Central Connecticut State University

Central Connecticut State University
Central Connecticut State University
Established 1849
Type Public university
Endowment $23 million[1]
President Jack Miller
Admin. staff 416
Undergraduates 9,678
Postgraduates 2,637
Location New Britain, Connecticut, United States
Campus Suburban, 165-acre (0.67 km2)
Colors Blue and White          
Athletics NCAA Division I
Sports 18 varsity teams[2]
Nickname Blue Devils
Mascot Blue Devil
Affiliations Northeast Conference
Website www.ccsu.edu

Central Connecticut State University is a state university in New Britain, Connecticut, United States. The school was moved to its present campus in 1922. The school's slogan is "Start with a dream, finish with a future."



1849: Founded as New Britain Normal School to train teachers (6th normal school in US)[3] 1867–69: Closed due to opposition in Connecticut General Assembly.[4] 1920s: States begin four year education degrees. 1930: State Board of Education extends normal school curriculum from two to three years 1933: General Assembly creates Teachers College of Connecticut. Last two-year diplomas granted 1934: First bachelor's degrees granted to 61 students[5] 1935: Last three-year diploma awarded 1959: Renamed Central Connecticut State College. 1983: Renamed Central Connecticut State University

CCSU campus
Elihu Burritt Library
Vance Academic Center
Student Center
Institute of Technology and Business Development


  • Henry Barnard (1849–55)
  • John D. Philbrick (1855–57)
  • David N. Camp (1857–66)
  • Col. Homer B. Sprague (1866–67)
  • Isaac N. Carleton (1869–81)
  • Clarence F. Carroll (1881–94)
  • Marcus White (1894–1929)
  • Herbert D. Welte (1929–33)
  • Wilfred Brimley (1933-1943)

Recognitions and rankings

  • 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 edition
  • The Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education designates International Studies and of Public Policy and Practical Politics, and the School of Technology as "Centers of Excellence."
  • 2001, first institution to offer an online Master of Science in data mining.
  • Recognized by the NAACP in 2008 as an official stop on the underground railroad.
  • $1-million federal grant to fund prepare future teachers to use technology.

Campus Activism

CCSU is noteworthy for its politically active student body. The Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) serves students who are left-leaning/liberal, and has been active since 2002 and has hosted dozens of forums, guest speakers, protests and other events. The CCSU College Republicans generally serve the conservative/right-leaning students, hosting events including forums and speeches. Also active are PRIDE (the campus student organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students) and Women Involved Now (WIN) organizations.

Student Government Association

The CCSU Student Government Association is made up entirely of undergraduate students, focused on the betterment of campus life and campus issues. The CCSU SGA also funds all undergraduate clubs and organizations, and hosts events on campus for all students to attend.


  • Baseball
  • Men's Rugby
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Men's Track and Field
  • Men's Ice Hockey- ACHA Division II
  • Women's Basketball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Men's Golf

Notable people


Current and former faculty

Clubs and activities

Classroom and office halls

Residence halls

  • Thomas H. Gallaudet Hall
  • Robert C. Vance Hall
  • Samuel J. May Hall
  • Robert E. Sheridan Hall
  • Seth North Hall
  • Mildred Barrows Hall
  • Catharine Beecher Hall
  • F. Don James Hall
  • Clarence Carroll Hall

Copernican Observatory and Planetarium

The Copernican Observatory and Planetarium is located in Copernicus Hall and offers free shows for the general public and school groups.

See also

Connecticut's other three state universities are:


  1. ^ "Central Connecticut State University (CCSU): Endowment Growth & Alumni Participation". Ccsu.edu. http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=1820. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Official Athletic Site". NCAA. http://www.ncaa.com/schools/127_Central_Conn_St.html. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 22.
  4. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 59.
  5. ^ Fowler 1949, p. 84.
  6. ^ "Waterboro Public Library". Waterborolibrary.org. http://www.waterborolibrary.org/MWI_detail.php?authID=390. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 


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

External links

Coordinates: 41°41′35″N 72°45′54″W / 41.69318°N 72.76496°W / 41.69318; -72.76496

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