Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT, USA

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Western Connecticut State University

3.46 Average Rating

Michael from Charlton, MA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
With professors that are clearly knowledgeable in their respective profession, a quality education is sure to be attained while attending WestConn. Not only do every one of the teachers I have studied under have given me a quality education with fulfilling lessons, but even after class ends they are more than available to answer any questions and offer guidance to those in need. Bottom line -- the professors will ensure that your education is their first priority here.
Am enjoying being here
One of the more important qualities of a college that I was looking for was it's setting and it's staff. As previously mentioned, the staff here is superb and attentive of your needs, which I believe is a must for a college or university. That leaves me with WestConn's setting. If you haven't traveled here yet, it should be one of your first priorities. The campus here is beautiful -- placed in the middle of the bustling city of Danbury. The school's serene-like setting is complimented well by the flourishing city it resides in. If you are looking for a campus that inhibits the qualities of a quiet, country-esque, theme. Whether you're located on the main campus, Midtown, or on the larger, more isolated Westside campus that overlooks the mountains, you will be sure to appreciate the quiet and peaceful surroundings that compliment Western Connecticut State University.
Bang for the buck
It's a widely known fact that college costs are on the rise, albeit for a select few schools that are trying to accommodate students' and their lack of financial funding. A state school, WestConn manages to beat the economic crunch while not significantly raising the tuition bill or jeopardizing the schools reputation for academic excellence, which is yet another reason why WestConn is an easy fit for a broad range of students.
Tips for prospective students
Making a good impression can be important when entering college, which is why it's always a good idea to attend orientation. I can't stress this enough, which is why it is a good idea to attend if you are able to. Not only will you be put in a relaxed setting where it is easy to meet potential classmates and friends, but you can obtain all of the necessary things you will need for the upcoming school year (parking pass, computer ID, email ID, etc)
Great for these types of students
Western Connecticut State University is ideal for students who appreciate a change of pace from an urban type school setting while not being too far away from a city that caters to your shopping needs (Movie theater, shopping mall, and several plazas all within 5 miles of the campus). Also, expect to meet and interact with a diverse and broad range of people!
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Amanda from Enfield, CT

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The faculty at Western Connecticut State University are absolutely outstanding. All the professors I've had in my first year on campus have provided us with straight forward syllabi on the first day of class. I always knew what to expect and how my performance would later be calculated into a grade. Every professor I've had has provided convenient office hours to give way for extra help and clarification of material when needed. If their office hours didn't work for me, all professors I've had would schedule personal hours by appointment. There's never been a dull moment in the learning setting at Western. In high school, I had so many classes where teachers just got side tracked and we never got through the material. At Western, my professors have taught me so much valuable information, and they do it in a manner that grabs your attention and keeps it. I find myself connecting things I learn in one class to things in another, and then further connecting them to things in my life. You pay good money for an education. The professors at Western definitely make the learning worth your while.
Am enjoying being here
There is never a dull moment on campus. I've made so many friends, and there is always something to do. The professors are wonderful, the on campus job opportunities are fabulous, the housing facilities are comfortable and accommodating and there is plenty of shopping and places of entertainment nearby, so you could never be bored. There is a large mall and various shopping centers within miles of either campus and their are many restaurants nearby fit for anyone's cravings.
Bang for the buck
Two years at Western Connecticut, a state university, is equivalent to almost one year at a private university in the area. You really do get a bang for your buck with this school. Your college experience is so customizable, you can basically pick what you want to pay based on number of credits, meal plan, and housing arrangements. Luxuries such as printing and internet which other institutions often charge for are included in what you pay. Financial aid is also available to most students. Since community college is definitely not for me, I don't think I could've found a better deal!
Tips for prospective students
Western CT is a split campus, with upperclassmen and honors students on one campus, and freshmen and most classroom buildings on the other. Fairfield Hall is the best dorm for freshmen, and Pinney Hall is the best dorm for upperclassmen, or at least this is the general consensus =]. If living on campus, make sure to communicate with your roommate(s) before hand. Space may be tight, so there's no sense in bringing doubles of everything. Get involved in a club or organization. There are clubs to fit every person along with a great Honors Program and a superb Student Government Association. Freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus, but if you feel bringing a car may make money tight, don't bother. There is a shuttle to take you between campuses and Danbury has a bustling bus line to take you from one location to the next. All of the cafeterias on campus offer great food selection, so you'll never find it dull. You can try getting an on campus job. At most jobs on campus, you can do your homework while doing your job. You meet a lot of great people at the same time too! If you're a freshmen or new student, make sure you attend orientation. Not only will you meet lots of people in the same boat as you, but you'll learn valuable information about the school as well as important information for your success. I loved freshmen orientation; there were some entertaining activities! Most importantly, be yourself, learn a lot, and have fun. College is much different from high school. Don't stress, there are many gateways available to relieve stress and the university offers great counseling services, mentor services, and tutoring resources when you need help the most.
Great for these types of students
Western is great for outgoing, hard-working, independent, and responsible students. There is room for lots of fun, but Western is also an excellent school to learn. Students who are up for a challenge and desire belonging to a tight knit community of diverse students belong at Western Connecticut State University. I would never change my decision to go to Western over any other college. It has been the best decision of my life.
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Samantha from Beacon Falls, CT

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Westconn, or as we call Bestconn is a college with a calm, friendly atmosphere. There is a mountain of activities to do and club to join. No matter what you aim to do, there are always people willing to help you out.
Tips for prospective students
Western is known for its music, musical theater, Justice and Law Administration, nursing, and social work programs. Also, there is always a club or activity that will match your interests.
Academic Rigor
Professors always give out syllabuses which note exactly what they expect. Many professors expect students to be mostly on time, and to mostly every class. Credit is given to students who do the following and who show effort. Many of the schools here require the students of the program to abide by clear guidelines, for example, a minimum letter grade for each class. Also, many programs require the students to complete an internship to graduate.
Dorm Life
The resident assistants are usually both very nice and helpful. They are required to host fun activities in their residence halls for students to enjoy. Some dorms are smaller than others but always give adequate storage room.
Food and Dining
There are two dining options on midtown campus. There is a buffet-style cafe which has many food options and there is also a downstairs cafe that has your basic burgers, mozzarella sticks, etc. which doesn't require a student id to get in. On the Westside campus, the food is excellent and there is a panini stand as well as a choose-your-own-pizza stand.
What to do for fun
There is always something to do on campus. Even across Midtown campus, there is a pizza place and ice cream parlor. Soho's and Giovanni's are fantastic and within walk-able distance. There are posters of activities everywhere, and students also get email updates about upcoming events.
Bang for the buck
Western is known for its cheap tuition compared to other Connecticut schools.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There is a room in the Westside campus student center that has many windows and is very relaxing! Also on the Westside campus there is a nature walk and a planetarium. Homecoming every year is usually huge, there is a theme every year and each club on campus can participate in the poster contest. The homecoming football games are at night and there is always a homecoming dance!
Great for these types of students
Ambitious, studious.
Clubs and Activities
For every student, there is a club that matches them! There is a social work club, dance team, marketing club, you name it. Clubs are a great way to get to know new people.
Greek Life
There are a variety of sororities and fraternities on campus that are very involved with the students and the school.
Campus Safety
You always need your school id to get into the dorm halls and the RAs always check them. Also the school sends an email to all of the students to keep them updated about safety matters.
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Jessica from Danbury, CT

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The convenience of Wesconn is what i love most. How many degrees are offered and the attention to detail from the faculty and staff has been utmost important while attending. I love the faculty since they are very understanding of life and its situations that may occur.
Tips for prospective students
Check out what is offered and the university will make it worth while
Academic Rigor
excellent and above standards.
Food and Dining
they just brought STARBUCKS my favorite,
What to do for fun
there are always performance for adults and kids. I have two children a 4 and 5 year old and enjoy the convenience of bringing them to activities,
Bang for the buck
excellent courses and at affordable prices.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
the new Starbucks is in a convenient location.
Great for these types of students
graduate adults with a family or a life to manage. career oriented trying to succeed further in their career.
Campus Safety
there is always police officers there and if need be can escort you to your car if asked.
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