Freshmen Applicants

Students who are applying to Southern and have not completed previous college or university coursework should review the following procedures.

  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Requirements
  • Application Process
  • Advanced Standing
  • Home Schooling Policy
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Requirements

Prior to admission, applicants should have graduated from, and completed 16 units in, an accredited secondary school. 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. Students who present a State Equivalency Diploma will also be considered.

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 should 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

Application Requirements

The requirements for 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, or disability.

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

  • Complete the Common Application for Admission online.
  • A personal essay is required within the online application form
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee (payable online by Mastercard, Visa, Debit, or Discover)

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
  • 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)

Application Process

  • Complete the Common Application for Admission online.
  • Early Action - Fall 2018 Freshman applications submitted by November 1, 2017 will be considered for Early Action notification.  Completed applications will be notified of admission beginning December 15, 2017. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis after December 15.
  • Submit required documents to the Admissions Office.
  • Check your Admissions Status 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.
  • A decision e-mail will be sent within a week of the decision being made.
  • Allow 2 weeks for a hard copy of a decision letter to arrive in the mail at your home address.
  • 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.

Fall 2018 Freshman admission deadlines are as follows:
The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is July 27, 2018. 
The last day applications will be processed for Fall admission is Friday, August 17, 2018.
The last day for all new students to register is Friday, August 24, 2018.
The first day of Fall classes is Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Advanced Standing

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.

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.

Home Schooling Policy

Southern welcomes undergraduate applications for admission from homeschooled students. Below are some suggestions for homeschoolers wishing to apply to Southern's undergraduate programs:

  • Students should complete an Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • Students should submit SAT I or ACT Scores
  • Students should submit a transcript of all of their secondary school level work. (This transcript should include all courses taken, how the student was evaluated and who completed the evaluation of the student)
  • 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.