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University Recognitions

Eastern was again ranked among the top 30 public universities in the north by U.S. News and World Report in its 2015 edition of Best Colleges. Eastern was the highest ranked school among the four Connecticut state universities. Regional universities such as Eastern are ranked based on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The North Region includes colleges and universities from New England and Mid-Atlantic states.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded Eastern its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Eastern was one of 240 institutions across the nation selected this year, and joins 121 other institutions that earned the classification in 2010-in total, 361 institutions now hold the classification. In order to be selected, Eastern had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture and leadership.

Eastern was included in The Princeton Review's 2015 Guide to Green Colleges, in which it was noted as one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States. "Green" components of note considered by the Princeton Review included Eastern's sustainability-focused academic offerings, energy efficient facilities, on-campus Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) and local/organic sourcing for 50 percent of its food budget.

For the fifth time in the past six years, the Obama Administration recognized Eastern Connecticut State University for its community service and engagement work. In 2015, Eastern was again named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

U.S. News and World Report also ranked Eastern as the ninth highest public institution in the north when it comes to being a "Best College for Veterans" in 2015. With more than 600 students who are self-identified veterans, active military or reserves servicemembers, Eastern provides an inviting culture and range of resources for this population of nontraditional students.