Connecticut State University System is a public
university system in Connecticut.
The CSU System consists of four
than 35,000 students and 180,000 alumni. The system dates back
to the founding Central Connecticut State
University in 1849 as a normal
school for teacher education.
Over time the other three
units were founded as normal schools and in 1959 they were
converted into state colleges to reflect their expanded mission. In
1983 the four units were converted into universities. From their
founding under 1965, the units were overseen by the Connecticut State
Department of Education
. In 1965 the General Assembly
control of the then-colleges to an independent Board of Trustees to
oversee the entire system.
is administered from the Chancellor's office in Hartford that provides central support for budgeting,
planning, and technology operations. , the current
chancellor is David Carter, who
previously served as the president of Eastern
Connecticut State University and was the first African-American college president in
The Chancellor's office is assisted by the
Connecticut State University System Foundation, which provides
financial support from private donations to assist the missions of
The system also publishes a semi-annual journal
of contemporary literature
known as the Connecticut Review
that was founded in 1967
by the Board of Trustees.
universities - Central, Eastern, Southern and Western - offer graduate and undergraduate programs in more
than 160 subject areas.
Ninety-three percent of students are
in-state residents and 86% of system graduates reside in
Connecticut after graduation.