Western Connecticut State University

Public, Four-years School Located in Danbury, CT

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How much is the WCSU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, WCSU's tuition & fees is $12,763 for Connecticut residents and $16,095 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $30,881 for Connecticut residents and $34,213 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

WCSU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Connecticut Residents Tuition & Fees$12,763
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$16,095
Books & Supplies Costs$1,300
On-campus Room & Board$14,568
On-campus Expenses$2,250
Off-campus Room & Board$13,452
Off-campus Expenses$2,250
2023-2024 Projection
Connecticut Residents Tuition & Fees$12,399
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$25,288

How Much Does it Cost to Go to WCSU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $23,645 at WCSU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $98,450. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $89,229.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$10,264$27,804$23,801
Sophomore (2024-25)$6,545$24,838$22,285
Junior (2025-26)$4,174$23,251$21,623
Senior (2026-27)$2,662$22,558$21,520
4 Years Total$23,645$98,450$89,229
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$6,545$24,838$22,285
Sophomore (2025-26)$4,174$23,251$21,623
Junior (2026-27)$2,662$22,558$21,520
Senior (2027-28)$1,697$22,447$21,785
4 Years Total$15,078$93,094$87,213
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$4,174$23,251$21,623
Sophomore (2026-27)$2,662$22,558$21,520
Junior (2027-28)$1,697$22,447$21,785
Senior (2028-29)$1,082$22,723$22,300
4 Years Total$9,616$90,979$87,229
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$2,662$22,558$21,520
Sophomore (2027-28)$1,697$22,447$21,785
Junior (2028-29)$1,082$22,723$22,300
Senior (2029-30)$690$23,259$22,990
4 Years Total$6,132$90,987$88,595
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$1,697$22,447$21,785
Sophomore (2028-29)$1,082$22,723$22,300
Junior (2029-30)$690$23,259$22,990
Senior (2030-31)$440$23,977$23,806
4 Years Total$3,910$92,406$90,881

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, WCSU' tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Connecticut, its tuition is comparable to the average tuition of $17,194.
Western Connecticut State University$12,763$16,095
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Connecticut Four-years Colleges$22,986
Public Schools$9,068$17,194
Private Schools$26,075

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between WCSU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Western Connecticut State UniversityDanbury, CT$12,763$16,095
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest Chester, PA$10,687$22,511
Towson UniversityTowson, MD$11,306$28,326
William Paterson University of New JerseyWayne, NJ$15,150$24,464
Alcorn State UniversityAlcorn State, MS$8,549$8,549
Southeast Missouri State UniversityCape Girardeau, MO$9,015$9,496
Murray State UniversityMurray, KY$9,708$19,452
University of Massachusetts GlobalIrvine, CA$12,520$12,520
Texas A & M International UniversityLaredo, TX$7,846$19,382
Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland Heights, KY$10,896$21,480
University of West AlabamaLivingston, AL$10,990$20,090

Financial Aid and COA

At Western Connecticut State University, 2,477 students (59%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $6,277.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at WCSU is $27,936 for students living on-campus and $26,820 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 588 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $9,057 and the average amount of student loans is $6,418.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Connecticut ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$30,881$34,213
COA (off-campus)$29,765$33,097
Tuition & Fees$12,763$16,095
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$18,118$18,118
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$17,002$17,002
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$24,604$27,936
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$23,488$26,820
Average Financial Aid$6,277$6,277
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship2,47759%$6,277
Pell Grants1,38033%$4,583
Federal Student Loan2,08150%$6,285
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid58884%-
Grants or Scholarships50072%$9,057
Federal Grants25436%$5,124
Pell Grants25436%$4,762
Other Federal Grants314%$2,970
State/Local Grants41559%$4,270
Institutional Grants33448%$4,356
Student Loan Aid41159%$6,418
Federal Student Loans40057%$4,988
Other Student Loans456%$14,280
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level572489$5,976
110,001 or more7468$1,899

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

WCSU's acceptance rate is 84.85%. A total of 4,688 applicants applied to and 3,978 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 733 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 18.43%.
To apply to WCSU, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 3 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank, Recommendations and Admission test scores.
Acceptance Rate84.85%80.16%88.48%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)18.43%22.37%15.67%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresRecommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are recommended to apply to WCSU. Its SAT score is similar to the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.

Student Population

Western Connecticut State University has a total of 4,417 students including 3,799 undergraduate and 618 graduate students. By gender, there are 2,147 male students and 2,655 female students attending WCSU. The school offers online degree programs and 397 students enrolled online exclusively (8.99% of all students).
Total4,802 2,1472,655
Undergraduate4,172 1,9872,185
Graduate630 160470

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address181 White Street, Danbury, CT
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered69 Programs
Online Program Offered5 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered22 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate83.51%
Student Population4,417
Graduation Rate51%
Transfer-out Rate29%
Retention Rate74% (Full-time), 34% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate11 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties213 (Full-time), 377 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs561 (Full-time), 418 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$88,849
Average Staff Salary$78,528