Eastern Connecticut State University

Student Services and Facilities

Student jobs

  • Part-time work is available for international students on campus and locally (through CPT), if approved by the international coordinator.
  • International students on an F-1 visa status may be granted approval to work off campus in one of two forms: Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

Disability support

  • The Office of Accessibility Services assists students with disabilities to meet their educational challenges successfully. 
  • The philosophy and mission of the program is to encourage independence, assist students in realising their academic potential, and facilitate the elimination of physical, programmatic, and attitudinal barriers.

Students' Union

  • Eastern has approximately 70 student clubs and organisations including an International Student Association.
  • International students are welcomed in all campus activities.


  • In 1889, the Connecticut General Assembly established the Willimantic State Normal School; 13 students came the first year. In June 1891 the first graduation ceremony sent 22 young women out into the world to become teachers. In 1937, the Willimantic State Normal School became Willimantic State Teachers College, as the college began offering a four-year curriculum and granting B.A. degrees.
  • In 1958, the college established its first graduate program — in education. In 1959, the name was changed to Willimantic State College, which was changed again to Eastern Connecticut State College in 1967, finally arriving at Eastern Connecticut State University in 1983. In 1998, the state designated Eastern as Connecticut’s only public liberal arts university.
  • In August 2012, Dr. Elsa M. Núñez started her seventh year as president of Eastern Connecticut State University. Since 2006, Dr. Núñez has forged closer ties with the local community, led a campus-wide strategic planning process, and shepherded the opening of an expanded/remodelled Student Center; a beautiful 174,000-square foot Science Building; an Academic Services Center that consolidates tutoring, advising and other academic support services; a new Police Department facility; the new Center for Community Engagement; and other campus improvements.
  • In the past year, Eastern Connecticut State University has received several major national recognitions, including being named one of the top 30 regional public universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report; being recognised for the fourth year in a row by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a 'Great College to Work For'; and being included in The Princeton Review’s list of Best Colleges in the Northeast.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (graduated 2001). Award-winning Nigerian writer. After graduating from Eastern, Adichie went on to receive her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing graduate work in Yale University’s African Studies Program. Her first novel Purple Hibiscus published in October 2003. In 2006, her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, was published to international acclaim. She has also published a short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck.
  • Pamela Riccio (graduated 1987) is vice president of business process and technology at Gartner, Inc., a $1 billion information technology research and advisory firm headquartered in Stamford.
  • Carol Pandiscia (graduated 1989) is senior vice president of technology, program management and portfolio planning at ESPN and oversees project management and business planning for the company’s technology division.
  • Marc Freeman (graduated 1993), Ph’D 1999, Yale University, Member of Teaching Faculty; UMASS Medical School.
  • Anthony J. Brandenburg (graduated 1975), currently serves as Chief Judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California. He has more than eighteen years of service on the bench in both municipal and superior courts.
  • Jeffery R. Benedict graduated from Eastern in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. He received a Master's Degree in Political Science at Northeastern and a J.D. from the New England School of Law. In 1997, he wrote his first book, Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women while interning in the District Attorney's Child Abuse Unit in Boston. By the time he earned his law degree, he had published three more books: Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL; Athletes and Acquaintance Rape; and Without Reservation: How a Controversial Indian Tribe Rose to Power and Built the World's Largest Casino.
  • Jonathan Alpert (graduated 1995). Dubbed 'Manhattan's most media-friendly psychotherapist' by the New York Observer, Jonathan Alpert is known for delivering frank yet helpful advice. Jonathan has appeared on every major news show and is frequently quoted in newspapers, magazines, radio, and the international press.


Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, Connecticut 06226, USA