Therefore, students who believe they meet the spirit of the University admissions program are encouraged to apply. Students are admitted without regard to age, sex, race, color, religious creed, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability, and it is expected that the student body will reflect a wide range of cultural values and backgrounds.

In addition, all full-time and part-time undergraduate students are required to have properly completed health forms on file at Student Health Services prior to registration.  The Connecticut State University Student Health Services Form and requirements can be found at:


  • English (four units): courses should emphasize writing skills, literature, and reading comprehension.

  • Mathematics (three units): courses should include algebra, geometry, and algebra II. A fourth unit in trigonometry, and analytical geometry, or pre-calculus is recommended.

  • Science (two units): courses should include one unit of laboratory science.

  • Social Sciences (two units): courses should include one unit of United States history.

  • World Language: three years in the same language is recommended.

Because of limited instructional personnel and facilities, the number of applicants accepted for admission may be limited, with preference given to those candidates who in the judgment of University officials present through their academic and personal qualifications the greatest potential for successful collegiate performance.

  • Information supplementing the application form may be sought from the school counseling office of the candidate’s high school.


  • An online application is accessible from

  • Current deadlines for applications are listed on the University Web site.

  • Candidates should complete applications for admission. Full credentials must be presented, accompanied by a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, before consideration is given. An official copy of the High School Transcript, the (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) and one letter of recommendation are required for freshmen.

  • The University mails all formal acceptance notifications beginning December 1 of each year. Notification of a non-refundable deposit of $200 goes out December 1. Candidates must confirm their acceptances by May 1. This payment reserves a position in the entering class and is credited toward the applicant’s tuition.

  • Confirmed candidates for acceptance will be billed for other outstanding tuition and fees in June; failure to submit full payment to, or make financial arrangements with, the University by mid-July will lead to cancellation of course registration.

  • The student should submit the online application along with the non-refundable $50 application fee to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The high school counseling office should submit an official high school transcript, (grades for three years plus the grades of the latest marking period for the senior year, with final grades due before July 1 for current graduates), SAT or ACT scores and one letter of recommendation. If the high school does not have the SAT scores, the student should have them sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

  • Applications for a room in a residence hall should be submitted to the Office of Residence Life. Notification of acceptance to the University should not be construed as a guarantee for placement in a residence hall, if such has been requested. Selections for the residence halls are usually made at a later date. Applications are available on the website.

  • Applications for financial aid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. All information, forms, and application deadlines are available online at the SCSU website,

  • It should be understood that final acceptance of seniors not yet graduated from secondary school is conditional upon the satisfactory completion of their scholastic program.


All first-time college students and transfer students who have not previously taken a college-level English course will be placed by the English Placement Committee. Math SAT scores will be used to place all first-time college students into appropriate math courses or students may challenge their SAT placement by taking a math placement exam. Transfer students who have not transferred in a college level math course, must take a math placement exam. See the SCSU Proficiency Policy for more information. Exams are offered throughout the spring for newly entering students. Students must register for exams online at This web page provides links to information regarding placement exam dates and locations as well as information regarding each exam and SAT Placement.

Students who have completed two years or more of a world language in high school must take the world language placement exam. Placement into a world language course will depend upon the result of the placement exam.


A student who has made formal application for admission with the Undergraduate Admissions Office and has been accepted as a degree candidate is defined as a matriculated student and is eligible to take classes on a full-time or part- time basis.


A student who has not been admitted to the University for a degree program is defined as a non-matriculated student and may only register for courses on a part-time basis. Such a student is not eligible for financial aid or on-campus housing.


Senior citizens age 62 and over who are Connecticut residents are eligible for tuition-free study at the University. Students admitted under this plan are subject to other University fees. 


Students from public Connecticut Regional Community Colleges will be accepted for admission to the University if they have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Students who meet this condition and who have also completed the Associate in Arts degree or the Associate in Science degree in transfer programs will be given credit for two years of college work, but these students must still satisfy SCSU’s Liberal Education Program.

Early in their college career, students should confer with their academic advisers in selecting courses in the two-year associate’s degree program that will provide the proper background for upper division study.

Students transferring to Southern from Central, Eastern, or Western Connecticut State University must follow the transfer admissions process. All credits that have been completed with a passing grade are transferable to the University.


Students wishing to transfer from other accredited institutions of higher learning must have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Official transcripts of college work completed must be submitted directly by the previous college or university attended. Acceptance does not necessarily mean that the credits transferred will apply to a specific degree requirement.

Admission to the University does not necessarily mean admission to a professional program. Additional information describing other non-traditional credit options may be found in the Part-Time Study section of this catalog.


Current graduates of secondary schools who have taken either advanced placement courses or Advanced Placement Examinations (administered by the College Entrance Examination Board) should submit such evidence to the Admissions Office in sufficient time for evaluation. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is also accepted with scores above the 50th percentile. Nurses with an RN seeking a bachelor’s degree should also comply with the aforementioned requirements for admission with advanced standing.


International students must meet the appropriate academic requirements and, in addition:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language through satisfactory performance on:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), score of 525 required, or

    • Internet based TOEFL minimum score of 72, or

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), score of 6 required, or

    • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), ACT or both, as required by Admissions Office, or

    • Completion of ELS 112 Level or higher

  • All international transcripts must be translated into English.

  • All international transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. For a list of these evaluation companies, go to

  • One letter of recommendation is required for new first- time freshmen applicants.

    • There is a co-admission process between the Office of Admissions and the Office of International Education (OIE). Applicants must submit application, all official academic records, foreign transcript evaluations, examination scores, and certificates to Admissions. The International Student Profile Form and supporting financial documentation must be sent to the OIE. All materials for initial students must be received by May 1 for Fall semester entry, and by October 1 for Spring semester. All material for transfer students within the U.S. must be received by June 1 for Fall semester entry, by November 1 for Spring semester.

All prospective international students should contact either Erin Heidkamp, Director, in the Office of International Education at (203) 392-6756.


Southern is an active participant in the Transfer Compact agreement established between the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU). The Transfer Compact offers dual admission to students who are planning to enroll at a ConnSCU institution after completing an associate’s degree. In addition to dual admission, students enrolled in the Transfer Compact also receive joint advising from staff at the ConnSCU institution to ensure that appropriate coursework is completed and accepted upon transfer. For more information about the advantages of the Transfer Compact, please contact the Office of Admissions at (203) 392-5644 or visit the Transfer Compact Web site at


The Fresh Start Program offers options for formerly matriculated students at the University. The purpose of the Fresh Start Program is to retain and offer support to students who experienced a poor start and dropped from matriculated status or withdrew from the University. (However, this option is not available to education majors.) This program allows them to be readmitted to the University and disregards their previous record in calculating their Grade Point Average (GPA).

All courses and grades will remain on the student’s permanent record, and the date Fresh Start was invoked will be entered on the student’s permanent record. The student will receive credit for courses taken before that date in which he or she received an "A," "B," or "C." (This does not include "C-" grades). The GPA will be calculated solely on the basis of courses taken after that date.

The option is available only once, only to students who are not education majors, and only to students who have completed the following conditions.

Formerly matriculated students:

  • had a GPA below 2.0; status changed to non-matriculated;

  • have been non-matriculated for at least one year;

  • since being made non-matriculated, have completed 9-12 credits and earned a 2.75 GPA (If credits are from another university, please have official transcript sent to SCSU Registrar’s Office, Wintergreen Building);

  • have not reached junior status (60 credits), including the 9-12 credits referred to above;

  • not an education major (the School of Education does not endorse Fresh Start Option).

Applications for the Fresh Start Option may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office, Wintergreen Building.



Southern Connecticut State University is a participant in the New England Higher Education Compact.This offers residents of other New England states the opportunity to enroll at SCSU for academic programs not available at public institutions in their home state, at the Connecticut resident tuition rate plus 50 percent. Other fees are also required. Participants in this program must be full-time matriculated students. Similarly, Connecticut residents can avail themselves of programs offered by public schools in the other New England states that are not available in Connecticut public institutions.

For more information about the New England Regional Student Program, contact the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111; phone (617) 357-9620; Web site or contact the Admission Office of Southern Connecticut State University at (203) 392-5644.


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Detailed information about this exceptional program can be obtained through the Admissions Office of Southern Connecticut State University, from any high school counselor, or from the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111-1305.


With the approval of the appropriate University dean, a full-time matriculated student may enroll at another Connecticut State University System campus for a course or courses not available at SCSU. The student continues to be registered at SCSU and continues to pay tuition and fees to SCSU. Grades earned under the State University Exchange become part of the student’s regular transcript at SCSU. Contact the Registrar’s Office for information.


Students applying to any professional teacher education program in order to become candidates for an initial educator certificate in Connecticut must meet six academic and non- academic requirements established by the School of Education which are consistent with certification requirements of the Connecticut State Department of Education. These are:

  • Complete the Liberal Education Program, as specified by individual programs, thereby exhibiting a strong, liberal arts background in the arts and humanities, mathematics, science, social and behavioral sciences, and health and physical education.

  • Pass the State-mandated Praxis I skills examination in mathematics, reading, and writing. Alternatively, (a) present a combined score of 1,000 on the SAT with at least a score of 400 on both the verbal and mathematics sections respectively from any test administered prior to March 31 1995; or, present a combined score of 1,100 on the SAT with at least a score of 450 on both the verbal and the mathematics sections respectively from any test administered on or after April 1, 1995; or, (b) present a composite score of 24 or more on the American College Testing Program Assessment (ACT), with no less than 22 on the English subtest and no less than 19 on the math subtest from test administered on or after October 1989.

  • Have a minimum 2.7 GPA for all undergraduate courses taken at the time of application.

  • Submit an essay demonstrating a proficiency in English, articulating the reasons for wanting to become a teacher and emphasizing one’s experiences relevant to teaching and learning.

  • Submit a letter of recommendation from each of two persons able to testify to the student’s suitability to become a teacher.

  • Be interviewed by a Departmental Admissions Committee, which will assess the student’s personal attitudes and dispositions that will shape his or her teaching performance.

Any one of the requirements 3-6 above may be waived by the Dean of the School of Education upon the formal recommendation of the department and if justified by unusual circumstances. Please consult with the department within which you seek certification for additional information. These requirements apply to all students seeking admission to teacher certification programs in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Collaborative Elementary Education/Special Education, Physical Education, Health Education (cross-endorsement only), Elementary Education/ Bilingual Education, or in Secondary Education in English, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Foreign Language, and Art Education. Students will not be accepted into a teacher certification program until all six of the above requirements are met or waived. Failure to meet all of the admission requirements in a timely manner will preclude registration for course work in teacher education. Also, due to Connecticut State Department of Education requirements, students applying for certification programs must not register for more than two courses in professional education before they have received official notification of admission as a candidate to the certification program. Failure to comply with this policy may invalidate the courses taken outside of this policy. These requirements apply to all students seeking admission to any teacher certification program. Information on applying to any teacher certification program can be accessed at

Candidates must maintain good standing throughout the teacher education program in order to qualify for our recommendation for certification to the State Department of Education. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with Connecticut’s teacher certification regulations and keeping abreast of changes to those regulations ( If State regulations change before completion of a certification program, students will be required to meet the new regulations.

Applicants to any teacher certification program should allow a minimum of six months from receipt of application to admission into the certification program. Thus, students interested in becoming certified as a teacher should contact the department within which the certification is sought by the end of their freshman year.