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Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, Connecticut

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Eastern Connecticut State University overview
Location Willimantic, Connecticut
Online easternct.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Eastern Connecticut State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Eastern Connecticut State University, located in Willimantic, Connecticut, is a public liberal arts university established in 1889. The campus is situated in a rural setting approximately 30 miles southeast of the state capital, Hartford, offering a picturesque New England collegiate atmosphere with a range of traditional and modern architecture. Eastern Connecticut State University provides a variety of undergraduate programs with particular strengths in arts and sciences, education, and business. While the admissions process is moderately selective, the university is accessible to a broad range of students. On-campus living is facilitated through multiple residence halls, supporting the institution's commitment to providing a comprehensive educational experience. Eastern Connecticut State University does not have a significant emphasis on athletics, instead focusing its resources on academic and campus life. Popular majors at this institution include business administration, education, and psychology, adhering to its reputation as Connecticut's public liberal arts university.

In the most recent statistical year 5,488 prospective students applied, and 4,052 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 716 enrolled in the school.  3,366 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 716 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,470 plus fees of $6,440. ECSU is ranked 432 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












ECSU is rated within the top 42% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Eastern Connecticut State University overview
SAT 980/1190
ACT 16/28
GPA 3.4

Applications Accepted

Eastern Connecticut State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Connecticut Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Eastern Connecticut State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$6,440
Room and Board $16,106
Budget for Other Expenses$2,390
Total One Year Cost$32,206

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Eastern Connecticut State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$6,440
Room and Board $16,106
Budget for Other Expenses$2,390
Total One Year Cost$35,442

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

49% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Eastern Connecticut State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 16%
Social Sciences 16%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 11%
Psychology 10%
Communication 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=129215 IPEDS survey data for Eastern Connecticut State University.

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