Central Connecticut State University College Essay

Requirements for Admission

We welcome students of all abilities, interests, and backgrounds. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong academic scholarship and active participation in extracurricular activities and community service projects.

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited high or preparatory school or hold an equivalency diploma.

To be considered for admission, first-year applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Completed application (online at www.ccsu.edu/apply)
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official high school transcript; class rank (if applicable)
  • SAT I or ACT scores sent either by the high school or The College Board
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

An admissions counselor will review your completed application and send a decision letter within approximately two weeks.


First-year students should apply by May 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. International students should apply by April 1 (fall) and November 1 (spring). The University reserves the right to discontinue the processing of applications once our class accommodations have been met.

Admission Guidelines

Admissions counselors look at several aspects of your high school performance when reviewing applications, from your grades and coursework to your SAT score. While interviews are not required, the Admissions staff may request an interview with certain applicants to obtain additional information or to clarify details on application materials.

Strong candidates for admission will have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the top 50 percent of the graduating class, and a combined SAT score of at least 1,000. (We encourage applicants to take the SAT more than once. ACT is also accepted.)

We also recommend that students complete the following high-school coursework:

  • Four years of high school English
  • Three years of math (typically Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II)
  • Three years of Social Science courses (including U.S. History)
  • Two years of science courses (including one lab science)
  • Three years of a single foreign language. Students who have completed up to the third level of a language in high school are exempt from taking a foreign language at the university level.

Note: Additional coursework is required for specific majors in the schools of Business, Education & Professional Studies, and Engineering, Science & Technology. Please see program requirements on each school's website.

Central Connecticut State University admits students of any age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, 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.

  • Application Form

    Complete your graduate admissions application online. Please include complete permanent and mailing addresses and telephone number(s) when completing the application. Please check the application before it is submitted to ensure completeness and accuracy.  Errors, omissions, or missing transcripts will delay the processing of your file.

  • Application Fee

    Submit the $50.00 application fee with your online application (This fee is non-refundable).

  • Official Transcripts

    Applicants must request that all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts be submitted directly to the CCSU Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office from every institution attended or where a course was taken except Central Connecticut State University. This includes transcripts for courses taken and transferred to another institution. Hand delivered transcripts, transcripts sent from the applicant, or faxed transcripts are not considered official and will not be accepted. Note: original study abroad transcripts may also be needed and requested. Applicants who hold a Master's degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 or higher GPA on a four-point scale (where A = 4.00) are required to request that official transcripts be sent from the institution where the undergraduate degree was obtained and from where the Master’s degree was obtained. Official transcripts must also be sent from each institution where any other graduate level courses were taken. (Please note that applicants to the MAT program and to Post Baccalaureate programs are required to submit all undergraduate transcripts as well). The Graduate Recruitment and Admissions office will maintain the right to request other official transcripts to review courses that are essential to the applicant's program of study. (Failure to identify on the application form all institutions attended, or to have transcripts sent from each of them, may be considered sufficient reason for non-admission or for subsequent dismissal from the graduate program.) 

  • Program Specific Admission Requirements

    Click here for specific program admission requirements or contact the academic department for details.

  • Additional Materials Requirements

    Submit required additional materials to the academic department if required.

  • Copy of Green Card

    Green Card holders are to send a photocopy of the front and back of the green card or proof of eligible non-citizenship to the graduate recruitment and admissions office.

  • VISA or Passport

    Applicants with a current VISA or Passport are to send a copy to the graduate recruitment and admissions office.

  • Additional International Admission Requirements

    Please click here for additional checklist items.

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