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  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 1 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Middle of the road students, people who don't like or need frats or sororities, and intelligent underachievers like me. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    If you apply, talk to Dr. PAMELA STARR! She's an amazing person and has already been a great resource for me. If you have AD(H)D, OCD, or any type of disability, she is DEFINITELY the first person you want to see once you're accepted.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering that this is the best CSU system school, and -IMHO- WAY nicer than UConn, this is really a steal. I might not even need to go into too much debt, which is a lifesaver in this economy.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm a Willimantic native, so if anyone tells you that the natives are scary, they're probably stuck-up suburbanites who are too good to live in a city. Willimantic has some great stuff going on -Streetfest, live music, plenty of stores-, and the WRTD bus takes you to Storrs for free if you're a student (It's either free or subsidized) If you really need to go to a UConn party, just take a bus or get a local friend to take you to Carriage House.

    Will learn a lot

    It's not UConn, but that's a part of its draw. I doubt you'll take any classes with more than thirty people, whereas your freshman classes at UConn might have upwards of fifty, maybe a hundred. I'm not saying it's a bad school, but UConn is a completely different atmosphere. My friends who go there feel like numbers. It's nowhere near as friendly as ECSU, and more and more of the students are rich, spoiled kids who's trust funds ran out. MY parents are UConn alums, and they're ashamed of how UConn's gotten worse. ECSU is the way to go!

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 2 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is best for students who do not want to be in an enormous school with lecture halls. If you like recognizing most of the people on campus and being able to have a good relationship with your teachers, Eastern may be your match! It is also very art oriented and was originally a teacher college!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and stay for the weekends! There are so many fun things to do on campus which is a great way to meet people. Also, a little known fact about Eastern is that it is considered a suitcase school, meaning that many students go home for the weekend. But weekends are the best time to get work done and socialize! There are always events on campus for the weekends!!

    Bang for the buck

    Considering this is a state school and it is not too costly, the buildings, especially the dorms and library, are of very high quality. They are new and very up to date.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus! It is small and you will know most of the people in your residence hall! There are always free activities on campus and plenty of clubs and sports, both intramural and varsity, to join. One of the downsides to the campus is that it is in the middle of Willimantic which is an urban city with little to do if you are not on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    All the classes are small and personal. The professors are very willing to help you, will know your name, and truly care about your success! Not only have I learned a lot about my major (and I'm only a freshman), but I am learning how to be independent!

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus uses the blue light emergency system and the campus police are always ready. the dorms are also very safe and protected using electronic fob keys. it is also easy to find the campus saftey number and the alert system is reliable.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs to choose from and at the beginning of the year there is a club fair where you can sign up for whatever pleases you. most clubs schedule their meetings so that they do not interfere with classes. joining clubs are the best way to meet new people and make new friends.

    Bang for the buck

    eastern definietly does not over charge you fro education like some schools. the cost is fair and well worth it to get your degree here.

    What to do for fun

    there is always something to do on campus, whether it be movie night, a comedian, or watching the sports games. there are also at least 50 clubs and groups to join as well and if there is not a club that you like thats not organized yet you can get your own started.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall has a wide variety of food to choose from and also has some themed dinners, which are always fun and interesting. the staff is very friendly and the meal plans do not cheat you out of your money. the student center cafe also serves ready to order subs and other freshly made food from barbeque to pizza.

    Dorm Life

    the campus is just the right size that wherever you live you are within a short walk of the library, dining hall, or academic buildings. the dorms are well-maintianed and have an energenic r.a staff. most upperclassmen dorms are apartment style and newer. the housing community is close-knit and a lot of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors want you to put effprt and apply yourself into your academics, they will not just hand you your degree, you have to earn it. the workload can be demanding at times, never procrastinate, the professors generally give you a respectable amount of time to complete essays and projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    never skip classes because the professors will not repeat their whole lecture for you, college is a time to take responsibility and eastern is a place to acquire that. also, make sure you attend a 4-year plan workshop, it is very benificial in seeinf which courses you need to take in coming years and it saves time when you have to register for classes.

    In three sentences

    eastern is a great liberal arts school that is concerened with their students education. ecsu is a great size where the professors know you by name and can be more one-on-one with you to help you succeed. this school also has a helpful advising staff and system to make sure youo stay on track to graduate on time.

  • 06/14/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    great opportunity to learn from

    Tips for prospective students

    great programs to choose from

  • 01/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    anyone who prefers small classes and a well rounded education

    Tips for prospective students

    there are not many majors, but you can create a personalized major of just about anything. it is a great, small school that gives you the most rounded education compared to other Connecticut state schools.

    Bang for the buck

    meal plan is way overpriced and required if in certain housing. if you live close enough, commute to save some money

    Am enjoying being here

    join a club or a sport and you will have a tight group of friends and plenty to do besides academics.

    Am learning a lot

    depends on the class. check 'ratemyprofessor.com' before signing up for their class.

  • 01/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a small atmosphere but not too small will do well here. Also students who do not want to be in debt decades after college will like the price of Eastern.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a smaller college where you can be recognized by your teachers and get good recommendations, I suggest Eastern. The faculty strive to help their students and hard work pays off here. If you want a city college don;t come here because Eastern has limited city life. Uconn is very close and is convenient if you have friends attending there.

    Bang for the buck

    Eastern is known for its good biology, accounting, and teaching programs as well as others. The education is proven to be substantial because Eastern made it in the Top 100 university in the US. It is also half the price of many privates schools so you end up paying even less than what you would at other schools with a $15,000 scholarship.

    Am enjoying being here

    Despite what some people may think about the campus, I love this place. I have been fortunate to get into the nicer dorms but I have found many things to do to keep myself busy. The Campus Activity Board is constantly has new things to do and night and the Friday After Dark program also provides weekend trips and events. I feel safe on campus and they are trying to make more improvements. You can make a good time or be a hermit and watch tv, thats up to you.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a biology major at Eastern and have been challenged. Sure some of the information is review, but I have been surrounded by lots of new and exciting things I never knew about. Almost all of my teachers have put a significant amount of time to helping me learn and have always been available when I needed them. At first I disliked the idea of a liberal arts college, but I quickly realized that it can be fun to learn about irrelevant things in life. Also as a science major, almost all of the major classes have a lab, which means hands on experience that solidifies what you are learning.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are never any big issues on campus, and when things come up, they are are handled immediately and effectively.

    Clubs and Activities

    Huge selection

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone who is open-minded.

    Bang for the buck

    Eastern provides a great selection of courses, activities, and resources for a great price.

    What to do for fun

    Eastern and its clubs will keep you busy all year, not to mention outside community events that celelbrate a variety of cultures, like Third Thursday/Streetfest.

    Food and Dining

    The food is probably better than what most students could mke for themselves, and they offer a good selection. There are a few different dining environments and many awesome local restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but Eastern always has fun activities and information about some great fundraising activities posted everywhere. You can't help but get into it.

    Academic Rigor

    At Eastern, you are responsible for your education. Professors here could teach at any university they desire, and you can go into a class willing to contribute and excel, and you will do great, but if you don't try, your grades will reflect it. Eastern won't 'give you grades' to keep you in the system.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enroll in a variety of courses from different subject areas, especially in the first two years, since these years focus on general education requirements. Eastern offers many opportunites to explore other fields and interesting topics with its gen-eds. Also, enjoy the activities they provide for you!

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a diverse community of learners who are well-integrated into the local community. Eastern offers many opportunities for professional development, as well as for networking and fun activities. This school is well worth the money with a practical education.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Polive Station right on campus, Hospital a few minutes away.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs from fencing to cheerleading, marketing to educational clubs, fashion to LGBT

    Bang for the buck

    It is a state college so you are getting a good education for much cheaper then other private colleges

    What to do for fun

    -clubs -sports -intermural sports -campus events -East Brooke Mall close to campus

    Food and Dining

    One dining hall and one student center food court, food is pretty good, depending on the days

    Dorm Life

    Great choices in dorms even during freshmen year (dorms with private bathrooms and showers).

    Academic Rigor

    While there are easy professors like all colleges, Eastern does have challaging classes to take. You have to put in time to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    - You have to work hard to recieve good grades - It is not a huge campus -Join clubs and go to events -Make the most out of Eastern

    In three sentences

    ECSU is in general a great college. Eastern has around 5,400 students and it the perfect mix if you do not want to go to a small or large college. It has great professors, and you will receive an education and friendships that will help you throughout life.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely worth the price!

    What to do for fun

    Anything! There are clubs, fun activities throughout the entire year and anywhere in between.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good.

    Dorm Life

    The buildings are beautiful. They are like you are living in a hotel and are way better than other colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Eastern are taken seriously. Though some may say it is easy, depending on if you want to complete your degree in four years, you have to work hard and do all your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what anyone says, this school is a perfect match for anyone. There is so much to offer here, especially if you are unsure of what you want to do in the future. There are many degrees that you may want to pursue and the advisors and staff will help you along the way.

    In three sentences

    Eastern makes you realize that there is no other university like it. Some would argue that it is just a state school, but they are missing out on the amazing opportunities that Eastern has to offer. Eastern achieves in its academics, residential life and overall appearance at such a low cost compared to private universities that couldn't compare.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although the crime level is low. campus police presence are very evident.

    Clubs and Activities

    social work club, The campus is very supportive of the students and any issues. A variety of activities are offered on campus

    Great for these types of students

    liberal arts curriculum those who are going away from home for their first year those who want a Masters Degree in 5 yrs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual tradition is the Legend of the battle of the frogs.There are a lot of statues of frogs in town. The story is this: The town of Windham, next to Willimantic, in 1754 at the time of French/Indian war was over run with frogs. These frogs in the middle of the night made an overwhelming noise and everyone in town thought they were being attacked by the indians. The town sent three emmisaries to surrender only to find out that they were not being attacked by the Indians but rather were over run with frogs.

    Bang for the buck

    Living on campus is expensive. The cost of food you are required to pay out freshman year is a lot of money. Although you do have several selections to choose from at each meal, I do not find most of the food appealing.

    What to do for fun

    Bus into town for shopping for various needs. Eastern offers a variety of on-campus fun events to attend.

    Food and Dining

    not impressed with the food at all.

    Dorm Life

    kind of crowded. was a little hard getting used to living with so many people!

    Academic Rigor

    pretty intense in courseload.

    Tips for prospective students

    attend and pay attention to the informational meetings before you start school here. lot of programs for students to relax and have fun at.

    In three sentences

    Great campus and supportive staff. I chose it for being a liberal arts college. I love being at Eastern, there is a lot to do and a lot of courses to choose from.

  • 04/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    11 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    I applied for the STEP/CAP summer program and I think it will make a big difference for my college years!

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love a school that's small and cozy then this is perfect. I came here because it is beautiful and the class rooms aren't big lecture halls so you get to know your professor and the student around you.

    Bang for the buck

    The food is great and so are all the services. Webb hall has an amazing computer lab that is open almost 24/7. The Library is very well equipped. Everything at Eastern is top quality.

    Am enjoying being here

    People here are very nice and always willing to help. If you have an issues they get acknowledged. The campus is always beautiful which makes it even better to be there.

    Am learning a lot

    I have enjoyed most of my teachers. The more they know and enjoy the topic they teach the easier it is to learn and enjoy it yourself. I have gotten that experience from a lot of my teachers. They are always there to help out.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. There is a wide variety of majors/minors and there are activities that every type of student can enjoy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just go to class and do your work. Don't be a trouble maker, and go to class. If you're grades aren't satisfactory you'll be on academic probation and that's really not good. Just do what you think is right and you'll be fine. Use your head and have a good time, but be smart about it.

    Bang for the buck

    The school actually isn't that expensive, which is nice because most students don't have very much money and you do get a great education for what you're paying. There are cheaper schools out there, but sometimes you have to pay extra to get the better education. As much as I hated getting a loan, it was worth it in the end.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Eastern. The campus is really nice and the people are really friendly. It's easy to make friends, especially in the freshman dorms. I sat in the common room of my dorm last year and became great friends with the other girls on my floor. It was great.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at ECSU are extremely helpful and actually know what they're talking about. I haven't yet encountered a professor that didn't offer to help students out of class. The school is a liberal arts college, so we learn more than we would at the other CSU schools and it's wonderful.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who want a well rounded education at a smaller institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you want to be doing the liberal arts core that they offer as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Slightly more expensive than what I am used to, but definitely worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    Definitely. Close to home, good schedule. Very nice staff so far.

    Will learn a lot

    Definitely, step higher than community college in my opinion.

  • 11/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Eastern is a great school for students of all majors, it is a liberal arts college, the only one in Connecticut. If you are undecided that is fine also come here and they have so many different programs that can help you decide what you want to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come up and take a tour of the campus you will automatically fall in love! It isnt as big as Uconn but that is good because everything is close together so you know exactly where you are going. Talk to students that go to Eastern and see what they think about it and just research the college more.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot of cool things included in your tuition price. There is more than 1 place to eat here on campus and for the other places that isnt free, included in your meal plan you get dining dollars that you can use to eat at othe places besides the dining hall. Also part of your tutition goes towards your residence hall and you can plan what you wanna do with that many, ranges from trips to Eastern Apparel.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are a lot of things to do on campus you just have to know how to find them, they have a calender on their home page with events that are going on around campus each and everyday, even on the weekends!

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are all here for your benefit and will do anything they can to help you succed. The class sizes are similar to the ones in high school, average class size is about 20 students.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Kids trying to stay close to home, an affordable alternative, Excellent for prospective education majors

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of Connecticut's public universites. It is a great price for what you get. It all depends though, because Eastern doesn't have a wide range of majors. Housing is on the pricey side though, for what you get.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm honestly not truly enjoying Eastern. I feel like I just came here because it was my only last option at a true college experience. The campus is pretty dead on weekends because most students go home. I usually just go home on the weekends. Even though some say there are things to do over the weekends, there really isn't much to do at all.

    Am learning a lot

    Still in my freshman year and I have been able to take a great variety of classes.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    any student who wants to become a teacher should attend this college, because they have a great education program.

    What to do for fun

    i am involved in multiple clubs and there are always a lot of events on campus that i attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    get to know your professors, because they take the time to try to get to know you. take advantage of the clubs and resources on campus because they can help you through anything.

    In three sentences

    eastern is a small tight-knit society where you can feel at home. your teachers know you by your name and not a number, and can give you the individualized time you need. they make it easy to adjust and everyone is very friendly.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always safe on campus, but always have a buddy with you at night. Regardless of how safe it is.

    Greek Life

    None as of yet. They have been talking about adding it, but not sure if that will happen

    Clubs and Activities

    Many options. It shouldn't be hard for someone to find something they're interested in. Make sure to check the website.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of programs that throw events, parties and fundraisers. There are many clubs to pick and join from, and joining them will definitely enhance your experience here, as well as joining intramural sports or school sports.

    Food and Dining

    It's college food. Not bad, but but not better than a home cooked meal. You will always miss home cooked meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms here are fantastic. Clean, spacious in many cases, and fun. (hint: the way you arrange furniture definitely can expand the room size).

    Academic Rigor

    It's not amazingly hard, but it's definitely not easy. In other words, like at any other school, you have to study and try.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions if needed, otherwise you will not find out until last minute. Make sure to have your financial things set and ready to go very early on in the process or going to school, such as taxes, scholarships, etc. Have fun, don't party too much, study, and enjoy your time.

    In three sentences

    The school is wonderful and has a lot to offer. Can sometimes be difficult to communicate with faculty who are supposed to be there to answer financial problems or school related issues. But is a very good school to look into.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has one or two incidents per year which usually happen right outside of campus and involves a student. Willimanitic is not the safest place, so students try not to walk alone off campus at night.

    What to do for fun

    There are many campus activities that take place. Eastern has a Campus Activity Board that designs trips and activities for students to do. They include things such as going to the Bronx zoo, to having a tournament in the gym.

    Food and Dining

    The food in Hurley Dining Hall is not so great but the Student Center has some pretty good food that costs a little more.

    Dorm Life

    Many students go away on weekends so it is referred to as a suitcase school. The dorms are very big and in great condition. Eastern is known for the quality of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Level 300 and 400 classes are generally very difficult and involve a lot of time and work. There are a lot of research papers to write and academic articles to read and understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a plan as soon as you can. Don't fall behind on work and always keep your goal in mind. Try to involve yourself in any extra activities you can on campus.

    In three sentences

    It is a very diverse school with many options. The teachers are excellent and are very educated in their subjects. There is free tutoring offered and the school provides a lot of extra help for any student seeking it.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The Student Center and the Library Cafe both have excellent food. What brings the rating down is Hurley. Hurley is required for freshman and upperclassmen living in Niedjlalick. Hurley is definitely not great food by any means, and would stay away from it all cost.

    Dorm Life

    Willimantic is a bit of a sketchy area, so you do hear about crime around the town. As long as you're careful about where you go in town late at night, you should be fine. The dorm buildings are small and very community like. You become friends with most of the people living in the rooms surrounding you.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here aren't too challenging that you'll feel overwhelmed or stressed all the time. A good level of stress is put, but definitely not too much. I haven't had to write many papers, but I have friends that have had too. Most teachers give study guides for their exams as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Eastern classes aren't overwhelmingly challenging, but you really shouldn't slack off. The teachers are usually really helpful and take the time to learn every student's name, so don't be afraid to speak up in class or talk to them about assignments, etc.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a great school to attend and pursue one's degree and post-secondary education. The classes are small enough to not feel like just another number. The campus is small and the Eastern community is very close-knit.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is wonderful they around all the time 24/7 protecting students.

    Greek Life

    There is not Greek life and eastern but you can join with other universities

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many Clubs and Activities located on campus. you can even start one as well.

    Great for these types of students

    eastern is great for many students

    What to do for fun

    Every weekend Eastern offer FAD which is where students can come together and enjoy activities among one another.

    Food and Dining

    The food is every wonderful and the dinning service is excellent. you can have easy access to many types of food opinions.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is wonderful and comfortable, you get to meet new and exciting people everyday. You become familiar with faces in a short amount of time where eventually you know everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Eastern Connecticut State University is the state�s designated public liberal arts college. Within the Connecticut State University System, Eastern, a predominantly undergraduate institution, attracts and welcomes a diverse community of learners, supported by a teaching faculty, staff, administrators, and a residential campus, all of which promote intellectual curiosity, integrity, and social responsibility

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are willing to attend Eastern Connecticut State University should have a open mind to explored different opportunities and venture out of there comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    Eastern Connecticut State University is a wonderful school to attend. This school offer you many opportunities where you can network and meet new people. Also with the small size classrooms you can have more of a hands on learning experience with your professor.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 70

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe on campus. There are blue lights everywhere in sight, so even though I've never had to use them, I know that the campus police can be there for me in a matter of seconds. The only problem I can report is that there was money, video games, and a camera stolen in the dorms. However, as long as you keep your door locked at all times and keep your valuable items out of sight, you will be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join a club! Not only will you make new friends because you share common interests or hobbies, you'll become a part of a family. Repertory Dance Troupe is one of my favorite parts about being on campus; I get to choreograph my own dances and have fun learning from my peers as well.

    Bang for the buck

    The food doesn't match up to the cost, but when you take into account the amazing friends you'll make, the free social events and free food, and the interesting and engaging learning experiences, Eastern is so worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The Campus Activities Board (aka CAB) never fails to provide cool bands and other entertainment for the weekend. There are events almost every weekend. For instance, last semester they had a carnival, a 90's night, an arcade, a country night, and much more. Do NOT go home on the weekend; I promise, you will not be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The student center and library cafe provide pretty good meals, a variety of beverages, and other fresh items you would find in a grocery store. (You MUST try the smoothies!) However, I have nothing good to say about the dining hall. Although it's buffet style, I am often disappointed in the selection and the quality of the food. If the dining hall knows there are tours or other family events going on, the food is amazing. Making your own sandwich, waffles, and salad is your best bet here. Some of their soups taste deliciously homemade, too.

    Dorm Life

    Adjusting to having a roommate is a quicker process than what you expect, and you have plenty of opportunities to have the room to yourself as well. Everyone is very friendly and greets you, even if they don't know you. It isn't always easy if you have a loud roommate or a roommate who likes to party and stay out later than you. However, I think that Eastern matches people up pretty well. Some of the buildings are about thirty years old, but most of them are new and beautiful. Just bring a fan and be prepared for a nice bonding experience. Moreover, the Resident Assistants create activities each week to bring the whole building together, and there is always free food! It's a great way to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Although some classes weren't as challenging as what I expected, I feel that the academic rigor has gradually increased over each semester. Eastern presents their courses in a manner in which you can slowly adjust to the increased work load and develop good study habits. The professors are tough, yet understanding. They are certainly more than willing to answer questions and allow for democratic learning, so you are not overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I would recommend coming to Eastern with an open mind and a smile because you'll make new friends and adjust quicker than what you think. Also, attend as many campus activities and events as possible because they are free and so much fun!

    In three sentences

    Eastern Connecticut State University provides a welcoming and community-oriented environment. The professors, resident assistants, and other faculty members are dedicated to making you feel comfortable and helping you achieve success. With a small campus and a big heart, Eastern truly is home.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The school has a lot of great activities planned for all student and there are signs and fliers everywhere!

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has it's own police station. they are very helpful and will even escort you back to your dorm if you get back to school late and don't want to walk across campus alone. his is great because sometimes I work until midnight. It's nice to know they're looking out for me.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over seventy clubs on campus. There's something for everyone here. I'm actually part of tree clubs, the Biology Club, Ski Club, and the Campus Activity Board (CAB).

    Great for these types of students

    Eastern is great for all students. It has a huge number of majors and minors, clubs and it's a great deal. there's a place for everyone at Eastern Connecticut State University.

    Bang for the buck

    Eastern is just about $19,000 a year. It's a great deal and I sleep well at night knowing I won't be in debt for twenty years after I finish college.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities on campus. There is friday after dark which puts on events like the Little e and dances. Also there is a theater in the student center that shows newly released movies.

    Food and Dining

    Hurley Hall has a large assortment of food. There's a deli with delicious sandwiches and a vegetarian section if meat isn't for you. Also there's a huge salad bar and the Hearthstone, which has pizza and pasta every day as well as other delicious meals.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Constitution Hall and is is amazing. Constitution has suites so I live with three other people, two in each room, and we have our own bathroom and shower. Constitution is one of the best freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Being In college is a lot different than high school. You don't have every class every day. So even though i have a full schedule and the work load is a little more than what I had in high school, I feel like I have more time to get things done and I don't feel as stressed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time wisely. Once you start college you'll probably have more time and will be able to wake up a lot later. don't get me wrong, this is great. Just make sure you get stuff done because the is less structure and no one will be there to tell you what to do or when to do it.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Eastern Connecticut State University because of all it has to offer. the campus is beautiful, the dorms are comfortable, the people are friendly, and there's always something to do on campus. Plus Eastern is the biggest bang for your buck in this economy.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's not that bad for a town like Willimantic. There's nothing much going on.

    Greek Life

    There are no sororities or fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs at Eastern are amazing. There are a variety of them. From community service such as People Helping People to personal interests such as the Photography club. There's also a newspaper, radio station, clubs related with your major (like Psychology club), and others based on you culture (Organization of Latin American Students- OLAS).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The town of Willimantic is full of random frog statues, there are pretty and creepy Victorian houses next to the university. In the summer there's a monthly festival called Third Thursday where there's food, music, and different types of things are sold.

    What to do for fun

    Since Willimantic is a small town, there's nothing much to do. Though, there are some fun places to go such as some restaurants, Cafemantic (a really nice coffee shop), if you're and up there are also some bars. However, the most fun you can have is with your group of friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the main dining hall is alright. Sometimes they have really good stuff, but all depends on your taste. On the other hand, the food at the student center is better but you have to pay for it.

    Dorm Life

    Most freshman dorms are nice and you get to interact with the people there.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the professor, the level of the course, and the major.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's not hard to get into the school, just apply. If you GPA is low, there's a program in the summer that helps you making it higher. During the first two years, you must take some requirements that sometimes are not even related with your major but they give you the liberal arts experience.

    In three sentences

    ECSU is a small school where professors can interact with you and get to know you. Most of them care about you and are willing to help you with anything you need. Also, you get the liberal arts experience which allows you take classes not required for your major.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has their own police department that are always there to help. We also have many buttons around the campus if you ever need a police officer immediately.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you are a freshman, during orientation, you throw a penny into the fountain starting a new beginning. Then when you graduate as a senior, you throw a penny into the fountain again for ending your time at Eastern and starting a new chapter in your life.

    Bang for the buck

    Eastern is overall an amazing college. If I could stay there for graduate school I would! The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere is amazing. I would never chose another college to go to and don't want to leave!

    What to do for fun

    Eastern has many things to do for fun. There are too many clubs to count! The athletics there are also pretty good. It is a great way to know everyone in a fun way! The student center holds many events like concerts or fairs where everyone can go to meet new people and have a great time. There is occasionally trips to New York where you can enjoy a Broadway show and go shopping!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Eastern is great! We have various cafes around the campus for on the go food. We also have the student center where you can find a variety of food like burgers, salads, pizza, and even a coffee shop. Hurley Hall is an all you can eat buffet where you can go there and eat whatever you would like. They have many flavors of ice cream too!

    Dorm Life

    I have not stayed on campus but what I have seen of the dorms they are amazing. We have various dorms for each year you are in and also have apartment like buildings for the upperclassmen.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Eastern are great! You can really learn a lot and not feel overwhelmed by the work load because your professors are there every step of the way to help you. There are also tutors that are willing to help in every subject you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage prospective students to join clubs and get involved in the college. It is a smaller college so many people get to know each other a lot. The environment is amazing and the buildings are close together so there isn't a far walk during the winter. The atmosphere at Eastern makes you feel welcome and the classes challenge you to be your best.

    In three sentences

    Eastern Connecticut State University incorporates all aspects of learning into the classroom. The professors are kind and caring and they love to help. The college offers so many programs and clubs that it is impossible not to be involved in some activity.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Eastern is very small, so there is rarely any violent crimes or other dangerous occurrences. There are also many emergency phone posts all around campus. The campus safety board regularly updates students on local dangers that may affect them.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life on campus, because Eastern is a dry campus, promoting student safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    Eastern is part of the Little East Conference for sports, and also has many other intramural teams too. Almost every student is a member of one of these organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Eastern is a good choice for students who want to have the college experience, without the hassle or expense of larger universities. You can still get a great education without having to leave your families for good, or leave them with empty wallets.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Eastern is located in Willimantic CT, an old industrial town that has many monuments that incorporate the frog. The frog structures come from a local legend from the seventeen-hundreds, where the locals thought that a colony of frogs that were making obscene noises, were the British coming to attack their town. Since then, frogs have been a large parody in Willimantic history. You can see frog structures even at Eastern!

    Bang for the buck

    I would say for a local university, Eastern is a very good choice. I only pay about ten thousand a year, and I get the same quality education as those who receive education at schools with 'bigger' names.

    What to do for fun

    There are vast amounts of things to do for fun! There are quite a lot of intramural sports, and the Campus Activity Board is always providing something fun to do on campus, whether you had plans to do anything or not!

    Food and Dining

    Unfortunately, there is only one dining hall, which isn't much better than any other high school cafeteria. Despite this, there are many other dining opportunities at local restaurants just a short walk off of campus!

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter, so I do not know extensively about the dorm life, but I have stayed nights over, and from my experiences, Eastern has some of the best dorms in the state! I would definitely choose to live here if I could afford to!

    Academic Rigor

    Though classes can be tough, I find the curriculum not that much harder than any other accelerated high school program.

    Tips for prospective students

    You want to make sure that you are academically prepared for this school. There's no need to be afraid though, for Eastern makes the transition very easy for students.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a very good college for someone who wants to feel like a member of a community. The liberal arts curriculum is both fun and challenging for a student ready to build their resume. The faculty is very kind and knows most students by their first name.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent. Blue emergency lights/buttons can be seen from everywhere on campus in case of danger. The police department is on campus and has been said to be able to be anywhere on campus within 30 seconds of a call.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every interest or group of people! And if there isn't, you have the freedom to make your own group

    Great for these types of students

    Well-rounded students, or those who wish to be, will do well here. As a liberal arts college, students are required to take all kinds of classes and subjects.

    Bang for the buck

    Eastern is very affordable, and very accommodating to students in need of financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities planned on campus, like outdoor tie-ding, movie nights in the theater, open mic, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Student center food is excellent, but food from the dining hall has made everyone I know a little queasy!

    Dorm Life

    Mead Hall is the perfect dorm for freshmen. It's new and clean. As this is the only res-hall I've been in, I'm not sure what the others are like.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course there is more work in college than in high school, and even though classes are challenging, there is always available help if you are struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    To future students: be ready to be social and make new friends! Campus is small but there are always activities going on, giving students to try new things and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a great school! The campus is beautiful, and I love my classes. It was a wonderful transition from high school to college, thanks to the helpful faculty and staff.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    party

    Food and Dining

    delicious

    Dorm Life

    ausome

    Academic Rigor

    tough but not crazy

    Tips for prospective students

    bring money

    In three sentences

    Eastern connecticut is a great university with nice small classes. It is a great social learning experience since it is a small campus with only 5,000 students. The campus is friendly and you getto know a lot of people.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many to list but they all are great opportunities to meet new people.

    Great for these types of students

    All students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for a state cost.

    What to do for fun

    So many clubs and teams to join. There are always events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Best college food I have had so far.

    Dorm Life

    Most comfortable and beautiful dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers give you the right amount of work to where you learn but there is no busy work.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Be social (joining clubs and teams is important) 2. Study hard (you pay for it so get everything you can out of it)

    In three sentences

    Is the best sate school in Connecticut. The teachers are so friendly and knowledgeable. Affordable without loosing sight of a great education.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have campus Police, but Willimantic is scary. There are poles that you can click for help.

    Greek Life

    There are no sororities or frats.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of different clubs and extracurricular activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are focused on their studies and that want to have good fun.

    What to do for fun

    It's not a party school. It has some events that the school does. There are movies every Tuesday and Sunday. They have trips to the Buckland mall every Saturday and trips to the Windham mall Mon-Thur along wih Walmart.

    Food and Dining

    There is the Student Center which has good food while Hurley is not as good. Beware of any meat except for sandwhiches made for you or chicken tenders.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are nice and roomy. Not small and crampy.

    Academic Rigor

    Has an Academic Center which can help you if you need help in any subject.

    In three sentences

    Helpful Boring Beautiful

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of places in the surrounding area where you can find entertainment and excitement.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is not too bad. The student center and cafe have amazing food!

    Dorm Life

    Traditional halls encourage students to meet each other, the smaller residence halls create a true feeling of community.

    Academic Rigor

    As a senior in the social work program I can attest that the majors which the school is known for (teaching and social work) are extremely rigorous and will challenge students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a meal plan your first year, live in a traditional building, and try to hardest to get out there. Freshman advisory is helpful, but they tend to be less than helpful as you get older. Forge a good relationship with your faculty adviser.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a small community in which each and every student has a voice. The faculty and staff are ready to assist in any way possible, I have never felt so welcomed on a college campus. The school is academically rigorous and socially fulfilling.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None. Dry Campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs to join and fit in.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student. Note, Eastern is a dry campus

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus is in the middle of a small city. There is a record store, an adorable place called Cafemantic which will make you feel wonderful, a movie theatre and a drive-in nearby, a flea market every Sunday during the warmer months, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    There are many food and dining options around campus. There are also nearby restaurants and other places (such as a Subway) that will accept a student's express card (the card a student uses to pay), so if a student does not like the dining options on campus, they are always welcome to eat off campus.

    Dorm Life

    As a commuter, I cannot necessarily speak for the dorms. However, I've heard what my friends who live on campus have said, and they all seem to like it very much. There are several different types of housing making the experience different each year. Most people enjoy living on campus, especially in the large suite-style dorms or the apartment style dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses were as challenging as I would expect them to be. You can expect papers and projects as you would from any college level class, but the professors are almost always available to discuss your work with you. You won't be left alone.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school provides a good general to specific education for a cost that is honestly wonderful in comparison to other schools. The school is in a fun location of Willimantic that has a lot of local things to do.

    In three sentences

    ECSU is honestly a wonderful liberal arts school. With it's small class sizes, I always feel comfortable participating, and I am never too afraid to go up and ask the professor a question. The faculty is very friendly and approachable, and the smaller campus makes the school very inviting.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is good. They have a make your own ice cream station too which is really cool.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look really nice and there are a good amount of options.

    Academic Rigor

    From talking to the head of my major, the computer science program looks very good.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is an extremely nice school. After going on the campus tour I immediately knew I wanted to go here. The programs here are very good and the professors are really nice.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions or get a tutor.

    In three sentences

    This school is great because the staff is helpful and it has a great environment for learning. The teachers are nice and are willing to help students out. The school has many groups that students can join, also there is a gym, tutoring center, and more.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are a great way to meet and build a bond with new people. you have the chance to plan events for campus activities.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to join such as dance teams or organizations where they plan events for campus such as concerts, free give away and sports as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is nothing like your moms home cooking but the food is good and it does hit the spot. their are some days when you wish you was home eating your moms food but the food is not the worst.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is amazing every dorm is different some are older than others and some are newer than others but the best part about dorms are meeting new people and building relationships that will last a lifetime.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective student is make sure that you meet with your advisor monthly and build a good relationship with them because you will need them through out the year. Also build relationships with your professors which is very important and never be afraid to ask for help.

    In three sentences

    From a scale from 1 to 10 I rate Eastern Connecticut State University a 10. My reasons for ratting my school a 10 is mainly because of the academic support they give their students. They really work with their students and getting them through college.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun at ECSU, especially if you are part of clubs. There are many activities that are planned around the campus and also many things to do in the student center, with a free gym and theater to watch shows and movies. It is a great time to make friends and hang out!

    Food and Dining

    Food is available all around campus and it is affordable and delicious!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms all have regulations for students and it helps get the students connected to the other classmates.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors and classes are very organized and it seems to be a great learning environment!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be too afraid, because ECSU will make you feel welcomed with all the friendly people in the small community.

    In three sentences

    ECSU is a very well rounded school with a lot of different options for those students who are undecided on what to do. The campus is full of helpful students and professors who would willingly take time out of their day to help a fellow student. Overall, the campus is a great community with a lot to do and and perfect for an education setting.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They have a police department ON CAMPUS. Not rent a cops from the mall. REAL POLICE.

    What to do for fun

    Over 50+ clubs Intramural sports. Fairs and carnivals Two concerts a year. Yes really ones like Snoop dog. Everything there is to do in the town.

    Food and Dining

    Fried chicken, pizza, sandwiches and mountain dew Enough said. But they have many more including plans for vegans and vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on your dorm it can be AWSOME, or it could be a little crummy. However, the people in it always make the dorm a better place.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent place to learn, classrooms are small and quiet.

    Tips for prospective students

    GO HERE. Especially if you like a small family like atmosphere and a strong education.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is amazing with the family like culture. The small classes and people there make it easy to find out what you truly wish to do. There is never a dull moment either with activities going on EVERYDAY.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Eastern has a lot of events to keep you busy such as movies, barbecues, ice skating, etc. there's also a movie theatre and bowling alley close by. Main Street has just about everything.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has great sandwiches and omelettes. The student center has much better food. The library cafe is also great if you're in a hurry and need something quick to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Relatively laid back RAs. I prefer off campus housing. The nicest freshman dorms are Mead and Constitution. Constitution is better for making friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough, but reasonable. Teachers can be very strict but if you put the effort in they will help you. The hardest part of a science related degree is that every class comes with a 3 hour lab.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put the effort in and you'll succeed. Go after class and to the academic services center, they are extremely helpful.

    In three sentences

    Eastern may not be in the greatest area, but it has a beautiful campus. The classes are relatively small so there is a lot of one on one interaction with teachers. Teachers have a lot of office hours for after class help on anything that is difficult for students.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Make sure you are not walking alone in the middle of the night, it is located in Willimantic, CT after all.

    Food and Dining

    A step up from high school cafeteria food, but I've had better. The small caf in the student center is where I prefer to get my e-mails if I'm buying from the school.

    Dorm Life

    I have never dormed on ECSU campus, but as an incoming freshmen, make sure you give it a try, however it's not for everyone!

    In three sentences

    ECSU is a small campus with small classrooms where you get a more hands on learning experience and able to form relationships with your classmates and teachers. They offer a wide variety of classes and majors to suit everyone's wants and needs.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, I do Zumba twice a week and play intramural Volleyball each semester. I meet new people that have the same interests as myself. I go to FAD events sometimes Friday nights with my friends.

    Food and Dining

    Good food. Hurley Hall is good most of the days, some not. The food court in the student center is amazing. I go there once a month and get the Mile High Burger, yummy!

    Dorm Life

    Love living on campus. Dorms are nice and a really great way to get to know more people around the school.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty strict on there academic requirements once in the school. If you don't do well, then there is no point to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the best that you can and always ask for help when needed! If not, than you will not always get where you want to be or pass the class if you don't understand.

    In three sentences

    I love Eastern Connecticut State University. It has changed my life not only academically, but environmentally as well. I would not change my decision to attend this wonderful school if I had the chance to.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots to do. Always something going on

    Food and Dining

    Hurley is a decent buffet style dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice if you get a good one

    Academic Rigor

    Fairly challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes early...they fill up quick!

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a great school with excellent teachers and technology.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is not in the safest area of the state, however, Eastern is a very safe CPUs. Most crime that happens is off campus and reported to students. The campus and Willimantic police department do am excellent job of keeping the school safe.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek like at eastern.

    Clubs and Activities

    Eastern offers a wide variety of clubs to suit every students interests. There are always activities going on around campus to entertain students.

    Great for these types of students

    Eastern is great for students that prefer a small, close knit school. Everyone knows everyone at Eastern. This makes for a greenfly environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every freshman makes a wish in the fountain at orientation.

    Bang for the buck

    Eastern is one of the less expensive Connecticut schools, but offers a lot for your money. Your tuition pays for many services such as an academic center that offers free tutoring or paper revision.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs sponsor activities all the time on campus. There is always an activity every Friday night. There are also several trips sponsored to events such as fairs, sports games, and other attractions in the area.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is not the best. It's not bad, but it's not something you'd be excited to eat either.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. The RA's sponsor lots of activities to keep things interesting.

    Academic Rigor

    Eastern offers a lot of academic opportunity. There is a wide variety of majors and minors. Most of the majors offer internship programs, which really help students excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs, attend campus events, and don't be afraid to use all the services available to you.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school! There's always stuff going on. Lots of opportunity to excel.

  • 08/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 80 clubs to be involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    Education, psychology, and business majors.

    Food and Dining

    Hours are kind of weird but the food is always diverse. Your typical lunchroom quality though. Student Center has a great food court.

    Dorm Life

    Great and comfortable dorms. Campus tends to be a ghost town on weekends though.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging courses, but won't completely stress you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and network with upperclassmen.

    In three sentences

    A great community of students with plenty of opportunities to prove your leadership abilities. Very interesting professors who bring a great perspective on the subject they teach. Great housing choices available.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety does a very good job of handling the students, I became friendly with a few of the police officers around campus. They're all very understanding and don't go out of their way to give any kids a hard time. Treat them with respect and they'll do the same in return.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't allowed at Eastern, no one really misses it seeing as there are several houses to go to for parties anyways.

    Bang for the buck

    Go to Taste of the Island late at night and you wont regret it. The environment with friends is an experience all on its own and the food is delicious. Not good for the healthy eater but you're young so don't worry about it.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of intramural sports to play, the campus is usually pretty active on nice weather days. In the winter people sled a lot next to Hurley. The school often puts on movie nights and different events like that so there's always something that you can do. Don't forget about free pancakes Thursday nights in the student center!

    Food and Dining

    Hurley isn't as bad as many people may say that it is. As far as dining hall food goes I really didn't mind it. Sure there are nights where I wish I didn't have to eat there but almost any time of day you can go get takeout and you never need to cook for yourself.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Mead, had an absolute blast. Best year of my life. Wherever you live it is going to be whatever you make it just like anything in life. I visited Burr and it was much more of a family feel since the kids there live in dorms as compared to suites but I made plenty of friends in my building.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take I'm sure this will differ. My work load is pretty rough since I am a double major but if you stick with it the work load is definitely manageable. Professors give enough time to complete homework and plenty of warning on tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and get into either Mead or Constitution as a freshman. I have friends who lived in Burr and loved it as well but Mead and Constitution are hands down the best living conditions on campus for freshman.

    In three sentences

    Eastern has really improved in the last ten years with new buildings and a higher standard of acceptance. The school is beautiful and the people I've met there have been amazing. I wouldn't go to any other state school, Eastern is an amazing institution.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is patrolled regularly and cops undergo extensive training for crisis situations. Students should however play safe regardless.

    Greek Life

    None so far.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for just about everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are academic focused and want smaller class sizes.

    Bang for the buck

    Really cheap for in-state commuters. Dorming is expensive though.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Willimantic is great for dining and there are also some unique shops surrounding the campus. There is also the closely located Eastbrook Mall and Manchester is only about a 40 minute drive from campus.

    Food and Dining

    The Student Center Cafe is great but their prices are fairly high and this location is not completely included in meal plans. Hurley Hall is good too. All you can eat with a meal plan pretty much. Not sure anyone has found a limit yet.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life could go either way. Some students love it and other students hate it. It all depends on individual preferences.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very tough. They will challenge you as will the professors. You really need to keep up with the work load to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start planning your classes out early. Its a first come, first serve basis and not all professors are open to a wait list. Planning early also helps you come graduation time so you're not taking required classes last minute.

    In three sentences

    ECSU is a good school if you are looking for a college or university with an academic focus but still has a good student life. They do a good job giving their students the resources they need to succeed in their education and are always willing to help.

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Eastern Connecticut State University has their own police department on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everyone talks about going to events together, helping out on community service project, and ECSU students are involved in many different clubs and activities. If for you don't find the club or activities you wish to participate in then you can create it.

    Great for these types of students

    All students are welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a fountain on campus that every freshman puts a penny in with a certain date on it.

    Bang for the buck

    You will get out what you put in. If you are willing to great people, and be and active member in the ECSU community you are welcomed with open arms. ECSU has multiple opportunities for any type off person, all you have to do is walk in the door and take a look around.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you could think of. There are lawns on campus that you and friends can get a game of ultimate frisbee going, or listen to the music playing from dorm windows. You can go to local restaurants, or see a movie. Watch a game being played on the fields off campus, or go bowling.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are great! And the buffet is really good, you can even get a meal for a guest now and then.

    Dorm Life

    Decent size dorms, and the people around you will determine how well you sleep if your a light sleeper. This is true for wherever you go. I'm not a heavy sleeper, so people in the halls is something I'd have to get used to.

    Academic Rigor

    It's college not high school your gonna have to look at book more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the early SOAR programs. This will better your chance of getting classes and times that you want. Also commuters should join as many clubs and activities as possible, though do not over work yourself. College is about networking and learning.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful! The faculty, staff and other students are always willing to help. The opportunities are endless and ECSU is a 10 out of 10!

  • 08/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Eastern has something going on almost every week, whether it's the Knight cafe every Thursday night, Fridays after dark, or Late nights on the weekend. There's also a large number of volunteer opportunities both through clubs, and through the Center for Community Engagement. WIth over 50 clubs, you're guaranteed to find something you like, and other people who enjoy it too. If you find yourself bored on a Friday night, you're just not trying.

    Food and Dining

    Save once, I've never been sick at Hurley Hall, but I've heard from more than one person that they've been sick regularly from the food. Personally, I think it depends on what you like to eat, and generally stay away from the fast food. The student center has better food, and a lot of grab-and-go snacks you can use your dining dollars if you're on the meal plan, and regular cash if you don't. Schafer has a snack cart (only open in the morning) and the Library cafe besides coffee and pastries has a grocery section with dry goods and easy prep meals you can also buy with dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the buildings are older, and about half require you to buy a meal plan since they don't have a kitchen facility. Freshman dorms are the worst, since you are put under special restriction just because you're a freshman (such as having to sign guests in and out, no cars, etc.), and except for constitution the dorms are older. Upper classmen have better choices, but it's highly dependant on how many priority points you have, which you earn through attending campus events, residence hall programs, and getting good grades. About half of the upper classmen halls also require you to have a meal plan (Niedlik, Occum, Crandall, Burnap, and Winthrop), but the other ones don't. Transfer students, good luck, you're pushed into 2 dorms, usually Noble and Mead Hall. Noble is an old elementary school, and is the furthest away from the rest of campus, so you may want to plan your school schedule around the shuttle to avoid a 15 minute walk uphill. Noble also has issues with the plumbing, fire alarms go off almost every week, and is down the road from the local watering hole, so noisy crowds on the weekend. Mead, you are subject to the freshman rules, and forced onto a meal plan as well. However, this is only for your first semester, after that you can transfer to another one of the upper class man dorms provided yu have the appropriate credit hours.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework I was given was challenging, but exciting. Some subjects (like history and biology) have a lot of paper writing, but the subjects are generally interesting, and in the higher levels you can pick your own topics to research. At some point or another (especially for Math) you will find youself in the academic skills center, but the tutors there know what they're talking about. However, except for Math and English, you will need to make an appointment, best if at least a day in advance. The teachers aren't out to get you, as long a you apply yourself and read all assigned texts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring at least $200 a month for additional expenses. Freshman students and sophomores beware, you may not be allowed to have a car on campus unless you have a job nearby, or live far enough from home. Transfer students, make sure enough of your credits you earned transfer, or you'll find yourself doing remedial work. If all else fails, head to the transition office.

    In three sentences

    A liberal arts campus out in the middle of almost nowhere, but if you know where to look, you can get almost anything. Great teachers who love what they do, up to date in their fields. To get great housing, attend campus and dorm events, it'll pay off in the long run.

  • 10/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Here's a true police dispatch: On September 23rd at approximately 8:50 a.m., a female student was walking off campus in the Windham/Prospect street area. She was talking on a cell phone when she was approached by...An older white male [that] was driving the vehicle and he appeared to be wearing black eye under liner. He asked the student to call his mother and gave her the motherâ??s phone number. She dialed the number she was given and then gave the suspect/driver her phone. The driver then left the scene with the studentâ??s cell phone heading toward campus. The student was not injured. Don't be stupid.

    Clubs and Activities

    I played a sport and therefore did not have much time for extra clubs, but the students who do generally seem to enjoy them. Yet I wish I could say that the various clubs around campus put on more interesting/exciting events for the rest of the school. Some of the better ones are movies on the quad (though the selection is usually suspect) and the fall/spring concerts. (Students get to vote on who to host but always seem to select the worst of three options.) But these hardly make up for the 5am protests that some clubs host, which involve marching past residence halls with loudspeakers and whistles at an ungodly hour that always seems to fall before a crucial midterm exam.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A frustrating aspect of Eastern is the lack of well-known or widely-cherished spots. Most students don't seem interested in venturing out much further than Blarney's, which is a shame because Willimantic and the surrounding area has some really interesting stuff. Mansfield Hollow is a great hiking/swimming/boating/fishing spot just down the road that far too few students take advantage of. Downtown Willimantic is getting stronger, with City Side Deli, Cafemantic, and of course the Brewery for great off-campus hangouts.

    Bang for the buck

    Though I didn't feel like I received the best education, my lack of student loan debt made Eastern a great decision in the long run. It's a tradeoff: You won't get your foot in the door as easily in the job search as elsewhere, but there's no pressure to pay back six figures of debt.

    What to do for fun

    Weekend life revolves around two bars and house parties. It's a dry campus, so partying in dorms is generally a stupid move. Some students take advantage of the more active nightlife over at UConn, and I'm guessing this is what compels so many of them to transfer. Don't let anyone tell you differently: many, many people go home on weekends, and campus can be a ghost town sometimes. The best bet is to be a student-athlete or become friends with one.

    Food and Dining

    Willimantic can be a tough town for grabbing a bite. The campus dining hall is so-so to unbearable, and the Student Center (which costs real money) is only slightly better. Willimantic Brewing Company on Main St. is a New England landmark, but pricey; there are three excellent diners in the area, but diner food can get old; and given the thriving Hispanic population of the area, it's surprisingly hard to find a good burrito. (Taste of the Island is the lone exception.) Tough it out freshman year, get a dorm with a kitchen, and learn to cook.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Eastern are by far its best feature, and in this respect you can't really go wrong. I lived in probably the worst dorm--a spartan, two-to-a-room, communal-shower building--during my freshman year, and it was probably the best thing that could've happened to me. (Everyone keeps their doors open, everyone knows everyone else, and you get wrapped up in the social life without having to try. Go Burnap Hall!) As you get older, of course, the suite apartment-style housing is a godsend. And the off-campus options are very nice around town as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Eastern is primarily a teaching college (though a few professors do very respected research), so most professors are more than willing to offer struggling students extra help and office-hour time. That said, if you consider yourself to be a high-achiever, or seek classes to challenge yourself, consider looking elsewhere/transferring. A common complaint: I did the reading hoping to have a broad, engaging discussion of the materials in class, but when the professor realized no one else had read the assignments he simply 'taught back' what I'd already done for homework to the students who didn't do it. If you're the type to get absorbed in your studies, professor office hours after class become your real place of learning--a frustrating situation when you still have to sit through an hour/hour and a half/three hour class simply for attendance grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize Eastern's Career Services Center as soon as possible. They can do wonders with a four-year plan, and since most students don't visit them until junior or senior year, an early start can give you a leg up in the job market later on.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a solid regional public university. The student body is generally not as ambitious as those of the flagship publics, and most incoming freshman who wish to make something of themselves seem to transfer out after a year or two. That said, Eastern has many strong major programs--Communications, Business, Economics, Political Science, and Education majors typically do well in the job search/graduate school application process--and can be a great stepping stone for students looking for an affordable option.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are full time state troopers constantly supervising the campus.

    Greek Life

    There are no greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Habitat For Humanity Center for Community Engagement

    Great for these types of students

    The library is great for quiet study time.

    Bang for the buck

    The food is well served for how much it costs.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events and CAB events. Get involved in campus life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is always usually very good and is always changing.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Mead Hall and love how big my room is.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are to difficult and most professors are willing to help anyone in need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs. Try out for a sport your interested in. Get as many priority points as possible.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a great University that has so many activities to do. There are so many clubs and sports to do on campus. I love that I get to really know my professors.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As safe as it can get in Willimantic.

    Greek Life

    None.

    What to do for fun

    There are many intramurial sports as well as sporting events to attend. There are many priority point meetings as well as clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright, the meals are basically the same every night.

    Dorm Life

    I live in mead and absolutely love it, but I was fortunate enough to like my roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    The class work is definitely harder than I expected but it is all about time management.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your time wisely. Homework is also a big help with classes, as well as outside studying. If you have a job within the first year, make sure you are very good at time management and have your priorities straight.

    In three sentences

    Eastern offers a close-knit community between students. Eastern has smaller class sizes for more one on one learning. Eastern has a beautifully designed campus.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    The Clubs are awesome, there are a ton to choose from! They get very involved and do community service and different activities on and off campus. Clubs also look great on a resume and there is a club here that will fit anyone's interests.

    What to do for fun

    Every Friday night they have events for the whole school to go to with a bunch of different things to do and freebees. Theres moon bounces, raffles, movies, free tee shirts, and more! They also have a fall and spring concert which is a big hit and different trips throughout the year such as going to boston or new York or the Big E for the day.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great here. It is better than the typical high school food, but you get sick of it quick. Luckily Easterns student center has good food you can get if you choose not to go to the dining hall, you just have to pay for It instead of using your swipes with the meal plan you buy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. It is a great way to meet a bunch of new friends and your whole hall becomes a family. All of the dorms have programs to earn priority points which is how you get to pick your dorms for the next year. The programs are held by the RA's and they are a lot of fun and a good way to get out of your room and interact with other people in your building.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are great. I haven't encountered a bad teacher so far or a class where I'm struggling and can't get help. There are several academic advisor always there willing to help out, and Eastern has an academic advising center which is an awesome way to figure out the right classes you need to register for. They also have a writing center which Is very helpful if you struggle with papers. They have tutors for all subjects that are available and all of the teachers have office hours if you need extra help with anything. They are very willing to cater to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus and get involved. It makes the time here a lot more enjoyable and there are so many fun opportunities with all of the different sports, clubs, and intramurals.

    In three sentences

    Eastern Connecticut is a great school and I absolutely love it. There is always something to keep you busy here at Eastern and it's a beautiful campus. I'm happy to be an Eastern Warrior!

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and events

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your LAC courses out of the way.

    In three sentences

    The school is pretty and small. Freshman year classes aren't difficult. I like it here.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never felt more comfortable walking around campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a few fraternities and sororities but not as many as some of the larger schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you check out the university website at www.easternct.edu you will be instantly provided with a enormous list of clubs and activities to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are interested in Liberal Arts degrees.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are too many to list!

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of the education, food, housing, and environment greatly exceeds what the tuition is!

    What to do for fun

    There are constantly activities to do and sports or clubs to sigh up for and participate in!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall at ECSU always has a large variety of different foods from a plethora of cultures!

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus provides an excellent opportunity to meet fellow peers, and experience independence in it's purest form.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is challenging but with enough motivation and by attending tutor sessions, you should succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study! Study! Study! And be aware of time management!

    In three sentences

    ECSU is a wonderful, hands-on oriented university with appropriate, personal class sizes. The professors know you by name, not just a number, and are experts in their field of study. I would not have preferred any other school!

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There really isn't to much to do for fun unless you have your car.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to your professors or a Tudor if you need help.

    In three sentences

    Excellent professors. Beautiful campus. But hardly anything to do unless you have a car.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There were three crimes in three days. They don't do that great of a job

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    they are boring and only meet for about 10-15 minutes once a week and do very little

    What to do for fun

    there is nothing to do for fun unless you are interested in drinking illegally. its a dry campus

    Food and Dining

    The food is really bad except for their buffalo chicken wrap

    Dorm Life

    I don't even know who lives on my floor. Don't dorm in mead because no one leaves their rooms, especially on the first floor.

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman your first year is easy

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't bother wasting your time here

    In three sentences

    It is extremely boring. There is nothing fun to do around the school. Everyone leaves on the weekends.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is quick to alert everyone of any accidents involving theft or suspicious activities whatever the case maybe they will email all the students. As well as patrol the ground and be there in case any student needs assistance.

    Greek Life

    I'm not part of it so can't say how good or bad it is sorry.

    Clubs and Activities

    While I am not part of any club yet there was a huge club fair near the center of campus with clubs ranging in many different interests. So I would be surprised if none interesting any new student looking to get into a club if not it's not hard to start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Eastern is great for any student wanting to get into Psychology majors, theater majors, and more. The school is diverse enough that there's something for everyone and the school is near many great attractions and restaurants worth checking out.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is about medium size compared to other colleges which is big enough without it being a hassle to get to your class buildings. There isn't anything unusual that I found so far.

    Bang for the buck

    Eastern is definitely worth the price and I've gotten more out of this school than previous ones that were a lot higher in price. It's great for commuting and if you dorm they're also really clean and nice to live in.

    What to do for fun

    As a commuter I'm not around the whole time to see what's going on everyday of the week but Eastern does have many fun things going on. From drama plays, movies on the green, to many other events mostly held at the student center there's almost always something going on at Eastern.

    Food and Dining

    I don't usually eat at school so can't make a valid judgment but the student center has a nice diverse menu and the cafeteria as well. Both places where my friends eat find the food good in quality so no worry there.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm but know many friends who do and they love the experience and friends they make in the dorms and the quality of them are really good from what I have seen.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are great but can definitely be work intensive so plan accordingly with any other commitments in your life. Eastern will challenge you but nothing a student can't handle so don't be scared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like always keep track of deadlines and make sure you have everything ready before classes start. Don't be afraid to call or email the advisors which in my experience are usually readily available and quick to respond.

    In three sentences

    Eastern Connecticut State University is a diverse and growing school with many opportunities. As a student I find the staff and teachers to be great at what they do and some personally interesting. So far to be my best college experience out of the three total colleges I attended.

  • 10/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's not as bad as people say it is. No one ever got stabbed or raped on campus, just don't go wandering through the town at 2 AM in the morning.

    Greek Life

    There is one fraternity but I don't know anyone in it.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have over 60 clubs so chances are if you're interested in something they have it.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're a science or education major it's great.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a good deal with the price. They have a strong academic program especially when it comes to sciences or education.

    What to do for fun

    CAB (campus activity board) has a lot to offer on the weekends! There are Friday after dark events every other friday with a ton of free food and t-shirts, as well as some day long trips to Boston or New Jersey on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Let's be honest Hurly (the dining hall on campus) is no 5 star restaurant but it's edible. They have a decent salad bar and always have more than one meal option. It's ok.

    Dorm Life

    Half the dorms are pretty new so they're nice. There are options of either suit style living or typical dorms with a single bathroom at the end of the hall. Either way you'll find something you like whether it's apartment style living or the small community feel.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very friendly but upkeep the college standards. There is a decent amount of homework but as long as you do what is assigned you'll do fine on the exams as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Willimantic is not a college town but the campus offers a lot of fun trips and club opportunities. You won't be bored as long as you get yourself out there and participate in what the school offers.

    In three sentences

    ECSU is a great fairly small school with only 4,500 undergraduates. It's a close-knit community with a lot to offer from strong science programs to clubs such as Best Buddy. It's easy to succeed here if you put yourself out there.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The frog bridge

    What to do for fun

    Friday after dark (FAD) events and trips.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay focus on your school work and make sure you go to all your classes

    In three sentences

    Very small and easy classroom settings . Easy to know almost everyone on campus and the help resources are very good they do everything in their power to help all the students.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go swimming! Join an intramural!

    Food and Dining

    The only thing I would change able the dining experience at Eastern would be the name of the main dining hall. It's just not ideal for an eating area, but the actual food is great and has a lot of variety. I eat there pretty much every day.

    Dorm Life

    Excellent! I'm actually in the application process to become a Resident Assistant right now! The RA's here are awesome-and always so friendly and helpful if you need anything.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, Eastern upholds all the necessary standards that will allow it's students to succeed in their future careers. The professors are great and they have office hours when they're available for individual consultation if you need extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Eastern is a good choice if you're in-state and like to be able to go home on the weekend. It's really close to Uconn if you have family members that attend, but a much smaller class size if you like to get to know your professors.

    In three sentences

    Eastern Connecticut State University is a great place to go to college! We're getting a new fine arts center in 2015 and I can really appreciate this as a music major-it means more practice rooms. It's gonna be awesome!

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel really safe on this campus, you don't hear about many violent actions on campus and if there is there is a support group or any resources you may need.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is probably one on the best things you can do at school. It helps you be social and be somewhere everyone there is interested in the same things as you.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who doesn't want a HUGE school but just big enough where you can avoid that ex-boyfriend.

    What to do for fun

    CAB, FAD and UROC put on a lot of events that are free and some a small amount of money but the events on campus are very fun!

    Food and Dining

    Our dinning hall is pretty average. I mean but what college student doesn't complain about the food they eat.

    Dorm Life

    All the RA's make you feel at home and very welcomed. One of my best friends at school is one of my RA's!

    Academic Rigor

    It's pretty okay at this level but for an upperclassmen it gets very difficult and work load is ok if you manage your time right.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be that freshman fobbing into the science building.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a very nice community to live in. I feel very welcome as a freshman. I fell in love with this school and still love it.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are events of friday nights that you could attend. They are held at the school and are pretty fun. Also, just hanging with friends would be the best thing :)

    Food and Dining

    The food is not good at all. They do not season everything and the food is extremely greasy. The dining hall offers the same meals everyday. There are always burgers, pizza, pasta, and salad. With little variety, the food begins to taste the same. You are always hungry, but the food is not satisfying and after you eat you usually feel awful. Not good quality

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really big. The dorm i am in is a suite with a living room, bathroom, and shower. Some halls have kitchens and all are pretty nice. A few of the dorms need to be updated and redone soon. Also, some of the dorms are really far away from any of the buildings so you have to walk a good 15 minutes in order to get breakfast or go to your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is not that different from my high school. The work load is not nearly as much as i had in high school and the level of difficulty is about the same. The school wants to make sure everyone is on the same level so they start with basic courses and then work their way up. I recommend taking AP's in high school which will allow you to test out of the introductory courses and get you into higher leveled and more specific classes pertaining to your field.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is nice because if you aren't sure what you want to major in, you are able to take a variety of different courses to explore your options. Make sure to take higher levels courses that are within your major to see what you want to focus in. You have to be independent in your studies and make the most out of what you have.

    In three sentences

    A liberal arts university that offers a variety of courses for a well-rounded student. Eastern Connecticut State University helps students to explore multiple fields by providing specific requirements within the tier system. The school aims to shape young people into skilled workers for todays careers and work paths.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always out on the weekends and late at night, I have never felt unsafe on this campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life..

    Great for these types of students

    I have honestly seen all types of people here at Eastern.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is really nice in general and you get a quality education for a relatively low cost.

    What to do for fun

    There are always sports games going on, Friday After Dark activities, Campus Activity Board events, and of course friends. Honestly, anyone who says they don't like it at Eastern isn't trying hard enough.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. There are always options for people. We have to go boxes after 11 am which is really nice and rare for a school. There is only one dining hall, so that can get old, but you get dining dollars each semester that you can spend at local establishments.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Mead Hall, a freshman suite with two roommates and then two other suite mates. We all get along really well, and have a shower, bathroom, common room and pantry. This is a really nice dorm and the staff is really good. Just make sure when applying for housing you know what kind of place you want to live in because there are a few different options.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are just challenging enough that you need to push yourself and keep up, but not too challenging so that you get behind and are constantly studying. This also varies due to what you are studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you pack enough snacks/food that you like, because since there is only one dining hall it can get old - but the staff really does try and the food is generally good. Drinking coffee every day can get expensive. Make sure you bring cleaning products and clean your room before you cozy in.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is not only a very good school academically, but also pays attention to the fact that students are living there and provides them with lots of cool opportunities and possible activities. The class sizes are smaller than some schools and allow for one on one help and asking of questions. Lots of people go home on the weekends, but there is always something to do for those who stay.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe. But don't forget to get a parking pass because you will get a ticket!

    Dorm Life

    I did not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    My professors were great and I learned a lot. The learning that occurred allowed me to carry right over into my classroom. All assignments were logical, and helped me become a better teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your plan of study and make sure you know when classes are offered. Some are only offered in certain semesters and if you miss it, you could possibly wait an entire year to try and take it again, and then it could be canceled!

    In three sentences

    As a graduate student, I am sure my experience is much different than undergraduate classes. There was little support from my advisers on what classes to take and many were canceled due to class size which was very frustrating. The professors on the other hand were great!

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Students always felt safe on campus. The campus has lights everywhere, walking at night is not scary if your alone. There are also blue light stations located all over campus to contact campus police if you ever feel like you are in danger.

    Greek Life

    There isnt greek life at Eastern.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a countless amount of clubs at Eastern. I don't think one person on campus could not find at least one club that interested them out of the bunch!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ordering out food is a common tradition among students. There are many off campus food options in the area ranging from Chinese, Japanese, Italian, breakfast dinners and pubs.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do around campus for fun. Your eastern email will provide you with various events around campus and in your dorms every week. Sporting events are also fun to attend and a great way to show school spirit.

    Food and Dining

    Hurley Hall is your typical college dinning hall.Hurley does try to accommodate everyones eating habits with countless options for each meal. The student center or stu also has a cafe. This food is awesome and has a Starbucks, sub station, salad station, grill, pizza station and a station that changes every month. the food is prepared right there fresh in front of you.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. There are many different living spaces available ranging from doubles, triples, suites and apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are the perfect size. Professors know there students which urges students to get help when it is needed and to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a fun and engaging university with a countless amount of opportunities to get involved. It is a welcoming atmosphere and beautiful campus.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I've heard of.

    Bang for the buck

    it's a good school, I'd recommend it for people that can afford it. Money is definitely a hassle.

    What to do for fun

    Intermurals, library, sports, hanging out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, as you get deeper into the semester it tends to get repetitive. Not everyone likes to eat burgers everyday !

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best! Mostly because you find people that are similar to you and you. You also meet many different people, opening your eyes to the different personalities there are in the world.

    Academic Rigor

    It's rigorous, but if you have a strong high-school foundation you'll do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for perspective students would be to make sure you have financial aid squared off early before moving in it can be a hassle. Be sure to pack light and don't bring to many things. Also make sure you don't buy all your books because some professors might not require them.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a good school. It has some faults like any other place but I think that eastern is a great place for people that are looking a liberal arts education. It has a great atmosphere and lots of very helpful people!

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is like any other college it is a hit or miss. Some days the food is really good other times it's not.

    Dorm Life

    I am not familiar with the dorm life since I do not live on campus. But if you are a freshman or transfer, mead is one of the closest dorms to Hurley. Constitution is the closest dorm to the library. All the dorms are pretty close to each other. If you live in Noble you will have to walk a bit to get onto the main campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It isn't that bad. But it is tough for bio majors. If you are an education major then there are plenty of opportunities for you to student teach.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a great school. you will definitely make friends. Also, between the number of clubs that they have on campus and you can always find something to do after classes.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Every week there is some sort of special event held in the BTR room. There are comedians who stop by and theres also parties that take place. But the campus is very lively ecspecially when it's warm out.

    Food and Dining

    Once in a while there's a good meal at Hurley Hall but for the most part the food is really not that great. It's very predictible as to what they will serve. There needs to be alternative choices for people who are vegans and vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    Alot of the dorms are something to be desired ecspecially considering the fact that you'l be rooming with three to four other people. Dorm life probably requires some degree of adjustment but its defineteley worth staying on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    At a liberal arts collge, you'll be exposed to everything no matter what your major is. The professors here at Eastern are for the most part in tune with the students. They're also passionaite about the concentrations that they teach.

  • 03/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Eastern has a text alert system in the case of any emergencies. There are very few crimes committed on campus annually. While I have been at Eastern, there have been some cell phone thefts, but that is the most extreme case of unsafe behavior I have heard of on campus. There are several police officers for Eastern's campus specifically, as well as Willimantic police in the area for further protection.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at Eastern.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several clubs offered at Eastern that cater to nearly every possible interest group. These clubs sponsor trips which heighten the academic experience and also offer great resume builders.

    Great for these types of students

    Eastern is great for students looking to live on campus or commute not very far from home. Many students go home for the weekend, leaving the campus relatively empty, so I wouldn't recommend students who are out of state to attend Eastern.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that Eastern is great for its relatively low price. Although compared to other universities, the quality of education isn't as good, Eastern is still a quality school. For what students are paying, they most definitely get their money back. I ended up going for free my first year because I received a large Pell Grant and other scholarships. My sophomore year, tuition went up and aid went down, but I still did not have to take out many student loans.

    What to do for fun

    Eastern offers several clubs at no extra cost. Meetings are usually weekly and club members develop close relationships with one another. There are several service learning and community service opportunities, which allow the student to become connected to the community. I have volunteered at local schools and homeless shelters, and the experiences were great. Eastern hosts discussions in the Student Center which are usually on very interesting topics, such as political events or sexuality. Class trips are planned, such as day trips to the Museum of Modern Art or environmental clean up in other countries. There are several movie nights and coffee houses for creative writing or music events. Eastern's theater students usually perform two plays a semester and do small events in between. Famous musicians visit Eastern a few times each semester.

    Food and Dining

    Eastern's meal prices can be overpriced, but the food is good. There is a cafe located in the library as well as a dining area in the Student Center. The products are almost always of high quality and are made quickly for on-the-go students. Hurley dining hall food is not as good as what is offered at the cafes on campus and meals can become very repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot answer this question because I never lived in a dorm on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that courses at Eastern could be much more challenging. The professors are good, but there is minimal course work assigned throughout the semester. In many classes I've taken at Eastern, there are usually only exams or quizzes and medium length papers. I think that more assignments and research projects could help students apply their learning to real life experiences and get more out of the college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that students who are looking for a local and affordable college seriously consider Eastern. It is a good school and since it is small, everyone knows each other and many develop close friendships. Professors are almost always easy to talk to and willing to meet during office hours to help students understand the course material or discuss grades. Social life in Willimantic, Connecticut, where Eastern is located, can be fun if you're willing to explore the area. There are local parks, family owned restaurants, ice cream stands, and a monthly street festival which operates in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

    In three sentences

    Eastern is a small state school with class sizes ranging from around ten to forty students, giving the classroom a more personal perspective. Students and professors are from of a wide age range and have diverse ethnicity and religious backgrounds, which provide unique points of view during lectures. There is an average number of academic programs for major and minors degrees, of which the quality of education is good.