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Eastern in Four

Eastern in 4

All first-year students must develop an “Eastern in 4” Academic Plan to map the courses they need to graduate. Your academic plan will include:

  • Required courses for your major
  • Electives
  • Course prerequisites
  • Other relevant information

eastern-in-four.jpgTo develop a four-year academic plan, first-year students:

  • Work with their academic advisor and Advising Center staff to confirm their major
  • Determine the courses they must take to graduate
  • Consider electives they want to pursue
  • Develop a semester-by-semester approach to their Eastern career

This process begins in a student’s first semester on campus. In addition to sessions with professional advisors in the Advising Center and meetings with faculty advisors, student peer advisors visit First-Year Experience classes to help you begin the process of completing your four-year Academic Plan.

The Benefits of Academic Planning

  • Improves student academic performance (GPA)
  • Promotes student retention
  • Increases graduation rates
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Best Graduation Rate

Eastern’s four-year graduation rate is the best in the Connecticut State University System and is more than twice the national average for public institutions our size.
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Graduating in four years has other benefits

  • Pursue graduate school or employment more quickly
  • Save money! Each year of college attendance costs $80,000 or more in additional tuition/fees, loans, delayed earnings and other costs. 

In addition to academic planning, first-year students are encouraged to start to develop their career plans at the Center for Internships and Career Development.

Hands-on learning

Upwards of 95% of Eastern students prepare for careers by applying their classroom experiences in a variety of hands-on learning settings.

  • Internships
  • Undergraduate research
  • Service Learning
  • Global Studies