Do I have to attend Orientation?
All first-time degree seeking students at UConn (Freshmen & Transfers) are required to attend Orientation in order to register for classes. There is no option to register for classes without attending an Orientation program.
When is Orientation? When will I receive my Orientation Packet?
Fall Admits: For students beginning their enrollment in the fall, Orientation is held mid-May through late-June and in August. Students who have paid their $300 enrollment deposit will be sent an email invitation starting mid-April for the Orientation program. This email invitation is sent to the personal email address that the student put on their application to the University. Emails will be sent out on a rolling basis as the enrollment deposits are received.
Spring Admits: For students beginning their enrollment in the spring, (January) Orientation is held in early January. Students who have paid their $300 enrollment deposit will be sent an email invitation starting mid-November. This email invitation is sent to the personal email address that the student put on their application to the University. Emails will be sent out on a rolling basis as the enrollment deposits are received. These emails will begin to go out in mid-November.
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?
Only students who have paid the $300 enrollment deposit can sign up for Orientation when the Orientation website goes live in mid-April for fall admits and mid-November for spring admits.
Students use their University NetID to enter the Orientation Registration portal.
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. Here are some steps to investigate this issue.
NetID: Make sure you are using your correct NetID and password. For password resets for your NetID, please visit University Information Technology Services (UITS).
Eligibility: In order to be eligible to sign up for Orientation through the portal, you must meet all of the following criteria:
1) Admitted to the Avery Point campus
2) Paid the $300 enrollment deposit
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?
There is no fee for spring Orientation.
The fee for Fall Orientation covers the expenses of the entire Orientation program including meals, program materials, staffing, parking, as well as programmatic and administrative expenses (technology, etc.). The payment is a per-person charge for all participants.
Students with financial limitations should call the Avery Point bursar at (860) 405-9007 to discuss Orientation Scholarships.
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) 12 business days prior to your Orientation session. All new students need to review the Course Placement website at least 12 business days before their scheduled Orientation session to learn more about UConn’s placement process. If a student needs to take the CPE and/or MPE based on their intended major (as specified on the Course Placement website) 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 at Orientation if the course is required in their first semester. You can take the Placement Exams more than once, but there is absolutely no time to take them during the Orientation program. If your intended major is on the list of majors requiring the CPE and/or MPE you need to take the assessment before your Orientation program.
Will my AP or previous college/university coursework count toward my UConn degree?
AP and Transfer Guidelines are available on the Transfer Admissions website. 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 for new transfer students before their scheduled orientation session. Students need to review their transfer credit evaluation before attending their session.
Will I meet with an academic advisor during Orientation?
Students admitted for spring semester should make an advisor appointment with Noemi Picardi or Nancy Steenburg by going to https://nexus.uconn.edu/. This appointment is scheduled separately from the Orientation program.
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 Orientation and meet personally with an academic advisor. This hold is known an “Orientation hold” and will be lifted by your academic advisor when you register for classes during Orientation. All first-time degree seeking students at UConn can only register for classes after attending an Orientation program.
Can I bring my family or friends to Orientation with me?
For spring Orientation there is no parent/family program; students should attend by themselves.
For fall Orientation a parent/guardian orientation program is available concurrent with Regular (Freshman) Orientation. You may bring 2 adult members of your family (no children, please). There is no family program for Transfer Orientation.
What should I do if I need disability accommodations during Orientation?
Please contact Katie Halbruner, the Avery Point Disability Services Provider at (860) 486-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Please contact the Office of Student Services at 860 405-9024 to request to have your session rescheduled.