Southern Connecticut State University provides exemplary graduate and undergraduate education in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. As an intentionally diverse and comprehensive university, Southern is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.
We encourage all academically accomplished students to apply for admission regardless of their citizenship status. This includes students who may have recently learned of their status during the college admission process. 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 the admission essay. We do not take into consideration an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.
Please note that The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records. This means that information you provide to us to process is private and protected under the law.
Faculty and Administrative Faculty Statements of Support
On April 25, 2018 the Connecticut Legislature passed a bill allowing all students to apply for institutional aid regardless of immigration status.
On January 25, 2018, CSCU President Mark Ojakian sent an open letter to Congress regarding DACA.
The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System has set up a website with legal and community resources for DACA.
On September 6, 2017, SCSU President Joe Bertolino sent a letter to SCSU students, faculty, and staff, reminding them of campus resources to support undocumented students and reiterating the university's commitment to stand by its students.
On September 5, 2017, CSCU President Mark Ojakian issued a statement lamenting the elimination of DACA and urged Congress to finally take action to protect these young Americans.
On March 28, 2017, the Office of Governor Dannel Malloy released a Family Preparedness Plan Toolkit. The toolkits can be found in English and Spanish.
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) Position On DACA
The fundamental responsibility of a public education institution is to foster learning, innovation, and strong communities to any student willing to put in the work to learn and achieve. CSCU admits students based on a holistic approach and many of our schools are open access. CSCU does not collect or retain information on undocumented students' immigration status, and doesn't have a list of undocumented students. We will not create such a list or document and could not and would not share that information with others.
Our campus police do not and will not inquire about a student's immigration status during the course of their work that including anyone seeking assistance from the police. No student will be detained solely on the basis of immigration status. This is Standard Operating Procedure for our campus police and that will not change.
Statements from CSCU President Mark E. Ojakian
DACA and Undocumented Students at CSCU - December 12, 2016
Update on CSCU Support of Undocumented Students - January 13, 2017
Statement In Support of Undocumented Students and CT Students for a Dream - January 26, 2017
Letter to President Trump requesting his support for the DACA program - April 13, 2017