by Jacqueline Stoughton
The annual enrollment statistics are in and reflect nothing but positive aspects of this academic year’s incoming freshman class, who makes up 17 percent of Central Connecticut’s student population.
Their SAT scores are up two points averaging 1012 on critical reading and math combined. Last year’s average score was 1010. Class rank has remained the same averaging at 60.
Larry Hall, Director of Admissions at CCSU, was equally impressed and surprised when he saw the increase in average SAT scores, explaining that scores all over the nation have declined every year, which Connecticut is no exception to.
“The admission requirements have not changed, the class profile has changed slightly and that’s always because we are a reflection of the applicant pool and who actually enrolls, at this point all things are consistent,” said Hall. “The profile is stronger than last year.”
There is no specific SAT score or cutoff CCSU admission looks at when accepting incoming students, rather the parameter of all elements of a student’s application will determine whether they’ll be able to thrive at CCSU.
A potential student’s high school transcript, the academic level and rigor of courses, grades, essay, letters of recommendation, community involvement and engagement, participation in athletics and extra curricular activities. Hall explained that the rigor of the classes a student took is the biggest factor and demonstrates whether or not the student has challenges themselves.
“We take course level [into] consideration and that’s an individual decision. It depends on the sophistication of the student and their family and what’s happening in that particular high school that might dictate particular strategies for a student,” said Hall. “We’re looking for well-rounded students that we believe can fit in and add something to the central culture and environment.”
CCSU tends to not have an admissions cutoff for incoming students, instead offering summer bridge programs to help new students who may need extra course work to build up specific skills or help with transitioning from high school into college.
“We’ve lost some of our flexibility in terms of the [summer] bridge programs because we lost different grants along the way; we haven’t increased the count and that makes this [classes scores] even more remarkable,” said Hall.