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WCSU welcomes New York and New Jersey students

DANBURY, CONN.  Western Connecticut State University will offer in-state tuition to all full-time undergraduate students who are residents of New York and New Jersey starting with the fall 2018 semester.

Undergraduate students from the two states will be able to enroll at the same amount paid by Connecticut residents, which stands at $11,344. Out-of-state tuition and fees has been $24,304. This is an extension of a program that offered in-state tuition to residents of seven counties in seven New York Hudson Valley counties. The extension was approved by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education as a two-year pilot program for WCSU.

“We will be providing our New York and New Jersey neighbors the same high-quality and affordable education as Connecticut residents enjoy,” said WCSU President John Clark. “I invite everyone in those states to expand your college search and come visit our beautiful campuses.”

The new pricing will save New York and New Jersey students more than $13,000 a year.

Among WCSU’s 50 bachelor degree programs are numerous professional degrees – including business management, marketing, accounting, biology, nursing, education, counseling, communication, psychology and justice and law administration. It is the designated school for the visual and performing arts in the system of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) and features a $97 million facility that houses a concert hall, art gallery, two theaters and rehearsal and classroom spaces.

With easy access from Interstate-84 or Metro-North, WCSU students enjoy up-to-date sports facilities for intramural, club and Division III athletics, more than 80 student clubs, a nature preserve, suite-style residence halls, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Students looking for the highest academic challenge can explore the innovative Kathwari Honors Program, open to students in all of the university’s four schools.

The Board of Regents approved the tuition offer at its Oct. 19, 2017, meeting. Members said they expect the new rate will benefit residents in Connecticut, as well as New York and New Jersey, as highly educated residents strengthen the regional economy along the states’ borders.

The previously approved tuition program for Hudson Valley students increased the number of New York residents studying at WCSU by about 250 percent. Those students filled seats that were left increasingly empty as the university’s enrollment declined by about 700 over the past several years.

WCSU admissions counselors will visit New York and New Jersey high schools to introduce students to the university and its offerings, but residents are invited to learn about WCSU by visiting for more information.

The WCSU Office of Admissions will answer any questions at (203) 837-9000 or


revised on 07/25/19


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