Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

Admission to Western

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.

New England Regional Student Program

Western Connecticut State University participates in the New England Regional Student Program of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE). This arrangement offers residents of the other New England states the opportunity to enroll at WCSU for the NEBHE rate, which is currently $14,920 (2020-2021 academic year). Similarly, Connecticut residents may avail themselves of programs offered by schools in other New England states that are not available at Connecticut State Universities.

Starting with the Fall 2021 semester, WCSU will offer the NEBHE Flexible option. This means that any undergraduate student from New England who enrolls full-time at WCSU will be eligible for the NEBHE rate.
Detailed information about the Regional Program can be obtained through the Office of University Admissions at Western, from any secondary school guidance office, or from the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111 or by calling (617) 357-9620.

State Rehabilitation Programs

State Rehabilitation Commissions frequently offer generous educational services to persons with a disability or a handicap. A student with a disability or handicap should contact a commission office to determine eligibility.

Campus Visit, Interview, Open House

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. Group presentations and guided tours are available on select Saturdays in the fall and spring, as well as weekday tours when the university is in session. The Office of University Admissions hosts an open house each fall.

Another 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.

Arrangements for a campus visit or requests to meet with a faculty member as part of a visit should be made well in advance. Please call the Office of Admissions at (203) 837-9000 for more information or visit www.wcsu.edu/admissions/tours/

Application Procedures (Fall and Spring)

As of July 1, 2014, Western Connecticut State University is a member of The Common Application and students are encouraged to apply online at www.commonapp.org/Login.  Students may also apply online using Western’s online application at www.wcsu.edu/admissions/application. Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions. Additional information such as senior year grades, standardized test scores or final semester grades may be required.

Application dates for undergraduate students:

Fall Semester: Rolling admissions begin December 1, with class spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority deadline for first-time first-year applicants is April 1.

Spring Semester: Rolling admissions begin October 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 of $200 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 results are recommended, 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. Homeschooled students also may be considered for admission. All students must submit a personal essay and at least one letter of recommendation.

Applicants must show evidence of successful completion of the following academic units in high school with a cumulative grade point average of “B-” or higher:

  1. Four years of English, including writing skills and literature.
  2. Three years of mathematics, including Algebra I, geometry and Algebra II.
  3. Three years of social sciences, including U.S. History.
  4. Two years of laboratory sciences.
  5. Academic course work may be substituted for one of the areas above.

Standardized Test Optional Policy

Beginning with the class entering in fall 2013, the submission of standardized tests (SAT I and ACT) is optional for admission to Western Connecticut State University. While we recognize that standardized tests accurately measure aptitude for many students, there are many others whose talents are not measured by such tests. The test results can serve as an artificial barrier to many highly qualified students, preventing them from even considering degree completion at Western.

We are proud to join with the more than 850 colleges nationwide who have made the decision to move to test-optional admission. Research has shown that the best predictor of academic success in college is the grades students achieve in high school (grade point average of 3.0 or above).

* If Accepted, students who choose to enroll, are required to submit standardized test scores for academic placement and advising or a placement exam. Please note that students who wish to be considered for the pre-nursing program, Kathwari Honors Program, or merit-scholarships are required to submit standardized test scores for admission.

Admission criteria for students who do not submit standardized test scores are as follows:

  • Un-weighted B or 3.0 recalculated to university standards grade point averagwe
  •  Top 35% of class
  • Resume of activities/letters of recommendation (required)
  • Official high school transcript (required)
  • Personal essay (required)
  • Senior Year Report Card and/or Midyear Grades ( upon availability)
  • March 1st deadline
  • The application fee is $50.

Additional Application Materials:

1 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 Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and 6 or higher on the International English Language testing system (IELTS), (Band).

2. Scholarship and financial aid candidates must be accepted to the university and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, to be considered on time.

Prior to Registration:

1. All entering students are required to present evidence to the Health Service Office of a tuberculin test and proof of immunizations (measles, rubella, mumps and varicella). 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.

2. 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 Admissions. Tuition and fees are determined for each student on the basis of Connecticut (and other qualifying locations) 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.

Admission Criteria for Nursing Applicants


The Department of Nursing strives to provide a nursing education that is aimed at preparing beginning and advanced practice nurses to meet the ever-changing health care needs of Connecticut and the surrounding region. This is achieved through:

  • A dynamic curriculum that is responsive to students and community needs;
  • Clinical competence, scholarship and research;
  • Service to the university, the public and the profession;
  • Accommodation of diverse values and interests;
  • A commitment to a caring culture.The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program) at (institution) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202)-887-6791 x268. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org.
  • For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog. Completion of all general education requirements, including exercise science, and requirements in nursing and foundational sciences specified in the program outlined below, to total a minimum of 120 semester hours.
  • All courses identified in the following eight-semester sequence are requirements in this major. Completion of the program within four academic years requires that the biology and chemistry courses be completed in the semesters shown. The remaining credits to meet general education requirements and additional free electives for a minimum of 120 SH, including exercise science, may be scheduled at the student’s discretion with approval of the departmental adviser.
  • Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Course Restrictions
  • Program Information

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.) Admission, Retention and Graduation Requirements


Students interested in majoring in nursing at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) must complete a dual admission process. Initially, students must be accepted into the University as pre- nursing. Once accepted into the University, application for admission to the Department of Nursing (DON) is made at the beginning of the spring semester of the Freshman year. Applications are available on-line or in the nursing department at the end of December and due to the Nursing Office the first Monday of February.

  •  Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed by the Department of Nursing.
  • All students must be admitted to the university prior to applying for admission to the nursing major.  The applicant pool is not limited to pre-nursing students.  The decision to admit an applicant to the Nursing major is made by the Department of Nursing.
  • Admission to nursing is competitive with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 being the minimum considered for acceptance. Students are ranked according to GPA and successful completion of all prerequisites. Qualified students may not be accepted because of a limited number of clinical placements and limited Department of Nursing resources. Admission is limited to 60-85 students.
  • In evaluating students for acceptance into the nursing program the following criteria are used: GPA, evaluation of overall academic record including number of course withdrawals, prerequisite course failures, and academic success at other colleges and universities. Students must earn at least a C in the four science prerequisite courses (BIO 105, 106, and CHE 120, 121).  Sciences cannot be more than 5 years old. Consistent with WCSU admission requirements, preference is given to those candidates who, in the judgment of the DON, have academic and personal qualifications with the greatest potential for program success.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed or be enrolled in the following courses:
    Writing Intensive Course (W)
    COM 162 Interpersonal Communication
    PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
    SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
    BIO 105 and BIO 106 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better
    CHE 120 and CHE 121 or  equivalent with a grade of “C” or better
  • Students are ineligible to apply for admission to the WCSU nursing program if they have been dismissed for either academic or clinical reasons from another nursing program.
  • Students newly accepted into the program must adhere to the Health Policies of the DON. The following information must be submitted on or before June 1 prior to starting nursing classes: Current health form Results of either PPD skin test or chest x-ray or quantiferon blood test Evidence of rubella, rubeola, mumps and varicella vaccinations or antibody titers Evidence of measles vaccination Evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination, Hepatitis B titre or signed declination to receive vaccine Tdap vaccine completed within the last 10 years CPR certification for professional rescuers.
  • Students without documentation of health requirements and/or CPR certification will not be allowed to participate in clinical experiences.
  • Transfer students coming into the University must first apply to the admissions department and must meet the same standards listed above.  Western students wishing to change their major to Nursing must apply to the department for admission to the Nursing major and must meet the same requirements as pre-nursing students.  Please refer to the above criteria.1. In order to remain in the Nursing program, students must earn at least a “C” grade in all courses with a NUR 200 or NUR 300 designation and BIO 215. **Please be reminded that sophomore nursing students who are transitioning between the fall and spring semester are required to complete a Medication Math Test and must pass with > 85**.  This is administered during the Fall exam for NUR 105.3. A student who receives a grade of “C-” or lower in a NUR 200 or NUR 300 level Nursing course, whose cumulative grade point average has dropped below 2.50, who has withdrawn from a NUR 200 or NUR 300 level nursing course, who has taken a leave of absence from the Nursing program (whether medical or otherwise), or who has withdrawn from the Nursing program must apply for readmission to the Nursing program. The student may be readmitted to the program provided that, in the judgment of the nursing faculty, the student meets the criteria for readmission. Students who demonstrate an unsafe level of patient care will not be permitted to continue in the clinical area.


    • The student must have at least a “C” grade in all 200- and 300-level Nursing courses.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The student must have sustained evidence of academic and behavioral characteristics acceptable for professional nursing as set forth in the philosophy and objectives of the Department of Nursing.
  • The student must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 based on at least 120 credits earned.
  • Under provisions of Public Act 86-365, students whose ability to function is impaired or who have engaged in unethical or illegal acts, or whose behavior does not conform to accepted standards of the Nursing profession may jeopardize their eligibility for obtaining or retaining professional nurse licensure in the State of Connecticut. (A copy of the act with explanatory material is available for review in the department office.) Such conduct or behavior may also be grounds for disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal from the program, by the Nursing faculty or departmental administrator.
  • Any student who receives more than one course grade below “C” in any of the NUR courses will not be readmitted to the Nursing program.  In addition, any student who has for any reason reapplied and been admitted and then subsequently withdrawn or fails, will not be allowed to reapply a second time.
  • In order to remain in the Nursing program, nursing students must fulfill academic requirements and must also show evidence of meeting the behavioral objectives (cognitive, psychomotor and affective) of preparation for professional nursing as described and distributed in each nursing course with a NUR 200 and NUR 300 designation.


  1. Synthesize knowledge from the arts, sciences, and humanities with nursing theory as the basis for making nursing practice decisions.
  2. Exercise critical thinking in using the nursing process to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate the care provided to individuals, families and communities.
  3. Apply the nursing process to design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic nursing interventions to provide preventive, curative, supportive, and restorative care for individuals, families, and communities in both structured and unstructured settings, using a variety of techniques.
  4. Use a variety of communication techniques, including written documentation, in the process of assessment, counseling, and therapeutic interventions with individual clients, families, groups and communities.
  5. Develop and implement a variety of teaching-learning strategies in the provision of health teaching for individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings.
  6. Use the process of scientific inquiry and research findings to improve nursing care delivery.
  7. Manage information, human resources, and material resources to achieve optimum client outcomes in a cost-effective manner.
  8. Use leadership, management, and collaborative skills as a member of a multi-disciplinary team within the health care delivery system to develop, implement, and evaluate health care provided to clients.
  9. Exercise independent judgment and ethical decision-making, and act as an advocate for consumers of health care services.
  10. Demonstrate accountability in learning and in nursing actions, based on accepted standards of nursing care and in accordance of professional nursing practice.

Professional Nurse Licensure

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to the State Board of Examiners for Nursing in Connecticut, or in any other state of their choice, for examination for Professional Nurse licensure. Each state board may have additional criteria for eligibility according to the laws of the state. In Connecticut, the limitations to eligibility for licensure are delineated in Public Act 86-365. A copy of this act is available for review in the department office.

Health Policies and Other Requirements

Because of the nature of the clinical experiences and regulations of various clinical agencies utilized in the nursing program, all Nursing students are required to adhere to departmental policies in addition to the immunizations required of all university students. This information may be obtained directly from the department.

In addition to the above stated health requirements, students must meet any additional requirements identified by a clinical affiliating agency, including a criminal background check. Clinical agencies reserve the right to refuse clinical placement to students who do not pass the background check.

Students may also be required to submit fingerprinting as part of their clearance for community/pediatric rotations. If students are flagged in background check or fingerprinting, they may or may not be able to complete the nursing program.

If a student’s physical or emotional health status is deemed unsafe for clinical laboratory experiences by the Nursing faculty, the student may not attend clinical laboratories. Appropriate clearance may be required prior to the student returning to the clinical laboratory.

Additional Requirements

Students are required to furnish their own uniforms and to provide their own transportation to clinical facilities. Students may also be required to have health insurance and are responsible for any medical care administer as a result of clinical assignment.

All students must be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as a healthcare provider prior to entering sophomore year, and must maintain current certification to be eligible to attend clinical experience.  It is recommended that students obtain their CPR certification from the American Heart Association and/or the American Red Cross.  In addition to liability protection under the Statutes of Connecticut [Chapter 170, Section 10-235(a)], the university carries professional liability insurance coverage for nursing students.

Western at Waterbury

The Nursing Department also offers courses for the RN-BS degree completion program at Western’s Waterbury program located on the grounds of Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury. This program is available only to students who hold a current RN license. A current RN license is required from the state in which clinical affiliations are scheduled.

Some courses offered at Waterbury are also open to students taking classes at Danbury. For more information on this program, contact WCSU at Waterbury, Founders Hall 129, (203) 596-8777.

Registered nurse graduates of associate degree and hospital diploma nursing programs who hold a current RN license in Connecticut or another state are encouraged to apply to this program. A current RN license is required from the state in which clinical affiliations are scheduled. These students must complete all college and department course requirements satisfactorily to be eligible for the B.S. degree with a major in Nursing. Western Connecticut State University is a participant in the Connecticut Articulation Model for Nurse Educational Mobility.

Admission Auditions for All Music Degree Programs

Applicants for degrees in Music Education, Bachelor of Music programs and Musical Theatre 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.

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:

The ability to read and interpret standard musical notation.

  • The ability to produce an acceptable tone quality on an 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.
  •  The ability to accurately perform basic fundamentals associated with an instrument or voice, such as major scales and percussion rudiments.
  • The ability to accurately perform repertoire on an instrument or voice commensurate with entrance into a liberal arts (B.A.) or professional degree (B.M. or B.S.) program 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.)

Information regarding audition dates and specific audition requirements for all performance areas may be obtained on the website at www.wcsu.edu/music or by contacting the Department of Music at (203) 837-8350.

Admission Auditions for Musical Theatre Degree Program

Applicants for degrees in Music Education, Bachelor of Music programs and Musical Theatre 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.

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 for members of the faculty. The student, through this audition, must exhibit the standards and skill sets required for entry into the Musical Theatre program, including:

  • The ability to accurately perform with accompaniment 16 bars of an up-tempo vocal selection and 16 bars of a ballad.
  • The ability to perform a half- to one-minute monologue portraying a character close to the age of the individual auditioning.
  • The ability to learn and perform a short dance phrase that demonstrates movement skills.

3.  Take and receive a passing score on a sight singing/ear training examination. (This examination will be used for entrance.)

Information regarding audition dates and specific audition requirements can be found on the website at www.wcsu.edu/theatrearts or by contacting the Department of Theatre Arts at (203) 837-8250.

Transfer Admission for Music Students

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.

Placement Examinations in Mathematics and Writing

It is the academic policy of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System 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 writing before 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, writing only, or both examinations. Some students are exempt from both placement exams.

Exemption criteria are as follows:

An English/Reading SAT score of 440-590 permits a student to register for WRT 101, Composition I: The Habit of Writing. An English/Reading SAT score of 600 or greater permits a student to register for a writing-intensive course. The writing placement exam is required for a verbal score of 430 or less.

Math placement is based on a student’s SAT or ACT score. A student may place into a higher-level math class by taking the mathematics placement exam and achieving the appropriate score if they wish:

  • SAT math score 520 and below or ACT math score 1–17 = MAT 100P, Elementary Algebra.
  • SAT math score 530-560 or ACT math score 18–21 = MAT 100, Intermediate Math.
  • SAT math score 570-610 or ACT math score 22-23 = General Education Math placement.
  • SAT math score 620 and higher or ACT math score 24–36 = Calculus placement (or any General Education math course).

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 for the exemption to take effect.

Advancement 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.

Early Admission/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 ear college credit and are graded upon completion of course(s).  The university considers applications from students who have three years of secondary school preparation.  A “B” average in all college preparatory course and a rank-in-class in the top 30th percentile are the minimum academic requirements.  Standardized test 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.

Admission requirements for this program:

  1. At least junior standing (11th grade) in HS with a ranking in the top 1/2 class
  2. Letter of recommendation from guidance counselor
  3. College Prep course load
  4. Test scores of a least 1080 o the SAT or 22 on the ACT
  5. Interview with Director of Admissions

First-Year Admission with Advanced Standing

Advanced Placement

A student may enter Western 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 taking courses for college credit while in secondary school.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The Campus and Student Centers administer several graduate and undergraduate tests.

At the undergraduate level, the centers administer the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).  These 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.

Western 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 a least a “C”.  Advance permission from an academic department may be required for some CLEP exams.

At the graduate level, the university administers the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), a graduate admissions test.

For more information about examinations and their requirements, call the Testing Hotline at (203) 837-9977, or check the website https://www.wcsu.edu/testing/

Educational Achievement & Access Program (EAP)

The Educational Achievement & Access Program (EAP) provides a select group of under-prepared students with the opportunity and support they need to obtain a college education. EAP provides a challenging introductory five-week summer program that assists students in developing their academic and study skills.

This five-week experience includes courses in mathematics, writing, an HPX/Great Hollow Wilderness experience, and study skills sessions that assist students with their first steps towards achieving academic success at Western.

Through EAP, students have the opportunity to become familiar with campus and residential life, make new friends and meet Western’s faculty and staff. Academic courses are combined with review/study hall sessions that provide students a more in-depth understanding of the materials presented in their classes. Students also receive daily tutoring in their academic subjects during assigned study hall sessions.

All EAP students are provided with the following year-round academic/university services:

  • Writing Lab
  • Math Lab
  • Tutoring Resource Lab
  • Individual academic counseling/advisement sessions
  • Special social/cultural events

The EAP admissions application deadline is March 1. Enrollment in the program is limited and admission is based on high school grade point average, SAT scores, high-school rank, letters of reference, personal interview and a written essay. EAP students are required to take the same writing and mathematics placement tests as non-EAP students. EAP students are admitted into a degree program or as “undeclared” students in the School of Arts and Sciences.

For more information about the EAP program, please call the Admissions Office at (203) 837–9000 or the EAP Office at (203) 837–8801.

Transfer Admission


A transfer applicant is a student who has earned 12 or more college credits (with no more than three credits by examination) after graduating high school.

Every official transcript bears a school seal. Students must contact the Registrar’s Office of each college or university previously attended to arrange forwarding of an official transcript to Western’s Office of University Admissions via mail.

Transfer students are not required, under ordinary circumstances, to submit SAT I results.

A 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all previous college-level study is required for consideration for admission to the university; specific academic programs may require higher GPAs for admission.  Education and Pre-Nursing require a 3.0 GPA.

Courses with a “C-” or higher grade are generally transferable to Western.  However, only credits are accepted in transfer, not grades.

A “T” symbol is used to designate transfer credits on Western’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 universities.

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 Western.

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. Evaluations may be passed along to academic departments for review in acceptance to a degree program. Transfer applicants dissatisfied with their credit evaluation may appeal the decision to the Registrar, who is charged with managing the appeal process in coordination with the appropriate academic representatives. Students may request an appeal to adjust their transfer credit evaluation at any point up to their graduation from the university.

Transfer Arrangement for Associate Degree Recipients

It is the policy of the Board of Regents for Connecticut State Colleges and Universities that all students who graduate from two-year associate degree programs at the State Community Colleges are admissible to the Connecticut State Universities 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 associates degree.

Applicants who hold an associate degree are normally not admitted to a program if their cumulative grade point average is lower than departmental or school standards for admission. A student in this situation should contact the Associate Director of Transfer Admissions.

A policy set by both Connecticut State Universities and Connecticut Community Colleges in the CSCU system requires that mathematics courses taken at a community college must have had a prerequisite of intermediate algebra in order to be transferred to Western and meet general education requirements.

Special Student Categories


The university welcomes applications from Veterans.  A veteran is encouraged to meet with a veterans affairs education benefit adviser through the Office of Enrollment Services located in Old Main 101, who will provide information about veteran’s 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. 


The Veterans Affairs Coordinator assists Veterans, members of the Selected Reserve and military-connected families in transitioning to higher education and is responsible for certifying the enrollment and changes in enrollment for students eligible for Veteran education benefits. The Office of Veterans Affairs is located on the Midtown campus in Old Main, Room 101 with office hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All current/former service members and family members are encouraged to contact the Office of Veteran Affairs in order to ease the transition into WCSU.

Credit for Military Service

Upon receipt of a qualifying DD214, WCSU will award 2 credits for HPX 177: Fitness for Life! In addition, you may be eligible to receive college credit(s) by providing WCSU with your official Joint Service Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Transcript. Further information can be viewed on our website at www.wcsu.edu/veterans.

VA Education Benefits & Important Student Policies/Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs offers many benefits to advance the education and skills of Veterans and service members. Spouses and family members may also be eligible for education and training assistance. To learn more about each program listed below, apply for education benefits, restore your education benefits, change your GI Bill School or GI Bill Program of Study, please visit https://www.va.gov.

Chapters 30: Montgomery GI Bill
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill (Veteran)
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill (Dependent)
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill (Yellow Ribbon Program)
Chapter 35: Dependents’ Educational Assistance
Chapter 1606: Selected Reserve Educational Assistance
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance

Matriculation: A student can be certified, for VA purposes, as a non-matriculated student for up to two semesters. The student can be certified beyond two semesters only if they are admitted to WCSU as a degree seeking student. The two semester limit does not apply to a “guest student” taking courses at WCSU that will be applied their program of study at another school.

Course Applicability: Only courses that satisfy degree requirements may be certified for VA purposes. If a student takes a course that does not fulfill a program requirement, including audited courses & repeating courses successfully completed, it cannot be certified.

Academic Standing: When a student using VA education benefits has been on probation for two consecutive semesters or has been suspended, the VA will be notified and benefit payments will be discontinued in accordance with the law. Benefits will only be reinstated when a student is in good academic standing at the institution.

Enrollment Status: An undergraduate student must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours of degree seeking courses, whereas a graduate student must register for a minimum of 9 credit hours of degree seeking courses in order to qualify for full time housing allowance benefits with the VA during the fall and spring semesters.

Tuition Waivers

In addition to the federal benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans and Air/Army National Guard members who meet certain criteria may be eligible to receive a tuition waiver at WCSU after any federal tuition benefit received. The tuition waiver does not apply to other college costs such as books, fees, parking, and room and board and eligibility is not retroactive. For more information regarding eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit https://www.wcsu.edu/veterans.

In order to begin using Veteran education benefits and/or a tuition waiver, the following documents must be submitted to WCSU’s Office of Veteran Affairs (Criteria depends on the benefit(s) for which you are applying):

Veteran Education Benefit: Required Documents Needed:

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) & COE
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) & VA Form 22-1905
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill (Veterans) DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) & COE
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill (Dependents) COE
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill (Yellow Ribbon Program) DD-214 (Member 4 Copy & COE)
Chapter 35: Dependents’ Educational Assistance COE
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance NOBE or COE
Chapter 1606: Selected Reserve Educational Assistance NOBE or COE
Connecticut State Veterans Tuition Waiver DD-214 (Member 4 Copy)
Connecticut Army and Air National Guard Tuition Waiver COE (provided by your Unit/Orderly Office)


*In addition to the required documents needed, as noted above, students should also go to www.wcsu.edu/veterans/forms to complete any internal office forms that may be required.

VA Pending Payment Compliance

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), WCSU adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. WCSU will not:

  • Prevent the students enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students will be required to:

  • Provide Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility (or its’ equivalent) or for Chapter 31, VA VR&E’s contract with the school on VA Form 28-1905 (or its’ equivalent) by the first day of class.
    *Note: Chapter 33 students can register at the VA Regional Office to use E-Benefits to get the equivalent of a Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility. Chapter 31 students cannot get a completed VA Form 28-1905 (or any equivalent) before the VA VR&E case manager issues it to the school.
  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

What is Military Tuition Assistance (TA)? Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force and Coast Guard and can only be used while the student is in the service. TA is not the same as the GI Bill. The GI Bill is for Veterans and their dependents and is administered from the Veterans Administration.

What Will Military Tuition Assistance Cover? Congress has given each service the ability to pay the cost of the tuition expense, up to $250 per semester hour, not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year (October 1 – September 30th). Please note: The total amount of student TA cannot exceed the total amount of tuition. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. TA may be used for fall and spring semesters only. You may not use TA at WCSU for summer or winter sessions. This policy only applies to this type of educational benefit and does not apply to Veterans or those using Veteran benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill ®.

How Do I Use My Military Tuition Assistance? Prior to registering for classes at WCSU, you should consult with your unit or base Educational Services Office (ESO) in order to receive firsthand guidance and information regarding your service’s TA requirements. TA is administered and paid from each service’s own funds. The eligibility requirements, application steps, and processing procedures vary from branch to branch. Your unit or ESO will confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements and will review your branch’s application procedures. You must have the required authorization from your branch before you can use your TA education benefit. Please note: It is the service member’s responsibility to complete and submit TA applications no later than 14 days prior to the start of the semester. Once you have arranged for your TA with your unit or ESO, you may enroll in a course.

For your information and convenience, please find below each service’s TA website:

Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance (TA): Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, they may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally approved. To comply with the Department of Defense (DoD) policy, Western Connecticut State University will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were approved. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. All unearned TA funds will be returned directly to the Military Agency of the DoD and not the service member. After 60% of the semester has passed, TA will not be evaluated for a return to the DoD.

The return of TA funds may result in a balance due on the student account. However, in instances where a Service member stops attending due to a verifiable military service obligation, Western Connecticut State University will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.

Institution’s Schedule for Return of Unearned TA
60% completion point is shown in bold print:

16-Week Course Withdraw Submitted:

Before or during Week 1-2 100% Return
During Week 3-4 75% Return
During Week 5-8 60% Return
During Week 9-10 40% Return(60% of Course Completed
During Week 11-16 0% Return


8-Week Course Withdraw Submitted:

Before or During Week 1 100% Return
During Week 2 75% Return
During Week 3-4 50% Return
During Week 5 40% Return (60% of Course Completed)
During Week 6-8 0% Return


For courses that have durations differing from those listed above: Unearned TA funds will be returned on a prorated basis, depending on the length of the course. To determine the amount of TA that needs to be returned, the institution will determine the date the withdrawal was submitted, and then divide that by the number of days in the term to determine the percentage of TA that was earned by the student.

  • Example: The student enrolled in a course that’s duration is 30 days. The withdrawal was submitted on the 14th day. The institution would perform the calculation to determine how much TA was earned by the student’s attendance (14 divided by 30 equals 46.6%. 47% of the TA authorized was earned by the student, which means 53% of what was authorized will be returned to the DoD).

Air Force ROTC

Students at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) are able to take Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) classes at Yale University’s main campus in New Haven, CT and earn a commission as second lieutenant.

Through the AFROTC program, WCSU students, without paying extra tuition, can pursue a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force. The freshman and sophomore courses carry no military obligation and are open to all students. Scholarships are also available for qualified students. These scholarships pay up to full tuition and fees, as well as money for books and a monthly tax-free stipend. For more information on AFROTC scholarships, please visit https://www.afrotc.com/scholarships.

Students enroll in a four-year or three-year (if joining in their sophomore year) AFROTC sequence. Students commute to New Haven on the days listed below for AFROTC-specific classes and events.

For more information, please visit their website at https://afrotc.yalecollege.yale.edu/. You may also contact the AFROTC Office at (203) 432-9431 or via email at airforce.yale.edu with any questions you may have regarding available classes, including the meeting schedule as listed below:

Planned Course Schedule at Yale University, New Haven


All Cadets 6:00am – 7:00am Physical Training
AS101/USAF 101 7:40am – 8:30am Academic Class
AS202/USAF 202 8:40am – 10:00am Academic Class
AS301/USAF 301 7:40am – 9:00am Academic Class
AS401/USAF 401 7:40am – 9:00am Academic Class



All Cadets 6:00am – 7:00am Physical Training
All Cadets 7:30am – 9:10am Leadership Lab
AS301/USAF 301 9:30am- 11:00am Academic Class
AS401/USAF 401 9:30am – 11:00am Academic Class


Still Have Questions? Feel free to email WCSU’s Office of Veteran Affairs Coordinator at visokayk@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-8840 for more information and/or for any additional questions you may have.


International Students

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 U.S. citizenship.

International students residing outside the United States 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) must be submitted in lieu of, or in addition to, the SAT scores. The university will also accept a score of 77 or higher on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and 6 or higher on the International English Language testing System (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.

Applicants are required to provide an official evaluation of their high school diploma and 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 October 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 at (203) 837-3270. 

Guest Students

The university may admit non-matriculated status individuals from other colleges and universities who meet Western’s admissions criteria and application deadlines for undergraduate study. Such applicants normally intend to return to their original collegiate institutions after attending Western for one year or less.

As a non-matriculated student at Western, 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 Western in this manner.

Readmission Guidelines

A readmit applicant is one who has previously been matriculated as an undergraduate at Western and is now seeking to return after one or more semesters without an approved leave of absence.

Readmission guidelines are as follows:

  • An applicant must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • An applicant with 45 or more credits completed must also meet any special department/school admissions requirements.
  • An applicant should familiarize himself/herself with the university Fresh Start Policy to determine if it applies.
  • The Board of Admission will review any cases with unusual circumstances worthy of consideration.

Fresh Start Readmission

Western’s Fresh Start Policy allows an applicant who was a previously enrolled, matriculated student with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 to be eligible for readmission under certain conditions. The purpose of the program is to allow students who initially struggled academically to have a second chance at graduating with a GPA unaffected by the below-average grades of their initial enrollment.

  1. The period of withdrawal or suspension and readmission must include at least one year in which no college courses were taken at WCSU. Remedial non-credit college courses in English/writing and mathematics are accepted. The Director of University Admissions may waive this condition, provided that during the period of withdraw or suspension and readmissions, the applicant has: (1) taken at least 12 credit hours of courses at another institution which are transferable to WCSU, and (2) earned a grade of “B” or better with respect to each such course taken. Nothing herein shall be interpreted in a manner that would require the Director of University Admissions to waive the condition.
  2. Completion of no more than 60 credits at WCSU with a “C-” or higher average, when applying for admission.
  3. Satisfactory completion of WRT 098: Written Communication and/or MAT 098: Elementary Algebra or MAT 100P: Intermediate Algebra Plus, and/or WRT 101P: Composition I Plus prior to admission, if appropriate.
  4. 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.
  5. A personal interview may be required.
  6. The Fresh Start Program may be exercised only once. The student’s cumulative GPA at Western 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.
  7. Students must meet all criteria for the academic program they wish to be enrolled in. Please see specific program requirements in the catalog.