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About Eastern

Eastern Connecticut State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Willimantic, Connecticut. Eastern was founded in 1889 and now enrolls around 4,644 students a year, including 4,475 undergrads. Eastern offers housing for up to 2,539 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Eastern! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Eastern's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Eastern students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Eastern, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Eastern has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Eastern on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Eastern on the Student Life page.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by December 1.

2021 Eastern Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 64%
Average GPA 3.3
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 68%
In-State Tuition $5,678
Out-of-State $11,932
Percent of Need Met 61%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $10,848

Is Eastern a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at to get a better idea of what Eastern offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

Eastern Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Eastern. Around 64% of applicants get into Eastern each year. Out of 5,370 applications received in 2021, 3,413 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 76% of students who start at Eastern come back the next year. Around 56% of students who started at Eastern earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Eastern Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Eastern's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $13.3 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Eastern spends about $9,736 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Eastern

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Eastern meets 61% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,848 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,566 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Eastern. Based on this information, how does Eastern sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Eastern a good school for you?

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Where is Eastern?

Eastern is located in the small town setting of Willimantic, Connecticut, less than an hour from Hartford.

If you want to see Eastern for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take I-84 and I-395 to Willimantic, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Bradley International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Eastern and Willimantic are like without leaving home.

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College Info

83 Windham Street Willimantic, CT 06226-2295

Campus Setting: Small Town

Eastern Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Eastern is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Eastern is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Eastern Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$19,198

In State

$25,452

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$5,678
$11,932
Fees
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Housing
$13,520
$13,520
Books
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Eastern is like? There are approximately 4,644 students enrolled at Eastern, including 4,475 undergraduate students and 169 graduate students. 83% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from CT and 9% percent of students are from other states.

83%

Full Time

17%

Part Time

91%

In State

9%

Out-of-State

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

4,644

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

64%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$5,678

Out-of-State

$11,932

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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