Central Connecticut State University

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Central Connecticut State University
Central Connecticut State University Seal.svg
Former names
State Normal School (1849–1933)
Teachers College of Connecticut (1933–1959)
Central Connecticut State College (1959–1983)
TypePublic university
Established1849 (1849)
Parent institution
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
Academic affiliation
Endowment$80 million (2020)[1]
PresidentZulma R. Toro
Administrative staff
416 full-time professors
432 part-time professors
Students8,898 (Spring 2022)[2]
Undergraduates7,054 (Spring 2022)[3]
Postgraduates1,844 (Spring 2022)[4]
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 165-acre (0.258 sq mi)
Colors   Blue and white
NicknameBlue Devils
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division INEC
MascotKizer the Blue Devil

Central Connecticut State University (Central Connecticut, CCSU,[5] Central Connecticut State,[6] or informally Central) is a public university in New Britain, Connecticut. Founded in 1849 as the State Normal School, CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly-funded university. It is made up of four schools: the Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education and Professional Studies; and the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology. As of Spring 2022, the university was attended by 8,898 students: 7,054 undergraduate students and 1,844 graduate students.[7] More than half of students live off campus and 96 percent are Connecticut residents.[7] The school is part of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system (CSCU), which also oversees Eastern, Western, and Southern Connecticut State Universities.[8]


View over campus from the west
Vance Academic Center
Copernicus Hall
Student Center
Elihu Burritt Library

Central Connecticut State University was founded in 1849 as the State Normal School to train teachers.[9] It was the sixth normal school in the United States and is the oldest public university in Connecticut.[10][11] It ran until 1867 when the school was temporarily closed due to opposition in the Connecticut General Assembly.[12] Two years later, the Normal School resumed its services and continued to do so until the 1930s. In 1933, the Connecticut General Assembly created the Teachers College of Connecticut and the first bachelor's degrees were granted.[13] In 1922, the campus moved to its current location on Stanley Street.

The school was again renamed in 1959, becoming the Central Connecticut State College.[14]

In 1983, the school transitioned from a college to a regional university and thus became 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.[15]


The most popular Bachelor's programs by student enrollment are Business and Marketing, Social Sciences and Psychology, Education, Engineering, Communications, English, and Biology.[16][17] Bachelor's programs are also offered in a variety of other fields such as computer information systems, literature, and the visual and performing arts.[18][19] The school has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1, with 43 percent of its classes enrolling fewer than 20 students.[17][20] In 2012, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time students increased to 52%.[21]

U.S. News & World Report for 2022 ranked the university tied #105 in Regional Universities North.[22]

There are over 400 full-time faculty, 83% of whom possess the terminal degree in their field.[23] Another 501 part-time instructors also teach at the university.[7]

Graduate programs are in all of the academic schools. These include programs in accountancy, education, literature, international studies, engineering technology, and information technology. A number of doctoral degrees are also offered.[7]

Academic and office halls[edit]

  • Copernicus Hall (nursing, biology, engineering)
  • Vance Academic Center (business, communications, criminology, social work, and graphic design)
  • Bassett Hall (anthropology, geography, history, political science, sociology)
  • Sanford Hall (computer science, economics)
  • Barnard Hall (education, graduate studies)
  • Welte Hall (music)
  • Maloney Hall (theatre, art)
  • Kaiser Hall (fitness science, gym & pool)
  • Marcus White Hall (mathematics, philosophy, psychology)
  • Willard-DiLoreto Hall (English, journalism, philosophy, world languages)
  • Catherine J. Fellows Dance Education Center (Dance, Dance Education)


Facilities[24] include 10 academic halls, the Student Center, the Burritt Library,[25] and numerous laboratories. Computer labs are available throughout campus, the largest of which is located in Marcus White Hall.[26] Dining facilities are located in Memorial Hall Hilltop Dining Center 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.[27]

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 and 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.

Recent projects[edit]

A new eight-story residence hall (Mid Campus Residence Hall) opened for occupancy in the Fall of 2015. The $82 million dorm features "suite" style rooms, in addition to a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, a kitchen on each floor, and a server kitchen and main lounge with a fireplace on the main floor. The Office of Residence Life is located on the first floor of the new facility.

During the past several years,[when?] the new $37-million Social Sciences Hall, 4,300-square-foot Bichum Engineering Laboratory, and 12,500-square-foot Campus Police Station opened. 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. 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 were added, as well as construction on the Balf–Savin baseball field.


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.[28]

Notable alumni[edit]

Athletes and coaches[edit]


Public servants[edit]


Guest speakers and honorees[edit]

Commencement speakers[edit]

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, 23 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. ^ "Fundraising and the Endowment". www.ccsu.edu. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Headcount Enrollment" (PDF). www.ccsu.edu. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Headcount Enrollment" (PDF). www.ccsu.edu. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Headcount Enrollment" (PDF). www.ccsu.edu. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Central Connecticut Blue Devils". ESPN. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 Central Connecticut State Blue Devils". FOX Sports. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Headcount Enrollment" (PDF). www.ccsu.edu. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) Spring 2022 Headcount Enrollment, Trends, FULL-TIME & PART-TIME" (PDF). Spring 2022. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  9. ^ Muirhead, Images of America Central Connecticut State University, p6
  10. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 22.
  11. ^ "Central Connecticut State University". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  12. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 59.
  13. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 84.
  14. ^ "CCSU Profile". ccsu.edu. Central Connecticut State University. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  15. ^ "Chapter 185 - Board of Regents for Higher Education".
  16. ^ "Common Data Set". CCSU.edu. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  17. ^ a b "CCSU Viewbook" (PDF). CCSU.edu. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 5, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  18. ^ "CCSU Semi-Annual Statistical Report" (PDF). CCSU.edu. Retrieved May 8, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2012/2013". CCSU.edu. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  20. ^ "The Schools of CCSU". CCSU.edu. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  21. ^ "Consumer Information: Graduation Rates". CCSU.edu. 2013. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  22. ^ "Central Connecticut State University". usnews.com. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  23. ^ CSU Semi-Annual Statistical Report: Faculty by Degree (Report). Fall 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  24. ^ "404 Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  25. ^ "Elihu Burritt Library - Central Connecticut State University".
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  28. ^ "Central Connecticut State University Athletics". NCAA. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  29. ^ "Joe Costello Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  30. ^ "Ryan Costello College, Amateur & Minor Leagues Statistics & History".
  31. ^ Posted 10:20 AM, June 28, 2015, by Marcus Harun (2015-06-28). "Wolcott's Colleen Ward selected as Miss Connecticut | FOX 61". Foxct.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  32. ^ Fukada, Robert Mikio (2000). "Talcott, Eliza (1836-1911), missionary to Japan". American National Biography. doi:10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0801499. ISBN 978-0-19-860669-7. Retrieved 2021-03-13.


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

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