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$13.3 million

Administrative staff

Acceptance rate
64.6% (2015)

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Graduation rate
51.1% (2014)

501 Crescent St, New Haven, CT 06515, USA

Undergraduate tuition and fees
Local tuition: 9,157 USD (2015), Domestic tuition: 20,937 USD (2015)

Notable alumni
Central Connecticut State Uni, University of New Haven, Western Connecticut State Uni, Yale University, University of Connecticut


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Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU or Southern) is one of four state universities in Connecticut, and is located in the West Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. Its present location is on Crescent Street. Founded in 1893, it is the third-oldest campus in the Connecticut State University System.


SCSU's sister schools in the system are Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Western Connecticut State University. The state universities are governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

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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.

Academic buildings

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 School

  • Morrill 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 1893

  • Jennings 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)
  • Pelz Gym
  • Nursing Classroom Building (offices/classrooms)
  • Lyman Center (Theater Department)
  • Residence Halls

    Freshman and sophomore traditional residence halls:

  • Chase Hall
  • Farnham Hall
  • Hickerson Hall
  • Neff Hall
  • Wilkinson Hall
  • West Campus Residence Complex
  • Upperclassmen Halls

  • Brownell Hall
  • Brownell Hall is a blend of traditional residence hall and upperclassman housing.This building was named for Samuel Brownell, part- time president in 1947

  • Schwartz 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.
  • Administrative

  • Wintergreen Building (offices)
  • Ethnic Heritage Center
  • Admissions House
  • Lang Social Work House
  • Orlando Public Health Building
  • Other

  • 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
  • Teacher education

    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.

    Study Abroad

    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.

    Student activities

    Greek Life


  • Alpha 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)
  • Sororities

  • 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)
  • Athletics

    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.

    Men's Sports




    Cross country

    Swimming and Diving

    Track and field



    Women's Sports




    Cross country

    Swimming and Diving

    Track and field



    Field Hockey



    Club sports and intramural sports

    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 radio station

    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.

    Southern News student newspaper

    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.

    Live Performances/Speakers

    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.

    Notable alumni

  • Warren DoyleAppalachian 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 AustinChristy 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 MbumbaNamibian 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 TalleyVillanova University head football coach
  • Heidi Alice Voight – Miss Connecticut 2006
  • Norby WilliamsonESPN 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
  • References

    Southern Connecticut State University Wikipedia

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