Office of Minority Student Affairs

Early Connection Opportunity

As a participant in the Early Connection Opportunity (ECO) program, you'll become a more informed student, and better prepared to engage in the academic, social and cultural wealth of the University community.

About the Program

ECO is designed to start you off in the right direction. It will teach you about the attitudes, skills and social connections that characterize successful University of Rochester students. ECO will prepare you for classes, inform you about services you can use when you need help, and introduce you to social life on campus.

Who should attend ECO?

  • Students who we believe would profit from the connections they can make during this summer residential program.
  • Students for whom participation in Early Connection is a condition of admission.

What are the academic offerings of ECO?

  • Model courses in various areas such as mathematics, writing, literature, biology and chemistry. These courses are shorter, but no less demanding, than regular courses.
  • A series of workshops on using the University's computing facilities for writing papers, analyzing data, creating graphics and using the University's electronic mail system.
  • A series of workshops on strategies and tactics that will promote your academic success.
  • Academic workshops that introduce students to the unique Rochester Curriculum and its three divisions of learning.


What are the benefits for life outside the classroom?

  • Learning your way around the campus - the libraries and classrooms, athletic facilities, residence halls, computing center, Wilson Commons and the Chapel.
  • Meeting the Dean of the College, the Dean of Freshmen, the Dean of Students, administrators of various programs and professors.

What are the social benefits?

  • Making friends with your fellow first-year and Upperclass students.
  • Getting a taste of residential life.
  • Becoming acquainted with the Rochester community and taking part in a selection of cultural and recreational events.

Does Early Connection grant academic credit?

Yes, four credits (the equivalent of one full college course) are awarded for successful completion of the summer program. One or two credits may be earned in follow-up courses during the academic year.


How will participating in ECO affect my financial aid?

  • All students who receive financial assistance at the University are expected to contribute to the cost of their education with summer earnings. However, students who participate in ECO will be asked to contribute much less, since ECO will interrupt summer employment.
  • After four years, you will be eligible for additional aid to complete your bachelor's degree, if you need it.

What does Early Connection cost?

  • Four weeks of your summer.
  • The willingness to invest time and energy in your own development.
  • A commitment to attend all scheduled classes and co-curricular activities, and devote time to additional study.
  • Transportation costs to and from Rochester, and all other personal expenses, including health/medical insurance. (Health insurance is available for purchase at a reduced rate.)
  • No fees, tuition or room and board costs are charged to you.

How can I participate?

Simply complete the ECO Reply Form that is included with your offer of admission and return it along with your Admissions Reply Form to the Office of Admissions. Additional information regarding ECO will be forwarded to you once you notify us of your intent to enroll at the University and to participate in the program.

What if I have questions?

Please contact us:
Office of Minority Student Affairs
Phone: (585) 275-0651