Western Connecticut State University seeks to enroll students who will benefit from and contribute to the university. Admission to the four undergraduate schools is competitive. Students are admitted to the university on the basis of predicted success in the specific majors for which they apply.
Campus Visit, Interview, Open House
One way the prospective student and the university can learn more about each other is through an on-campus interview. This is not required, but is encouraged. The interview provides applicants with an opportunity to exchange information, ask questions, explain and clarify admission credentials and receive a tentative evaluation of their status.
Visitors to campus are encouraged to take student-conducted tours and to meet informally with students and faculty. This will give a more personal view of Western Connecticut State University. Guided tours are available on several weekends in the fall and spring, as well as on weekdays when the university is in session. The Office of University Admissions will host an open house on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, and during the spring 2009 semester.
Arrangements for a campus visit and/or interview should be made well in advance. Please call the Office of Admissions at (203) 837-9000 for more information.
Application Procedures (Fall and Spring)
You may obtain an application from the Office of Admissions or from a secondary school or community college guidance office. Or, you may download a printable or web application from the Web site at www.wcsu.edu/admissions/application. Detail your interests, activities, talents and other significant personal qualities. Transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions and additional information such as senior year grades, test scores or final semester grades may be required. Application dates for undergraduate students are:
Fall Semester: Rolling admissions begin Dec. 1, with class spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-nursing and nursing program deadline is Feb. 1; EA2P (see page 15) deadline is March 1.
Spring Semester: Rolling admissions begins Oct. 1, with class spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
A $50 nonrefundable application fee must accompany the completed application. No application will be processed without payment of this fee. Waivers of this fee may be made if requested by a recognized educational or social welfare agency.
If admission is offered, a nonrefundable tuition deposit must be submitted by May 1 for fall semester entry.
First-year Application Guidelines
Academic preparation is the most important factor in determining admission. Class rank, grades of “B-” or better, and SAT/ACT (critical reading and math) results are required, but a sincere effort is made to judge achievement in relation to the quality and depth of the secondary school program. Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma from an accredited secondary school or an equivalency diploma. General Educational Development (GED) test scores must be converted into a State of Connecticut Equivalency Diploma. Home-schooled students also may be considered for admission.
Western Connecticut State University seeks to enroll applicants who meet the following university guidelines:
Evidence of successful completion of the following academic units in high school with a cumulative grade point average of “B-” or higher.
a. Four years of English, including writing skills and literature.
b. Three years of mathematics, including Algebra I, geometry and Algebra II.
c. Two years of social sciences, including U.S. History.
d. Two years of laboratory sciences.
e. Two to three years of a single foreign language. Three years are recommended.
f. Academic course work in computer science, visual arts, theater, music or dance may be substituted for one of the areas cited in a-e.
Additional Application Materials Needed Are:
1. SAT I (critical reading and math) scores from the College Board and/or ACT results (to include the writing sample) are required.
a. Transfer students are not required, under ordinary circumstances, to submit SAT I results.
b. Students who are 20 or older may submit nine semester hours of college credits in lieu of the SAT scores.
2. If English is not the applicant’s native language, a 79 (internet-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam), 550 (paper-based exam) score or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted in lieu of, or in addition to, the SAT scores. We will also accept a score of 77 or higher on the Melab and 6 or higher on the IELTS (Band).
3. Scholarship and financial aid candidates must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and request that the needs analysis be forwarded to the Federal Student Aid Programs by March 15.
4. Applicants for degrees in music education, bachelor of music programs and liberal arts music must complete the application for admission to the university and audition for the department as well. Students must meet the admission criteria of both the university and the music department. In addition, applicants will be tested on (1) knowledge of basic theory; (2) pitch discrimination; (3) basic piano techniques; (4) voice quality and ability to sing in tune.
5. Prior to registration, all entering students are required to present evidence to the Health Service Office of a tuberculin test and proof of immunizations. A recent physical examination is also required before the first class of the semester. Cost of this examination is the responsibility of the student. Please contact the Health Service Office for further information.
6. All students must file a residency affidavit on initial application to the state university. The residence status of each student is defined by Public Act 474 passed by the 1973 General Assembly.
A standard reclassification form will be used by students seeking to change their residence classification. This form is available from the Office of Student Affairs.
Tuition and fees are determined for each student on the basis of Connecticut or out-of-state residency. The failure of a student to disclose all facts relating to residence status shall be grounds for suspension or expulsion.
Nursing Admit Procedures (Feb. 1 is the deadline to apply to the pre-nursing/nursing program.)
I. PRE-NURSING: This is WestConn’s first-year sequence, freshman year and must be completed successfully before students are allowed to move into the second-year sequence, or a student’s sophomore year. Once admitted to the second-year sequence by the nursing department, these students are then called nursing majors. First-year sequence requirements include the following classes: Interpersonal Communication, a writing intensive class (English Comp. II at other colleges), Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, a full year of Survey of Chemistry and a full year of Anatomy and Physiology.
A. WestConn’s highly-competitive nursing program admits 80 pre-nursing majors each fall. Approximately 60 percent of our pre-nursing seats are reserved for freshmen and 40 percent for transfers.
B. Freshman qualifying standards for pre-nursing.
i. 1,000 on the critical reading and math SAT combined.
ii. 3.0 or “B” average or better.
iii. Top third of the class.
iv. Grade of “C” or better in high school chemistry.
v. Admitted as pre-nursing major for the fall semester only.
C. Transfer qualifying standards.
i. 3.0 or “B” average or better.
ii. “C” grades or better in anatomy/physiology and chemistry. Note: Transfer students may not take General Chemistry One at their sending institution and take Survey of Chemistry Two at WestConn.
iii. Admitted for the fall semester only.
iv. WestConn does not admit transfer students who have earned a grade of less than “C” in nursing courses from another institution
II. NURSING: This begins WestConn’s second-year sequence, or the student’s sophomore year. Three categories of students may qualify for nursing status. There are 70 seats available in the sophomore year or second-year sequence.
A. Current WestConn students who are pre-nursing majors must apply directly to the nursing department to change their status from pre-nursing to nursing. Please refer to the guidelines established in this general catalog for the nursing department. These students receive the first priority to fill seats as a nursing major.
B. Current WestConn students who have a major other than pre-nursing must apply to the nursing department and meet the same standards as pre-nursing students. These students receive second priority to fill seats as a nursing major.
C. Transfer students may also qualify to enter the university as nursing majors.
i. They must have a 2.5 grade point average for consideration. This is a highly competitive program and competition for seats is keen.
ii. The Admissions Office must have completed these applications by Feb. 1, which is the nursing department’s deadline for consideration. Supporting materials include an application, application fee and official transcripts from all colleges attended.
iii. Students transfers must have a “C” grade or better in the required sciences.
iv. They must demonstrate they will be able to complete the first-year sequence of required classes prior to the fall semester. Transcripts of courses in progress or registration receipts may be used for this purpose.
v. The nursing department will review transfer students at the same time as WestConn’s pre-nursing and change-of-major students. Transfers will be the third priority to fill nursing seats.
vi. Western does not admit transfer students who have earned a “C” or less in nursing courses from another institution.
III. RN TO BSN: These students are currently licensed Connecticut or New York RNs and hold either an Associate of Science in Nursing or a Hospital Diploma in Nursing. At this time WestConn is able to accommodate all applicants who meet our entrance requirements. The university does reserve the right to limit the number of students accepted into this program as necessary.
A. To apply, students must file an application, pay the application fee, have official transcripts sent from every college attended and photocopy both sides of their RN license. The license must be valid and current.
B. These students may be admitted fall or spring semester.
C. They must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or better.
D. In some cases anatomy/physiology and microbiology may have been completed more than 10 years prior to being admitted. The student is responsible for contacting the nursing department chair for permission to use these classes in the major.
E. Twenty-eight credits in the major are guaranteed to RN to BSN students. However, these students are responsible for meeting all of the university’s requirements for a B.S. in Nursing degree, including general education requirements.
Students wishing to pursue degree programs in the Department of Music must adhere to the following criteria for admission:
1. Fulfill general admission guidelines found in this catalog for the university, school and department.
2. Perform and pass an audition, in person or through electronic media, for members of the faculty. The student, through this audition, must exhibit the standards and skill sets required for entry into the Department of Music, including:
a. The ability to read and interpret standard musical notation.
b. The ability to produce an acceptable tone quality on one’s instrument or voice commensurate with entrance into the liberal arts program, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or one of two professional degree programs, the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) at the collegiate level.
c. The ability to accurately perform basic fundamentals associated with one’s instrument or voice, such as major scales and percussion rudiments.
d. The ability to accurately perform repertoire on one’s instrument or voice commensurate with entrance into a liberal arts (B.A.) or professional degree program (B.M. or B.S.) at the collegiate level.
3. Take and receive a passing score on a sight singing/ear training examination. (This examination will be used for entrance.)
4. Take a music theory placement examination. (This examination is for placement only.)
Information regarding audition dates and specific audition requirements for all performance areas may be obtained on the Web site at www.wcsu.edu/music or by contacting the Department of Music at (203) 837-8350.
All students wishing to transfer into any degree program in music at WCSU must meet the criteria listed above, including those currently attending institutions holding articulation agreements with WCSU. All transfer applicants will be assessed in the areas of applied music, keyboard competency, music history, music theory, and sight-singing/ear-training to determine eligibility for matriculation as well as for transfer credits that may be accepted in individual coursework.
It is the academic policy of the Connecticut State University and of Western Connecticut State University to have students begin their education with course work at the appropriate skill level in mathematics and writing. To ensure that students are taking the correct courses, the university administers a placement examination for mathematics and English prior to registration. Students who have been admitted to the university receive an acceptance packet from the Admissions Office informing them of requirements regarding these placement exams. Some students are required to take mathematics only, English only, or both examinations. Some students are exempt from both placement exams. The following is a list of the exemption criteria:
a. A verbal SAT score of 510-590 permits a student to register for ENG101, The Habit of Writing. A verbal SAT score of 600 or greater permits a student to register for a writing
b. A mathematics SAT score of 600 or greater, or a grade of “C” or better in high school calculus, permits a student to register for a general education mathematics course.
c. An equivalent course taken at an accredited institution with a grade of “C” or better in mathematics and/or writing may also exempt a student. Official
transcripts must be on file in the Admissions Office.
d. Advanced placement exam scores in both these areas may also exempt a student. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Placement information must be on file in the Admissions Office before a student can register for the appropriate courses.
The university requires that all remedial course work be completed within one academic year. A student who fails to meet this requirement will not be allowed to continue as a matriculated student. Please note: some majors also require a chemistry placement examination.
The university considers applications from students who have three years of secondary school preparation. A “B” average in all college preparatory courses together with a rank-in-class in the top 30th percentile are the minimum academic requirements. SAT results are necessary and should be well above the national average. Motivation and maturity should be clearly evident. Consent of the guidance counselor and legal guardians is necessary as well as an interview with a member of the admissions board.
A student may enter WestConn as a freshman, but with advanced standing toward a degree. Advanced standing may be achieved by taking Advanced Placement Examinations in which a score of three or higher will earn college credits in each subject area. Additionally, students can earn college credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or by actually taking courses for college credit while in secondary school.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) The Westside Campus Center serves as a testing center for several graduate and undergraduate tests. At the undergraduate level, the center administers the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
CLEP examinations recognize that through work experience, reading, or other activities, a student may have acquired knowledge equivalent to that taught in introductory college courses. By demonstrating this knowledge on a CLEP test, a student may qualify for college credit without attending class. WestConn administers all CLEP examinations for the award of college credit. Each examination covers material equivalent to that taught in one or more courses at the university. To earn credit, the student must demonstrate knowledge equivalent to that of a student who has taken the course and received a grade of at least a “C.” Advance permission from an academic department may be required for some CLEP exams.
At the graduate level, the Westside Campus Center administers the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), a graduate admissions test.
For more information about examinations and their requirements, call the Testing Hotline at (203) 837-8877, or check the Web site at www.wcsu.edu/testing.
Transition To College Program
This program permits selected secondary school seniors to enroll in a maximum of two courses a semester (six hours a week) while completing their secondary school curriculum. Students earn college credit and are graded upon completion of course(s).
Admission to the program requires:
a. Traditional college preparatory courses;
b. Junior class cumulative rank in the top of the class;
c. Strong recommendation from the secondary school counselor indicating the student has the motivation and maturity to benefit from a college education;
d. A combined SAT score of 1000 or better.
The Board of Admissions will make a decision promptly after receipt of the application and will notify the student’s secondary school guidance counselor of the decision.
Educational Achievement & Access Program (EA2P)
The Educational Achievement & Access Program (EA2P) provides underprepared students with the opportunity and support they need to obtain a college education. EA2P includes a challenging introductory five-week summer program that assists students in developing academic skills. This five-week experience, which includes courses in math, English, and study skills assists students with their first step towards achieving academic success at WestConn.
Through EA2P, students have the opportunity to become familiar with the campus environment, experience residence life, make new friends and meet WestConn’s faculty and staff. Academic courses are combined with review sessions that provide students a more in-depth understanding of the materials presented in their classes. Students also receive tutoring in their academic subjects during the assigned study hall.
All EA2P students are provided with the following year-round university services:
• Writing Lab
• Math Clinic
• Tutoring Resource Lab
• Individual academic counseling/advisement sessions
• Special social/cultural events
The EA2P admissions application deadline is March 1. Enrollment in the program is limited. Admission is based on SAT scores, high-school rank, letters of references, personal interview and written essay. EA2P students are required to take the same English and mathematics placement tests as non-EA2P students. EA2P students are admitted into a degree program or as “undeclared” student status in the School of Arts and Sciences. For more information, call Ismael Diaz at (203) 837-9861.
A. A transfer applicant is one who has earned 12 or more college credits (with no more than three credits by examination) after graduating high school.
B. Every official transcript bears a school seal. Students must contact the Registrar’s Office of each college or university previously attended and have them forward an official transcript to WestConn’s Office of University Admissions via mail.
C. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all previous college level study is required for consideration for admission to the university; particular academic programs may require higher GPAs for admission. Applicants with 45 or more credits must meet any special departmental or school admissions requirements as indicated below:
a. Programs offered through the Ancell School of Business, including Justice and Law Administration: 2.3 GPA for all courses attempted.
b. Communication: 2.0 GPA and 2.5 in major courses.
c. Computer Science: 2.0 GPA and 2.5 in major courses.
d. Education: 2.8 GPA for all courses attempted.
e. English: 2.0 GPA and 2.67 in major courses.
f. Mathematics/Computer Science: 2.0 GPA and 2.5 in major courses.
g. Social Work: 2.0 GPA and 2.5 in major courses.
D. Courses with a “C-” or higher grade are generally transferable into WestConn. However, only credits are accepted in transfer, not grades. A “T” symbol is used to designate transfer credits on WestConn’s student transcripts. Courses taken at other institutions which are vocational or technical in nature may not be accepted at WCSU. Note: Any academic courses with a passing grade will transfer from Central, Eastern, or Southern Connecticut State University.
E. Students may transfer no more than 90 semester hour credits from a four-year college or university and no more than 75 credits from a two-year college. Note: at least 30 credits, and at least half the total credits required in a student’s major, must be completed at WestConn.
F. A new academic program or course submitted by an applicant for transfer consideration may be reviewed by the Admissions Board. A secondary school record is not required of transfer students under normal circumstances.
Evaluation of Transfer Credits
Transfer applicants may normally expect that their transfer credits will be evaluated at the time a decision is made to admit the applicant. Any transfer applicant who is dissatisfied with his/her credit evaluation may appeal the decision to the director of University Admissions, who is charged with managing the appeal process in coordination with the appropriate academic representatives of the university. Students have one semester after they are matriculated to adjust their transfer credit evaluation.
Transfer Arrangement for Associate Degree Recipients
It is the policy of the Board of Trustees for Connecticut State University that all students who graduate from two-year associate degree programs at the State Community Colleges are admissible to the Connecticut State University system. These students are admitted to the third year of study on the same basis as continuing students are admitted to junior standing. This policy also applies to the transfer applicants holding associate degrees from the Connecticut Board of State Academic Awards. Courses with grades of “D+, D and D-” are transferable only if the student has an associate’s degree.
Applicants who hold an associate degree are normally not admitted to a program if their cumulative grade point average is lower than departmental/school standards for admission. A student in this situation should contact the director of University Admissions for an interview.
A policy set by both the Connecticut State University and the Connecticut Community College system requires that mathematics courses taken at a community college must have had a prerequisite of intermediate algebra in order to be transferred to WestConn and meet general education requirements.
Special Student Categories
The university welcomes veteran applications. A veteran is encouraged to meet with a veterans affairs education benefit advisor through the Office of Student Financial Services located in Old Main 105, who will provide information about veterans’ benefits.
The university accepts the results of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) which is administered at no charge to military personnel on active duty through Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Armed Forces personnel desiring further information about the examinations should contact their education officer or write to DANTES, Madison, WI 53713 if taken before 1974. After 1974, contact DANTES, Box 2819, Princeton, NJ 08540.
A veteran who has been accepted into a degree program may, upon presentation of the DD Form 214, Report of Transfer or Discharge, receive exemption from the university’s exercise science requirement. The university also may accept college level credits earned through the United States Armed Forces Institute and for service schools completed, as recommended by the American Council on Education, providing that credit is applicable to the individual’s degree program.
International student applications are accepted by Western Connecticut State University, though scholarship and loan fund limitations prohibit offering financial assistance to any students who do not hold United States citizenship.
International students residing outside the U.S. should contact the Office of University Admissions for admission information. Applicants must earn a 79 (internet-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam), 550 (paper-based exam) score or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The university also accepts a score of 77 or higher on the Melab and 6 or higher on the IELTS (Band). Students also are required to indicate ability to finance their education. Application materials will be sent if language ability and economic support are determined to be sufficient. If a request for application materials is approved, appropriate academic transcripts must be sent to the university as soon as possible.
The applicant is required to provide an official evaluation of his/her high school diploma and/or college level courses that has been conducted by an international educational service. A high school diploma or its equivalent may be a document to document evaluation. College and university courses must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
All new students planning to enter the university in the fall semester must submit all application materials before March 1. Students desiring to enroll in the spring semester must submit all completed materials before Oct. 1. Students already studying in the United States should submit admission materials as outlined in the admissions procedure.
This university is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
For more information about international student advisement, call the International Services Coordinator Missy Gluckman at (203) 837-3270.
The university may admit nonmatriculated status individuals from other colleges and universities who meet WestConn’s admissions criteria and application deadlines for undergraduate study. Such applicants normally intend to return to their original collegiate institutions after attending WestConn for one year or less. As a nonmatriculated student at WestConn, the guest student must be approved in advance each semester by the director of University Admissions, who also serves as the student’s academic adviser. A maximum of 30 credits may be earned at WestConn in this manner.
a. A readmit applicant is one who has previously been matriculated as an undergraduate at WestConn and is now seeking to return after one or more semesters without an approved leave of absence.
b. An applicant must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
c. An applicant with 45 or more credits completed must also meet any special department/school admissions requirements.
d. An applicant should familiarize himself/herself with the university Fresh Start Policy to determine if it applies.
e. The Board of Admissions will review any cases with unusual circumstances worthy of consideration.
Fresh Start Readmission
An applicant who was a previously enrolled matriculated student and who has a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 is eligible to apply for readmission under certain conditions:
a. The period of withdrawal or suspension and readmission must include at least one year in which no college courses were taken. Remedial non-credit college courses in English and mathematics are excepted.
b. Completion of no more than 60 credits with a “C-” or higher average, when applying for admission.
c. Satisfactory completion of WRT 098: Written Communication and/or MAT 098: Elementary Algebra prior to admission, if appropriate.
d. Significant evidence of personal growth since withdrawal, in the form of two letters of recommendation. A student may be conditionally admitted to the university under this policy, resulting in restrictions in the number and nature of courses taken during the first semester of enrollment.
e. A personal interview may be required.
Additional requirements of Fresh Start Readmission
The Fresh Start Program may be exercised only once. The student’s cumulative GPA at WestConn becomes 0.0. Grades of “F,” “D-,” “D,” and “D+” are forgiven. Grades of “C-” or better count toward graduation. Students are admitted on probation under this option.
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is currently not being offered at Western Connecticut State University. Students interested in pursuing an ROTC program should contact the ROTC office at Sacred Heart University at (203)-365-7564.