Eastern is a small school. Most of my classes average 30 students which means they're small enough that you'll get to know your professor if you choose to and if they want to know you, then they'll be able to.
My overall experience with professors here has been positive. They would respond to my emails, were there for help during office hours, and most seemed to enjoy their job. This is probably one of Eastern's strongest points.
My favorite part about Eastern is that the campus is updated - the dorms, library, classrooms, student center, etc. A lot of these buildings are brand new, (built within the last 10 years) and they make for a nice environment to live and learn in.
If you play sports, the soccer and baseball are strong programs. The programs are division III, so you aren't going to be well known outside the campus, but both programs have done well for the past few years and are respected group. Rugby is also quite big here and on its way up.
The worst part about Eastern is definitely weekend campus life. By 3 PM on a Friday, most students begin leaving to go home for the weekend. Since it's a dry campus, if you stay and want to party, the only ones you'll find will be off campus or up at UConn. At Eastern, most parties are at the soccer or baseball houses and you can't get in unless you're on the team or a group of girls. If you drink in the dorms there's no way you can have a "rager", so it's just you and some friends trying to not get written up, which is lame because it's "college, time to drink because my parents aren't here!" Another big downside is the campus life in general. There's a good variety of clubs at Eastern, but there's no Greek Life and there's barely any campus events happening during the week. Freshmen more so than any other year, (since you can't have a car on campus) you'll find that you spend a lot of time bored with no where to go.
People really like to complain about the dining hall, saying that it sucks and that it makes them sick, but it really isn't that bad. It gets repetitive fairly quickly because you're eating it everyday, but there are alternatives such as the Student Center which has a few different food choices, and ordering out to pizza or Chinese places and having it delivered.
Lastly, Eastern is located in Willimantic. Willimantic is a town more known for its Heroin problem than anything else. In Willimantic you have Main street (the basics), the campus bar, Blarney's, and Dominoes. There's a bowling alley, Willibowl a short drive from the campus, but that's really it. There's no nightclubs, high class restaurants, or a places to go see bands play, and you don't want to be out on the town anyways, because Willimantic is a dangerous place to be at night.
No, A below average social life, an almost deserted campus on the weekends, and a mediocre location make Eastern not worth the cost. If you want to make your years in college a time to look back on, drive a few minutes up the street, and for only a few thousand more, go to UConn. There you have the basketball and football teams, a much bigger student population, and a campus full of opportunity. A lot of my friends are transferring there for next year, as am I, and I know another group that plan to for their junior year.
I would like the remake the point though that if you don't have the grades for a school that you'd like to get into, Eastern is a good place to get those grades and use them to transfer. (This is what I did.)
Biggest influence when choosing this school Class sizes
The financial aid process went smoothly and I received the financial aid I needed.
Professors are generally Accessible
The night life is Repetitve
Every student at this school needs A friend with a car - freshmen can't have them and it really limits what you can do.
Most students spend their Saturday nights At home. Most students leave on Friday when classes are over.
Went to Montville High School
Currently a Freshman
Favorite class is Accounting
Favorite professor is Jen Brown
Favorite activity is Habitat For Humanity
Another awesome thing is most dorms are really new or updated and are suite style meaning they have a bathroom a shower you share with a few other room mates.
Study Hard? Pray? Donate Money? If you have the required SAT scores, some extra-curriculars, decent grades, and you're in.
I wish I knew How many people leave on the weekends, it really ruins the "fun" of college that everyone looks forward to.