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Spring First-Year Student Guide

Spring First-Year Student 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 Spring 2024 semester. All you need to do is follow these steps:

  • Take a moment to enjoy this incredible milestone in your life – you’re going to college! Snap a photo to commemorate the occasion; if you post it on Instagram and tag @WhyEastern, we could feature you on our page!
  • File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible to qualify for grants and other funding. Need-based financial aid offers will be mailed home once your aid offer is complete. You may also view your offer online by following steps 1-10 on this page.
    For more information, visit or call (860) 465-5205.
  • 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 placement testing, housing, financial aid, and registration. Your account credentials are also used to access eWeb to submit your deposits, register for classes, view your financial aid, and more. Please click here for instructions to activate your Office 365 account; please refer to your acceptance letter for your Eastern ID, username, and email address.
  • Commit to being a Warrior! Deposits must be submitted to reserve courses and residence hall space. The University reserves the right to return deposits received after enrollment capacity has been reached. Click here for step-by-step instructions for paying your deposit.

    Students living on campus: $450 non-refundable tuition and housing deposit.

    Students living off campus: $200 non-refundable tuition deposit.

  • Visit our Housing Application page for detailed application instructions after submitting the deposit(s) in Step 4.

    Hall placement will be determined in a first-come, first-served manner based on the date your housing deposit is submitted.  Be sure to check your Eastern email account for updates.

  • Once we receive your tuition deposit, a course schedule will be created for you based on your declared major of study. You will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor to review and make changes to your schedule.
  • SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) is an orientation program designed to introduce all new first-year students to life on campus. SOAR will allow you the opportunity to meet other new students, student leaders, faculty and staff, acclimate you to campus and finalize your spring class schedule. Spring SOAR for new first-year students will take place on Wednesday, January 10, 2024. You must submit your non-refundable tuition deposit prior to attending SOAR.

    New first-year students must also complete our Orientation Online program. Online Orientation will introduce you to the services and resources Eastern offers so that you can become a successful part of our campus community. Orientation Online will include videos, resources and checklists and you will have the opportunity to return to these modules at any point during the spring semester as an additional resource.

    To register for in-person SOAR and to access Orientation Online, visit

    In-Person Orientation Date: January 10, 2024

    Orientation Online completion deadline: January 12, 2024

  • Please go to 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 for college-level courses are submitted to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.
  • Please follow the steps on this page to accept or decline any federal student loans that you were offered: You will also need to complete your Entrance Counseling Exam and Master Promissory Note, which are linked on that page. If you were offered a merit scholarship or grant(s), those will be automatically accepted for you.