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Type  Public university
Endowment  $63 million
Phone  +1 860-832-3200
Acceptance rate  60.4% (2014)
Established  1849
President  Zulma R. Toro Ramos
Total enrollment  12,133 (2012)
Central Connecticut State University
Former names  State Normal School Teachers College of Connecticut Central Connecticut State College
Administrative staff  452 Full-Time Professors 500 Adjunct Professors
Address  1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06053, USA
Undergraduate tuition and fees  Local tuition: 8,877 USD (2015), Domestic tuition: 20,612 USD (2015)
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Central Connecticut State University is a regional, comprehensive public university in New Britain, Connecticut. Founded in 1849 as the State Normal School, CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly funded university. CCSU is made up of four schools: the Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education and Professional Studies; and the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology. The university is attended by over 12,000 students, 9,871 of whom are undergraduates, and 2,166 of whom are graduate students. It is part of the Connecticut State University System, which also oversees Eastern, Western, and Southern Connecticut State Universities. Together they have a student body of over 34,000. As a commuter school, more than half of students live off campus and ninety percent are in-state students.

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History

In 1849 CCSU was founded as the State Normal School to train teachers. It was the 6th Normal School in the US and is the oldest public university in Connecticut. It ran until 1867 when the school was temporarily closed due to opposition in the Connecticut General Assembly. Two years later, the Normal School resumed its services and continued to do so until the 1930s. During this time, the Connecticut General Assembly created the Teachers College of Connecticut and the first bachelor's degrees were granted. In 1922, the campus moved to its current location on Stanley Street.

In 1983 the school transitioned from a college to a regional university. Organizational governance changed in 2011 when the Connecticut Department of Higher Education was dissolved and replaced by the Office of Higher Education and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Academics

The most popular Bachelor's programs by student enrollment are Business and Marketing, Social Sciences and Psychology, Education, Engineering, Communications, English, and Biology. Bachelor’s programs are also offered in a variety of other fields such as computer information systems, literature, and the visual and performing arts. The school has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1 with 43 percent of its classes enrolling fewer than 20 students. In 2012, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time students increased to 52%.

There are over 400 full-time faculty, 83% of whom possess the terminal degree in their field. Another 480 part-time instructors also teach at the University.

Graduate programs are offered in all of the academic schools. These include programs in accountancy, education, literature, engineering technology, and information technology. A number of doctoral degrees are also offered.

Recognitions and rankings

  • Ranked 111th by U.S. News & World Report for Regional North Universities
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities: one of 16 "Leadership Institutions" in the nation
  • Honors Program called "Absolutely Outstanding" in Princeton Review's "The Best Northeastern Colleges" (2006)
  • The Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education designated the International Studies and the School of Technology as "Centers of Excellence"
  • Facilities

    Facilities include 10 academic halls, the Student Center, the Burritt Library, and numerous laboratories. Computer labs are available throughout campus, the largest of which is located in Marcus White Hall. Dining facilities are located in Memorial Hall and the Student Center. Additional computers and laboratories are spread across all of the academic halls. Welte Hall, Maloney Hall, and the Student Center function as large gathering areas for events, music performances, and theater productions. Welte contains the main auditorium and Kaiser Hall houses the main gymnasium, and houses an olympic-size pool. Fitness classes are freely available to students in Memorial Hall and fitness equipment is provided in four locations across campus through RECentral.

    Administrative offices, including Admissions, the Registrar, and Financial Aid are located in Davidson Hall. New building projects have expanded liberal arts classroom space and made significant upgrades to all sports facilities.

    Residence halls and commuters

    Residence halls can accommodate up to 2,500 students in nine residence halls in two quads, which are split between the north and south ends of campus.

    Recent projects

    A new eight-story residence hall (Mid Campus Residence Hall) opened for occupancy in the Fall of 2015. The $82 million dorm features "suite" style rooms, in addition to a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, a kitchen on each floor, and a server kitchen and main lounge with a fireplace on the main floor. The Office of Residence Life is also located on the first floor of the new facility.

    During the past several years, the new $37-million Social Sciences Hall, 4,300-square-foot Bichum Engineering Laboratory, and 12,500-square-foot Campus Police Station opened. In 2011, the first floor of the Elihu Burritt Library was renovated to create a new common area with seating, couches, computers, and food vendors. Arute Field and its adjacent practice and baseball fields also underwent extensive construction and renovation from 2010 through the present, including new football, soccer, track, and practice field turf. New football, track, and soccer stadium seating was added, as well as construction on the Balf–Savin baseball field.

    Athletics

    The university's athletic teams are known as the Blue Devils. Their mascot was originally named Victor E, but was changed to Kizer in 2011 after unveiling a new logo. Central Connecticut State participates in NCAA at the Division I (Football Championship Subdivision football) level as a member of the Northeast Conference. The university fields 18 varsity sports, eight men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, as well as indoor and outdoor track & field; and ten women's sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball.

    Commencement speakers

    CCSU's commencement speakers are often successful alumni such as Congressman John B. Larson (D-1st), CitiFinancial CEO Michael Knapp, and CCSU professor Kristine Larsen. The most recent four governors of Connecticut have spoken at CCSU commencement exercises.

    Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture Series

    Since 1983, twenty-three speakers have been featured as part of the Vance Distinguished Lecture Series. These have included well-known journalists such as Anderson Cooper, Dan Rather, and Bob Woodward, as well as figures from government such as Robert Gates, Rudolph Giuliani, and Shimon Peres.

    Recipients of CCSU honorary degrees

    CCSU began awarding honorary doctoral degrees in 1985. Honorees have included the CEOs or Chairmen of six major corporations, four U.S. Presidents, and heads of state of Canada, Germany, Hungary, and Poland.

    References

    Central Connecticut State University Wikipedia


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