Central Connecticut State University

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Central Connecticut State University
Central Connecticut State University Seal.svg
Former names
Connecticut Normal School
New Britain Normal School
Teachers College of Connecticut
Central Connecticut State College
Established 1848
Type Public university
Endowment $47 million[1]
President Jack Miller
Administrative staff

434 Full-Time Professors

482 Adjunct Professors[2]
Undergraduates 9,771
Postgraduates 2,094[3]
Location New Britain, Connecticut, USA
Campus Suburban, 165-acre (0.258 sq mi)
Colors Blue and White          
Athletics NCAA Division INEC
Sports 18 varsity teams[4]
Nickname Blue Devils
Mascot Blue Devil
Affiliations CSU System
Website www.ccsu.edu
CC Pitchfork Monogram FCx.jpg

Central Connecticut State University is a regional, comprehensive public university in New Britain, Connecticut. Founded in 1849 as Connecticut Normal School, CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly funded university. CCSU is made up of four schools: the Ammon School of Arts & Science, the School of Business, the School of Education & Professional Studies, and the School of Engineering & Technology. Attended by over 11,000 students, 9,200 are undergraduates, and 2,000 are graduate students.[5][6] It is part of the Connecticut State University System , which also oversees Eastern, Western, and Southern Connecticut State Universities. Together they have a student body of over 34,000.[7] As a commuter school, more than half of students live off campus and ninety percent are in-state students.


Vance Academic Center
Copernicus Hall
Student Center
Elihu Burritt Library
CCSU Campus Panorama

In 1849 CCSU was founded as Connecticut Normal School[8] to train teachers. It was the 6th Normal School in the US and is the oldest public university in Connecticut.[9][10] It ran until 1867 when the school was temporarily closed due to opposition in the Connecticut General Assembly.[11] Two years later, the Normal School resumed its services and continued to do so until the 1930s. During this time the Connecticut General Assembly created the Teachers College of Connecticut and the first bachelor's degrees were granted.[12] In 1922, the campus moved to its current location on Stanley Street.

In 1983 the school transitioned from a college to a regional university, the first time at which it operated under its current name, Central Connecticut State University. Organizational governance changed in 2011 when the Connecticut Department of Higher Education was dissolved and replaced by the Office of Higher Education and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.[13]


The most popular Bachelor's programs by student enrollment are Business and Marketing, Social Sciences and Psychology, Education, Engineering, Communications, English, and Biology.[14][15] Bachelor’s programs are also offered in a variety of other fields such as computer information systems, literature, and the visual and performing arts.[16][17] The school has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1 with 43 percent of its classes enrolling fewer than 20 students.[18][19] In 2012, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time students increased to 52%.[20]

There are over 400 full-time faculty, 83% of whom possess the terminal degree in their field. Another 480 part-time instructors also teach at the University.[21]

Graduate programs are offered in all of the academic schools. These include programs in accountancy, education, literature, engineering technology, and information technology. A number of Doctoral degrees are also offered.

Recognitions and rankings[edit]

  • Ranked 116th by U.S. News & World Report for Regional North Universities[22]
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities: one of 16 "Leadership Institutions" in the nation
  • Honors Program called "Absolutely Outstanding" in Princeton Review's "The Best Northeastern Colleges" (2006)
  • The Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education designated the International Studies and the School of Technology as "Centers of Excellence"

Academic and Office Halls[edit]

  • Copernicus Hall (biology & engineering)
  • Vance (business & communications)
  • Social Sciences Hall
  • Sanford Hall (computer science, economics)
  • Barnard Hall (education, graduate studies)
  • Welte Hall (music)
  • Maloney Hall (theatre, art)
  • Willard Hall
  • DiLoreto Hall
  • Kaiser Hall (fitness science, gym & pool)
  • Marcus White Hall (computer lab, psychology)


Facilities[23] include 10 academic halls, the Student Center, the Burritt Library,[24] and numerous laboratories. Computer labs are available throughout campus, the largest of which is located in Marcus White Hall.[25] Dining facilities are located in Memorial Hall and the Student Center. Additional computers and laboratories are spread across all of the academic halls. Welte Hall, Maloney Hall, and the Student Center function as large gathering areas for events, music performances, and theater productions. Welte contains the main auditorium and Kaiser Hall houses the main gymnasium, and houses an Olympic size pool. Fitness classes are freely available to students in Memorial Hall and fitness equipment is provided in four locations across campus through RECentral.[26]

Administrative offices, including Admissions, the Registrar, and Financial Aid, are located in Davidson Hall. New building projects have expanded liberal arts classroom space and made significant upgrades to all sports facilities.

Residence Halls & Commuters[edit]

Residence halls can accommodate up to 2,500 students in nine residence halls in two quads, which are split between the north and south ends of campus. More than half of CCSU students commute from off-campus housing.

Recent Projects[edit]

In 2011 the first floor of the Elihu Burritt Library was renovated to create a new common area, with seating, couches, computers, and food vendors. In 2012 building projects included the $37 million Social Sciences Hall, a 4,300 square foot Engineering Laboratory that opened in November 2013, and a new Police Station, which opened at the start of the Fall 2013 semester. Arute Field and its adjacent practice and baseball fields also underwent extensive construction and renovation from 2010 through the present, including new football, soccer, track, and practice field turf. New football, track, and soccer stadium seating was added, as well as construction on the Balf–Savin baseball field. A new eight story residence hall broke ground in February 2014 and is on track for occupancy in the Fall of 2015. The $82 million dorm will feature "suite" style rooms and contain 600 beds, in addition to a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, a kitchen on some floors, and a server kitchen on the main floor. The Residence Life office will also be moved from its current location in Barrows Hall into the new facility.

Clubs and activities[edit]


The university's athletic teams are known as the Blue Devils. Their mascot was originally named Victor E, but was changed to Kizer in 2011 after unveiling a new logo. Central Connecticut State participates in NCAA at the Division I (Football Championship Subdivision football) level as a member of the Northeast Conference. The university fields 18 varsity sports, eight men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, as well as indoor and outdoor track & field; and ten women's sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball.[42]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Athletes and coaches[edit]


Public Servants[edit]


Guest Speakers & Honorees[edit]

Commencement speakers[edit]

Main article: Commencement at CCSU

CCSU's commencement speakers are often successful alumni such as Congressman John B. Larson (D-1st), CitiFinancial CEO Michael Knapp, and CCSU professor Kristine Larsen. The most recent four governors of Connecticut have spoken at CCSU commencement exercises.

Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture Series[edit]

Since 1983, twenty-three speakers have been featured as part of the Vance Distinguished Lecture Series. These have included well-known journalists such as Anderson Cooper, Dan Rather, and Bob Woodward, as well as figures from government such as Robert Gates, Rudolph Giuliani, and Shimon Peres.

Recipients of CCSU Honorary Degrees[edit]

CCSU began awarding honorary doctoral degrees in 1985. Honorees have included the CEOs or Chairmen of six major corporations, four U.S. Presidents, and heads of state of Canada, Germany, Hungary, and Poland.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Courier". CCSU. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fast Facts about Central Connecticut State University". CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fast Facts about Central Connecticut State University". CCSU.edu. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Official Athletic Site". NCAA. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Fast Facts about Central". CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Schools of CCSU". CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "About ConnSCU". CT.edu. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Muirhead, Images of America Central Connecticut State University, p6
  9. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 22.
  10. ^ "Central Connecticut State University". Encyclopedia Britannica. 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 59.
  12. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 84.
  13. ^ "Chapter 185 - Board of Regents for Higher Education". 
  14. ^ "Common Data Set". CCSU.edu. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "CCSU Viewbook". CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ "CCSU Semi-Annual Statistical Report". CCSU.edu. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2012/2013". CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  18. ^ "CCSU Viewbook". CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ "The Schools of CCSU". CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Consumer Information: Graduation Rates". CCSU.edu. 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  21. ^ "CCSU At a Glance". CCSU.edu. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Central Connecticut State University - Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  23. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=4191
  24. ^ "Elihu Burritt Library - Central Connecticut State University". 
  25. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=1725
  26. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=14693
  27. ^ "Central Connecticut State University". 
  28. ^ "CCSU CS Club". 
  29. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=14711
  30. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=14693
  31. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=14512
  32. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=8126
  33. ^ "Supermileage Competition - SAE Collegiate Design Series - Students - SAE International". 
  34. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=7753
  35. ^ "Off-Center Magazine". 
  36. ^ "Outing Club". 
  37. ^ "CCSU Physics Club". 
  38. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=14383
  39. ^ http://www.ccsu.edu/sga
  40. ^ http://www.centralrecorder.com/
  41. ^ "WFCS 107.7 - CCSU Radio - Online Radio Station - Live365". 
  42. ^ "Central Connecticut State University Athletics". NCAA. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  43. ^ "Principal Dawn Hochsprung a ’5-foot-2-inch Raging Bull’ Lifesaver". ABC News. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  44. ^ "Explore Capitol Hill - Maria Sanford". Architect of the Capitol. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 


  • Herbert E. Fowler, A Century of Teacher Education in Connecticut, New Britain CT: Teachers College of Connecticut, 1949.

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Coordinates: 41°41′35″N 72°45′54″W / 41.69318°N 72.76496°W / 41.69318; -72.76496