Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, CT 06515
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Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) is a state university with the main campus in New Haven, Connecticut, making it a short trip to Boston, New York City, and local hiking trails or beaches. The university started as a two-year teacher training school in 1893. The school was renamed and became part of the Connecticut State University system in 1983. The university now offers over 225 academic programs and maintains a student to teacher ratio of 14:1. Along with a low student to teacher ratio, the school provides students with the chance to intern or volunteer at local schools, soup kitchens, and hospitals.

The Department of Nursing at SCSU was established in 1969. They offer a traditional BSN program, along with an accelerated career entry program and an RN to BSN program for undergrads.  The undergraduate BSN program is designed to be completed in two years when classes are taken full-time. Admission is competitive, with 150 to 180 students applying each semester for the BSN program and only 60 to 80 are accepted. The MSN programs include three specialty tracks – Nursing Education, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Family Nurse Practitioner. The Department of Nursing at SCSU also offers study abroad opportunities for undergrads and grads going through the nursing programs.


Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students10,202
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate78%

Nursing Programs

The Southern Connecticut State University Master of Science Degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The program offers specializations in three different tracks Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education and Clinical Nurse Leader.

The Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator tracks both consist of 45 to 48 credits that include 24 credits of core courses, 18 credits of role preparation and 6 credits of thesis advisement or 3 credits of a special project.

The Clinical Nurse Leader track consists of 42 credits made up of 24 credits of core courses and 12 credits of clinical courses in addition to a special project or a thesis.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Successfully complete a baccalaureate program in nursing from an accredited college or university
  2. Minimum of a 3.0 quality point ratio in baccalaureate program
  3. Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
  4. Two professional letters of recommendation from and academic and a professional referee
  5. Written statement
  6. Successfully complete undergraduate courses in health assessment, statistics and nursing research methods
  7. Interview with the Department of Nursing  

Admissions to the program are accepted on a rolling basis. Students accepted into the program are required to complete the program within six years from enrollment in the first graduate course. 


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 22 85
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1952 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT930 to 1120
ACT18 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$569/credit
In State Students$569/credit
Out of State Students$569/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$682/credit
In State Students$682/credit
Out of State Students$682/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $25,605 $25,605 $25,605
ADN 70 $39,830 $39,830 $39,830
BSN 125 $71,125 $71,125 $71,125
FNP 50 $34,100 $34,100 $34,100
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 83% of Southern Connecticut State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 41% $4,540
Other Federal Grant 4% $476
State Grant & Scholarships 26% $2,157
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 26% $4,140
Federal Student Loans 66% $10,598
Private Loans 8% $13,143


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$14,475
$30,001 to $48,000$17,276
$48,001 to $75,000$20,538
$75,001 to $110,000$13,589
Over $110,000$21,355

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing.
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515

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