New Student Task List – Fall 2021

We have compiled the tasks that new students need to complete in the list that follows.  Please read through each task and complete the ones that are specific for you.  We have also included deadlines for specific documents that must be submitted by new students.

First Thing to Know:  As a new student, the University expects you to,

  • Take personal responsibility for your academic and social choices
  • Pay attention to all University requirements and fee deadlines
  • Seek assistance when you need it.
  • Get involved
  • Check your email constantly for important messages sent to you from the university.  Email is the major mode of communication between university departments and its students.  As a new student you should continuously check both your personal email address and your UConn email address (when you get one) to stay on top of things. Emails are sent to UConn students only.
  •  Students admitted for the fall (August) will get access to their UConn email address in mid-May.  Students admitted for the spring (January) will get access to their UConn email address in late December/early January.  You will not have a UConn email until that time so until your UConn email is created check the personal email address that you put on your Admissions application for important university messages. Directions on how to access your UConn email will be in the online Orientation portal when your email is created in mid-May.

Fall 2021– Checklist for Admitted Students

 

AFTER BEING ACCEPTED TO UCONN

Within 2 weeks of Receiving Your Acceptance – Pay your $400 enrollment deposit. In order to reserve a spot in the incoming class, you must pay a $400 enrollment deposit.  

    • Visit the Admissions website if you have any questions that concern being admitted to the university.
    • Starting the end of April/early May the Orientation office will send email invitations directing students who paid the enrollment deposit to the Online Orientation portal to begin their UConn Orientation experience.  New students cannot begin online Orientation until they receive this invitation which will be sent to both their personal and UConn email addresses.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15, if you wish to apply for Financial Aid.
  • For International Students – Form I-20, SEVIS I-901 – Complete Immediately
    STEP 1
    Request your Form I-20 for study at UConn. This is the first step in the visa application process and in connecting with the ISSS at UConn. Your form I-20 indicates who you are, where you are studying, what you are studying and how you are funded. It is an important document necessary for your visa interview and for traveling to the U.S. The Undergraduate Admissions office will issue the Form I-20 after your financial statement with supporting documents and enrollment deposit is received.
  • STEP 2
    After you receive your form I-20, use the SEVIS ID number on the form to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. The Department of Homeland Security requires that all students obtaining an F-1 visa for the first time pay a $350 fee before your visa interview (or travel to the U.S. for Canadian students). Proof of payment is required at the F-1 visa interview. For more information about this process and to pay the fee by credit card online visit www.fmjfee.com.If you are not able to pay with a credit card online, you may also pay the fee using Western Union Quick Pay.
  • STEP 3
    After you receive your form I-20 and pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee, visit U.S. Travel Docs to find complete visa application instructions for the country where you live. On the U.S. Travel Docs website you will find the Form DS-160 (Non-immigrant Visa Application Form) necessary before scheduling your visa interview.

Questions about these documents should be addressed to Undergraduate Admissions Department at 860-486-3137 or beahusky@uconn.edu. Offices at the University of Connecticut are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. United States Eastern Standard Time.

YOUR UCONN EMAIL – UConn email addresses for new students entering in Fall 2021 will be created in mid-May.
DO THESE TASKS AT LEAST 12 BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE YOU MEET WITH AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR
  • Upload a Photo and Put Your Preferred Name on your UConn ID Card.
    • For photo guidelines and upload instructions, visit How to Upload Your Photo for Your UConn Husky One Card (PDF)The photo you upload must have been recently taken and only has you the new UConn student in it.
    • UConn requests that all students upload their government issued ID and head shot photo through onecards.uconn.edu by August 4, 2021 to ensure that your One Card is available for the beginning of the Fall semester. You may continue to upload your government issued ID and head shot photo after August 4, 2021, however there will be a delay in the receipt of your One Card.  The UConn ID may be mailed this year, therefore, the address in the Student Administration System must be up-to-date.
    • Students need their ID card to gain access to several places including their residence hall, university dining halls and the Student Recreation facility when they get on campus.
  • Put your Preferred Name on your ID Card – All UConn ID cards (Husky One Cards) are issued with a student’s preferred name on the back of the card.  You can view and update this name using the ITS Display Name tool at  https://netid.uconn.edu/tools/displayname/.

Log into UConn’s  Student Administration System to: 

  ** HOLDS ON ACCOUNT:  Check and see if there are any holds on your account; for assistance locating this information visit the Student Administration System Holds Webpage.
  • Holds can be placed on your Student Administration account by various university offices for a variety of reasons.
  • If you see a hold that says “Bursar Hold” that means you owe the university money.  Sometimes students owe money due to taking ECE credits at their high school.  Other times they owe money because the registered for a summer course and did not follow up with payment. Please contact the appropriate office concerning your hold; in this case, it would be the Bursar’s office.
  • An “Orientation Hold,” “Enrollment Hold” or “Registration Hold” will be put on all new undergraduate student accounts and lifted by their academic advisor when they meet virtually with them to register for classes.  The Orientation hold will not be removed until that time.
  • Enrollment holds issued by other offices such as the Financial Aid Office, Student Health and Wellness, etc. need to be taken care of before online Orientation or students will not be able to register for classes when the meet virtually with an academic advisor.

ALERT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM:  Check that your personal cell phone number is correct in the Student Administration System so that you will receive updates from the University’s Alert Notification System in case there is an emergency or a weather closing on campus.  Please make sure to read the entire UConn Alert website so you are aware of how UConn’s Alert notification system operates in case of emergencies.

THE CSD:  The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, they may be eligible for reasonable and appropriate accommodations. To request CSD accommodations for the academic year please refer to the CSD website at https://csd.uconn.edu/request-accommodations/.

COMPLETE ANY PLACEMENT TESTS AT LEAST 7  DAYS BEFORE YOU MEET WITH AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR

  • UConn has three placement tests for new students (First year & Transfer).  They are the Math Placement Exam (MPE), Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) and the English Guided Placement Survey.  See the information below to determine if you have to take these placement tests.
  • Please review the Course Placement website and, if applicable, complete the Math Placement Exam (MPE)  and the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) and the English Guided Placement Survey.
    • Math Placement Exam:   If your major requires that you take the Math Placement Exam before online Orientation and you do not do so, you cannot register for a Math course when you meet virtually with an academic advisor to register for classes.  On the Math Placement webpage you can see a list of majors that have to take the MPE.  If your major is listed there, you need to take the exam.
    • The Math Placement Exam is offered through a platform called Stemify. You will need to log-in with your NetID and NetID password. In order to take the exam you must click on the “Take Assessment” button in the box titled as “Calculus Assessment”.
    • Chemistry Placement Exam:  If your major requires that you take the Chemistry Placement it is highly recommended that you take it to register for General Chemistry or Honors General Chemistry when you meet virtually with an academic advisor to register for classes. On the Chemistry Placement webpage you can see a list of majors that have to take the CPE.  If your major is listed there, you should take the exam.  The Chemistry Placement exam is offered through a course management tool on campus known as “HuskyCT.”  When you go into HuskyCT to take the exam make sure to “Enroll” in the exam first or you will not see it come up.
    • NOTE ABOUT THE MATH AND CHEMISTRY PLACEMENT EXAMS:  Research conducted by UConn shows that student who take the placement exams in both Math and Chemistry are placed in the appropriate courses for their ability.   Please 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.
    • The English Guided Placement Survey:  All incoming students (first year and transfer) without SAT or ACT test scores who have not earned UConn credits for First-Year Writing (FYW) courses (e.g., ENGL 1003, 1004, 1007, 1010 or 1011) will need to complete the Guided Placement Survey (GPS) to determine student readiness and placement in English. Students can review general information about this survey HERE.
    • ALL PLACEMENTS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU MEET WITH AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES BECAUSE THEY WILL HELP DETERMINE THE BEST CLASS FOR YOUR NEEDS.

    IMPORTANT DEADLINES, FORMS AND INFORMATION FOR NEW STUDENTS

    Starting Late April/Early May: Online Orientation Begins for New Undergraduate Students at the Storrs Campus

    • Students who paid the $400 enrollment deposit will receive an invitation to start online Orientation. The invitation will be sent to the student’s personal email address.  A student cannot begin online Orientation until they receive the email. that contains the link to the online module.

    Online Housing Application

    • Submit Part 1 of the online Housing Application for the fall 2021 semester if you are a student who has been admitted as a resident student and will live in on-campus housing. Students who apply for Fall 2021 housing will have their application reviewed if space is available. If approved you will be assigned into a space by Residential Life staff. Please visit Residential Life  and Storrs New Student Central for more information.
    • Students will be sent an email notification when Part 2 of the Housing application is available so that they can go into the “MyHousing ” portal and complete it.

    By June 15th: Transfer Student Transcripts

    • Transfer Students: Submit any final, official transcripts with your most recent grades to Transfer Admissions.  This final transcript will verify your final grades and complete the Admissions process.
    • First-Year Students: The deadline for First-Year students is July 1st.

    By July 1st: Health History Form

    • Submit your Health History Form, including proof of meningitis immunization.
    • Students who are not compliant with all of the required immunizations by the 10th day of classes will have a hold put on their account which will prevent them from pre-registering for spring classes until the Health History Form is turned in.  Upload your completed health history form through the Student Health Services Student Portal.

      By August 1, 2021: Pay Your UConn Fee Bill

      • Beginning mid-June  a student’s fall 2021 fee bill will be posted online in the Student Administration System. The student will receive an email sent to their UConn email address notifying them that their fee bill has bee posted.  If  a new student does not pay their fee bill, even if it is a partial one  (A partial fee bill is not one for the entire semester) by the August 1st deadline, the student will not be able to either register for classes or change their class schedule until the fee bill is paid.
      • A “Bursar hold” will be put on a student’s account that cannot be removed until the fee bill is paid.

      Summer 2021:   Complete the Housing online module called “Sharing Spaces” for students living on-campus

      • During Summer 2021 the Department of Residential Life will send new resident students an email link to the “Sharing Spaces” module.  Only when students receive the link can they complete the module.
      • “Sharing Spaces” is an online module that helps new students participate in and learn strategies to develop positive roommate relationships.

      By  SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 –  Health Insurance Waiver  (Date for access to the waiver is June 1, 2021)

      • Submit a health insurance waiver if you are waiving out of the University-sponsored health insurance plan.  The deadline to waive out of the university sponsored health insurance plan is September 15, 2021.

      UPCOMING ONLINE MODULES NEW STUDENTS NEED TO COMPLETE

      July 19 to September 3, 2021  –  “Protect Our Pack” Online Module Needs to be Completed

      • As part of the university’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our students, staff and faculty the University requires that incoming undergraduate students (First year & Transfer) complete an interpersonal violence prevention program known as “Protect Our Pack.”
      • Protect Our Pack will be available for completion from July 19 through September 3. New students will receive an email on July 19 with the link to Protect Our Pack so they can complete it.  Students who do not complete Protect Our Pack by September 3 will have a registration hold put on their account preventing them from registering for spring semester classes.  Students will not be able to register for spring semester classes until Protect Our Pack is completed.

      AUGUST 9 through 25, 2021  –  “AlcoholEdu, Part 1” Online Module Needs to be Completed

      • New students, (First-Year and Transfer) will be sent an email in early August with the links for the “AlcoholEdu” module.  “AlcoholEdu” will open on August 9, 2021 for students to complete.  UConn requires ALL incoming students to complete this module before the start of classes. On Wednesday, August 4th, students will receive an email introducing the AlcoholEdu program and providing them with instructions on how to access the course when it opens on Monday, August 9, 2021
      • Students will receive another email, 45 days after Part 1 is completed with a link to access Part 2 of  AlcoholEdu which needs to be completed by October 27, 2021.

      • Information on “AlcoholEdu” can be found at, https://alcoholedu.uconn.edu/

      • Students who do not complete the “Alcohol Edu Part 1”  before the start of fall classes will have a registration hold placed on their accounts which will prevent them from adding or dropping classes, and from registering for Spring semester classes.  Students will not be able to register for spring semester classes until the module is completed.

      AUGUST 9 through 25, 2021 – “Welcome to the Pack” Online Module Needs to be Completed

      • New students, (First-Year and Transfer) will be sent an email on August 9th with the link to the module Welcome to the Pack.
      • Information on “Welcome to the Pack” can be found on the Office for Diversity and Inclusion website at https://diversity.uconn.edu/about/welcometothepack/
      • Students who do not complete the Welcome to the Pack module will have a registration hold placed on their accounts which will prevent them from adding and dropping classes, and registering for Spring Semester classes.
      • Welcome to the Pack should be completed by August 25, 2021 before spring class registration begins.