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Fall 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 2020 semester. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  • File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible, or before November 15, 2019 in order to qualify for grants and other funding. 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 by May 1, 2020. 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 for detailed application instructions after submitting the deposit(s) in Step 3.

    Hall placement will be determined in a first-come, first-served manner based on the date your housing deposit is submitted. Hall assignments do not begin until April 15. Be sure to check your Eastern email account for updates after this date.
  • SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) is an overnight orientation program in the summer designed to introduce all new first-year students to life on campus.

    Visit and click on First-Year Students for detailed information and to register to attend a SOAR Session. Students must submit the non-refundable tuition deposit prior to reserving a SOAR date.

    SOAR Dates: TBD
  • Please go to for the required health forms. Be sure to review the “Five Things You Need to Read” form.
  • Students who have submitted their non-refundable tuition deposit will be emailed their Freshman Preference Registration information in April. Students should complete placement requirements and pre-register for fall courses as soon as possible.

    For information about your placement into English and Mathematics courses, visit and click on Current Students.
  • 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.