First Year Students

Requirements & Guidelines

Requirements for Admission ACT/SAT Optional for Fall 2021

We welcome students of all abilities, interests, and backgrounds. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong academic scholarship and active participation in extracurricular activities and community service projects.

Applicants must be graduates of an accredited high or preparatory school or hold an equivalency diploma.

To be considered for admission, first-year applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Completed application (online at
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official high school transcript; class rank (if applicable)
  • SAT I or ACT scores sent either by the high school or The College Board (Optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

An admissions counselor will review your completed application and send a decision letter within approximately two weeks.


First-year students should apply by May 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. International students should apply by April 1 (fall) and November 1 (spring). The University reserves the right to discontinue the processing of applications once our class accommodations have been met.

Admission Guidelines

Admissions counselors look at several aspects of your high school performance when reviewing applications, from your grades and coursework to your SAT/ACT score (optional). While interviews are not required, the Admissions staff may request an interview with certain applicants to obtain additional information or to clarify details on application materials.

Strong candidates for admission will have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and a class rank in the top 50 percent of the graduating class. (SAT/ACT scores are optional)

We also recommend that students complete the following high-school coursework:

  • Four years of high school English
  • Three years of math (typically Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II)
  • Three years of Social Science courses (including U.S. History)
  • Two years of science courses (including one lab science)
  • Three years of a single foreign language. Students who have completed up to the third level of a language in high school are exempt from taking a foreign language at the university level.

Note: Additional coursework is required for specific majors in the schools of Business, Education & Professional Studies, and Engineering, Science & Technology. Please see program requirements on each school's website.

Central Connecticut State University admits students of any age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or non-disqualifying handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activity generally accorded or made available to students at the University.