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 a variety of options. Others are pursuing more specific career goals. No matter their age or major, all WestConn students receive the attention of faculty and staff mentors committed to helping them achieve their personal and professional goals.


WestConn is a place where the education of students comes first. Our classes are small, our professors committed to students and we provide an impressive array of support services to help you succeed in the classroom. For more than a hundred years, our business has been changing students’ lives, and we take this very seriously.


We have in recent years expanded the physical structure of our campus and that growth continues. Recent additions include a new residence hall on our Westside campus, our new $49 million science building, a new garage on our Midtown campus, and our exciting new, recently-opened Westside Campus Center. On the horizon is a magnificent new Visual and Performing Arts Center that will be built on the Westside campus.


In our faculty, in our facilities, and in learning experiences in places as varied as Henan Province, China; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Madrid, Spain; Edinburgh, Scotland; the five boroughs of New York City and the neighborhoods of Danbury, Conn., we pursue a common vision: to be an institution “with the characteristics of New England’s best small private university, but at a much more affordable cost.”


As we begin the fifth 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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