Western Connecticut State University
President's Message

Since 1903, Western Connecticut State University's mission has been to help our students imagine and construct exciting new futures.  These students represent the diversity that characterizes public higher education today.  Some are traditional college-age students who live on campus and enjoy the complete undergraduate experience.  Others are working adults who balance their studies with family and employment responsibilities.  Some are pursuing broad courses of study that will provide wide options.  Others are pursuing more specific career goals.  No matter their age or major, however, all WestConn students receive the attention of faculty and staff mentors committed to helping them achieve their personal and professional goals.

From a small normal school designed to prepare teachers, Western Connecticut State University has grown into a comprehensive regional institution providing undergraduate, master's level, and doctoral education in a wide variety of academic disciplines.  This growth continues with the opening of a new $48 million science building, the construction of a new student center on the Westside Campus, and a much needed parking garage at our Midtown location.

We are a university on the move.  We employ our regional advantage to education for global realities.  This approach brings the world to our students in Danbury, as attested by recent visits from political leaders such as President Bill Clinton and Treasury Secretary John Snow, and from acclaimed authors and artists, such as Frank Deford, Frank McCourt, and Chick Corea.

As we begin the fourth year of our second century, our commitment remains firm to continue to serve not only our students, but also the residents of Danbury, Fairfield County, the State of Connecticut, and the world beyond.  Their futures are our business.  We look forward to helping you shape yours.

Warmest wishes and welcome to WestConn!


James W. Schmotter





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