How to Apply: Undergraduate

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Please note: Due to COVID-19 we are unable to receive and process paper documents. Please send your missing items electronically to  In regards to HS transcript; We will allow students to obtain official transcripts once schools are reopened, if they are not available electronically.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

Early Action - Fall 2020 Freshman applications submitted by November 1, 2019 will be considered for Early Action notification.  Completed applications will be notified of admission beginning December 15, 2019. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis after December 15, 2019.

Prior to admission, applicants should have graduated from an accredited secondary school or hold an official GED equivalency diploma. Secondary school study should consist of college preparatory work in the following areas:

  • English (4 years)
  • Mathematics (3 years)
  • Natural sciences (2 years)
  • Social sciences, including U.S. History (2 years)

In addition, at least two years of a modern foreign language are recommended.

Freshman Profile

At Southern, we take a holistic approach when reviewing applications, meaning we consider ALL the materials in an application file. We review a student's high school transcript very closely, along with the types of courses taken and grades earned. We consider standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and we do read the admission essay.  Admitted students vary in their academic background and performance, however, an average candidate to Southern may have the following:

  • a high school GPA in the B range
  • a combined score on the NEW SAT in the range of 980 to 1180
  •  an ACT composite score in the range of 18-21

    The requirements for Freshman admission to Southern Connecticut State University are intended to ensure that students offered admission are adequately prepared for the academic program and will benefit significantly from their total college experience. Students are admitted without regard to age, sex, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship or disability.

    In order to submit an application for admission to Southern, complete the following online:

    • Complete the Common Application for Admission online.
    • An essay or personal statement is required within the Common Application.
    • Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee (payable online by debit card, credit card or e-check)

    Application Fee Waiver: A waiver of the admissions application fee is authorized for any financially needy student, who (A) has taken the SAT I test using the SAT Fee Waiver; or (B) is a participant in CONNTAC-EOC or an equally recognized educational entity; or (C) is a participant CSU-sanctioned special access program such as CONNCAP or Upward Bound; or (D) in the opinion of the university president or designee has special circumstances. Per Connecticut Board of Regents 12/18/14. For more information please contact the Admissions Office.

    These remaining items must be submitted to Office of Admissions, Wintergreen Building, 501 Crescent Street,  New Haven, CT 06515:

    • Official high school transcript from an accredited secondary school or official GED equivalency diploma or GED transcript.
    • 1 letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor
    • Official standardized test score report from ACT or SAT (Reading/Writing + Math; Essay not required)
    • Once you have submitted your application, check your admission status and checklist of requirements in the online admissions portal (a confirmation email will be sent to you once you have applied).
    • Allow 3-4 weeks for submitted documents to be received and processed by the Admissions Office.
    • Allow 2-3 weeks for a decision to be made on completed applications. An e-mail will be sent to you once the decision is made. Your decision will be posted in the admission portal and a hard copy of your decision letter will follow in the mail.
    • If accepted, proceed with your Next Steps as outlined in your admission letter.
    • If you plan to enroll as a full-time student, a non-refundable $200 confirmation deposit is required to reserve your enrollment spot at Southern.

    If you are interested in receiving credit for high school AP exams, please review Advanced Placement. Official score reports must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions.

    If you are interested in receiving credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, please review International Baccalaureate policy.  Official score reports must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions.

    To learn about Southern’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP) policy, please visit CLEP.

    If you are earning college credits while in high school through an Early College Experience program, please remember to submit official college transcripts.

    Southern welcomes undergraduate applications for admission from homeschooled students.  Candidates for Freshman admission who have not attended an accredited secondary school must provide an equivalency diploma/GED certificate prior to their initial enrollment at SCSU.   
    Below are some suggestions for homeschoolers wishing to apply to Southern's undergraduate programs:

    • Students should complete the Common Application
    • Students should submit SAT I or ACT Scores
    • Students should submit a transcript of all secondary school level work completed. This transcript should include all courses taken, how the student was evaluated and who completed the evaluation of the student. An official equivalency diploma/GED certificate is required as proof of high school completion prior to their initial enrollment at SCSU.
    • An official copy of any college transcripts or Advanced Placement score reports.
    • Students should also submit a resume of activities and community involvement.

    Letters of recommendation are particularly important for homeschooled applicants and we encourage you to select recommenders carefully. They should be qualified to evaluate you not only as a student, but as an individual and member of the community.