On September 11, 1893, a two-year teacher training school, New Haven State Normal School was created. By 1937 the school was able to grant bachelor's degrees.
In March 1983 the school was renamed Southern Connecticut State University, and made part of the Connecticut State University System, along with Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
Southern has one campus in New Haven, bordering parts of Hamden, Connecticut. Fitch Street separates the academic and residential sections of the campus.
The campus is located at 501 Crescent Street, in New Haven, CT. The zip code for the school is 06515.
During the summer of 2013 two new construction projects broke ground on the campus. The new parking garage which is currently located on Wintergreen Ave and a new Academic Science and Laboratory Building started in what was the parking lot in front of Jennings Hall. Both projects were completed in 2015.
The renovation of the old Hilton C. Buley Library building has been ongoing for the last 30 years and was just recently completed.Academic Science and Laboratory Building (Laboratories, classrooms, offices)
Engleman Hall (Administration, classrooms, offices)
Finis E. Engleman was the 3rd president while SCSU was still considered the Normal SchoolMorrill Hall (Earth Science, Geography, Journalism, classrooms)
Morrill Hall was named in recognition of principal Arthur B. Morrill who first took the responsibility when New Haven Normal School opened in 1893Jennings Hall (Science Building)
Davis Hall (School of Education)
School of Business
Hilton C. Buley Library (School of Information and Library Science)
Earl Hall (Fine Arts, Music, Video Production)
Nursing Classroom Building (offices/classrooms)
Lyman Center (Theater Department)
Freshman and sophomore traditional residence halls:Chase Hall
West Campus Residence Complex
Brownell Hall is a blend of traditional residence hall and upperclassman housing.This building was named for Samuel Brownell, part- time president in 1947Schwartz Hall offers two- three, four- or five-person apartments for transfers, sophomore and junior students.
North Campus Midrise Complex and Townhouses for seniors with 100+ credits and graduate students.
Wintergreen Building (offices)
Ethnic Heritage Center
Lang Social Work House
Orlando Public Health Building
Lyman Center for the Arts
Michael J. Adanti Student Center
Adanti became the first graduate of Southern to become its president in 1984, serving for 19 years. When Adanti retired in 2003, the school named its new student center after him.Connecticut Hall (food service)
Granoff Student Health Center (campus police and health center)
Moore Fieldhouse (athletics)
Jess Dow Field (athletics)
Facilities and Operations Building
In keeping with its origins as a teachers' college, Southern Connecticut State University remains a center for teacher education. Southern is the only school in Connecticut to offer a master's degree concentration in autism spectrum disorders. The university received approval for its first doctoral program, an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
NCLEX passing rates for Southern students hover between 90 and 100 percent in the past three decades.
SCSU offers many programs for students who wish to take their studies outside of the United States. Extended exchange programs include Baden Wuerttemberg (Germany), Queen Margaret University (Scotland) Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy (Vietnam), East China Normal University and Hunan Univ. of Chinese Medicine (China), University of Patras (Greece), Ben-Gurion University (Israel) and Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Spain).
SCSU also offers professor-lead study abroad programs over Summer, Winter, and Spring vacations, lasting anywhere from 2–4 weeks and awarding up to 6 credits. Programs include (but are not limited to) France, China, Belize, Bermuda, England, Amsterdam Guatemala, Iceland, Jamaica, Laos, Spain, and Italy.
SCSU has joined the Institute of International Education's "Generation Study Abroad" campaign. By 2020, SCSU has pledged to double its Study Abroad participation.
Greek LifeAlpha Phi Delta (National)
Beta Mu Sigma (Local) Founded on Southern's campus in 1959 and refounded again in 2000.
Lambda Alpha Upsilon (National)
Phi Beta Sigma (International)
Tau Kappa Epsilon (International)
Alpha Sigma Alpha(National)
Delta Phi Epsilon (International)
Omega Zeta Pi (Local) Founded on Southern's campus in 2004.
Zeta Phi Beta. (International)
Sigma Gamma Rho (International)
Sigma Iota Alpha (National)
Southern Connecticut State's athletics teams are nicknamed The Owls. The school sponsors a total of 17 teams (7 for men and 10 for women) that compete at the NCAA Division II level.
There have been 10 NCAA National Championship Teams at Southern, as well as 79 NCAA Individual Champions in the sports of Track and Field, Swimming and Gymnastics.
Southern Connecticut State's athletics teams had NCAA championships representation in six sports in 2014-2015 and also ranked among the top 20% of all Division II programs in the Learfield Sports Cup for the ninth straight year.
Swimming and Diving
Track and field
Swimming and Diving
Track and field
SCSU also offers a multitude of competitive club sports that any full-time undergraduate student can sign up for. Intramural sports are also available.
WSIN1590 AM used to be known as WOWL and WSCB. A student-run radio station, WSIN can be streamed online from its website. WSIN stands for "Southern Independent Network." Shows are broadcast live from the Michael J. Adanti Student Center. All SCSU students are allowed to sign-up for a time slot to broadcast over the airwaves. Diverse news, music, and talk shows compose SCSU's current programming. In 2007 a group of students from WSIN traveled to the NCAA DII Championships to broadcast the games when the Women's Basketball team was in the final rounds of the tournament.
The Southern News is a weekly newspaper covering news, opinions, arts, entertainment and sports. The publication consists of 14 paid staff members. The Southern prints work from staff members, journalism students, and non-journalism majors.
SCSU has played host to various live performances (including plays, speakers, comedians and concerts) over the years. Events are typically held in the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts.
Southern hosts lectures and workshops in literature and dance, art exhibits, performances by professional and student artists, conferences, and institutes on a variety of topics. Figures that have given lectures on Southern's campus include astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Michael J. Fox, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Yankees Mariano Rivera and Joe Torre, and writer Jeffrey Zaslow, a co-author of The Last Lecture and columnist for the Wall Street Journal before his death.
SCSU hosts its annual "Spring Week", typically accompanied by a student-attended concert on the Academic Green. Previous musical acts have included Yellowcard, Fabolous, Bryson Tiller ,The Dream, Talib Kweli, Sage The Gemini and Ace Hood.Warren Doyle – Appalachian Trail hiker, supporter, and speed hiker.
Timothy I. Ahern – U.S. Air Force general
Tony Amendola – actor, graduated in 1974
Kevin Anderson – head men's soccer coach at Columbia University
Joe Andruzzi – player with the New England Patriots
Lynn Austin – Christy Award-winning author
John Ball – former professional soccer player
Brian Bliss – former professional soccer player
Dorinda Keenan Borer – Connecticut State Representative
Steve Bush – former professional football player
Jacques Cesaire – former American football defensive end with the San Diego Chargers
John DeBrito – former professional soccer player
James Economou – arena football player with the Iowa Barnstormers
Anthony Fantano – host of WNPR The Needle Drop music program
Ancil Farrier – professional soccer player
Kevin Gilbride – New York Giants offensive coordinator
Marilyn Giuliano – Connecticut State Representative
Tim Holt – former college and professional football coach
Chris Houser – former professional soccer player
Gilbert Jean-Baptiste – former professional soccer player
Mike Katz – professional bodybuilder and former professional football player with the New York Jets, graduated in 1966
George Kiefer – head men's soccer coach at the University of South Florida
Dan Lauria – actor, graduated in 1970
James Marshall – author and illustrator, notably of children's books such as George and Martha
Bonaventure Maruti – professional soccer player
Nangolo Mbumba – Namibian politician
Scott Mersereau – former defensive end for the New York Jets
Nick Nicolau – former college and professional football coach
Olivier Occéan – professional soccer player
Andrew Olivieri – former professional soccer player
Bo Oshoniyi – former professional soccer player
Juan Carlos Osorio – former professional soccer player
Paul Oyuga – former professional soccer player
Chris Palmer – former professional football coach
Rob Parker – professional television journalist
Mike Petke – former professional soccer player
Neil Thomas Proto – lawyer, teacher, lecturer, and author
Ray Reid – head men's soccer coach at the University of Connecticut
Carlos Rocha – professional soccer player
Jordan Russolillo – former professional soccer player
John Searles – Bestselling author, book critic, and editor-at-large at Cosmopolitan magazine
Cristian da Silva – former professional soccer player
Parrish Smith – Member of hip-hop group EPMD and also former tight-end for Southern Connecticut State University Football team
Victoria Leigh Soto – teacher murdered in the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
Jeff Stoutland – Alabama Crimson Tide offensive line coach
Andy Talley – Villanova University head football coach
Heidi Alice Voight – Miss Connecticut 2006
Norby Williamson – ESPN vice president of studio and remote production, graduated in 1984
Daniel Trust – Rwandan Genocide survivor, motivational speaker and founder of The Daniel Trust Foundation, graduated in 2013