Western Connecticut State University, founded in 1903, is located in Danbury, a major city in Fairfield County in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, 65 miles north of Manhattan and 50 miles west of Hartford. WestConn's rural 364-acre Westside campus complements its 34-acre, 15-building Midtown campus in the heart of downtown Danbury. Constant planning, evaluation, and improvement of programs and curriculum sharpen WestConn's "edge of excellence" and keep it responsive to the progressive community it serves. The University works with and is supported by a forward-looking, innovative business community, and it collaborates with several local, state, and regional community agencies and educational institutions.
Western Connecticut State University serves as an accessible, responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut. We strive to meet the educational needs of a diversified student body through instruction, scholarship and public service. Western aspires to be a public university of choice for programs of excellence in the liberal arts and the professions by providing full-time and part-time students with the necessary background to be successful in their chosen careers and to be productive members of society. It accomplishes this by emphasizing:
Our mission as a public comprehensive University is given life through the principles and values that guide us.
The Division of Academic Affairs at WestConn comprises five academic units: the Ancell School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional Studies, the Division of Graduate Studies and External Programs, and the Center for Adult Education. All programs-undergraduate, graduate and noncredit-are offered through one of the five units. The Division of Graduate Studies coordinates all graduate and external programs. The University Center for Adult Education (UCAE) offers noncredit programs for career advancement and professional enrichment.
The Division of Student Affairs offers a variety of programs and services to meet students' interests and needs. These include athletics, campus ministry, career development, counseling, health services, housing and residence life, pre-collegiate programs, and student life. Through its various offices the Division helps students to become aware of their opportunities, optimize their performance, enrich their college experience, and ensure protection of their rights and responsibilities.
The Division of Financial Affairs is responsible for university business, campus facilities, and safety. The Division of Institutional Advancement is concerned with alumni and community relations.
The Alumni Association of Western Connecticut State University was founded in 1919 and promotes the general welfare of the University. The Board of Directors is composed of 20 members who meet quarterly to discuss and plan future activities of the Association.
Contributing members receive: an identification card; newsletters; invitations to special alumni receptions and events, including Homecoming; borrowing privileges at both Ruth A. Haas and Robert Young Libraries, and use of the personal computer center in the Ruth A. Haas Library.
Scholarships are awarded each spring by the Alumni Association to applicants meeting academic requirements and showing evidence of extra-curricular involvements at the University. Application information is available on the web site.