Do I have to attend Orientation?

All first-time degree seeking students at UConn (Freshmen & Transfers) are required to attend Orientation to learn about requirements and resources, to complete mandatory training workshops, to meet other new students and to register for classes. There is no option to register for classes without attending an Orientation program.


When is Orientation?

For students beginning their enrollment in the fall, Orientation is held starting in June. Students who have paid their $300 enrollment deposit will be contacted by an Orientation Leader who will assist them with the Orientation process.

In order to support the University’s sustainability efforts, all Orientation Packets and confirmations are electronic and go directly to the student.

When can I sign up for Orientation?

Students will be able to register for an Orientation Advising session after completing the new student Orientation Modules.  Students use their University NetID to enter the Orientation Advising registration system.

I’m receiving an error message (i.e. invalid response) when I try to visit the login page for the Orientation reservation system?

There are a variety of different reasons you could be receiving this response due to various personal computer settings.

  • NetID: Make sure you are using your correct NetID and password. For password resets for your NetID, please visit University Information Technology Services (UITS). https://netid.uconn.edu/
  • Eligibility: In order to be eligible to sign up for an Orientation Advising session, you must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Admitted to the Avery Point campus
  • Paid the $300 enrollment deposit
  • Completed all on-line Orientation modules
  • Browser Issue: Try logging into the reservation system using a different browser.
  • Computer Issue: Try logging into the reservation system using a different computer.
  • Other Technical Issues: Please contact University Information Technology Services (UITS) at 860-486-4357.

Why do I have to pay for Orientation?

The $115 Orientation fee covers the expenses of the entire Orientation program including staffing, programmatic support, administrative expenses and the on-line orientation technology. The payment is a per-person charge for all participants.

Students in the SSS program do not pay the fee.

Students with financial limitations should contact the Avery Point bursar at averypointbursar@uconn.edu  to discuss an Orientation fee adjustment.

Do I have to take any placement tests?

It depends on your intended major. If required by your intended major, you need to take the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) and/or the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) https://placement.uconn.edu/  prior to your Orientation Advising session. If a student needs to take the CPE and/or MPE and does not take it prior to Orientation, the student will not be able to register for General Chemistry, Pre-calculus, Calculus 1 or Calculus 2 – a disadvantage if the course is required in the first semester.

Will my AP or previous college/university coursework count toward my UConn degree?

AP and transfer guidelines are available on the Transfer Admissions website https://admissions.uconn.edu/apply/transfer/transfer-credit . If you have completed college course work, make sure to have an official transcript, reflecting courses completed and grades earned, sent directly from your college to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.


As a Transfer student when may I review my transfer credit evaluation?

Transfer credit evaluations will be posted on a rolling basis in the Student Administration System https://studentadmin.uconn.edu/ . Students need to review their transfer credit evaluation before attending their session.


Will I meet with an academic advisor during Orientation?

After completing the on-line Orientation Modules, student will register for an Orientation Advising session with an Orientation Leader that includes an advising discussion.  Following this session, students will sign up for a personal appointment with a faculty or staff advisor.

Why can’t I register for classes right now? The registration system will not let me register for them.

All new students in each of UConn’s schools and colleges have an advising/registration hold placed on their accounts that will not be lifted until they attend an Orientation Advising session and subsequently meet personally with an academic advisor. This hold is known an “Orientation hold” and will be lifted by your academic advisor.

Can I include my family or friends in Orientation?

There is information available to parents or guardians in the Orientation Modules.  Parents should not attend the group Orientation Advising session led by an Orientation Leader, nor should they attend the advising appointment.  We have designed the Orientation Advising sessions as a way to build community among students.  We hope that you understand that the presence of parents during that session would diminish the effectiveness of the program for all students.  Parents should also not participate in the appointments with an advisor, since it is a violation of federal privacy laws for an advisor to discuss the student record with a parent.

What should I do if I need disability accommodations during Orientation?

Please contact Emily Sears, the Avery Point Disability Services Provider at emily.sears@uconn.edu at least 12 business days prior to your scheduled Orientation session.

What should I do if I need to reschedule my confirmed Orientation session?

Students are unable to reschedule their Orientation session online. Confirmed sessions may only be changed if requested at least 5 days ahead of the confirmed session, and only if there is space available.  Please e-mail the Student Services Office if you need to make a change averypointorientation@uconn.edu

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