New Student Task List – Spring 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.
  • Get involved
  • Check your UConn and personal 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 spring (January) will get access their UConn email 5 to 7 days after they have paid the enrollment deposit.  To check if your UConn email has been created review Step 2 of the New Student Tech Training Site.

Spring 2021- Task List for Admitted Students to the Storrs Campus

After Being Accepted to UConn

  • Within 2 weeks of Receiving Your Acceptance Letter - Pay your enrollment deposit. In order to confirm your enrollment, you must pay a $300 enrollment deposit.
    • Visit the Admissions website for details and instructions. You will receive an invitation to sign up for an Orientation session which will be sent to your UConn and personal email addresses starting mid-November if you paid the enrollment deposit. New students cannot sign up for an Orientation session until they pay their deposit and receive the email invitation. Orientation email invitations will be sent to students who paid the deposit  starting mid-November.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15, if you wish to apply for Financial Aid.
  • International Students - Form I-20, SEVIS I-901 and Transfer-In Form.
    • The Form I-20 will enable you to apply for the F-1 visa necessary to study in the United States. The F-1 application should be completed immediately, as it is difficult to determine the length of time for processing.  Undergraduate Admissions will issue the Form I-20 after your financial statement with supporting documents and enrollment deposit is received. For more information about obtaining your F-1 visa, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Complete Step 1  of the New Student Tech Training Site.
    • Step 1 contains information about your NetId.  It also introduces students to the Student Administration System which is UConn's system that students will use to register for classes.
NOTE ABOUT UCONN EMAIL - UConn email addresses for new students will be available in Mid-November.

Do These Tasks At Least 12 Business Days Before you Meet with an Academic Advisor to Register for Classes

  1. Complete Step 2  and 3 of the New Student Tech Training Site.
    • Step 2 prepares you for class registration, enables you to complete your "Student Financial Agreement" which must be completed so you can register for classes, has you complete your FERPA waiver, shows you how to access your UConn email, and introduces you to HuskyCT, a class management tool used in many faculty at the university.
    • Complete Step 3 of the New Student Tech Site.  Step 3 contains information about UConn technology, (Hardware, Operating Systems, Mobile Apps, and Software) for UConn students.
  2. Review the Course Placement website and, if applicable, complete the Math Placement Exam (MPE)  and the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE).
    • Both exams are offered through a course management tool on campus known as "HuskyCT."  When you go into HuskyCT to take the exams make sure to "Enroll" in the exam first or you will not see it come up.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • NOTE ABOUT THE MATH AND CHEMISTRY PLACEMENT EXAMS:  Research done by the university shows that student who take the placement exams in both Math and Chemistry are placed in the appropriate 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.
    • The English Guided Placement Survey: To be taken by International students ONLY  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 survey for Spring 2021 English placement. This guided placement survey will ask about your previous experiences writing in American academic English and to provide brief examples of your writing. Please follow the information below on the English Guided Placement Survey.
      1. To determine which First-Year Writing course you will take, you will need to:
        1. Review the Guided Placement information for First-Year Writing here: https://fyw.uconn.edu/fyw-self-placement/
        2. Learn about the courses offered in First-Year Writing. The descriptions for the courses we offer appear on the linked page. As you read about the courses we offer, think about which course might be the best match for you.
        3. After you have learned about the classes you may take, please complete the Guided Placement Survey. You will probably need about ninety (90) minutes to complete the survey. To ensure you find the right course to enroll in, be sure to respond to each of the questions or prompts in the survey.
        4. Complete the Guided Placement Survey before meeting with your advisor. International Students Only:

        ALL PLACEMENT TESTS SHOULD BE TAKEN BEFORE YOU MEET WITH AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES BECAUSE THEY WILL DETERMINE THE CORRECT CLASS FOR YOUR ABILITY.

  3. 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.
    • We ask that all students upload their government issued ID and head shot photo through onecard.uconn.edu by January 1, 2021 to ensure that your One Card is available for the beginning of the Spring semester.  You may continue to upload your government issued ID and head shot photo after January 1, 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/.
  4. Log into your Student Administration System to: 
      ** Check and see if there are any holds on your account; for assistance locating this information visit the Student Administration System Help website.
    • 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 in December or January 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 Services, 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 accommodations, please refer to the CSD website at https://csd.uconn.edu/request-accommodations/.

Important Dates & Information

Starting Mid-November: Orientation Registration

  • Students who paid the $300 enrollment deposit will receive an invitation to complete online Orientation. The invitation will be sent to the student's personal email address.  A student cannot sign up for online Orientation until they receive the email.
  • Students cannot sign up for an Orientation session until the $300 enrollment deposit is paid and the email invitation is received.

By November 15th: Housing Application

  • Students who apply for housing for the spring 2021 semester after the Nov. 6th priority deadline 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.

By January 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 January 8th: Pay Your UConn Fee Bill

  • Pay your UConn Fee Bill
  • Beginning mid-April students' fee bills will be posted in the Student Administration System. If  a new student does not pay their fee bill, even if it is a partial one, (not for the entire semester) the student will not be able to register for classes at Orientation until the fee bill is paid. 
  • A "Bursar hold" will be put on a student's account that cannot be removed to register for classes until the fee bill is paid.

    By January 15th: Transfer Student Transcripts

      By January 15th: AlcoholEdu and "Welcome to the Pack" Online Modules to be Completed before Classes Begin

      • Complete AlcoholEdu: As part of our comprehensive prevention efforts, UConn requires all incoming students to complete AlcoholEdu before the start of classes.  New students will receive an email from the Wellness and Prevention Department directing them to complete Alcohol Edu by January 15, 20201.
        • Part 1 of AlcoholEdu needs to be completed by January 15th, 2021. AlcoholEdu Part 1 will be made available on January 4, 2021 for new students to access.  Students will receive an email sent to their UConn email address directing them to start the online module.
        • Students will receive another email, 45 days after Part 1 is complete with a link to access Part 2 of  AlcoholEdu which needs to be completed by March 12, 2021.
        • Information on AlcoholEdu can be found at, https://alcoholedu.uconn.edu/
      • Complete Welcome to the Pack:  Welcome to the Pack is a university online module on Diversity and Inclusion.  This modules needs to be completed by January 15th, 2021. Students will be sent an email to their UConn email address directing them to complete it starting January 4, 2021.
      • Students who do not complete the Welcome to the Pack and Alcohol Edu Part 1 modules will have a registration hold placed on their accounts which will prevent them from adding and dropping classes, and registering for fall Semester classes.

      By February 15 - Complete the "Protect Our Pack" Online Module

      • Complete Protect Our Pack:  Protect Our Pack is a UConn’s university-wide bystander intervention program to educate our community regarding effective methods to intervene in a problem situation. 
      • New students will receive an email on January 11th sent to their UConn email address directing them to complete the Protect Our Pack online module.  Students who do not complete Protect Our Pack by February 15 will have a HOLD placed on their account which will prevent them from Adding and Dropping classes and from registering for fall semester classes. Fall class registration starts in March, 2021.

      By February 5th: Health Insurance Waiver

      • Health Insurance Waiver:  Submit a health insurance waiver if you are waiving out of the University-sponsored health insurance plan.

      KEY TO SUCCESS AT UCONN:  CHECKING YOUR UCONN EMAIL ACCOUNT ON A REGULAR BASIS.  UConn uses email to communicate with all of its students.  Students who do not keep up with email miss deadlines which usually result in negative consequences.  UConn is very strict concerning deadlines. Be successful and constantly check your UConn email. NOTE:  UConn email is created 5 to 7 days after a student pays the $300 enrollment deposit.