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Parents of Accepted Students for Fall 2020

Congratulations to you and your student on their acceptance to Eastern!  We realize you likely have many questions about next steps on how to enroll at Eastern, how to get registered for Fall 2020 classes, and get signed up for on-campus housing.

Below, find a calendar with all of the important dates for incoming students to keep track of, and some of our most commonly asked questions from families with helpful links to refer you around Eastern's website. If you have further questions that are not answered on this page, please email or text us at (860) 736-3462.

Important Dates for Incoming Students


Enrollment Requirement

Friday, May 15, 2020

Tuition & Housing deposit submission deadline. If you are planning to live on campus, you should also complete the Housing Application.

Monday, June 15, 2020

SOAR Online (virtual Orientation) will be available to incoming students. Check your Eastern email for details, or the Orientation page for updates.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Your student's fall course schedule will be ready on this date! They should check their Eastern email for details and directions on how to view their class schedule.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Your final bill for the Fall 2020 semester will be sent to your Eastern email. We suggest signing up for a Payment Plan at this time to break up the cost into interest-free installments.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Your student will receive an invite to virtually meet with their advisor. They should check their Eastern email; the invite will be a clickable link that will bring them to our scheduling and advising tool, GradesFirst. They may schedule a virtual meeting with an advisor between June 30 - August 7.

During this meeting, they can:

  •     Make schedule changes, if needed

  •     Ask questions about the upcoming fall semester

  •     Let an advisor know about any incoming credits (AP/ECE)

  •     Make a professional connection on campus

Sunday, June 30, 2020

Last day to sign up for a Payment Plan that is 5 installments. If you register for a Payment Plan after July 1, you will have 4 installments.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Payment is due in full for Fall 2020 semester, unless you have signed up for a Payment Plan.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Freshman move-in day!

August 23-25, 2020

Warrior Welcome for freshmen and returning students.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

First day of fall classes.

For individual questions about your student:

Enrolling at Eastern: Tuition & Housing Deposits

Financial Aid & Billing

  • You’ll need to activate your Eastern Email and sign in to Self Service eWeb. Follow these steps to accept your loans.  Scholarships are automatically accepted for you.  You must accept your loans in eWeb in order to have them disbursed to you for the upcoming semester.
  • Your final bill will be sent to your Eastern email around June 20, 2020.  Eastern bills by semester, so you will be charged for the fall semester tuition in July and for the spring tuition in December.  Your final bill for Fall 2020 should be paid in full by July 31, 2020, unless you enroll in a payment plan which would allow the last payment to be due in November.
  • Yes! Eastern’s Payment Plan breaks up your semester bill into smaller monthly payments interest-free from August to December. You will need to sign up by June 30. Click here for more information on Eastern's Payment Plan.
  • As we generate electronic billing notices, it is important for you to receive them as well as your student. Otherwise, your student may forget to let you know when a bill is outstanding. For you to receive email notices, your student must designate you as an “Authorized User” in TouchNet. Not only will you receive these notices, but you will also have access to the student’s account and the ability to make online payments. Your student can create your authorization by going to their TouchNet student account and:

    • Select “Authorized Users” Profile Setup Option
    • Select “Add Authorized User”
    • Enter the email address of person to receive the notices
    • Indicate the level of account access the person should have
    • Press Continue and then read and approve the agreement that is displayed
    • An email will be sent to the new Authorized User with instructions on how to sign on
  • 1) Eastern’s Payment Plan breaks up your semester bill into smaller monthly payments to make things more manageable.
    2) Federal Parent Plus Loans are designed for parents of undergraduate students to help finance their child’s college education; FAFSA submission is required.
    3) Another option is private loans; Eastern recommends working with ELM Select to compare various private loans.

    You can always visit our Office of Financial Aid webpage for more detailed information.

  • Yes, all students will receive a new financial aid award for the fall 2020 semester if we are online only.  Your new financial aid package will be based on the costs of a Commuter student.

    Your financial aid package will be restored to its full amount for residential students when you move back to campus for spring 2021.

Registering for Fall 2020 Classes & Academic Advising

  • Freshman Preference Registration (FPR) begins on May 18th at 4:00pm.  This online process is with our Advising Center, and will allow you to choose your fall classes based on your major and Eastern’s graduation requirements, so you will take appropriate classes for your first semester on campus.  All information for this process is sent to your Eastern email, so be sure to check it often for details!

    If your major is currently Undecided, you will register for Eastern’s Liberal Arts Core classes, which all count toward graduation requirements, and will allow you to explore a variety of topics to help you select a major.

    For more information on Freshman Preference Registration and our Academic Success Center, click here.

  • Freshman Preference Registration on May 18th at 4:00pm.  This online process allows you to choose your fall classes based on your major and Eastern’s graduation requirements, so you will take appropriate classes for your first semester on campus.

    Click here for step-by-step instructions for FPR.

    Click here to visit our Advising Center website.

  • It is recommended to graduate in 4 years, students take 15 credits per semester (5 classes), and 30 credits per year to reach the graduation requirement of 120 credits.

  • You selected your major during the application process. Your current major can be found in eWeb Self Service (once you've logged into your Eastern Email) under the Admissions tab.  If you want to change your major before you register for classes on May 18, email  Once you’re on campus, you’ll work with our Advising Center and Registrar to change your major.

  • If your student is Undecided, he/she will register for some of Eastern’s Liberal Arts Core classes, which all count toward graduation requirements. These courses will allow your student to explore a variety of topics to help select a major.
  • You have until the end of your sophomore year (4 semesters) to decide on your major.  During that time, you will work with an advisor to determine your areas of interest and to make sure you are taking appropriate classes to graduate in 4 years.

    Click here for a full listing of Eastern's major and minor programs.

  • Placement for English and Math is based on your SAT/ACT scores. The Academic Success Center will email students that need to complete English or Math placements.
  • You will be able to make changes to your schedule after you complete FPR by contacting
  • As long as you receive credit for passing the class (a grade of C- or higher), you will receive credit at Eastern.  Work with your school counselor to send your ECE transcript to Eastern in the next few weeks to receive credit.
  • Since Pass/Fail is not an option with UConn ECE credits, we will need the official transcript from UConn to transfer college credits with a grade of C- or higher.  Please work with your school counselor or UConn's Registrar's office to request your transcript be sent to Eastern's Admissions Office so we can award your credits.

  • Yes, if any of the community colleges offer Pass/Fail options for high school students, we will accept the credits.  Please work with your school counselor or your community college's Registrar's office to request your transcript be sent to Eastern's Admissions Office so we can award your credits.

  • You need a score of 3 or higher to receive credit for your AP exam.  Click here for a list of course equivalences to see how AP Courses come to Eastern.
  • You should complete this survey as soon as possible so our Advising Center can help you make sure you do not register for a class you’ve already received credit for.  Remember, you need to send Admissions your AP scores or transcripts in order to have the credits added to your record before we can update your class schedule.

On Campus Housing

  • The Traditional-style buildings for freshmen are: Crandall, Burnap, Winthrop and Burr halls.  The Suite-style buildings for freshmen are: Mead and Constitution halls.

    Click here for the full listing and details of the buildings.

    Check out our Virtual Tour to look inside each building and see their locations on campus.

  • Yes, housing rates vary based on traditional- or suite-style buildings. due to the square footage within each room.

    Click here to view the different housing rates for first-year student housing.

  • Once you submit your tuition & housing deposits, you'll need to fill out the Housing Application.  Here, you'll provide your building preferences, submit roommate requests or fill out the roommate survey.  You will not be placed into housing until you have submitted your housing deposit and Housing Application.

    Click here for step-by-step instructions on applying for housing.

  • Yes, there are a limited number of single rooms in Winthrop Hall for freshmen.

  • Yes, you can request each other on the Housing Application, and you must have the same housing preference choices in the same order (For example, 1. Crandall 2. Burnap 3. Burr).  If you have already submitted your Housing Application without a roommate request, you and your friend will both need to email from your Eastern email accounts requesting one another to be considered as roommates and clarify your top three residence hall choices.
  • Roommates are assigned by building and by common interests based on your responses from the Housing Application.  If you want to request a roommate instead, you can request them on the Housing Application (you both must request each other on the Application), or you can email from your Eastern Email accounts requesting one another to be considered as roommates.

    Click here to access the Housing Application.

  • Freshman move-in is scheduled for Sunday, August 23, 2020.  More details about move-in will be sent to your student's Eastern email.

  • Yes, the housing contact will need to be re-submitted for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.
  • Your student will need to register with our Office of AccessAbility Services (OAS) to ensure the University is made aware of his/her allergies.  Then, we will be able to assist in working with Dining Services to ensure we have food available that will suit his/her needs.

    Click here to learn more about the Office of AccessAbility Services.

Meal Plan & Dining on Campus

  • The Silver 125 Meal Plan (the minimum freshman meal plan) provides unlimited access to Hurley Dining Hall, as well as $125 Dining Dollars used in our on-campus cafés and 10 guest meal swipes for visitors to eat in the dining hall.
  • Freshmen are automatically enrolled in the Silver 125 Plan, but there are other options which offer additional dining dollars and guest swipes for visitors at an additional cost.

    Click here for all of the meal plan options.

  • We do not have specific meal plans for students with food allergies, but we do offer a gluten-free section at each meal, as well as curated meals for those who have more severe allergies.  To receive assistance, you can contact the Office of AccessAbility Services (OAS) who can assist with getting the necessary food accommodations or reach out to the Director of Dining Services, Joe Salvaggio, at
  • With the Silver 125 meal plan, students get $125 dining dollars to use in our three cafés on campus.  They can also load money onto their accounts, called Express Cash, to use on campus for laundry, vending machines, and to use at local businesses as well.
  • Dining dollars are moneys loaded onto the Eastern ID card that can be used in the three on-campus cafés.  The Meal Plan offers buffet-style meals with unlimited access to the dining hall for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Health Services

  • As of Fall 2017, students are no longer required to have health insurance to attend Eastern.  If a student needs health insurance, they can purchase their own plan through Aetna.  If a student’s family has health insurance, you will need to add it to your student’s account.

    Click here for more information on Insurance for your student while they attend Eastern.

  • We have our Office of Health Services on campus, which sees students by appointment for health concerns.  Windham Hospital is about 0.5 miles from campus, which is helpful for emergency needs.

    Click here to learn more about Health Services.

AccessAbility Services & Student Accommodations

Student Involvement/Employment Opportunities

  • There are over 100 clubs for students to join, we have a Campus Activity Board for campus-wide programming, and each residence hall offers fun ways to get involved and meet other students.

    Click here for a full listing of Eastern's clubs and organizations.

  • Eastern has over 700 jobs available to students, both via work study & through our operating fund, which means jobs are available to any student applying for a position on campus. Check out for a full listing of available positions on campus.  On campus jobs allow students to work up to 12 hours per week.
  • Work study is awarded on your financial aid package. This means you will need to find a position that is seeking a work study student.  Work study positions can be found at under “Students,” then “Work Study.”
  • Yes. Visit for a full listing of open positions you can apply for.

Campus Safety

  • Eastern is very safe! Eastern’s designated police officers at CT State Certified and work on campus 24/7 to maintain its safety. We also have 71 blue light emergency phones spread throughout campus, and students have access to the LiveSafe App. The LiveSafe App provides students with a direct connection to campus public safety on- and off-campus, and allows students to track their friends via SafeWalk to ensure they make it to their destination safely.
  • The Eastern Alert notification system will call, text, and email students and parents of any emergencies or weather delays/closures on campus. For directions to sign up, click here.

  • Yes, except for one designated 21+ residence hall for upperclassmen. Alcohol is prohibited in all other buildings on campus.

  • Unfortunately, freshman cannot have cars on campus if they are living on campus - commuting students can have their cars.  Once a student has 24 credits, he/she can have their car if they are residing on campus. Parking is free for all students!