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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
Prior to actual 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.
At Southern, we have a diverse student body and take a holistic approach when reviewing applications. Admitted students vary in level, however, the average test scores, high school rank and GPA of those accepted are as follow:
- 950 SAT (we only look at the highest of the score; critical reading and math)
- 20 ACT (composite score)
- Class rank top 50%
- 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale (which is equivalent to a B-)
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 preference, national origin, or disability.
In order to submit an application for admission to Southern, complete the following online:
- Complete the 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, 131 Farnham Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515:
- Official high school transcript
- 1 letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor
- Official standardized test score report from SAT or ACT
- Complete the Application for Admission online.
- Submit required documents to the Admissions Office.
- Check your Admissions Status via BannerWeb any time after receiving your SCSU ID (your admission decision will also be provided here).
- Allow 3-4 weeks for submitted documents to be received and processed by the Admissions Office.
- Allow 1-2 weeks for a decision to be made on completed applications.
- A decision e-mail (with Next Steps instructions) 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 the MySCSU Banner Web “Next Steps”
- If you plan to enroll as a full-time student, a non-refundable $200 confirmation deposit is required to reserve an enrollment spot at SCSU (the first step of the online “Next Steps”)
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit Freshmen - Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions not covered in the FAQ, please don't hesitate to contact the Admissions Office.