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Colleges / Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, CT 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate73%
Acceptance Rate73%

About Eastern

Eastern Connecticut State University Overview

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 4,319 students per year year, which includes 4,145 undergrad students. Eastern provides on-campus housing for up to 2,539 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Eastern by December 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Eastern!

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Eastern's theater groups.

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

Eastern does not have any greek life opportunties.

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.

2022 Eastern Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 73%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 43%
In-State Tuition $6,470
Out-of-State $9,706
Percent of Need Met 68.3%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,463

Is Eastern a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better view of what Eastern offers and if the school might be the right college for you.

Eastern Acceptance Rate 2022

Eastern is moderately difficult to get into. Around 73% of applicants get into Eastern each year. Last year, 4,630 students applied to Eastern and 3,389 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern

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

Around 77% of students who start at Eastern return the next year. 56% of Eastern undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Eastern Graduates

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

Check with Eastern directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

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.

Eastern's endowment was valued at $13.3 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. 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 68.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,463 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $29,376 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. 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, does Eastern seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! 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 would like 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

Continuous processing

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

Eastern ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 24

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Eastern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1025 - 1210


Math SAT Range

490 - 590


Reading SAT Range

530 - 620

Eastern Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Eastern is like? There are approximately 4,319 students enrolled at Eastern, including 4,145 undergraduate students and 174 graduate students. 84% percent of students attend school full-time, 90% percent are from CT and 10% percent of students are from other states.


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