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Fall First-Year Opportunity Scholar Guide



Dare to be extraordinary at Eastern Connecticut State University. It's a place where a love of learning is palpable - and the drive to make a difference is even more so. You are officially on your way to becoming a Warrior! This guide will help ensure that you are fully prepared for the start of the fall 2023 semester. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  • Take a moment to enjoy this incredible milestone in your life – you’re going to college!
    Take a photo with your acceptance packet to commemorate the occasion. If you post it on Instagram or TikTok and tag @WhyEastern, we could feature you on our page!
  • To accept your award, go to and log in to your account. You will be taken directly to your home page (if not, click the tab for "Home"). Click on the program name to expand the box below, containing the link to an Acceptance form. Then, click on the link to be taken directly to your Acceptance form. Complete all required field, upload nay required materials, and click "Submit".

    Students have until April 12 to accept the Opportunity Scholarship. It is important to accept your scholarship regardless of your plans to attend the University in the fall.  If you are waiting to hear back regarding the National Scholarship, it is still recommended to accept the Opportunity Scholarship. Accepting the scholarship keeps your options open.

    Once you have accepted the scholarship, your deposits will be paid for. You are not responsible for the $450 tuition and housing deposit. 

  • Your Office 365 e-mail account is the primary source of communication between you and Eastern. Prior to arriving to campus, you will receive emails to inform you about enrollment. Your account credentials are also used to access eWeb to register for classes, apply for housing, and more. View instructions on how to activate your Office 365 account; please refer to your acceptance letter for your Eastern ID, username, and email address.
  • Visit Housing & Residential Life's website for detailed application instructions after accepting your scholarship. You are not required to submit the housing deposit. On the housing application, you may rank your top three residence halls. Click here for a brief overview of the different residence hall options available for first-year students.

    Hall assignments do not begin until mid-April. Be sure to check your Eastern email account for updates.

    Please note that the housing rates for our residence halls vary. The scholarship covers the full cost of living on campus, regardless of the building you are placed in.


  • After you have accepted your scholarship, you will receive information from the Advising Center regarding Fall 2023 course registration. You are not required to submit a tuition deposit. If applicable, you will also receive instructions about English and/or Mathematics placement assessments. Please be sure to check your Eastern email regularly, as we will begin sending this information in April.

    Information about your placement into English and Mathematics courses

  • Once you have accepted the scholarship, your Scholar Advisor will follow up with details regarding your travel arrangements and assistance you may need. A survey will be sent to your Eastern e-mail and it should be completed as soon as possible.

    Your scheduled move-in date is Thursday, August 24. Continue to check your Eastern email with further details on move-in procedures from your Scholar Advisor.

  • Please go to Health Services for the required health forms.

    Be sure to review the "Five Things You Need to Read!" form. 

  • Make sure your final high school transcript as well as any Advanced Placement exam scores and transcripts from college-level courses are submitted to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.
  • New first-year students must complete our Orientation Online program. This will include videos, resources and checklists. You will have the opportunity to return to these modules as an additional resource. To access Orientation Online, visit

    Orientation Online completion deadline: August 18

    SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) is a program prior to the start of classes designed to introduce all new students to life on campus. Once your have accepted your TheDream.US scholarship, we will register you for your August SOAR session. You are not responsible for registering yourself. You will not be attending June orientation.

    SOAR will be held on Friday, August 25. Be sure to bring a photo ID with you to obtain your Eastern ID.