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Central Connecticut State University

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452 Full-Time Professors

500 Adjunct Professors2 Students 12,0373 Undergraduates 9,871 Postgraduates 2,166 Location New Britain, Connecticut, US Campus Suburban, 165-acre 0258 sq mi Colors Blue and White
          Athletics NCAA Division I – NEC Nickname Blue Devils Affiliations CSU System Mascot Kizer the Blue Devil Website wwwccsuedu

Central Connecticut State University is a regional, comprehensive public university in New Britain, Connecticut, United States Founded in 1849 as the State Normal School, CCSU is Connecticut's oldest publicly funded university CCSU is made up of four schools: the Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Education and Professional Studies; and the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology The university is attended by over 12,000 students,3 9,871 of whom are undergraduates, and 2,166 of whom are graduate students It is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system CSCU , which also oversees Eastern, Western, and Southern Connecticut State Universities Together they have a student body of over 34,0004 As a commuter school, more than half of students live off campus and ninety percent are in-state students


  • 1 History
  • 2 Academics
  • 3 Recognitions and rankings
  • 4 Academic and office halls
  • 5 Facilities
    • 51 Residence halls and commuters
    • 52 Recent projects
  • 6 Clubs and activities
  • 7 Athletics
  • 8 Notable alumni
    • 81 Athletes and coaches
    • 82 Entertainers
    • 83 Public servants
    • 84 Other
  • 9 Guest speakers and honorees
    • 91 Commencement speakers
    • 92 Robert C Vance Distinguished Lecture Series
    • 93 Recipients of CCSU honorary degrees
  • 10 See also
  • 11 Footnotes
  • 12 References
  • 13 External links


Vance Academic Center Copernicus Hall Student Center Elihu Burritt Library CCSU Campus Panorama

In 1849 CCSU was founded as the State Normal School5 to train teachers It was the 6th Normal School in the US and is the oldest public university in Connecticut67 It ran until 1867 when the school was temporarily closed due to opposition in the Connecticut General Assembly8 Two years later, the Normal School resumed its services and continued to do so until the 1930s During this time, the Connecticut General Assembly created the Teachers College of Connecticut and the first bachelor's degrees were granted9 In 1922, the campus moved to its current location on Stanley Street

In 1983 the school transitioned from a college to a regional university Organizational governance changed in 2011 when the Connecticut Department of Higher Education was dissolved and replaced by the Office of Higher Education and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education10


The most popular Bachelor's programs by student enrollment are Business and Marketing, Social Sciences and Psychology, Education, Engineering, Communications, English, and Biology1112 Bachelor's programs are also offered in a variety of other fields such as computer information systems, literature, and the visual and performing arts1314 The school has a student-faculty ratio of 17:1 with 43 percent of its classes enrolling fewer than 20 students1215 In 2012, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time students increased to 52%16

There are over 400 full-time faculty, 83% of whom possess the terminal degree in their field Another 480 part-time instructors also teach at the university17

Graduate programs are offered in all of the academic schools These include programs in accountancy, education, literature, international studies, engineering technology, and information technology A number of doctoral degrees are also offered

Recognitions and rankingsedit

  • Ranked 111th by US News & World Report for Regional North Universities18
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities: one of 16 "Leadership Institutions" in the nation
  • Honors Program called "Absolutely Outstanding" in Princeton Review's "The Best Northeastern Colleges" 2006
  • The Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education designated the International Studies and the School of Technology as "Centers of Excellence"

Academic and office hallsedit

  • Copernicus Hall biology & engineering
  • Vance business & communications
  • Social Sciences Hall anthropology, geography, history, political science, sociology
  • Sanford Hall computer science, economics
  • Barnard Hall education, graduate studies
  • Welte Hall music
  • Maloney Hall theatre, art
  • Willard Hall
  • DiLoreto Hall
  • Kaiser Hall fitness science, gym & pool
  • Marcus White Hall mathematics, philosophy, psychology


Facilities19 include 10 academic halls, the Student Center, the Burritt Library,20 and numerous laboratories Computer labs are available throughout campus, the largest of which is located in Marcus White Hall21 Dining facilities are located in Memorial Hall and the Student Center Additional computers and laboratories are spread across all of the academic halls Welte Hall, Maloney Hall, and the Student Center function as large gathering areas for events, music performances, and theater productions Welte contains the main auditorium and Kaiser Hall houses the main gymnasium, and houses an olympic-size pool Fitness classes are freely available to students in Memorial Hall and fitness equipment is provided in four locations across campus through RECentral22

Administrative offices, including Admissions, the Registrar, and Financial Aid are located in Davidson Hall New building projects have expanded liberal arts classroom space and made significant upgrades to all sports facilities

Residence halls and commutersedit

Residence halls can accommodate up to 2,500 students in nine residence halls in two quads, which are split between the north and south ends of campus

Recent projectsedit

A new eight-story residence hall Mid Campus Residence Hall opened for occupancy in the Fall of 2015 The $82 million dorm features "suite" style rooms, in addition to a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, a kitchen on each floor, and a server kitchen and main lounge with a fireplace on the main floor The Office of Residence Life is also located on the first floor of the new facility

During the past several years, the new $37-million Social Sciences Hall, 4,300-square-foot Bichum Engineering Laboratory, and 12,500-square-foot Campus Police Station opened In 2011, the first floor of the Elihu Burritt Library was renovated to create a new common area with seating, couches, computers, and food vendors Arute Field and its adjacent practice and baseball fields also underwent extensive construction and renovation from 2010 through the present, including new football, soccer, track, and practice field turf New football, track, and soccer stadium seating was added, as well as construction on the Balf–Savin baseball field

Clubs and activitiesedit

  • Alpha Upsilon Alpha, Beta Kappa chapter
  • Car Club
  • Central A Capella Society
  • CCSU Club Directory - 160 Total23
  • CCSU E-sports
  • CCSU Accounting Society
  • Computer Club24
  • Dance Team25
  • Education Club
  • Football Club
  • Formula SAE
  • Helix Magazine
  • Hillel Foundation
  • Iota Phi Theta, CCSU chapter
  • Intramural & Club Sports through RECentral22
  • Lambda Theta Phi, Tau chapter
  • Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Center26
  • LGBT Center27
  • Marketing Club
  • Multi-Powered Vehicle SAE SuperMileage28
  • Mural Program29
  • Off-Center Magazine30
  • Outing Club31 hiking
  • Phi Delta Theta, Connecticut Alpha chapter
  • Phi Sigma Sigma, Iota Delta Chapter
  • Physics & Earth Science32
  • Polish Club
  • RECcentral Intramurals & Fitness Classes33
  • Rugby Club
  • Society of Mathematics34
  • Student Government Association35
  • Tea Club
  • The Recorder36
  • WFCS 107737


Main article: Central Connecticut Blue Devils See also: Central Connecticut Blue Devils men's basketball and Central Connecticut Blue Devils football

The university's athletic teams are known as the Blue Devils Their mascot was originally named Victor E, but was changed to Kizer in 2011 after unveiling a new logo Central Connecticut State participates in NCAA at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision football level as a member of the Northeast Conference The university fields 18 varsity sports, eight men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, as well as indoor and outdoor track & field; and ten women's sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball38

Notable alumniedit

Athletes and coachesedit

Main article: Central Connecticut Blue Devils § Notable Alumni
  • Steve Addazio - Football Head Coach at Boston College 2013–present, various assistant coaching positions at University of Florida
  • Ricky Bottalico - Major League pitcher 1994-2005; 1996 All-star Philadelphia Phillies Currently Phillies analyst for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
  • Al Bagnoli - Football Head Coach at University of Pennsylvania 1992-2014 with nine Ivy League titles; Head Coach at Columbia University 2015-
  • Dave Campo – Former Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Defensive Coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, and Defensive Backs Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Justise Hairston - Football player drafted by the New England Patriots
  • John Hirschbeck – Major League Baseball Umpire from 1984 to 2016
  • Skip Jutze - MLB player catcher with the St Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners from 1972-1977
  • Scott Pioli – General Manager with the Kansas City Chiefs, and executive with the New England Patriots
  • Rich Ranglin - Offensive Lineman for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League
  • Evan Scribner - MLB Relief Pitcher for the Oakland Athletics 2010–2015; Seattle Mariners 2016
  • Mike Sherman – Offensive co-ordinator for the Miami Dolphins; former head coach of the Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M Aggies
  • John Skladany – Defensive coordinator of the Houston Cougars and current special teams assistant for the University of Central Florida Knights
  • Bob Zuffelato - Scout for the Toronto Raptors; former NBA assistant coach for the Mavericks, Warriors, and Timberwolves; former Head Basketball coach 1971-1977 Boston College


  • Erin Brady - Miss Connecticut 2013, Miss USA 2013
  • Richard Grieco - Actor, 21 Jump Street, Booker
  • Kenny Johnson - Actor, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy 2002–Present
  • Colleen Ward - Miss Connecticut 2015, contestant in the 2015 Miss America Pageant39
  • William Berloni - Animal behaviorist known for his training of animals for stage, film, and television

Public servantsedit

  • Ebenezer D Bassett - First US African-American ambassador to Haiti - appointed by President Ulysses S Grant in 1869
  • Erin Stewart - Mayor of New Britain, CT 2013–present, youngest serving female mayor in the US
  • Walter Eli Clark - Governor of the District of Alaska, appointed by President William Howard Taft on May 18, 1909
  • Dawn Hochsprung - Principal during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting 201240
  • Michael J Ingelido – WWII fighter pilot, Distinguished Service Cross recipient, Air Force Major General 1960s
  • John Larson – Congressman D-CT 1999–present; former Connecticut Senate President
  • Fran P Mainella - 16th Director 2001-2006 of the National Park Service
  • Francis M Mullen – Head of US Drug Enforcement Administration 1981-1985
  • Maria L Sanford – Educator1870, has statue in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection from the state of Minnesota
  • Carmen E Espinosa - Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court; appointed by Governor Daniel Malloy on January 7, 2013, and took office on March 6, 2013 Her current term expires in 2021


  • Justice Ofei Akrofi – Archbishop, Church of the Province of West Africa
  • Frederic Beecher Perkins – United States Editor, Librarian and Writer

Guest speakers and honoreesedit

Commencement speakersedit

Main article: Commencement at CCSU

CCSU's commencement speakers are often successful alumni such as Congressman John B Larson D-1st, CitiFinancial CEO Michael Knapp, and CCSU professor Kristine Larsen The most recent four governors of Connecticut have spoken at CCSU commencement exercises

Robert C Vance Distinguished Lecture Seriesedit

Main article: Robert C Vance Distinguished Lecture Series

Since 1983, twenty-three speakers have been featured as part of the Vance Distinguished Lecture Series These have included well-known journalists such as Anderson Cooper, Dan Rather, and Bob Woodward, as well as figures from government such as Robert Gates, Rudolph Giuliani, and Shimon Peres

Recipients of CCSU honorary degreesedit

Main article: Recipients of Honorary Degrees from Central Connecticut State University

CCSU began awarding honorary doctoral degrees in 1985 Honorees have included the CEOs or Chairmen of six major corporations, four US Presidents, and heads of state of Canada, Germany, Hungary, and Poland

See alsoedit

  • Charter Oak State College is located across the street from Central Connecticut State University
  • The University of Connecticut is also a public university


  1. ^ http://wwwccsuedu/uploaded/Courier/Courier_10-13pdf
  2. ^ "Fast Facts about Central Connecticut State University" PDF CCSUedu Retrieved March 24, 2014 
  3. ^ a b http://webccsuedu/oira/files/reports/Common%20Data%20Set/CDS_2014-2015_revised_2-18-15%202pdf
  4. ^ "About ConnSCU" CTedu Retrieved March 12, 2013 
  5. ^ Muirhead, Images of America Central Connecticut State University, p6
  6. ^ Fowler 1949, p 22
  7. ^ "Central Connecticut State University" Encyclopædia Britannica 2013 Retrieved March 11, 2013 
  8. ^ Fowler 1949, p 59
  9. ^ Fowler 1949, p 84
  10. ^ "Chapter 185 - Board of Regents for Higher Education" 
  11. ^ "Common Data Set" CCSUedu Retrieved December 15, 2013 
  12. ^ a b "CCSU Viewbook" PDF CCSUedu Retrieved March 11, 2013 
  13. ^ "CCSU Semi-Annual Statistical Report" PDF CCSUedu Retrieved May 8, 2013 
  14. ^ "Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2012/2013" CCSUedu Retrieved March 11, 2013 
  15. ^ "The Schools of CCSU" CCSUedu Retrieved March 11, 2013 
  16. ^ "Consumer Information: Graduation Rates" CCSUedu 2013 Retrieved December 11, 2013 
  17. ^ "CCSU At a Glance" PDF CCSUedu Retrieved December 11, 2013 
  18. ^ "Central Connecticut State University - Best Colleges" US News & World Report Retrieved August 7, 2013 
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  20. ^ "Elihu Burritt Library - Central Connecticut State University" 
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  28. ^ "Supermileage Competition - SAE Collegiate Design Series - Students - SAE International" 
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  30. ^ "Off-Center Magazine" 
  31. ^ "Outing Club" 
  32. ^ "CCSU Physics Club" 
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  34. ^ "Math Club :: Mathematical Sciences :: CCSU" Mathccsuedu Retrieved 2016-03-16 
  35. ^ "Central Connecticut State University" Ccsuedu Retrieved 2016-03-16 
  36. ^ "The Recorder" Centralrecordercom Retrieved 2016-03-16 
  37. ^ "WFCS 1077 - CCSU Radio - Online Radio Station - Live365" 
  38. ^ "Central Connecticut State University Athletics" NCAA Retrieved January 20, 2012 
  39. ^ Posted 10:20 AM, June 28, 2015, by Marcus Harun 2015-06-28 "Wolcott’s Colleen Ward selected as Miss Connecticut | FOX 61" Foxctcom Retrieved 2016-03-16 CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list link
  40. ^ "Principal Dawn Hochsprung a ’5-foot-2-inch Raging Bull’ Lifesaver" ABC News 17 December 2012 Retrieved 17 August 2013 


  • Herbert E Fowler, A Century of Teacher Education in Connecticut, New Britain CT: Teachers College of Connecticut, 1949

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Central Connecticut Athletics website

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