About Eastern Connecticut State University

Founded in 1889, Eastern Connecticut State University. is a Public college. Located in Connecticut, which is a city setting in Connecticut, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 5,171 full time undergraduate students, and 191 full time graduate students.

The Eastern Connecticut State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 199 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Eastern Connecticut State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate57%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range
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Admissions at ECSU are considered Selective, with ,28% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 17 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

70% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 30% were in the top quarter, and 9% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Eastern Connecticut State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    83 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    58 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    84 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    89 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    89 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    89 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    89 Students rated local services 3.5 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    89 Students rated academics 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Eastern Connecticut State University?

49 Students rated Eastern Connecticut State University

Natalia - 04/10/2023

Eastern Connecticut State University is a fantastic school. For those living in Connecticut, it is close by and relatively affordable. You can choose to live on campus. But if that doesn’t suit you, off campus housing is available as well. The professors here know what they are talking about and truly care for their students. They are also always ready to lend a helping hand to those who are struggling.

Kristy - 05/09/2021

This is the ABSOLUTE WORST school I have EVER attended. I came in as a transfer student, and I was taken as a joke. ECSU forced me to take MULTIPLE classes I had already takeN. I had to fight with the Dean in order to have my previous schools classes and credits be acknowledged. Advisers were COMPLETELY UNWILLING to help me search for classes and prioritize classes. I met with who I THOUGHT was my advisor (according to web) and she had NO IDEA WHO I WAS. This is the WORST excuse of a college ever. I would not recommend this college to my worst enemy. STAY FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL.

Michael - 11/11/2020

The faculty and staff are attentive to students and their issues. They ensure we are put in the best spot to be successful in class as well as in the real world when it becomes time to apply for jobs and start a career. The connections you will make are second to none and it is worth the nearly four years I have attended.

Mariah - 04/10/2020

Eastern is a decent school! It initially wasn't my first choice but they gave me a lot of money. My first year was so much fun. I met a lot of people and academics were very good. The professors were available almost all the time and were very friendly. If you like a small campus and small classes then Eastern is the school for you. The school has daily fun activities to get the students involved which love. I do not regret going to a liberal arts college because I know I will graduate from being a well-rounded person.

Eastern Connecticut State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Eastern Connecticut State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Eastern Connecticut State University is 57%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    As a high school senior I was nurvose to attend college. I was afraid to go far away to school because of the close bond that my family and I share. I now know that being away from home is not as scary as people make it out to be. I would encourage myself to look into further schools down south. I love the warm weather but I was too afraid to pick as school far away. That is my one regret as a highschool senior. I should have went into an indepth search and researched schools that were in a warmer climate. Making friends is easy. All college freshmen are in the same boat as you are. hardly anyone knows people and they are all in a search for friends. I would tell myself that making friends is a fun and easy experience and to never hold back.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Eastern is a good solid state school.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The campus.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    They are interesting, some are driven, but many don't take school as seriously as they should.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The fact that there is not enough information about interships easily available to the students. Not enough activities that prepare the students after they graduate from school. So they can take life by the horns and be able to face anything that come thier way. To give students information regarding options related to money so that they will have multiple streams of income instead of just one. Stuff like that, also life skills such as people related that enchance the persons personality and character. That really grows the individual

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A laid-back person who enjoys calm nights with friends. This school is a lot of commuters so I would suggest someone that lives close to the school would be a good candidate.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wasn't aware of the difficulty that my first classes would bring and wish I had prepared myself more.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Education programs and Liberal Arts Programs.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    It is much smaller and easier to get around than UCONN right down the road.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Students should not attend this school if they like a larger campus that is in a city or resides in a "college-town." Eastern Connecticut State Unviersity (ECSU) is a small, community-based school with has a smaller class size. The surrounding area is not a typical college-town, but has some nice restaurants and businesses. ECSU also has a dry campus, so students looking for alcohol and parties should not attend this school.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I like to brag about the fact that everybody is really close with each other at Eastern. It is a small school and a small campus and while many would consider this a disadvantage, I consider it an advantage because it forces you to meet new people when you first come. Overall, having a small campus is nice because there is less trecking through the snow storms and the rain to get to class.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about Eastern is the fact that everybody leaves on the weekends. This hurts the social scene quite a bit. Also, the services offered on campus are not of the best quality.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Everyone at this school is very different, with diverse talents and interests. I have seen the majority of this school as friendly and driven to meet new people and get as involved as possible. The stereotype of diverse students is very accurate!

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Overall the school is a great fit for me. It is just the right size of school. Its not to big or to small. The best thing about the schools it is easy to get around. All the professors are willing to give any ext a help I might need and they are happy to help. The school is also within minutes of UCONN.

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    The academics are challenging and fascinating at the same time, I am always eager to learn more when I am in classes here at ECSU. The teachers are always welcoming to questions and comments and always encourage the students to get more involved.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Basketball and volleyball intramural are really popular . M.A.L.E.S, C.S.A, S.G.A, B.S.U and F.E.M.A.L.E.S are popular clubs.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

92% of students attending Eastern Connecticut State University receive some sort of financial aid. 35% were awarded federal grants. While 75% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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