Early Connection Opportunity (ECO)
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.
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- About the Program
- Who should attend ECO?
- Academic Offerings
- Out-of-Class Benefits
- Social Benefits
- Academic Credit
- Financial Aid
- Who to Contact
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.
- 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.
Becoming familiar with various campus offices such as:
- Office of Minority Student Affairs
- College Center for Advising Services
- Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
- Financial Aid Office
- Residential Life
- Career Center
- Kearns Center
- Office of the Dean of Students
- 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.
- Making friends with your fellow first-year and upper-class students.
- Getting a taste of residential life.
- Becoming acquainted with the Rochester community and taking part in a selection of cultural and recreational events.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
If you wish to participate in ECO, 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.
Who to Contact
Please contact us:
Office of Minority Student Affairs
Phone: (585) 275-0651