Southern Connecticut State University

Welcome to Southern Connecticut State University, a flourishing community of more than 12,000 students located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, near the artsy and historic Westville Village section of the city.

Founded as a teachers college in 1893, Southern has evolved into a comprehensive university offering 115 graduate and undergraduate programs. More than 700 faculty members lead students through a wide range of studies and research specialties.

You can explore Southern online by checking out the links on this page. Learn about life at the university and in New Haven, view maps and calendars, and find out about the unique partnerships Southern enjoys with this culturally rich region.

Southern is proud to be an institution of the Connecticut State University System.

New Haven

United States

Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street
CT 06515
Phone: (203) 392-6652
Fax: (203) 392-6658

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Our Aims

The university's mission is to enhance its position as the preeminent comprehensive metropolitan public university of the State of Connecticut. As a learning community grounded in the values of liberal education, the university is committed to students distinguished by their intellectual competencies, their skills for flexible adaptation to global change, and by their habits of cultural enrichment for life-long inquiry. As the lead institution of advanced study in the CSU system, SCSU is committed to the professional preparations of graduate learners for success in their careers and in service to their communities. As an academic environment, the university is committed to innovative teaching strategies and to scholarship and creative activity that produces knowledge, refreshes faculty expertise and amplifies teaching effectiveness.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

The Art Department at Southern Connecticut State University offers majors in the following programs: studio art leading to a B.A. or B.S. degree; art history leading to a B.A. degree; and art education leading to a B.S. degree.  

Information For  Postgraduates

The Art Department offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree in Art Education (minimum 36 credits), and a non-degree program for K-12 certification (minimum 30 credits).  

Information For  International Students  


Student Facilities

By pursuing their studies in the context of a liberal arts university, art students can also draw upon the rich array of courses in other university departments. Want to delve into computer programming? Explore video production? Learn the journalism part of photojournalism? Choose elective courses from the computer science, communication, or journalism departments that are perfectly suited to your own individual career plans.

Organizations like the Student Arts League and Folio (a literary and arts publication) offer extracurricular participation in the cultural life of the university for all students. Sponsored exhibitions and guest lectures are only two of the many ways to get involved.

New Haven is home to numerous galleries, as well as world-class museums where you can experience the works of masters like Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas, Warhol, and Sargent. The department schedules field trips to Boston or New York every semester, so students can enhance their studies in those cultural centers as well.  

Student Support

A wide range of services and programs is offered to Southern Connecticut State University students to aid, motivate, and enrich their learning and to contribute to their welfare and individual growth. Most of these services are coordinated by the Division of Student and University Affairs. By encouraging students to integrate their classroom learning with experience outside the classroom, the Division fosters a climate in which each student can be challenged to higher levels of intellectual, personal, and social growth.  

Student Life

We work with almost 100 clubs and organizations that were founded and created by students to serve the interests of Southern Connecticut State University's most active and enthusiastic students. In addition to the university's clubs and organizations, we offer you opportunities to develop your leadership skills, participate in community service projects, and get involved in large week-long events such as Homecoming and Spring Week. Students will find an endless amount of opportunities to complement their in-classroom learning with extracurricular hands on experiences as well as meet new friends and socialize with a diverse group of students.  


The Department of Housing and Residence Life provides on-campus living accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students who meet established eligibility criteria. Highest priority is given to those who are enrolled as full-time students and are matriculated in a degree program. Eligible upperclass returning students participate in a formal room-selection process during the spring semester of each year. Incoming freshmen are typically assigned accommodations in Chase Hall, Farnham Hall, Hickerson Hall, Neff Hall, Wilkinson Hall or in West Campus Residence Complex. Incoming transfer students are placed in double rooms or in apartment-style housing, based on total academic credits transferred into Southern, on a space-available basis.  

How To Apply

The requirements for admission to Southern Connecticut State University are intended to ensure that students offered admission are adequately prepared for the academic program and will benefit significantly from their total college experience.  

Visit us (open days)

Stop by so we can tell you more about Southern Connecticut State University. You can take a tour of the campus, chat with students, talk with a professor or two, and sit in on some classes. We're proud of our people, our facilities, and our campus, and we'd be delighted to show you in person what Southern can offer you and your future.

Call us today at (203) 392-SCSU, (203) 392-5644, or 1-888-500-SCSU, and make a date to see Southern for yourself.  

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