The past year at Eastern Connecticut State University has been highlighted by progress on a number of fronts. Faculty, staff and students have focused their time and energy on new intellectual pursuits, new innovative programs, and opportunities for engaging our alumni and communities throughout Connecticut and beyond. It has been a time of growth and a time to look to the future. Students, faculty and staff have worked together on and off campus to create a community built on knowledge, research and engagement in meeting the education needs of the 21st century. Intellectually challenged by a broad-based interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum, students also found an increasing number of opportunities to apply their skills in practical settings.
Eastern students are gaining invaluable experience in internships, research projects and other practical applications of their liberal arts education. This combination of classroom and real-world experience resonates with parents and prospective students alike especially in today’s economy, as shown in the dramatic increase in applications for the fall 2012 semester. Freshman applications for fall 2012 were up more than 40 percent over fall 2011 figures, while overall applications, including those from transfer students, were up 32 percent. Eastern’s beautiful campus, attractive residence halls, small campus and liberal arts focus are all factors cited by students who are considering Eastern.
When I visit with parents, prospective students and other citizens across the state of Connecticut, I am pleased at how many know of someone attending Eastern and of the positive impressions they have of our University. Those expressions of personal interest, as well as the regional and national awards and recognitions the University continues to receive, are all signs that we are making strides in becoming a public liberal arts university of first choice.
Elsa M. Núñez