Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, CT 06515

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.



Campus LocaleCity: Midsize
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Accelerated BSN
  3. RN to BSN
  4. Masters degrees (MSN)

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 101
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Nursing Education Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Clinical Nurse Leader Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 17
Nursing Education Master's degree 1
Clinical Nurse Leader Master's degree 1
Nursing Education Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 6

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Southern Connecticut State University

Lincoln Technical Institute - Hamden
3.94 miles away
Stone Academy - West Haven Campus
4.63 miles away
University of Connecticut-Tri-Campus
16.08 miles away
Western Connecticut State University
26.11 miles away
Central Connecticut State University
26.41 miles away
Porter and Chester Institute Rocky Hill Campus
28.27 miles away
Stony Brook University
30.31 miles away
University of Connecticut-Stamford
36.27 miles away
University of Connecticut-Avery Point
45.89 miles away
Farmingdale State College
47.01 miles away


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
SAT: Critical Reading420 to 520
SAT: Math410 to 510
SAT: Writing420 to 520
ACT Composite18 to 23
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$13,571
30k to 48k$15,037
48k to 75k$17,043
75k to 110k$19,121
Over 110k$20,433
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $519.00 $535.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $656.00 $681.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

English Language Learner Educator Incentive Program

Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in their last two years of study who plan to become bilingual education teachers or teachers of English to non-native students in [...]

Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be a Connecticut resident studying at a Connecticut nursing school.

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515

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