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Eastern Connecticut State University Data & Information Overview

101 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
73% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Eastern Connecticut State University Ranked?

#1,215 Best Colleges in Nation
#16 Best Colleges in CT
Liberal Arts Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Eastern Connecticut State University was awarded 101 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked ECSU as #1,215 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when ECSU held the #1,404 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 28 colleges in Connecticut, ECSU is ranked at #16.

See all of the rankings for Eastern Connecticut State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ECSU?

73% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Eastern Connecticut State University is 73%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that ECSU is a good fit for you.

Learn more about Eastern Connecticut State University admissions.

Eastern Connecticut State University Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Eastern Connecticut State University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Eastern Connecticut State University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern Connecticut State University

77% Freshmen Retention
46% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Eastern Connecticut State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at ECSU for first-time, full-time students is 46%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  46 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Eastern Connecticut State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,713 Full-Time Undergraduates
28.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,475 undergraduates at ECSU with 3,713 being full-time and 762 being part-time.

How Much Does Eastern Connecticut State University Cost?

$19,290 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
$28,264 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of ECSU is $19,290. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for ECSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,687 $15,154 $17,305 $20,162 $23,988

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of ECSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At ECSU, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $7,066 a year. That adds up to $28,264 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.

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How Much Money Do ECSU Graduates Make?

$49,907 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from ECSU make around $49,907 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future ECSU graduates since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Eastern Connecticut State University make the most money.

Location of Eastern Connecticut State University

Connecticut State
3,713 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Eastern Connecticut State University is a public institution located in Willimantic, Connecticut. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Willimantic draws many to the area.

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Contact details for ECSU are given below.

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

Eastern Connecticut State University Majors

33 Majors With Completions
932 Undergraduate Degrees
101 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 33 majors graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University. Of these students, 932 received undergraduate degrees and 101 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 100 $30,140
Liberal Arts General Studies 88 $35,471
Health Sciences & Services 66 $30,519
Communication & Media Studies 61 $30,552
Criminology 60 $33,382
General English Literature 55 $25,593
Social Work 47 $28,483
Sociology 44 $31,924
Computer Information Systems 44 $60,288
General Biology 40 $30,427

Learn more about the majors offered at Eastern Connecticut State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ECSU

8% Take At Least One Class Online
1% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 328 students took at least one online class at Eastern Connecticut State University. This is a decrease from the 3,908 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 328 46
2019-2020 3,908 415
2018-2019 357 47
2017-2018 425 21
2016-2017 463 27

Learn more about online learning at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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