Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University
Type Public
Established 1893
Endowment $13.3 million[1]
President Joe Bertolino
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 8,496
Postgraduates 3,273
Location New Haven, Connecticut, United States
41°19′57″N 72°56′51″W / 41.33250°N 72.94750°W / 41.33250; -72.94750Coordinates: 41°19′57″N 72°56′51″W / 41.33250°N 72.94750°W / 41.33250; -72.94750
Campus Urban, 168 acres

Reflex Blue[2]

Process Yellow[3]
Athletics NCAA Division IINE-10
Nickname Owls
Mascot The Southern Owl

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU or Southern) is one of four state universities in Connecticut, and is located in the West Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. Its present location is on Crescent Street. Founded in 1893, it is the third-oldest campus in the Connecticut State University System.

SCSU's sister schools in the system are Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, and Western Connecticut State University. The state universities are governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.


On September 11, 1893, a two-year teacher training school, New Haven State Normal School was created. By 1937 the school was able to grant bachelor's degrees.

In March 1983 the school was renamed Southern Connecticut State University, and made part of the Connecticut State University System, along with Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.[4]


Southern has one campus in New Haven, bordering parts of Hamden, Connecticut. Fitch Street separates the academic and residential sections of the campus.

Map of Southern Connecticut State University

The campus is located at 501 Crescent Street, in New Haven, CT. The zip code for the school is 06515.

Academic buildings

During the summer of 2013 two new construction projects broke ground on the campus. The new parking garage which is currently located on Wintergreen Ave and a new Academic Science and Laboratory Building started in what was the parking lot in front of Jennings Hall. Both projects were completed in 2015.

The renovation of the old Hilton C. Buley Library building has been ongoing for the last 30 years and was just recently completed.


Academic Science and Laboratory Building


Finis E. Engleman was the 3rd president while SCSU was still considered the Normal School

Morrill Hall was named in recognition of principal Arthur B. Morrill who first took the responsibility when New Haven Normal School opened in 1893[5]

Hilton C. Buley Library

Residence Halls

Freshman and sophomore traditional residence halls:[6]

Farnham Hall

Upperclassmen Halls

Brownell Hall is a blend of traditional residence hall and upperclassman housing.This building was named for Samuel Brownell, part- time president in 1947


The Adanti Student Center


Adanti became the first graduate of Southern to become its president in 1984, serving for 19 years. When Adanti retired in 2003, the school named its new student center after him.

Academic programs

Teacher education

In keeping with its origins as a teachers' college, Southern Connecticut State University remains a center for teacher education. Southern is the only school in Connecticut to offer a master's degree concentration in autism spectrum disorders.[7] The university received approval for its first doctoral program, an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.


NCLEX passing rates for Southern students hover between 90 and 100 percent in the past three decades.[8]

Study Abroad

SCSU offers many programs for students who wish to take their studies outside of the United States. Extended exchange programs include Baden Wuerttemberg (Germany), Queen Margaret University (Scotland) Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy (Vietnam), East China Normal University and Hunan Univ. of Chinese Medicine (China), University of Patras (Greece), Ben-Gurion University (Israel) and Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Spain).[9]

SCSU also offers professor-lead study abroad programs over Summer, Winter, and Spring vacations, lasting anywhere from 2–4 weeks and awarding up to 6 credits. Programs include (but are not limited to) France, China, Belize, Bermuda, England, Amsterdam Guatemala, Iceland, Jamaica, Laos, Spain, and Italy.[10]

SCSU has joined the Institute of International Education's "Generation Study Abroad" campaign. By 2020, SCSU has pledged to double its Study Abroad participation.[11]

Student activities

Greek Life


Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity (National) Beta Mu Sigma Fraternity (Local) Founded on Southerns' campus in 1959 and refounded again in 2000. Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc. (National) Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. (International) Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (International)


Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority (National) Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority (International) Omega Zeta Pi (Local) Founded on Southerns' campus in 2004. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (International) Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. (International) Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. (National)


Southern Connecticut State's athletics teams are nicknamed The Owls. The school sponsors a total of 17 teams (7 for men and 10 for women) that compete at the NCAA Division II level.

There have been 10 NCAA National Championship Teams at Southern, as well as 79 NCAA Individual Champions in the sports of Track and Field, Swimming and Gymnastics.

Southern Connecticut State's athletics teams had NCAA championships representation in six sports in 2014-2015 and also ranked among the top 20% of all Division II programs in the Learfield Sports Cup for the ninth straight year.

Men's Sports




Cross country

Swimming and Diving

SCSU Owls Field

Track and field



Women's Sports




Cross country

Swimming and Diving

Track and field



Field Hockey



Club sports and intramural sports

SCSU also offers a multitude of competitive club sports that any full-time undergraduate student can sign up for.[12] Intramural sports are also available. [13]


WSIN1590 AM radio station

WSIN1590 AM used to be known as WOWL and WSCB. A student-run radio station, WSIN can be streamed online from its website. WSIN stands for "Southern Independent Network." Shows are broadcast live from the Michael J. Adanti Student Center. All SCSU students are allowed to sign-up for a time slot to broadcast over the airwaves. Diverse news, music, and talk shows compose SCSU's current programming. In 2007 a group of students from WSIN traveled to the NCAA DII Championships to broadcast the games when the Women's Basketball team was in the final rounds of the tournament.

Southern News student newspaper

The Southern News is a weekly newspaper covering news, opinions, arts, entertainment and sports. The publication consists of 14 paid staff members. The Southern prints work from staff members, journalism students, and non-journalism majors.

Live Performances/Speakers

SCSU has played host to various live performances (including plays, speakers, comedians and concerts) over the years. Events are typically held in the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts.[14]

Southern hosts lectures and workshops in literature and dance, art exhibits, performances by professional and student artists, conferences, and institutes on a variety of topics. Figures that have given lectures on Southern's campus include astronaut Mark Kelly,[15] husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor,[16] Michael J. Fox, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Yankees Mariano Rivera and Joe Torre, and writer Jeffrey Zaslow, a co-author of The Last Lecture and columnist for the Wall Street Journal before his death.[17]

SCSU hosts its annual "Spring Week", typically accompanied by a student-attended concert on the Academic Green. Previous musical acts have included Yellowcard, Fabolous, Bryson Tiller ,The Dream, Talib Kweli, Sage The Gemini and Ace Hood.[18]

Notable alumni


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  2. "Elements of the Southern Connecticut State University Logo" (PDF). Southern Connecticut State University. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. "Elements of the Southern Connecticut State University Logo" (PDF). Southern Connecticut State University. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  4. "SCSU History".
  5. "The Early Years". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  6. "Residence Life Home". Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  7. "SCSU special education program gets boost". Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  8. "Nursing Department Accelerated Career Entry Program (ACE)". Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  9. "Study abroad for Southern Students". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  10. "Summer Short-Term Programs". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  11. "Study abroad for Southern Students". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  14. ShoWare. "John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts Ticketing". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  15. "Southern Connecticut State University Event: Distinguished Lecture: "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope"". Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  16. "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Shares Personal Story, Advice with Students". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  17. "SCSU Lecture".
  18. "Spring Week". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  19. Fantano, Anthony. "WNPR Profile".
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