Early Connection Opportunity (ECO)

The Early Connection Opportunity (ECO) program helps to prepare students to engage in the academic, social, and cultural wealth of the University of Rochester community.

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Summer 2024 Residential Program

We are excited for the Early Connection Opportunity (ECO) traditional residential program with a new format to meet our educational mission and goals. The dates for the summer 2024 ECO are July 7 through August 3. Scholars are expected to move into their dorms on Sunday, July 7 with courses beginning Monday, July 8. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at omsa@ur.rochester.edu.

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 prepares you for classes, informs you about services you can use when you need help, and introduces you to social life on campus.

The follow types of students are typically selected to attend ECO:

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

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Academic Offerings

While in the ECO program you’ll take:

  • 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 email.
  • A series of workshops on strategies and tactics that will promote your academic success.
  • Academic workshops that introduce you to the unique Rochester Curriculum and its three divisions of learning.

Sample schedule:

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There are many benefits to participating in the ECO program, including:

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Academic Credit

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.

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Financial Aid

All students who receive financial assistance at the University are expected to contribute to the cost of their education with summer earnings.

After four years, you will be eligible for additional aid to complete your bachelor's degree, if you need it.

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No fees, tuition, or room and board costs are charged to you. Students must cover transportation costs to and from Rochester, and all other personal expenses, including health/medical insurance. (Health insurance is available through University Health Servicesat a reduced rate.)

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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.

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ECO Participants receive email correspondence directly from our office regarding paperwork that needs to be completed. Forms will be updated shortly.

  • ECO Policies
  • ECO Health Insurance Form
  • ECO Insurance Waiver Form
  • ECO Insurance Enrollment Form
  • Insurance Verification Form for International-Based Insurance Plans

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Feel free to contact us with questions:

Office of Minority Student Affairs
Phone: (585) 275-0651
Email: omsa@ur.rochester.edu

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