First-Year Student Admissions

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

  • Completed application for undergraduate admission (apply online at;
  • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee;
  • Official high school transcript;
  • High school class rank (if applicable);
  • SAT I or ACT scores (scores may be sent either by the high school or The College Board);
  • One letter of recommendation; and
  • Personal statement.

Hand carried or student copies of credentials are not accepted as official documents under any circumstances.

Admission criteria include graduation from an accredited secondary school with college preparatory work in the following areas:

  • English (four units) - courses should emphasize writing skills, literature, and reading comprehension.
  • Mathematics (three units) - courses should include algebra I, geometry, and algebra II. *
  • Science (two units) - courses should include one unit of a laboratory science.*
  • Social Sciences (two units) - courses should include one unit of United States history.
  • Foreign Language - completion of the third level of the same language is recommended, not required. Students completing up to the third level in high school are exempt from taking foreign language at the University.

*Additional coursework is required for specific majors within the Schools of Business, Education & Professional Studies, and Engineering & Technology. Please refer to the academic programs section for curriculum requirements.

Students whose preparation does not follow this pattern may still qualify for admission if, in the judgment of the director of recruitment and admissions, there is strong evidence that they have the potential to complete a degree program. Such consideration may be determined if they meet other established criteria as authorized by the University president under authority delegated by the board of trustees of the Connecticut State University system. Applicants who hold a GED (General Equivalency Diploma) should submit their secondary school transcript up to the time of withdrawal and a copy of their GED and scores.

The Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I) of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) is required of all first-year student applicants. Applicants should arrange to take the test through their high school guidance counselor. Information on the test can be obtained from their high school or by contacting College Board Admissions Testing, P.O. Box 6200, Princeton, NJ 08541-6200, Applicants should have the test results sent from CEEB to the office of Admissions. CCSU's CEEB code is 3898. Veterans and applicants who graduated from high school more than five years before applying are not required to submit SAT I scores as part of their application.

Advanced Placement (AP): CCSU accepts for college credit, Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school under the auspices of the College Entrance Examinations Board's Advanced Placement program, provided the student scores a minimum of 3 on the test. Official scores should be submitted for consideration. When credit is awarded, it is entered on the student's college transcript, but the grade is not included in the college grade point average. For a listing of AP courses in which the University will award college-level credit, please visit

International Baccalaureate (IB): Central Connecticut State University recognizes the IB diploma program and will consider for course credit higher level IB subjects in which a grade of 5 or higher has been earned. The official IB transcript must be sent by the IB Office directly to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. Credit is awarded at the discretion of individual academic departments through the Office of Admissions.

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