Founded in 1849, CCSU is a regional university based in the central Connecticut town of New Britain. The town is nicknamed ‘Hardware city’ for its many manufacturing firms, including the headquarters of Stanley Black & Decker. The university itself is something of a commuter college, with over half of its students living off campus.
There are over 70 undergraduate programmes to choose from at Central. One of the most popular is the Civil Engineering B.S, which is recognised by the Engineering Accreditation Commission and a four year planned course will include elements of mathematics, computer graphics and mechanics. The Carol A. Ammon College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers B.A, B.S, and B.F.A degree programmes, such as Anthropology, Geography and History.
The Maloney Hall Theatre is used by training actors as part of the undergraduate Theatre program at Central, and the 2017 programme included a production of The Laramie Project, with tickets open to the public. CCSU also has a dedicated advisory service for Career Exploration, in which students can revive advice on an major or future employment considerations during their first semester.
CCSU has a strong reputation in intercollegiate athletics, and sports teams are known as the Blue Devils. The men’s football team compete in the NCAA Division I and play their home matches at the 5,500 seater Arute Field in New Britain.
Actor Kenny Johnson, Miss USA winner Erin Brady, and Congressman John Larson attended CCSU, as did Erin Stewart, who upon her election to the New Britain mayoralty was the youngest female mayor in the United States.
A CCSU study into racial disparity in the use of tasers by police was a first in the United States, and was featured in the Washington Post.