Western Connecticut State University
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.
|Campus LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students5,664|
|Student to Faculty Ratio13:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
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.
- Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum of a 3.00 Quality Point Average
- Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate studies
- Satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (for those applicants with an undergraduate QPA lower than 3.00)
- Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse
- Professional Resume
- One professional letter of recommendation
- Interview with the MS program coordinator
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||2||3|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$492/credit|
|In State Students||$492/credit|
|Out of State Students||$492/credit|
|In District Students||$564/credit|
|In State Students||$564/credit|
|Out of State Students||$564/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||4%||$1,338|
|State Grant & Scholarships||15%||$2,693|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||57%||$3,631|
|Federal Student Loans||66%||$5,670|
$16,972Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing.