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Eastern welcomes future Warriors at Accepted Students Day

Published on April 03, 2024

Eastern welcomes future Warriors at Accepted Students Day

Students pick up complimentary Eastern gear.

Prospective students hear from current students.

Students spoke with Title IX Coordinator Sara Madera (right) and University Police Officer Morgan Velez.

Members from the unity wing were available to speak with students.

Administrators welcome students and their families to campus.

Eastern Connecticut State University welcomed 260 prospective students to campus on March 24. While there, they and their families spoke with current students, staff and faculty about life at Eastern and envisioned their futures as college students. 

“Eastern is a close-knit community,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs William Salka. “The classes are small so you will get the chance to know your professors.” He highlighted Eastern’s primary focus on undergraduate education, offering students the opportunity to work with professors on their research and apply the skills they learn to practical experience.  

Accepted students greeted at welcome tables
Accepted students greeted at welcome tables

“The reason I love my job is because every single person on this campus is here to help you succeed,” Salka said. “We have committed to doing everything in our power to see you succeed both during your studies and after.” 

“Our Accepted Student Day was a wonderful event that allows students to see glimpses of what it’s like to be an Eastern Warrior,” said Eastern alumna and Director of Admissions Raena Beetham. “Students and their families have ample opportunities to connect with current Eastern students to hear about their experiences and learn why Eastern is such a special place."  

She added, “The excitement of the day was palpable as many students made their decision to call Eastern home!” 

There are many ways Eastern supports each student who attends the University. Early in their first semester, students meet with an advisor to create a guide for their education, known as “Eastern in 4” plans. If a student needs extra help, tutoring is available in nearly every subject — from Spanish and writing to math and sciences. 

Outside of the classroom, Eastern encourages students to gain valuable experience in the workforce. Many majors require students to complete an internship before graduation, allowing them to connect with professionals in their field. The Office of Career Services teaches students strategies for interviews and resume-building. 

Students are also supported emotionally on campus. Eastern’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free services to students in need or in want of meeting with a mental health professional. CAPS and other campus offices host events throughout the semester that promote positive mental health practices.  

Eastern’s residence halls and the Campus Activity Board encourage students to attend various events throughout the semester to meet new people and foster a sense of community. 

Prospective students meet Willy the Warrior
Prospective students meet Willy the Warrior.

Accepted students were able to interact with staff from the Unity Wing, Public Safety, Housing and Residential Life, and more to get acquainted with the faces they will see around campus. They were also able to ask current students about their experiences at Eastern.  

“I’m very fortunate to be here,” said senior Amia Lott. “I was provided a lot of opportunities.” Lott pointed to her experiences as president of the NAACP on campus and student ambassador for the Intercultural Center. 

The students also attended mock classes, where they met professors and saw the labs at Eastern. They also toured the first-year residence halls — Burnap, Burr, Constitution, Crandall, Mead and Winthrop.  

Eastern will host a second Accepted Students Day on April 20.  

Written by Marcus Grant

Categories: Admissions