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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?

932 Undergraduate Awards
$34,005 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at ECSU is the master's degree.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, ECSU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $49,907 a year. That's about 22% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from ECSU to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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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
#105 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#143 Most Popular Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#143 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#154 Most Popular General English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#188 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards ECSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Other History College Factual
#44 Highest Paid Fine Arts Graduates College Factual
#72 Highest Paid Music Graduates College Factual
#75 Highest Paid Bachelor’s Degree Fine & Studio Arts Graduates College Factual
#96 Highest Paid Visual & Performing Arts Graduates College Factual

Where Is 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?

70% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
ECSU has an acceptance rate of 70%, 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 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Can I Afford Eastern Connecticut State University?

$34,005 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
5.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of ECSU is $34,005. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At ECSU, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $7,356 a year. That adds up to $29,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ECSU is 5.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Eastern Connecticut State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,713 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,475 undergraduate students at ECSU, with 3,713 being full-time and 762 being part-time.


There are also 169 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,713 full-time undergraduates at ECSU, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 100
Black or African American 337
Hispanic or Latino 484
White 2,362
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 406

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

415 Took All Classes Online
3,908 Took At Least One Class Online
211.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 3,908 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 14th most popular in Connecticut for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of ECSU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Eastern Connecticut State University was $12,304 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $25,708. The following table shows how ECSU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Accounting #73 #110

Online Growth Rankings of ECSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Eastern Connecticut State University was 211.5%. This is the #267 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 #16
Accounting #32
Education #91
Business, Management & Marketing #148

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
General Psychology 0 100 0 100
Liberal Arts General Studies 6 88 0 94
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 23 66 89
Health Sciences & Services 0 66 0 66
Communication & Media Studies 0 61 0 61
Criminology 0 60 0 60
Accounting 0 38 21 59
General English Literature 0 55 0 55
Social Work 0 47 0 47
Computer Information Systems 0 44 0 44
Sociology 0 44 0 44
General Biology 0 40 0 40
History 0 33 0 33
Fine & Studio Arts 0 27 0 27
Health & Physical Education 0 26 0 26
Mathematics 0 24 0 24
Finance & Financial Management 0 22 0 22
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 22 0 22
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 0 20
Human Resource Management 0 5 12 17
Political Science & Government 0 17 0 17
Management Information Systems 0 13 0 13
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 12 0 12
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 10 0 10
Music 0 10 0 10
Romance Languages 0 7 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 4 0 4
Economics 0 4 0 4
Instructional Media Design 0 0 2 2
Ethnic Studies 0 2 0 2
Philosophy 0 2 0 2
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0
Anthropology 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 926 101 1,033


*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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