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Eastern Connecticut State University Overview

Located in Willimantic, Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University is a public institution. The surrounding location of Willimantic is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Eastern Connecticut State University Known For?

1,112 Undergraduate Awards
$33,302 Avg Cost After Aid
66% Acceptance Rate
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at ECSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from ECSU with a bachelor's degree make about $46,400 a year. That's 14% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Eastern Connecticut State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at ECSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#55 Most Popular General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#102 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#102 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#160 Most Popular Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#162 Most Popular General English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#186 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Eastern Connecticut State University?

Location of Eastern Connecticut State University

Contact details for ECSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 83 Windham St, Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone: 860-465-5000

How Do I Get Into ECSU?

You can apply to ECSU online at:

Admission Requirements for ECSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into ECSU?

66% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
ECSU has an acceptance rate of 66%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 60%, and the acceptance rate for women is 70%.

Can I Afford Eastern Connecticut State University?

$33,302 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
6.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of ECSU is $33,302. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At ECSU, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $7,090 a year. That adds up to $28,360 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ECSU is 6.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Eastern Connecticut State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,063 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,800 undergraduate students at ECSU, with 4,063 being full-time and 737 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  ECSU

There are also 171 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,063 full-time undergraduates at ECSU, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  ECSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Eastern Connecticut State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of ECSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 114
Black or African American 395
Hispanic or Latino 510
White 2,595
International Students 37
Other Races/Ethnicities 412

Geographic Diversity

Connecticut students aren't the only ones who study at Eastern Connecticut State University. At this time, 18 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 30 countries are represented at ECSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Norway, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Eastern Connecticut State University

21 Took All Classes Online
425 Took At Least One Class Online
35.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 425 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at ECSU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 22nd most popular in Connecticut for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of ECSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Eastern Connecticut State University was 35.8%. This is the #614 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at ECSU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at ECSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at ECSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Instructional Media Design #17
Education #123

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Eastern Connecticut State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 4 129 0 133
General Business/Commerce 0 123 0 123
General Psychology 0 102 0 102
Communication & Media Studies 0 100 0 100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 32 52 84
General English Literature 0 62 0 62
Health Sciences & Services 0 58 0 58
Accounting 0 42 11 53
Sociology 0 46 0 46
Social Work 0 45 0 45
History 0 36 0 36
General Biology 0 35 0 35
Fine & Studio Arts 0 35 0 35
Computer Information Systems 0 33 0 33
Health & Physical Education 0 32 0 32
Mathematics 0 29 0 29
Criminology 0 28 0 28
Finance & Financial Management 0 20 0 20
Human Resource Management 0 9 11 20
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 19 0 19
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 18 0 18
Political Science & Government 0 16 0 16
Information Science 0 14 0 14
Economics 0 14 0 14
Music 0 11 0 11
Drama & Theater Arts 0 9 0 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 4 0 4
Romance Languages 0 3 0 3
Ethnic Studies 0 2 0 2
Philosophy 0 2 0 2
Instructional Media Design 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 4 1,108 75 1,187


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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