Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT 06810
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Western Connecticut State University is one of the ten public 4-year colleges in Connecticut. The campus is located in an urban area, in Danbury.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 5,664 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 827 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 604 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 73%). Every year 44% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Western's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $5,424, and fees were $4,994. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $16,882 and $6,225 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students5,664
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs

The Western Connecticut State University Master of Science in Nursing Program is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice, leadership, education and management roles. The program is offered in two tracks the Adult Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Nursing Practice: Clinical Nurse Specialist.  

The program requires students to complete 36 credits of a specialized curriculum consisting of a core of theoretical, research and issues coursework, a practical and support components to offer a concentrated practicum experience. The clinical and role components courses include a minimum of 500 hours of clinical practicum experience and a research based project or a thesis.

The MSN program is designed for students enrolling on a part time basis with courses offered in the evening to allow students to complete the program in an average of 4 years with students allowed a maximum of 6 years to complete the degree.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the certification examination in their chosen specialty.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited institution
  2. Minimum of a 3.00 Quality Point Average
  3. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate studies
  4. Satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (for those applicants with an undergraduate QPA lower than 3.00)
  5. Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
  6. Professional Resume
  7. One professional letter of recommendation
  8. Interview with the MS program coordinator 



Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 12 79
Master's degree 2 20
Post-master's certificate 0 1
Doctor's degree - professional practice 2 3
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 98%

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1954 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
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$492/credit
In State Students$492/credit
Out of State Students$492/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$564/credit
In State Students$564/credit
Out of State Students$564/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 $22,140 $22,140 $22,140
ADN 70 $34,440 $34,440 $34,440
BSN 125 $61,500 $61,500 $61,500
FNP 50 $28,200 $28,200 $28,200
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, 92% of Western 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 37% $4,325
Other Federal Grant 4% $1,338
State Grant & Scholarships 15% $2,693
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 57% $3,631
Federal Student Loans 66% $5,670
Private Loans 8% $12,277


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$14,867
$30,001 to $48,000$15,615
$48,001 to $75,000$16,895
$75,001 to $110,000$21,002
Over $110,000$21,734

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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing.
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

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