13_Founders Gate Spring_fwlocated in New Haven, CT—is a moderately-sized university boasting a population of more than 11,000 students. SCSU’s main campus is located in West Rock, a neighborhood of the city with convenient access to downtown New Haven and West Rock Ridge State Park. And while quick and convenient public transportation is available to both New York City (1 ½ hours) and Boston (2 ½ hours), New Haven itself provides easy access to the scenic Connecticut shoreline, as well as the picturesque towns and villages of Connecticut’s Northeast corner, the Berkshires in Massachusetts, and many other lovely New England settings.

As a student in New Haven, you’ll find the world of culture and entertainment unfolding around you almost immediately. New Haven is one of the state’s youngest trending cities, with over half of the city’s 131,000 residents being between the ages of 18-49.From top-notch performing arts venues to unparalleled CT nightlife and dining, your only job is to be open-minded and let the city do the rest. New Haven is home to five colleges and universities, so wherever you go you’ll find yourself immersed in the urban college experience.


A Student-Centric University

Southern regards student success as its highest priority. We seek to instill in all of our students the value of the liberal arts and sciences as a foundation for professional development and life-long learning. Our students receive exemplary professional training and are inspired by the research, scholarship, and creative activity of our teacher-scholars.

What sets SCSU apart from other schools is our friendly campus community, where students take advantage of academic excellence, innovative approaches to learning and close working relationships with faculty. With 69 undergraduate and 45 graduate programs, Southern will prepare you for a rewarding professional life in fields such as business, psychology, nursing, education, liberal studies, biology, communication, and more.

Through tradition and innovation, Southern strives to empower every undergraduate and graduate student with the knowledge, skills and perspectives essential for active participation and impassioned, ethical leadership in our rapidly changing, global society. Within the Connecticut State University System, Southern leads the way in graduate education and produces the largest number of graduates in Health/Life Sciences, Education, and Social/Public Services.

An International Approach

Southern also hosts international students from all over the world.  Our Office of International Education is committed to serving the special needs of international applicants. We welcome the global perspective of these prospective students and look forward to working with you as you move through the application process.

The OIE is currently partnered with more than twenty universities around the world, ensuring that our diverse student body welcomes scholars from cities like Tianjin, Liverpool and Freiburg, to name a few. Tuition and Fees at Southern Connecticut State University are waived for all reciprocal program exchange students, so contact your university’s study abroad office to see if you’re eligible to apply.

But where can an SCSU student study abroad?

Just about anywhere, really. Southern offer domestic students the opportunity to study in countries such as Spain, France, Germany, China, Vietnam and others at costs similar to a semester spent at home. If none of our exchange partners catch your eye, you can also choose to study abroad via one of our third-party affiliates. Through programs such as ISEP, CISabroad, AIFS and others, Southern students have access to courses in more than 80 countries. We also offer short-term, faculty-led programs each Summer, Winter and Spring recess. And don’t worry, OIE’s thorough application process strives to ensure that any course taken abroad can be transferred back to SCSU.

For more information regarding admission to SCSU, please visit:

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