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This close-knit community of learners shares a rich campus culture while reaching out to...

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, Connecticut

Preparing you for a lifetime of inquiry, discovery and responsible citizenship.

Eastern Connecticut State University is the state’s designated public liberal arts college. A predominantly undergraduate institution, Eastern attracts and welcomes a diverse community of learners who are supported by a teaching faculty, staff, administrators, and a residential campus that promotes intellectual curiosity, integrity, and social responsibility.


Independent of their majors and career aspirations, all Eastern students take a common Liberal Arts core curriculum. This curriculum is sequenced and interdisciplinary, offering students a broad range of theoretical approaches in a variety of active learning settings to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and broadened perspectives. Eastern’s programs prepare students for careers or advanced study while also providing them with the lifelong skills and confidence needed to succeed in a world of constant economic, social, and technological change.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
5,139 undergraduate students
83% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
6% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
200 full-time faculty
271 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Percentage of freshman students who live in college-owned, -operated, or –affiliated housing: 87 percent; full-time undergraduates: 59 percent. Rooms for one to two people; suites for up to four students; apartment-style units for four to six people. High-speed access to the University’s computer network and the Internet from residence halls. Residences have recreation and laundry facilities, lounges, and computer labs.

School Location

Eastern’s 182-acre campus is located in Willimantic, CT, a historic community 30 minutes from Hartford, 45 minutes from Providence, RI, and midway between Boston and New York.

Retention Fall 2014

77% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

56% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Black or African American 7%
White 69%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 8%


NCAA Division III, Little East Conference (LEC)

Seventeen varsity sports: men’s basketball; cross-country; lacrosse; soccer; indoor and outdoor track and field; and baseball.
Women’s basketball; cross-country; lacrosse; soccer; indoor and outdoor track and field; swimming; softball; field hockey; and volleyball.

Numerous intramural and club teams.

Other Information

Eastern Connecticut State University is a public, residential, liberal arts university, founded in 1889.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Cognitive Neuroscience, Communication, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education, English, English/American Studies, Environmental Earth Science, General Studies, History, History with American Studies, History and Social Sciences, Individualized Major, Labor Relations and Human Resource Management, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, Political Science, Secondary Education, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sport and Leisure Management, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Through dynamic class discussions and a variety of out-of-class experiences — internships, paid co-ops, undergraduate research, and service learning — students apply their learning in practical, real-world settings. Through these active learning opportunities, students become enthusiastic participants in campus and community life.

A Community of Learners

Recent experiential learning opportunities have included building wind turbines for schools in Jamaica, internships at institutions like Disney World and the Connecticut Science Center, and paid co-ops for United Technologies. Additionally, students have conducted research projects that have dealt with everything from exploring fuel cell technology on a NASA fellowship to researching coral reefs off the coasts of Tahiti and the Bahamas. Otherwise, on campus, students can experience learning directly in the planetarium, black-box theatre, Akus Gallery, radio station, all-digital television studio, and the outstanding labs found in the new, 174,000-square foot Science Building.

Customized Education

Students can design their own major through Eastern’s Individualized Major option. Students have designed majors such as Digital Multimedia, Psychology and Business Administration, Law and Society, Philosophical Methodology, Multimedia Writing/Production for the Deaf, Behavioral Biology, and French Women’s Studies.

Study Abroad

Eastern offers more than 50 study abroad programs in places as nearby as Canada and Puerto Rico or as far away as Japan, Poland, Thailand, Australia, England, and Italy. Eastern also encourages its students to participate in one of its active field study courses. Each year since 1967, biology students have traveled to the barrier reefs and rainforests of the Greater Caribbean. In 2008 and again in 2010, they journeyed to Costa Rica. Math and sociology students also traveled to Ghana to research the sanitation systems there. In addition, biology professor Joshua Idjadi and one of his students are currently conducting marine biology research on coral species in the French Polynesian islands. Students can also explore Italian landscape architecture, study public health in Nepal, or visited advertising agencies and news bureaus in London and Paris.

Service Learning

Eastern places an emphasis on community engagement and service learning as part of its public liberal arts mission. In 2010-11, Eastern students volunteered more than 12,000 hours to the local community—more than $350,000 in donated time—to tutor schoolchildren, volunteer at the local soup kitchen, and otherwise support more than 40 nonprofits and social agencies.

Eastern’s faculty is dedicated to the teaching profession. Mentoring and facilitating their students’ learning is their primary focus. Students at Eastern have the opportunity to get to know and learn from their professors one-on-one. At the same time, Eastern professors frequently win awards, grants, and fellowships for their own scholarship and research, all while assuming leadership and service roles in the local community…

A Liberal Education. Practically Applied.

The liberal arts core curriculum uses innovative, interdisciplinary courses to expose students to a broad range of academic disciplines while developing valuable skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration and independent research.

Professional Professors

Eastern’s professors are experts in their fields – they publish poetry, produce award-winning documentaries, write books, engage in challenging field studies, and travel to teach throughout the world. Six Eastern professors have won Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright-Hays awards since 2005. In addition, an Eastern art professor designed the Connecticut quarter as part of the U.S. Mint series.


Eastern’s Honor Program promotes undergraduate scholarship and complements the University’s liberal arts mission. It provides academically talented students with opportunities to participate in specially designed courses that prepare them to conduct independent research and/or scholarly activity under the oversight of a faculty mentor. Examples of courses include Popular Music in a Global Context; Family in Film, Theatre, and TV; Native American and Ancient Cosmologies in Literature and Culture; and Mass Mediated Political Rhetoric.

First-Year Program

The First-Year Program is designed to give first-time, full-time students a rich and comprehensive introduction to academics and campus life at Eastern. It introduces the students to some of the University’s best teachers, involves them in specifically-designed innovative courses, and helps them to develop bonds with faculty members and peers from the day they arrive on campus.

The Eastern campus is a close-knit community of learners who respect each other’s diverse opinions and backgrounds. Student academic life is enriched by more than 65 student clubs and organizations; 17 varsity intercollegiate athletic teams and numerous intramural activities; and hundreds of guest lectures, artist performances, and other cultural and intellectual events each year.

Student Activities

Eastern offers more than 65 clubs and organizations including print and broadcast media (newspaper, yearbook, campus television and radio stations), leadership and service groups, professional associations, academic interest clubs, performing arts groups, government and politics clubs, and special interest clubs. Eastern also has numerous intramural sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, and flag football. Students can even participate in club sports such as rugby, cheerleading, dance, and tae kwon do.


The University provides a well-rounded, broad-based athletic and recreational program. The Eastern Warriors are in the Little East Conference (LEC) and are affiliated with the NCAA Division III. The Warriors have won nine national championships: four in baseball and five in softball.

Attesting to their academic focus, Eastern student-athletes won the first LEC President’s Cup in 2010 for having the highest cumulative GPA in the conference.

Fun Off Campus

An active Campus Activity Board sponsors numerous out-of-town trips, including shopping and theatre excursions to New York City and Boston, and hiking and river rafting trips, to name a few.

Multicultural Guest Speakers

Broadening the cultural and social perspectives of Eastern students is an important element of the University’s liberal arts mission. The Arts and Lecture Series brings world-renowned authors, artists, and film personalities to campus to enrich the cultural perspectives of students, faculty, staff, and local community alike. Previous guests have included basketball legend Bill Russell, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, noted author John Updike, CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien, filmmaker Spike Lee, social activist Gloria Steinem, actor James Earl Jones, author Salman Rushdie and PBS-TV news correspondent Ray Suarez.

Eastern graduates are prepared for a variety of professional careers, possessing the life skills needed to adapt to the constant change of today’s modern world. They are able to think for themselves, work collaboratively, and serve as active leaders in their local community and the community at large…

Career Services

The Office of Career Services offers comprehensive career counseling and job assistance to Eastern students and alumni. The office reviews resumes, provides career counseling, conducts mock interviews, and connects students with internships, co-ops, and full-time employment opportunities. They also offer free on-line tools such as Experience, a web-based job posting system, Optimal Resume and Cover Letter, and DISCOVER, a career guidance system for undecided students. The Office aims to let students test career choices, apply theory to real-work situations, and experience professional work environments prior to graduation.

Graduate School Placement

Eastern graduates attend some of the finest graduate programs in the nation. Graduate programs accepting Eastern graduates include Harvard University, Yale University, Boston University, Wesleyan University, Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, Georgetown School of Law, and Columbia University, to name a few.


Distinguished Eastern alumni include:

  • Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Francis Falck ’75, who owns several patents on cataract technology
  • Nationally-recognized research neurobiologist Marc Freeman (’93) who recently received a five-year Howard Hughes Early Careers Award as one of the nation’s top young scientists 
  • Chimamanda Adichie ’01, internationally acclaimed novelist who won Britain’s Orange Prize in 2007 and received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008.


Some distinguished employers who have hired Eastern graduates include Pfizer; Pratt and Whitney; United Technologies Corporation; Associated Press; Aetna; ESPN; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; IBM; Merrill Lynch; Morgan Stanley; Smith Barney; Wachovia Bank; the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Bank of America; Cigna; Citifinancial; Electric Boat; Yale Peabody Museum; Price Waterhouse Coopers; Yale New Haven Hospital; and numerous law firms, schools, state, and federal agencies.


Admissions Fall 2014

4,756 Total Applicants
3,001 Total Admissions
883 Total Freshmen Enrollment

63.10% of applicants admitted


To apply for admission to Eastern Connecticut State University, applicants must submit an application for admission. Applications may be obtained from the following sources:


Freshman Application Checklist:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Official high school transcript including grades for first quarter of senior year.
  • Official college or advanced placement transcript(s), if applicable.
  • SAT I or ACT Scores
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee payable to “ECSU”
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay – up to 500 words explaining why Eastern, Connecticut’s public liberal arts university, is the right college choice for you


Transfer Student Application

  • Completed application for admission
  • Official high school transcript listing date of graduation
  • Official transcript(s) from all previously attended colleges
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee payable to “ECSU”
  • Essay (optional)


International Student Application:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Official secondary/high school transcript indicated courses completed and grades. Transcript must be in English
  • Official transcript(s) from all previously attended colleges
  • TOFEL, SAT I or ACT scores
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee payable to “ECSU”
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay (optional)


International Students require completed proof of financial support form, accompanied by a supporting bank statement for I-20. Visit http://www.easternct.edu and click on International Students for more information.

If you have additional questions about admissions procedures, visit Eastern’s Admissions web site athttp://www.easternct.edu/admissions/index.html or call (860) 465-5286.


Net Price Calculator



  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $4,600 $14,886
Fees $4,960 $6,409
Total $9,560 $21,295
Room and Board (on campus) $11,650 $11,650
Room Only $6,682 $6,682
Board Only $4,968 $4,968
Estimated Total On Campus $21,210 $32,945


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

82% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
71% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$7,622 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,321 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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