The Connecticut State University System (CSUS) is a public university system in Connecticut. CSUS consists of four comprehensive universities with more than 36,500 students and 180,000 alumni. It is the largest university system in the state. 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 institutions were founded as normal schools and in 1959 they were converted into state colleges to reflect their expanded mission. From their founding until 1965, they were overseen by the Connecticut State Department of Education. In 1965 the General Assembly transferred control of the then-colleges to an independent Board of Trustees. In 1983 the four institutions were converted into universities, together constituting the Connecticut State University System.
The system is administered by a system office in Hartford as part of Connecticut’s newly established Board of Regents for Higher Education, providing support for budgeting, planning, and technology operations led by a vice president of the Board for CSUS. The interim president of the Board is Michael P. Meotti. The Connecticut State University System Foundation, provides financial support from private donations to assist the missions of the universities.
The system publishes a regular magazine, Universe, highlighting the academic and civic initiatives of the universities, and a semi-annual journal of contemporary literature and essays known as the Connecticut Review that was founded in 1967 by the Board of Trustees.
The four 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. The universities have experienced steady growth in recent years, as full-time enrollment is currently at an all-time high, and overall enrollment is at the highest level in the past two decades.
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