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Eastern Connecticut State University: Narrative Description


83 Windham St.
Willimantic, CT 06226-2295
Tel: (860)465-5000; 877-353-3278
Admissions: (860)465-5286
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Connecticut State University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 179-acre small town campus. Endowment: $60,000. Research spending 2003-04: $140,742. Educational spending 2003-04: $5579 per student. Total enrollment: 5,156. Faculty: 374 (183 full-time, 191 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 2,959 applied, 68% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 26% from top quarter, 67% from top half. Full-time: 3,700 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 1,020 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 21 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 7% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 17% 25 or older, 10% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; psychology; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations, rank in upper 50% of high school class. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $3034 full-time, $277 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9820 full-time, $277 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $3438 full-time, $35 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $7580. College room only: $4230. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 53 open to all. Most popular organizations: M.A.L.E.S, Organization of Latin American Students, 180 Christian Fellowship, A.L.A.Y.A. Major annual events: Fall Fest, Spring Fest, Family Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,236 college housing spaces available; 2,168 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. J. Eugene Smith Library with 239,218 books, 1 million microform titles, 1,729 serials, 3,396 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3 million. 637 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located 28 miles from Hartford and New London and halfway between Boston and New York, Willimantic, with a population of approximately 22,000, is primarily a retail and service center for eastern Connecticut. Bus service connects the city with major transportation facilities in Hartford, Providence, and New York. Willimantic has excellent health and hospital services and recreational facilities include the Willimantic Golf Course and nearby lakes and state parks.

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