Admission Standards

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION

Based on institutional capacity, 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.

Recommended High School Preparation for Admission: 

  • English (four units): courses should emphasize writing skills, literature, and reading comprehension.
  • Mathematics (three units): recommended courses should include algebra, geometry, and algebra II.
  • 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: two years in the same language is recommended.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

An online application is accessible on the Admissions website (deadlines are indicated):  https://www.southernct.edu/admissions/first-year. Applications are to be accompanied by:

  • a non-refundable $50 Application Fee (Note: Applicants with documented financial hardship may request an application fee waiver per the instructions in the Freshman Application Requirements section of the Southern Admissions website).
  • An official copy of the High School Transcript or high school equivalency diploma required.
  • Official scores from the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) and letters of recommendations are optional for first year applicants.

The University mails all formal acceptance notifications for Fall admission beginning in October of each year. Candidates must confirm their acceptances by May 1 with a non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit. This payment reserves a position in the entering class and is credited toward the applicant’s tuition.

ACADEMIC PLACEMENT

At Southern, our First Year Advising team will work with you to build your first semester schedule to ensure you start strong. All first-year students, both full-time and part-time, must establish a placement level in English and Mathematics before they can receive a course schedule.

Before taking the English, Mathematics, or World Language placement assessments, please refer to the First-Year Academic Placement website to determine whether you can use your standardized test scores or high school record for placement. Most students will need to take the English or Mathematics assessments for placement, and others may also take placement assessments to try to place at a higher level. We strongly encourage you to take them as soon as possible. 

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

All full-time and part-time matriculated students are required to have properly completed health forms and immunization requirements on file at Student Health Services by August 1st for the Fall semester and January 1st for the Spring semester. The Connecticut State University Student Health Services Form and requirements can be found on the Student Health Services website.

The university reserves the right to deny registration and campus housing to any student not in compliance. 

 

TRANSFER STUDENTS

ADMISSION STANDARDS

Students wishing to transfer from other accredited institutions of higher learning must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average in their college courses.  Other factors may be considered, such as length of time since the student was last enrolled in college, and accomplishments outside of the classroom that demonstrate ability to succeed in college.  A minimum 2.0 Southern GPA (for those who have an enrollment record at Southern). Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to a professional program. Acceptance does not guarantee that the credits transferred will apply to a specific degree requirement. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

An online application is accessible on the Admissions website (deadlines are indicated): 
https://www.southernct.edu/admissions/transfer. Applications are to be accompanied by:

  • a non-refundable $50 Application Fee (Note: Applicants with documented financial hardship may request an application fee waiver per the instructions in the Transfer Application).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, in addition to the final, official high school transcript showing date of graduation. Transcripts from institutions without Regional Accreditation, but are licensed to operate in Connecticut will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Provost or his/her designee. Student copies of transcripts/unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Exceptions will not be made.

The University releases all formal acceptance notifications for Transfer admission on a rolling basis in the student Application Portal. All accepted candidates must confirm their acceptances in the Application Portal prior to receiving advising and registration information with full time accepted candidates submitting a non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit. This payment reserves a position in the entering class and is credited toward the applicant's tuition.

Final acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of current semester coursework. If requested proof of degree or requested end of semester grades are not received by the start of the entry term, a registration hold may be placed on a student’s SCSU record prohibiting course registration until the requested documentation is received. University acceptance can be revoked at any time particularly for falsifying application materials or failing to disclose all previously attended institutions and/or coursework during the application process. 

ACADEMIC PLACEMENT

SAT and ACT scores may not be used for placement by transfer students.

English: Southern requires all undergraduate students to complete an English composition course (ENG 112). Transfer students with the equivalent of ENG 112, have fulfilled this requirement. Transfer students with the equivalent of ENG 110, will be placed into ENG 112. Information on placement assessment for all other students is available on the Academic Placement website.

Mathematics: Math placement is determined first by transfer credit for MAT courses. Transfer students who have not taken any college or university level mathematics courses and have not earned college credit through equivalency testing such as AP, IB, CLEP, or DSST must complete the math placement assessment. Information about placement based on transfer courses as well as guidelines that help transfer students determine whether they need to take a math placement assessment are available on the Academic Placement website.

World Language:  Transfer students with 60 or more transfer credits at the time of transfer are waived from the Multilingual Communication requirement. Transfer students with 30-59 transfer credits at the time of transfer and with completion of Level 3 high school or Level 2 college world language are waived from the Multilingual Communication. Information on placement assessments and waiver exams for all other students is available on the Academic Placement website

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

All full-time and part-time matriculated students are required to have properly completed health forms and immunization requirements on file at Student Health Services by August 1st for the Fall semester and January 1st for the Spring semester. The Connecticut State University Student Health Services Form and requirements can be found on the Student Health Services website.

The university reserves the right to deny registration and campus housing to any student not in compliance. 

 

SPECIAL POPULATIONS

Early College

Early College at Southern provides academically qualified high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit by taking courses at their high school or at Southern on a seat available basis. To be eligible, students must be in their junior or senior year of high school, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or B average, and/or be recommended by their high school counselor. Students accepted to the Early College program may earn dual credit for approved courses; grades are issued on both their high school transcript and college transcript at Southern.

Students enrolled in the Early College program are considered part-time non-matriculated students (i.e. not enrolled in a degree-seeking program).  However, students have access to many of the same services on campus as matriculated students but are not eligible for on-campus housing or financial aid.  Early College students may enroll in up to two courses each fall/spring or one course during a winter/summer intersession.

Prior to attempting 30 credits, a non-matriculated student must apply and be accepted to a degree or certificate program (i.e. matriculate) to continue their studies at Southern on either a part-time or full-time basis. Early College students may apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Contact the Early College Office (https://www.southernct.edu/early-college) for further information about our Early College program.

Fresh Start

Fresh Start may be offered to former students who have applied to return to Southern and are eligible for academic forgiveness. This program allows eligible students the opportunity to reset their grade point average (GPA) while retaining earned credit towards their degree for any previously passed course with a grade of C or higher. The option is available only once, and only to former students who meet all the following conditions:

  1. Complete transfer student admissions application submitted
  2. University cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the time of application
  3. Less than 60 credits earned at SCSU at time of application
  4. Demonstrated satisfactory academic performance evidence of changed work habits since withdrawing from SCSU by either:  
    1. Completing 12 college credits with at least a 2.75 term GPA from a regionally accredited college or university, or
    2. Earning a degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Fresh Start can improve a student's GPA, while reducing their earned credit hours towards degree, so students must be aware of all consequences before accepting Fresh Start admission. Students are also required to complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal, if interested in financial aid, as Fresh Start will not change a student's overall attempted credits. Students are encouraged to speak with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships if they have questions about how Fresh Start may affect their aid eligibility. For more information on SAP, please visit the FinancialAid website.

HONORS COLLEGE

The Honors College is a small, dynamic learning community of exceptionally motivated, high-achieving students. The Honors College features small class sizes that encourage seminar-style discussions, faculty mentors that work with students inside and outside of the classroom, a cutting-edge curriculum, and a transdisciplinary course of study that examines knowledge from multiple perspectives. 

Admission to the Honors College is competitive. Inquiries are invited from interested freshmen and transfer students. Qualified students who do not enter the program as first semester freshman may have some Honors Foundations courses waived, as determined by the Director. For more information, see Degree Requirements for Honor's College or contact the Honors's College Office.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Admissions Standards

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

English Proficiency

Demonstrate proficiency in the English language through one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), score of 525 required
  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum score of 72
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), score of 6 required
  • Duolingo English Test minimum score of 100
  • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), ACT or both, as required by Admissions Office
  • Completion of ELS 112 Level or higher in the English for Academic Purposes Curriculum

All prospective international students should contact the Office of International Education at (203) 392-6756.

Application Procedure

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

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.

Transcripts

All international transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation company accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For a list of these evaluation companies, go to the NACES website.

NEW ENGLAND, NEW JERSEY, AND NEW YORK STUDENTS

Southern Connecticut State University is a participant in the New England Board of Higher Education Tuition Break Program (NEBHE). This offers residents of other New England states, along with residents of the state of New Jersey or New York, the opportunity to enroll at SCSU at the Connecticut resident tuition rate plus 50 percent. * Other fees are also required. 
Participants may be enrolled in any undergraduate degree program but must be full-time matriculated students. SCSU part-time tuition is charged per credit, the rate is the same for all students regardless of state residency.

For more information regarding NEBHE, contact:
SCSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions
phone (203) 392-5644
e-mail admissions@southernct.edu.

Detailed information regarding the NEBHE rate can be found here.

*The NEBHE rate is lower than the out of state student rate.

POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATES

The University offers post-baccalaureate certificates that are undergraduate programs of study requiring a bachelor's degree for admittance.  These programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree that focus on an academic specialty to update or expand skill sets, though they do not lead to a degree. 

Admissions Requirements

  • minimum standards include
  • a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • a grade point average of at least 3.0,
  • recommendation of the program coordinator.

Application Procedures

An online application is accessible on theAdmissions website (deadlines are indicated): https://www.southernct.edu/admissions/post-baccalaureate. Applications are to be accompanied by:

  • a non-refundable $50 Application Fee
  • official transcript from the college or university highest degree earned

    Transcripts from outside the United States must be evaluated (course by course) by aNACESorganization including any one of the following credential evaluating agencies, at the applicant's expense:
    World Education Services, Inc.,wes.org, Phone: 212.966.6311
    SpanTran: The Evaluation Company,spantran.com, 646.475.2570;
    Josef Silney & Associates Evaluators, Inc.,jsilny.com, Phone: 305.273.1616
    Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.,gcevaluators.com, Phone: 800.707.0979
    Educational Credential Evaluations, Inc.,ece.org, Phone: 1-855-810-4922
  • letters of recommendation
  • resident aliens must provide a copy of their alien registration card

The University mails all formal acceptance notifications on a rolling basis. Candidates must confirm their acceptances with a non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit.

Since the certificate program is not a degree program, students enrolled in a certificate program who wish to pursue a degree, must apply for acceptance into the chosen degree program.

Readmission FOR RETURNING STUDENTS

Students who previously attended Southern may apply to return to the University to continue their studies. The readmission options below outline the appropriate application pathway. If approved for readmission, students will be reinstated to their last approved program of study for the program requirements in effect for the current catalog year. If a student left on academic warning or probation, that standing will still be in effect upon readmission.

  • The First-Year Application is for students who applied to Southern in the past, but did not start classes.
  • The Transfer Application is for students who earned 12 or more credits, after leaving Southern, at another institution.
  • The Readmission Application is for all other returning students. Applications are due no later than 1 week prior to the start of the semester. 
  • Note: Dismissed students may reapply with the Readmission Application once a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is achieved as a non-matriculated student.

TEACHER/EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS

The College of Education represents the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at Southern Connecticut State University. The College, alone and in partnership with other Colleges on campus offer programs that lead to teacher certifications in the state of Connecticut.  The College is accredited the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The admission standards below apply to all programs that prepare students for teacher certification, including both those leading to bachelor of science degree and post-baccalaureate certification programs. Post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs require a bachelor's degree for admittance, and offer a defined set of undergarduate courses that prepare students for teacher certification in the State of Connecticut, though they do not lead to a degree.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Applicants for admission to any teacher preparation program must meet the following requirements: Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (applies only to post-baccalaureate certification programs).
  2. Complete a subject-area major with the required content knowledge set by the CSDE regulations for the area of endorsement (all programs except comprehensive special education). The Praxis® II or ACTFL passing scores can be used to replace some of the required subject-area content for the post baccalaureate programs in the Sciences, World Languages, and Mathematics. Courses required for certification vary depending upon the certification area. Applicants to certification programs must satisfy any deficiencies found upon review of official transcripts
  3. Complete a minimum of 39 semester hours of credit in general academic courses in five of the following six areas, including a survey course in United States history that is at least three semester hours of credit; 1) Natural Sciences, 2) Social Studies, 3) Fine Arts, 4) English, 5) Mathematics, and 6) Foreign Language (all programs except comprehensive special education). Applicants will be considered for admission if there are fewer than 12 credits of general education outstanding. These standards must be met prior to graduation
  4. Submit the basic skills test scores in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing (Praxis® Core) to satisfy the State of Connecticut competency examination requirement or meet the requirements for a waiver.  Scores must be within last five years.
    a. Candidates who do not achieve a satisfactory score will be required to participate in Acadamic Support Plans
    b. Students qualify for a Praxis® Core waiver if (1) they have an SAT score no less than 530 on the mathematics portion, and no less than 540 on the evidenced based reading and writing, or (2) an ACT score of 21 or higher on the Reading subtest and no less that  21 on the mathematics subtest.
  5. Have a minimum of 2.7 cumulative GPA for all undergraduate courses.
  6. Submit the COE admission essay demonstrating a proficiency in English as part of the application.
  7. Pass the department admission committee interview.

Any of the requirements, 5-7 above, may be waived by the Dean of the College of Education, if justified by unusual extenuating circumstances, and recommended by the respective academic department.

Applicants to certification programs may register for no more than two courses in professional education before they have received official notification of admission to the certification program by the College of Education. Only two professional education courses taken before admission to the College of Education may be applied toward a program of study.

Application Procedure for UG Programs

Candidates seeking admission to the Bachelor's Degree programs apply through Undergraduate Admissions (https:// https://www.southernct.edu/admissions) and declare their intended program. 
In their sophomore year, students apply to the College of education, to be formally admitted to their teacher preparation program. For more information, visit https://www.southernct.edu/education

Application Procedures for Post Baccalaureate Programs

An online application is accessible on the Admissions website (deadlines are indicated): https://www.southernct.edu/admissions/post-baccalaureate. Applications are to be accompanied by:

  • a non-refundable $50 Application Fee
  • official transcripts from each college or university attended 
    Transcripts from outside the United States must be evaluated (course by course) by a NACES organization including any one of the following credential evaluating agencies, at the applicant's expense:
    World Education Services, Inc., wes.org, Phone: 212.966.6311
    SpanTran: The Evaluation Company, spantran.com, 646.475.2570;
    Josef Silney & Associates Evaluators, Inc., jsilny.com, Phone: 305.273.1616
    Global Credential Evaluators, Inc., gcevaluators.com, Phone: 800.707.0979
    Educational Credential Evaluations, Inc., ecmc.org, Phone: 1-855-810-4922
  • resident aliens must provide a copy of their alien registration card

The University mails all formal acceptance notifications on a rolling basis. No student is officially accepted into a post-baccalaureate certificate program until he or she receives a letter of acceptance from the College of Education.

Full-time students must accept their admission and pay a $200 deposit.

VISITING AND NON-DEGREE STUDENTS

Students may enroll as a non-degree seeking (i.e. non-matriculated) or visiting student. All students must meet any course requirements needed to register. Departments have the right to exclude non-matriculated students from courses offered for degree-seeking students.

Visiting or non-degree seeking students may register for courses on a part-time basis (less than 12 credits), are subject to the academic policies of the university, but are not eligible for financial aid or on-campus housing. Students must apply and be accepted to a degree or certificate program (i.e. matriculate) prior to attempting 30 credits.