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Mission Statement

Eastern Connecticut State University engages students from diverse backgrounds in a transformative, liberal arts learning experience that provides knowledge and skills to lead enriching, purposeful lives.


Aspiring to be a public liberal arts college of first choice, Eastern Connecticut State University will create an unparalleled college experience for its students and achieve national distinction for its academic programs. Eastern’s faculty, students and staff will enhance the University’s position as an intellectual community, acknowledged for its engaged teaching, learning, research and creative work. Advancing its position as a model for social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and educational access, the University will be recognized as a resource that is responsive to the needs of the region and the state.

Core Values

As members of a learning and teaching community committed to academic excellence, we, the faculty, students, staff and administration of Eastern Connecticut State University, the state’s public liberal arts university, share this set of values:

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Academic Excellence

Eastern embraces rigorous academic standards and intellectual inquiry as a benchmark for all of its students, faculty and staff. This expectation informs every mode of learning on campus, from individual courses and degree programs to University presentations and cultural events.


Members of the University community develop intellectually, creatively and socially through active and reflective learning in and outside the classroom, interdisciplinary studies, and individual and collaborative research.


Eastern is committed to providing educational access while building a campus community that embraces diversity and differences, enriched by a global perspective.


Members of the University community are expected to behave ethically and honorably. Learning encompasses both intellectual and character development.


Eastern fosters a safe, nurturing environment that promotes intellectual curiosity, student achievement and lifelong learning. Through rigorous inquiry and personal interaction, members of the community grow confident as independent, critical thinkers.

Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is promoted and encouraged as Eastern through serving those in need; being active in the community; protecting our natural resources; and engaging in the democratic political process and other socially responsible actions. Social responsibility includes an ethical commitment to oneself and the community at large.

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