Online Orientation Program for First Year Students

Online Orientation

ONLINE ORIENTATION:  Due to the Covid-19 situation the university made the difficult decision to put Orientation online for all new undergraduate students at Storrs and all regional campuses for summer 2020. We want all students to have a smooth transition to the university and value their health and safety.  We feel that this approach will allow our new Huskies to prepare for UConn Nation and keep everyone safe.

Online Orientation is required of all first-time degree seeking students (First-Year and Transfer) at all campuses of the University of Connecticut in order to register for classes.

Your online Orientation experience will provide you with information to help learn about being a student at UConn and guide you through the advising and class registration process.

Online Orientation includes information on the following topics:

  • Academic Advising for your major
  • Academic Support Services
  • Financial – Paying for College
  • Financial Aid
  • How to Register for Classes
  • Husky One Card (ID)
  • Involvement Opportunities
  • International Services
  • Library Services
  • Living & Learning Opportunities.
  • New Student Task List
  • Parking
  • Public Safety
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Student Health & Wellness
  • Technology
  • Title IX & Bystander Intervention
  • University Resources
  • Veteran Services

COMPLETE ALL SECTIONS OF THE ONLINE MODULE:  Completing all sections of the 2-Part module are required before you can register for one of the 26 Orientation advising/registration session which is when you will meet online, by phone or email with an academic advisor to register for classes.  By preparing ahead of time by way of the online module, your appointment with an academic advisor will be less stressful and more meaningful.

ON-DEMAND FORMAT:  Online Orientation is structured in an “on demand” format which means that once you gain access to the online Orientation module it will be accessible when you want to complete it.  You must complete all the videos and other self-selecting sections of the module before you will be able to select an advising/registration session to meet with an academic advisor.  There are two parts to the online module, Part A and Part B.

MODULE KEEPS TRACK: The module is designed to keep track of all the sections you review and will let the Orientation office know when you have totally completed it.  After you complete the module you will receive an email telling you to return to the Orientation Reservation system in 24-48 hours to register for an advising/registration session?

WHEN CAN YOU START ONLINE ORIENTATION?

You will receive an invitation to register for online Orientation.  The email must be received in order to access the system.  Emails began to go out in batches on Friday, May 29.  Students are being downloaded into the online Orientation system in batches so we do not overload the system.  This will continue on a rolling basis until all Storrs students who paid the $300 enrollment deposit are in the system.  All advising sessions are in June and July.

COST FOR ONLINE ORIENTATION

The cost for online Orientation is $115. This is a non-refundable charge.
For more information on why there is a charge for orientation, please visit our FAQs.

Payment is by Credit Card from a U.S. affiliated bank.

  • Credit/Debit Card– through the online Orientation Registration portal. The online reservation system accepts: Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Diners Club.

A WORD ABOUT PLACEMENT EXAMS:  It is important if you need to take a placement exam(s) you do so before you meet with an academic advisor for your advising/registration session.

Review the University's Course Placement InformationMath Placement Exam (MPE) and the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) to determine if you need to take the MPE and/or CPE for your major. Information about the MPE and CPE can be found at the links above.

Math Placement Exam (MPE): Not all students need to take the MPE.  A list of majors that must take the MPE can be found on the Math Placement Exam website. Student who need to take the MPE and do not do so in advance of their advising/registration appointment will not be allowed to register for Pre-Calculus, Calculus 1 or 2 at advising/registration. The majors that need to take the MPE can be found at Math Placement Exam Majors (MPE).

Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE): Not all students need to take the CPE. All Undergraduate students seeking to register for General Chemistry (CHEM 1124, CHEM 1127 or CHEM 1147) should take the CPE in order to determine their readiness for appropriate placement in Chemistry. The majors that need to take the CPE can be found at Chemistry Placement Exam Majors (CPE) .

NOTE ON THE MPE & CPE:  Research conducted by the university shows that both the MPE & CPE place students in the appropriate Math and Chemistry courses for their ability.  Answer the questions honestly because you want to be placed in the appropriate course for your ability so you have a successful first semester at the university.

English Placement Questionnaire: To be taken by International students.  For local students, standardized tests, (e.g., SAT or ACT) will be used to place you in the appropriate English course. For international students, we will use a combination of standardized tests (e.g., TOEFL or SAT) and a guided placement questionnaire for Fall 2020 English placement. This guided placement questionnaire will ask about your previous experiences writing in American academic English and to provide brief examples of your writing. The guided English placement questionnaire and writing sample prompts will be available starting May 19, 2020 and will be found on the English Placement site.

CONNECTING WITH THE UCONN 2020 ORIENTATION TEAM

During June and July, you will be connected with an Orientation Leader who will lead your group virtually.  You will connect remotely and be able to meet other new students, learn more about the university, ask questions, and have your concerns addressed.  The Orientation team has been training all spring semester to get ready for online Orientation and are eager to meet you.  Get to know the virtual Orientation team at https://orientation.storrs.uconn.edu/orientation-team/.   Follow them on instragram @uconnorientation.

PARENT ONLINE ORIENTATION

We offer an online program for parents and guardians with “on demand” presentations that will familiarize parents with the university.  Parents can view the Parent/Guardian Online Orientation Program at their leisure since all the presentations have been pre-recorded.

ORIENTATION ADVISING/REGISTRATION SESSIONS

The chart below shows the Orientation advising/registration sessions taking place in June and July.  24-48 hours after you complete the entire online Orientation module you will be able to sign up for a session based on when your school or college meets.

 The deadline to schedule an advising/registration session is July 1, 2020.

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTES:

  • HONORS PROGRAM: Sessions 1 through 24 - Students admitted into UConn’s Honors Program should sign up for advising/registration during these sessions when your school/college meets.
  • STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES (SSS)PROGRAM: Sessions 1 through18 – Students admitted to UConn’s SSS program should sign up for advising/registration during these sessions when your school/college meets.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS)

If you were admitted to this college, you will need to select your advising/registration session based on your major. Majors for CLAS are divided into two divisions, Division A Majors and Division B Majors. Listed below are the sessions those majors need to attend. For the dates of each Orientation advising/registration session please refer to the Orientation advising/registration session dates table.

Division A Majors for CLAS

Attend Sessions: 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geoscience
  • Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Physiology & Neurobiology
  • Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
  • Structural Biology/Biophysics

Division B Majors for CLAS

Attend Sessions: 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30

  • Africana Studies
  • American Sign Language
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Chinese
  • Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Human Development & Family Sciences
  • Human Rights
  • Italian Literary & Cultural Studies
  • Journalism
  • Judaic Studies
  • Latino and Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics & Philosophy
  • Linguistics & Psychology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Maritime Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics/Actuarial Science
  • Mathematics/Applied
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Mathematics/Physics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Journalism
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Urban & Community Studies
  • Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

ACES = Academic Center for Exploratory Students

AGNR-AH = Allied Health (program within AGNR)

AGNR = College of Agriculture Health & Natural Resources

BUSN = School of Business

CLAS = College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

ENGR = School of Engineering

FA = School of Fine Arts

NU = School of Nursing

PHARM = The School of Pharmacy

RHSA= Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture

Session Session Date School & Colleges Meeting Reservation Deadline
4 Fri. June 5, 2020 ACES - BUSN  - CLAS-A  - FA - Honors -  NU - PHARM- SSS Monday June 1, 2020
5 Mon. June 8, 2020 ACES  - BUSN -  CLAS-B -  ENGR - FA  - Honors - PHARM - RHSA - SSS Monday, June 1, 2020
6 Tue. June 9, 2020 ACES - AGNR - BUSN - CLAS-B - ENGR - FA - Honors - PHARM - SSS Tuesday, June 2, 2020
7 Thu. June 11, 2020 ACES - AGNR - BUSN - CLAS-B (International only) - ENGR - FA - Honors - NU - PHARM -  SSS Wednesday, June 3, 2020
8 Fri. June 12, 2020 ACES - BUSN - CLAS-B - ENGR - FA - Honors  - NU - PHARM - SSS Thursday, June 4, 2020
9 Mon. June 15, 2020 ACES  - AGNR - BUSN - CLAS-A -  ENGR - FA - Honors - NU - PHARM - SSS Tuesday, June 9,  2020
10 Tue. June 16, 2020 ACES - AGNR - BUSN - CLAS-A - ENGR - FA - Honors - NU - PHARM - SSS Wednesday, June 10, 2020
11 Thu. June 18, 2020 ACES - AGNR -  BUSN - CLAS-A (International only) - ENGR - Honors - NU - PHARM -  SSS Thursday, June 11 2020
12 Fri. June 19, 2020 ACES - CLAS-A - ENGR - Honors - NU -  SSS Monday, June 15, 2020
13 Mon. June 22, 2020 ACES - AGNR - BUSN - CLAS-B - ENGR - FA - Honors - PHARM - SSS Tuesday, June 16, 2020
14 Tue. June 23, 2020 ACES - AGNR - BUSN - CLAS-B -  ENGR -FA  - Honors - PHARM - SSS Wednesday, June 17, 2020
15 Thu. June 25, 2020 ACES - AGNR - BUSN - CLAS-B (International  only) - ENGR - FA - Honors - NU - PHARM -  SSS Thursday, June 18, 2020
16 Fri. June 26, 2020 ACES - BUSN - CLAS-B - ENGR - FA - Honors -  NU -  PHARM - SSS Monday, June 22, 2020
17 Mon June 29, 2020 ACES - AGNR - BUSN - CLAS-A - ENGR - FA - Honors - NU - PHARM - SSS Tuesday, June 23, 2020
18 Tue. June 30, 2020 ACES - BUSN - CLAS-A - ENGR - FA - Honors - NU -  PHARM - RHSA -  SSS Wednesday, June 24, 2020
19 Mon. July 6, 2020 ACES - AGNR - CLAS-A - ENGR (International Only) - FA - Honors - NU - PHARM Tuesday, June 30, 2020
20 Tue. July 7, 2020 ACES - AGNR - BUSN -CLAS-A - ENGR - Honors - NU - PHARM Wednesday, July 1, 2020
21 Thu. July 9, 2020 ACES - BUSN - CLAS-B (International only) - ENGR - FA - Honors - PHARM -  RHSA Friday, July 3, 2020
22 Fri. July 10, 2020 ACES - BUSN - CLAS-B - ENGR - FA -  Honors - PHARM Monday, July 6, 2020
23 Mon. July 13, 2020 ACES - BUSN - CLAS-AB - ENGR - FA - Honors - RHSA Tuesday, July 7, 2020
24 Tue. July 14th, 2020 ACES - BUSN - CLAS-AB - ENGR - FA - Honors Wednesday, July 8, 2020
25 Wed. July 15, 2020 ACES -  BUSN - CLAS-A - ENGR - FA - NU Thursday, July 9, 2020
26 Thu. July 16, 2020 ACES - CLAS-A (International Only) - ENGR - NU Friday, July 10, 2020
27 Mon. July 20, 2020 ACES - BUSN - CLAS-B - ENGR - FA Tuesday, July 14, 2020
28 Tue. July 21, 2020 ACES  - BUSN - CLAS-B - ENGR -  FA Wednesday, July 15, 2020
29 Thu. July 23, 2020 ACES - CLAS-AB - FA Thursday, July 16, 2020
30 Fri July 24, 2020 **After July 24th please contact the Orientation Office at http://orientation.storrs@uconn.edu about completing online Orientation and meeting with an advisor to register for classes. ACES - CLAS-AB Friday, July 17, 2020