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Western Connecticut State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Western Connecticut State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Western Connecticut State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Western Connecticut State University was awarded 73 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and police science.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked WestConn as #1,023 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

WestConn also holds the #20 spot on the Best Colleges in Connecticut ranking.

See all of the rankings for Western Connecticut State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WestConn?

Acceptance Rate

Western Connecticut State University has an acceptance rate of 71%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Learn more about Western Connecticut State University admissions.

Western Connecticut State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at WestConn is an impressive 12 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Western Connecticut State University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Connecticut State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Western Connecticut State University has a freshmen retention rate of 74%. 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  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 26% for first-time, full-time students at WestConn, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

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

Western Connecticut State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,982 undergraduates at WestConn with 4,074 being full-time and 908 being part-time.

How Much Does Western Connecticut State University Cost?

The overall average net price of WestConn is $18,215. 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 WestConn

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,431 $16,327 $17,959 $19,084 $21,341

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 WestConn, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WestConn, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $6,790 a year. That adds up to $27,160 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WestConn is 7.6%. 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.

Get more details about paying for Western Connecticut State University.

How Much Money Do WestConn Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from WestConn with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,200 in their early years. That's great news for WestConn students since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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

Location of Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University is a public institution situated in Danbury, Connecticut. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for WestConn are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810-6826
Phone: 203-837-8200

Western Connecticut State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 42 majors graduated from Western Connecticut State University. Of these students, 981 received undergraduate degrees and 181 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
Criminal Justice & Corrections 92 $32,800
General Psychology 86 $29,200
Nursing 83 $71,700
Communication & Media Studies 79 $36,000
Business Administration & Management 73 NA
Accounting 56 $53,900
Social Work 53 $29,600
Mental & Social Health Services 42 $29,200
Marketing 37 $38,300
Drama & Theater Arts 34 $17,200

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

Online Learning at WestConn

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 1,577 students took at least one online class at Western Connecticut State University. This is an increase from the 1,533 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,577 232
2017-2018 1,533 207
2016-2017 1,178 166
2015-2016 1,109 153
2013-2014 727 87

Learn more about online learning at Western 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.


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