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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, supported by a teaching faculty, staff, administrators, and a residential campus that promote intellectual curiosity, integrity, and social responsibility.


Independent of their majors and career aspirations, all Eastern students take a common Liberal Arts core curriculum, a sequenced, interdisciplinary program that offers students a broad range of theoretical approaches in a variety of active learning settings to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary to prepare them for their personal, professional, and public roles. Eastern’s programs in the arts and sciences, teacher education, and professional studies prepare students for careers or advanced study while providing them with the lifelong skills and the 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.

Activity/Club/Organization Types

More than 65 clubs and organizations: print and broadcast media (newspaper, yearbook, campus television and radio stations), cultural, spiritual, leadership and service, activism, professional associations, academic interest, honors, honor societies, community service, spiritual, performing arts, government and politics, special interest clubs.

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.

More Distinctions

  • One of top 100 Regional Universities in the North (29th top public institution) inU.S. News and World Report’s 2012 Rankings.

  • Named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For” three years in a row.

  • Named as one of the Northeast’s Top Colleges by The Princeton Review

  • Named to “Guide to Service Learning Colleges and Universities”

  • Named one of the nation’s Green Colleges by Princeton Review two years in a row

  • Peterson’s Guide to Honors Programs lists Eastern’s Honors Program as “among the most active in New England.”


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 Disney World and the Connecticut Science Center; paid co-ops for United Technologies; and research projects dealing with everything from exploring fuel cell technology on a NASA fellowship to researching coral reefs off the coasts of Tahiti and the Bahamas.
  • 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.
  • Students 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.
  • 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.  In June 2010, math and sociology students traveled to Ghana to research the sanitation systems there. In addition, biology professor Joshua Idjadi and one of his students are conducting marine biology research on coral species in the French Polynesian islands. In summer 2011, students explored Italian landscape architecture; studied public health in Nepal; and visited advertising agencies and news bureaus in London and Paris.
  • Eastern’s 2010 placement rate (full- and part-time employment and graduate school) is 91 percent; Alumni contribute in all sectors of society all over the world. The Office of Career Services has internship and co-op programs that give students the opportunity to test career choices, apply theory to real-work situations, and experience a professional work environment prior to graduation. The following companies are just a few that have offered internships and co-op jobs to Eastern students: IBM, ESPN, Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Open Solutions, Inc., Price Waterhouse Coopers, Pfizer, Aetna, Lego Systems, Inc., Disney World, The Animal Planet, Little Brown & Company, MTV, VH-1, and Fox News.
  • 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, and assume leadership and service roles in the local community…

A Liberal Education. Practically Applied.

  • Eastern’s professors are experts in their fields – they publish poetry, produce award-winning documentaries; write books; engage in challenging field studies; travel and teach throughout the world; and are top-notch research experts. 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.
  • 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.
  • Eastern’s Honor Program promotes undergraduate scholarship and complements the University’s liberal arts mission, by providing 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.
  • 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.

Rich Campus Life

  • Eastern offers more than 65 clubs and organizations including print and broadcast media (newspaper, yearbook, campus television and radio stations), cultural, spiritual, leadership and service, activism, professional associations, academic interest, honors, community service, spiritual, performing arts, government and politics, and special interest clubs. Eastern also has numerous intramural sports such as basketball; volleyball; soccer; softball; flag football; and club sports such as rugby; cheerleading; dance team; and tae kwon do.
  • 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.  The University provides a well-rounded, broad-based athletic and recreational program, including club sports, recreational activities, intramurals, and intercollegiate competition. It sponsors 17 varsity sports – men’s basketball; cross-country; lacrosse; soccer; indoor and outdoor track and field; baseball; and women’s basketball; cross-country; lacrosse; soccer; indoor and outdoor track and field; softball; swimming; field hockey; and volleyball.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eastern’s Student Center (opened in 2007) features a bookstore; wireless Internet access lounge; fitness center featuring the latest aerobic equipment; state-of-the-art meeting and conference rooms; and a food court offering diverse food and beverages.
  • 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-renown 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.

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Eastern graduates are prepared for a variety of professional careers, while also 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…

Prepared for Life and Career

  • Eastern’s 2010 placement rate (employment and graduate school) is 91 percent; alumni are contributing to all sectors of society throughout the world.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Distinguished Eastern alumni include Connecticut State Senator Edith Prague (’65); 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; and 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:


  • 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 Applicant

  • 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 Applicant

  • 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)


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

More than 74 percent of Eastern’s full-time undergraduate students received financial aid in 2009-10. To be considered for financial aid at Eastern Connecticut State University, you must complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal Application to be received by the Federal Processor no later than the following priority deadlines:

March 15: Fall semester admits

November 15: Spring semester admits

Eastern Connecticut State University Federal School Code: 001425

For detailed information about financial aid, grants, and scholarships, visit Eastern’s Financial Aid web site athttp://www.easternct.edu/finaid/ or call (860) 465-5205

Other Information

  • Application for housing for students planning to reside on campus. Visit http://www.easternct.edu and select Housing Forms on Housing web page
  • Application for Financial Aid. Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the Fee Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Eastern Connecticut State University Federal School Code: 001425. Eastern’s preference deadline for submitting the FAFSA form is March 15, 2012.
  • E-mail the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@easternct.edu with questions.

International Students Only

Completed proof of financial support form accompanied by supporting bank statement for I-20. Visit http://www.easternct.eduand 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.

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