Central Connecticut State University is the largest university in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system. Founded in 1849, Central is also the state’s oldest publicly funded university. The University welcomed its 13th president, Dr. Zulma R. Toro, in January of 2017. She is the university’s first female president and its first Hispanic chief executive.
The university comprises five academic schools — the School of Business, the School of Engineering, Science, & Technology, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Education & Professional Studies, and the Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. As a comprehensive public university, we offer quality degree programs at the baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral levels.
Central is a proud Community Engagement University designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Central Connecticut State University offers over 100 undergraduate programs, each providing students with a wide range of academic options. These programs cover diverse fields of study and many offer specialized tracks.
The School of Graduate Studies offers 75 graduate degree programs with many of the degrees offering specializations that provide additional focuses.
Central Connecticut State University is a community of learners dedicated to teaching and scholarship that emphasizes development and application of knowledge and ideas through research and outreach activities, and prepares students to be thoughtful, responsible, and successful citizens.
To be a modern public regional university in ambitious pursuit of knowledge, bold ideas, and innovative partnerships that advance social mobility and drive economic, cultural, and intellectual vitality in the communities we serve.
Elements of distinctiveness
Four distinctive elements set Central apart from its peers in the CSCU system.
- International education
- Workforce and state economic development
- Community engagement
- Interdisciplinary studies and cross-curricular initiatives
Learn more at www.ccsu.edu/about/mission-values/.
About international education at Central
The Center for International Education (CIE) was established as a Statewide Center for Excellence in International Education by the Board of Governors for Higher Education in 1987. Building the international dimension of Central is the overall objective of CIE with a profound commitment to global education. This commitment is met by bringing together faculty, staff, and students throughout the university, and people outside the campus and beyond, who are interested in the teaching, research, and exchange of ideas about the world.
Central offers a welcoming and attractive campus in New Britain, Connecticut, that is minutes from the state capital and few hours from Boston and New York City. www.ccsu.edu/visit
Central is the home of the Division I Blue Devils. Our 16 NCAA Division I programs are a major source of campus pride. The Academic Center for Student Athletes assists our student athletes with balancing their academics and athletics through one-on-one meetings with advisors, group workshops, supervised study hall, and academic advising. www.ccsubluedevils.com