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Southern Connecticut State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Southern Connecticut State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Southern Connecticut State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Southern Connecticut State University was awarded 28 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, SCSU is ranked #872 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

SCSU also holds the #14 spot on the Best Colleges in Connecticut ranking.

See all of the rankings for Southern Connecticut State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SCSU?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Southern Connecticut State University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 65%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 93% of students accepted to SCSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 570. Math scores were between 450 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Southern Connecticut State University  ( 480 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for Southern Connecticut State University  ( 450 to 550 )
SCSU received ACT scores from 8% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Southern Connecticut State University  ( 18 to 24 )

Learn more about Southern Connecticut State University admissions.

Southern Connecticut State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Southern Connecticut State University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Southern Connecticut State University is 48%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  48 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southern Connecticut State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Southern Connecticut State University has a freshmen retention rate of 78%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at SCSU is 23%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  23 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Southern Connecticut State University.

Average Overall Diversity at SCSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,962 undergraduates at SCSU with 6,801 being full-time and 1,161 being part-time.

SCSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

SCSU scored 58.01 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  58.01 out of 100
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How Much Does Southern Connecticut State University Cost?

The overall average net price of SCSU is $19,291. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SCSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,826 $17,469 $20,214 $21,927 $22,504

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SCSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SCSU, approximately 74% of students took out student loans averaging $6,734 a year. That adds up to $26,936 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SCSU is 6.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do SCSU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from SCSU make about $45,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future SCSU graduates since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Southern Connecticut State University make the most money.

Location of Southern Connecticut State University

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State University is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Southern Connecticut State University

Contact details for SCSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1355
Phone: 203-392-5200

Southern Connecticut State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 49 majors graduated from Southern Connecticut State University. Of these students, 1,676 received undergraduate degrees and 510 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Interdisciplinary Studies 267 NA
Business Administration & Management 254 $42,400
General Psychology 146 $26,500
Nursing 100 $69,600
Public Health 84 $29,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 71 NA
Communication & Media Studies 70 $28,100
Social Work 69 $38,100
General English Literature 57 $25,400
General Biology 54 $27,600

Learn more about the majors offered at Southern Connecticut State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SCSU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,563 students took at least one online class at Southern Connecticut State University. This is an increase from the 1,254 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,563 229
2016-2017 1,254 80
2015-2016 1,182 145
2014-2015 1,161 142
2013-2014 1,126 163

Learn more about online learning at Southern Connecticut State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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