83 Windham St
Willimantic, CT 06226
p. 860-465-5000
w. www.easternct.edu/

Eastern Connecticut State University

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Eastern Connecticut State University, colloquially known as Eastern, is a public liberal arts university located in Willimantic, Connecticut, which is approximately halfway between New York and Boston. Select classes are also held at two local community colleges and a satellite campus in the town of Groton.

The university’s mission statement identifies it as “the state’s public liberal arts university” and says that attendance at Eastern “allows students the opportunity to acquire knowledge, values, and skills necessary to pursue meaningful careers and advanced study, become productive members of their community, and embrace life-long learning.”

Eastern is is accredited by the The New England Association of Schools and Colleges and classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.


The third-oldest public university in Connecticut, Eastern was established in 1889 as a teacher training school called the Willimantic State Normal School. The institution began granting bachelor’s degrees in 1937. After multiple name and curriculum changes, the school was granted university status and received its current name in 1983.


Eastern has academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The university is comprised of three schools

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Continuing Education
  • School of Education and Professional Studies

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in over 30 different fields. Students can earn bachelor’s degrees in areas including biology, English, modern & classical languages, mathematics, performing arts, social work, and education. Educational certification is available.

Graduate programs are offered in accounting, education, and organizational management, with several specializations. There are no doctoral programs or graduate certificates.

The student-to-teacher ratio is 16 to 1. More than 90% of faculty members hold the terminal degree in their field. The average class size is 25 students.

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Unique Programs

Special programs offered at Eastern include the following:

Honors Program

Eastern offers a competitive honors program that is intended to challenge exceptional students, enrich the university’s academic profile, and produce leaders within every class. The honors curriculum emphasizes writing, debate, and critical thinking while also offering topics of interest for all students. Once admitted to the Honors Program, students will take part in Honors courses, write a thesis, and have the opportunity to participate in Honors Club events. All Honors Program students receive a scholarship for their tuition.

National Student Exchange

The Office of International Programs administers the National Student Exchange, where students can study for a semester or a year at another participating school in the United States or Canada. This program is generally open to sophomores and juniors only.

The Connecticut NASA Educator Resource Center

The Connecticut NASA Educator Resource Center was established at the university with a mandate from NASA to provide free, low-cost educational materials to educators for the purposes of improving science, mathematics, and technology education. The Center is a kind of repository and clearinghouse for materials produced through the NASA Field Center and NASA Headquarters. The Center is led by a Board consisting of local educational leaders and Eastern faculty.

Canadian Studies Program

Eastern has a Canadian Studies program, an internationally focused and interdisciplinary program focused on the culture and history of Canada and its many different people. In addition to sponsoring lectures and providing a curriculum, the program sponsors regular trips to Canada. Students students studying business, education, and human services may benefit from the Canadian Studies minor.


Admissions at Eastern are considered competitive. Accepted students are generally ranked in the top 50% of their high school graduating class and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Students seeking to attend as freshmen must submit a completed application (either the Eastern application or the Common Application) and a non-refundable application fee. Applicants must also submit official high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and an essay. International students must also include TOEFL scores.

Students should consult the Office of Admissions or the Eastern website for full admissions information.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Student employment is available both on and off campus. Students who seek financial aid will need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Scholarship awards are dispersed by the scholarship committee, which consists of faculty and staff from various departments across the campus. The university offers numerous scholarship opportunities for a variety of purposes: departmental awards for specific academic disciplines, admissions scholarships that are awarded during the admissions process, and purely competitive scholarships (for which new freshman applicants are not eligible). Eastern also encourages students to research the possibilities of private scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2805th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at Eastern Connecticut State University includes numerous opportunities in a diverse range of activities and organizations. The school is home to over 70 recognized clubs and organizations, which are organized around different hobbies, cultures, religions, social activities, academic fields, and more. The Student Government Association is also highly active on campus, providing an opportunity for students to get involved in the political process within the university microcosm.

Nearly 90% of first-year freshman and over half of all full-time undergrads reside on campus in residence halls and apartments.

The Student Center provides food, recreation, and a place for students to gather.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Eastern Connecticut State Warriors are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and the Little East Conference. Fall sports include men’s and women’s cross country and soccer, and women’s field hockey and volleyball. Winter sports include men’s and women’s basketball and track and field, and women’s swimming. Spring sports include baseball and softball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse and track and field.

The Athletic Department also coordinates an active and popular intramural athletics program, involving many students as an outlet for competitive nature and exercise. Intramural sports include volleyball, softball, floor hockey, basketball, kickball, tennis, dodge ball, football, and soccer.

Eastern teams have received conference titles in women’s lacrosse and men’s track & field, and back-to-back national championship in softball. Individual athletes have received conference player-of-the-year awards, All-Conference selection, and All-American awards.

Athletic facilities include fields for baseball, softball, field hockey, soccer and lacrosse, tennis courts, a track, and a sports center.


The E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame honors former student-athletes and gives current students and alumni the opportunity to recognize people who have made a significant impact on the history and traditions of Eastern Connecticut State.

Local Community

Willimantic, Connecticut is a 30-minute drive from Hartford and midway between Boston and New York City. It has a population of roughly 17,000.

Willimantic has a population just over 15,000. It is a small eastern town with the charm and natural beauty that has made the northeast a desirable location for so many Americans. Willimantic is home to dozens of campgrounds, hike & bike trails, and natural areas where outdoor recreation opportunities abound. Other attractions include a local theater, a textile and history museum, and state parks.

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Ranks 15th in Connecticut and 915th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Connecticut and 397th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 17 0.30

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 15 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 14 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 61 0.34
Larceny 301 1.69
Vehicle theft 29 0.16

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Willimantic, CT 06226
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population18,200 (17,953 urban / 247 rural)
Households6,536 (2.46 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,105
Families3,799 (3.12 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District902

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 874th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,510 $4,510 $14,594
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $4,866 $4,866 $6,287
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $424 $424 $428
FT Graduate Tuition $5,617 $5,617 $15,650
FT Graduate Required Fees $4,866 $4,866 $6,287
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $485 $485 $491
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,394 $24,394 $35,899
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,644 $24,644 $36,149
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,476 $15,476 $26,981

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,555 $8,911 $8,555 $8,911 $19,179 $19,943
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,216 $10,674
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,850(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,088 $10,634
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,100(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,100(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,112 (2,278 male / 2,833 female)
Admitted 3,299 (1,461 male / 1,838 female)
Admission rate 65%
First-time Enrollment 985 (430 male / 555 female)
FT Enrollment 963 (414 male / 549 female)
PT Enrollment 22 (16 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment5,368

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Little East Conference

ACT Test Admission

812th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 13%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

845th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 930 / 1100

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,510
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,392
Board Fee$4,776

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 9 60 78 22 9 1,018 16 1,242
Accounting 1 1 5 4 1 40 2 55
Biochemistry 1 1 3 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 2 31 2 37
Business/Commerce, General 1 5 5 2 1 101 1 117
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 2 12 18
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 4
Economics, General 1 3 13 18
Educational/Instructional Technology 6 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 4 1 29 35
English Language and Literature, General 3 4 57 65
Fine/Studio Arts, General 3 3 3 1 32 44
General Studies 1 11 15 1 4 120 2 155
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 21 23
History, General 1 1 23 26
History, Other 3 19 2 24
Information Science/Studies 2 1 12 1 16
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 1 1 2 29 33
Labor Studies 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 9 10
Mathematics, General 2 30 37
Music, General 1 5 6
Organizational Behavior Studies 2 1 3 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 20 21
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 1 20 1 24
Psychology, General 1 4 11 1 121 140
Reading Teacher Education 7 7
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 18 1 21
Social Work 6 3 19 30
Sociology 1 9 7 1 74 94
Spanish Language and Literature 1 3 4
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 4 1 90 4 105
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 3 3 1 46 55
Women's Studies

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 690th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,905 ($82,992 male / $75,951 female)
Number of FT Faculty 201 (107 male / 94 female)
Number of PT Faculty 487
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $8,527,472

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