How to Apply: Undergraduate

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Important Dates

To ensure that you have the best possible start to your semester, the Admissions Office will follow the below timelines.

Spring 2021 

Admission for Spring 2021 is now closed. Classes begin on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Fall 2021

Completed applications will be processed on a rolling basis and notified of admission beginning October, 2020.
Direct Nursing Application deadline is January 4th, 2021
Honors Application deadline is January 4th, 2021


The last day that new First-Year/Freshman applications will be accepted is Friday, August 13, 2021.
The last day for First-year/Freshman to register is Friday, August 20, 2021.
The first day of Fall 2021 classes is Wednesday, August 25, 2021. 

Strong candidates for admission to Southern will have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, and a class rank in the top 50% of the graduating class.


Prior to enrollment, applicants must have graduated from an accredited secondary school or hold an official high school equivalency diploma. 


The recommended secondary school preparation includes the following areas:

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

Two years of a modern language other than English are also recommended.


When reviewing applications, Southern considers the following information:

  • High school grades 
  • Rigor of coursework, in the context of options at your school 
  • Grades in any college or dual-credit courses 
  • Information provided in your personal statement on the application 


Test scores, if submitted, are never the sole or primary reason for an admission decision; they are always considered in context and as supplemental information. 


SCSU does not require letters of recommendation, but may request them when a student is appealing a denial. 

Interviews may also be requested to obtain additional information or clarify details on application materials.

Southern Connecticut State University admits students of any age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, national or ethnic origin, or non-disqualifying handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activity generally accorded or made available to students at the University.

To apply for admission to Southern, complete the following:

  • The Common Application for Admission, including the essay or personal statement.
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee (payable online by debit card, credit card or e-check)
  • Request that your official high school transcript from an accredited secondary school be sent directly to the Office of Admissions, Southern Connecticut State University. Digital submission is preferred.
  • An official high school equivalency certificate such as the GED may be submitted instead of the high school transcript.

Southern has a test optional admission policy. SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission. Letters of recommendation are not required.

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.

  • An online application is accessible on the Admissions website.
  • Current deadlines for applications are listed on the Admissions website.
  • Candidates should complete an online application for admission. Full credentials must be presented, accompanied by a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, before consideration is given. An official copy of the High School Transcript or high school equivalency diploma is required. Official scores from the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) and letters of recommendation are optional for first year applicants. 
  • Applicants with documented financial hardship may request an application fee waiver per the instructions in the Freshman Application Requirements section of the Southern Admissions website.
  • Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis with decision notifications beginning on or about October 1 for the following fall. Candidates should confirm their intent to enroll by May 1 with a non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit. This payment reserves a position in the entering class and is credited toward the applicant’s tuition.
  • Applications for a room in a campus residence hall should be submitted to the Office of Residence Life.
  • To apply for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. All information, forms, and application deadlines are available online at the SCSU Office of Financial Aid website.
  • Final acceptance of high school seniors not yet graduated from secondary school is conditional upon the satisfactory completion of their high school diploma or equivalent program.

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 from homeschooled students. Please provide the following information: 

  • Completed Common Application with personal statement or essay.
  • SAT or ACT scores are recommended if available.
  • Transcript of all secondary level work completed. This transcript should include all courses taken and describe how the student was evaluated and who completed the evaluation of the student. 
  • An official high school equivalency diploma/GED certificate is recommended.
  • An official copy of any college transcripts or Advanced Placement score reports.
  • A resume of activities and community involvement
  • At least two letters of recommendation from people who can evaluate your academic readiness for college level work and/or speak to your personal qualities, educational goals or community engagement.
  • An admissions interview may be requested.