Prospective Students' Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for the Fall/Spring semester?

Although we are rolling admissions, we recommend that you file your application for the Fall semester by April 1 and for the Spring semester by December 1. This will allow for a good selection of classes, placement in housing and for the financial aid process to be completed on time.

Please send me information on your tour/visitation program.

The Admissions Office offers prospective students an extensive tour schedule. During the school year, tours are throughout the week (See Visiting Campus link for current schedule). Saturday tours are also available on select days throughout the year. For a detailed list of upcoming tour dates, you can either call the Admissions Office at (203) 392-5644 or visit the University's Admissions Web Site and click on the tour link.

Where do I send my transcripts?

Please send official copies of your transcripts from all colleges attended to:

Southern Connecticut State University
Admissions House
131 Farnham Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515

Please provide me with information on your Fresh-Start Program.

Fresh-Start Options: The Fresh-Start Program offers options for  formerly matriculated students. The purpose of the Fresh-Start Program is to retain and offer support to students who experienced a poor start and dropped from matriculated status or withdrew from the university. This program allows them to be readmitted to the University and disregards their previous record in calculating their Quality Point Ratio. The option is available only once, only to students who are not education majors, and only to students who have completed the following conditions:

Formerly Matriculated Students:
    •     had a QPR below 2.0
    •     have had non-matriculated status for at least one year
    •     have not yet completed 60 credits
    •     present evidence of changed work habits by completing 9-12 credits with a 2.75 QPR

Applications for Fresh-Start Program may be obtained from the Registrar's Office, or you may apply online.

Please describe the Admissions Process.

Southern's undergraduate admission process is on a rolling basis. Admission on a rolling basis means that as applications become complete, the Admission Committee reviews the applications and renders an admission decision. Once a complete application is received, the turnaround time is typically three to four weeks. A complete application includes the following: The completed online application signed with the $50 application fee (or fee waiver) included, an official secondary school transcript including rank in class SAT or ACT scores and an Essay/biographical statement. (Interviews are not required as part of the admission application process). Transfer students: Official transcripts for ALL post-secondary institutions attended must be sent directly to the Admissions Office.

Can I make an appointment to interview with an admissions counselor?

The Admissions Office does not require an interview as part of the application process. If however, there are extenuating circumstances surrounding a prospective student's application, an interview meeting can be arranged.  The application and completed file is all that is needed for the Admissions Committee to make a decision. We do offer tours and group information sessions that will allow you to get your questions about the university answered.

I am a transfer student and would like to meet with a counselor.

Transfer students are invited to Southern to meet with an academic advisor after they have been accepted. Enclosed with your acceptance letter will be a Transfer Credit Evaluation. You may bring this evaluation with you at the time of registration or your advisor will have a copy ready to assist you in planning your program, helping you register for classes and determining which courses you need to complete for graduation. If you have questions regarding your Transfer Credit Evaluation you may contact the Office of Admissions.

What is the cost of attending SCSU? In-State/Out-Of-State?

Click here to access the Bursar's Office.

How does the Financial Aid process work?

Southern's financial aid programs are awarded based on demonstrated financial need. To be considered for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Notification of financial aid awards begins in March and continues as long as funding is available. Priority is given to those applicants who submit all of the necessary documents and are accepted to the University as matriculated students by March 15 (See the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for details).