Freshman Orientation 2017 Sign Up

If you have been accepted to the University of Connecticut and will be attending the Storrs campus, the Freshman 2-day Orientation program for fall admits has been designed especially for you.

June 15, 2017 is the deadline to sign up for an Orientation session.

Orientation is Mandatory – If this is your first time as a degree seeking student at UConn Storrs you are required to attend Orientation in order to register for classes.

  • Dates for the summer 2017 Freshman Orientation sessions can be found below. Emails inviting you to make your reservation for orientation will start going out in mid-April to all students who have paid the $300 enrollment deposit.
  • In order to access the orientation reservation system you must have received an email inviting you to sign up for orientation.
  • Email invitations to register for orientation are only sent to students who pay the $300 enrollment deposit.  There is a 48 hour delay from when you pay the deposit online to when you will receive an orientation invitation.
  • Emails are sent to the student’s personal email address.
  • Reservations are accepted on a first-received, first-reserved basis, so be sure to make your reservation before sessions fill up. Please note that you must complete your reservation by the deadlines listed below, which vary by session date. Sessions can fill up before the reservation deadline is reached, as we can only accommodate a certain number of students per orientation session.
  • Orientation Time Schedule: Orientation is a two-day program for freshman.  Check-in starts at 7:15 a.m. on the first day of Orientation with the actual program itself beginning at 8:45 a.m. Orientation program sessions extend into the late evening.  Students must stay with the program at all times.  Students who choose not to stay with the program will be dismissed from Orientation and will register for classes before classes begin in August.
  • Freshmen Orientation ends at 5:00 p.m. on the second day of the program.  Any student who chooses to leave the program before the official 5:00 p.m. end time on the second day will have the classes that they registered for during Orientation dropped from their schedule.  Students can re-register for classes when the Add/Drop process begins in late July.
  • Non Traditional Freshmen:  If you are a freshman who is 23 years and older you can attend the one-day Transfer program.  Please contact the Orientation office at orientation@uconn.edu to make these arrangements.

 

Rescheduling Fees

After a student is sent a session confirmation email, confirmed sessions may only be rescheduled in case of emergency and are based on session availability. There is a $30 rescheduling fee for each request. Rescheduling requests made within five business days of a confirmed orientation session date will be charged $125 rescheduling fee. Effective dates for the $125 fee are listed below. For more information on the process and how to reschedule your confirmed orientation session, please visit our FAQs.

Selecting an Orientation Session: Overview

  1. Review the "Reservation Notes" section, if you have been selected to be part of the:
    a) Student Support Services (SSS) Program
    b) Honors Program
    c) Learning Communities (LC)
    d) Admitted to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  2. You need to select a session when your School/College meets because during orientation you will register for classes with academic advisors from that school/college. Make sure if you are part of one of the four programs listed above your session choice correspond to the “Reservation Notes” which tell you what sessions to attend.
  3. The online orientation portal where you submit your orientation reservation has the most up-to-date information regarding session availability.
  4. The orientation portal is an entirely automated system, so the sessions listed in your reservation form are dates that are currently available and eligible for you to sign up for.  Once an Orientation session is full for your school/college it closes and we can not add anymore students to the session.
  5. You must sign up online for an orientation session.
  6. We are unable to accommodate a student who walks in without having made a reservation for the program.

Orientation is when students register for classes. New students cannot register for classes without attending an orientation session.

  1. Orientation sessions for the fall 2017 program can be found below.  Students who pay the $300 enrollment deposit will receive an email directing them to sign up for an orientation session. These emails will start to be sent to deposited students starting mid-April.
  2. When you receive the email, login to the online orientation portal and access your orientation reservation. Your personalized online orientation portal has the most up-to-date information regarding orientation session availability for your school/college.
  3. In your orientation reservation you will reach a section called “Dates” where your school/college has provided a course registration option. You should select the option provided by your school/college.

Cost to Attend

The cost of the two-day Freshman program is $230. This is a non-refundable charge.
For more information on why there is a charge for orientation, please visit our FAQs.

The orientation charge pays for:

  • Meals during the program: Day 1 – lunch, dinner, and snack / Day 2 – breakfast and lunch
  • One night’s lodging in a campus residence hall
  • Program materials
  • Parking
  • Staffing
  • Programmatic and administrative costs for the program
  • Funds some expenses for the HuskyWOW program (Week of Welcome) that occurs for new students the weekend before classes begin.

Payment Options:

All forms of payment must be from a United States affiliated bank.

HOW TO CONFIRM YOUR ORIENTATION SESSION Payment at the time the reservation is made confirms your reservation for the desired date.

WHAT HAPPENS IF PAYMENT IS NOT MADE WHEN THE RESERVATION IS MADE If payment is not made at the time the online reservation form is completed the date is still open for other students to reserve. That means you can lose your Orientation date because another student who pays for the session can take it away from you.

There are three options for payment:

  • Credit Card – online – through the orientation portal. Orientation Services accepts: Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Diners Club.  This is the only way you can immediately confirm an Orientation session after making your reservation.
  • Check or money order – mailed/postal service – all checks and money orders need to be made out to the “University of Connecticut.”For our mailing address, please visit our Contact Us page.  Please note that your orientation reservation is not confirmed until the check is received by the Orientation Office.  In the meantime your Orientation session can be taken away by another student who pays by credit card for that spot.  A $25 fee will be charged for any check that is returned for insufficient funds.
  • Online Home Bill Pay – If you do your banking electronically, you can make payments directly to UConn through your own bank’s online bill paying system! Set up UConn the same way you would any other payee. This is not an immediate payment, however because the bank usually sends the Orientation office a check.  In the meantime the orientation date you selected could be taken away by another student who pays by credit card for that session.

 

Confirming Your Session

An email confirmation will be sent almost immediately after you submit your orientation reservation and payment. This email indicates you are “confirmed” for the session you selected.  Any changes made to your orientation dates after the confirmation email is sent will incur rescheduling fees, regardless of whether the orientation charge has been paid.  Emails are sent to the personal email address that the University has on file and your UConn email account.

Contact the Office of Orientation Services at (860) 486-4866 if you haven’t received your email confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your online Orientation reservation.

 

DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS UNTIL YOUR SESSION IS CONFIRMED !

Please do not make any travel arrangements until you receive an email from the Office of Orientation Services confirming your assigned Orientation session.  Make sure to take note the 5:00 p.m. ending time on the second day of the orientation program when you schedule your travel arrangements.  The university is a 45 to 60 minute drive from Bradley International Airport in Hartford/Springfield.

Rescheduling a Confirmed Session

Confirmed sessions may only be changed in case of an emergency and are based on session availability. For more information on the process and how to make a request, please visit our FAQs.

Please be advised that there is a $30 rescheduling fee for each request. Rescheduling requests made within five business days of your scheduled session date will be charged a $125 rescheduling fee.

Reservation Notes

Student Support Services (SSS)

If you were selected for the SSS program, you must attend one of the orientation sessions listed below when your school/college meets.

  • Sessions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Honors Program

Students admitted to the UConn Honors program are encouraged to attend one of  the orientation sessions listed below when your school/college meets.  Honors students who cannot make any of these sessions can attend session 13 or 14 provided their school/college meets those sessions.

  • Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS)

If you were admitted to this college, you will need to select your orientation session based on your major. Majors for CLAS are divided into two divisions (see below). Listed below are the sessions those majors need to attend. For the dates of each orientation session please refer to the Orientation Session Dates table.

Division A Majors
Attend Sessions: 1,2,5,6,9,10,12,14

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

Division B Majors
Attend Sessions: 3,4,7,8,11,13,14

  • Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology 
  • Chinese
  • Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Human Development & Family Studies
  • 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
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Urban & Community Studies
  • Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Learning Communities (LC)

If you were admitted to an Learning Community it is suggested that you attend an orientation session listed for that LCHowever, if the dates indicated for your LC do not work for your personal schedule or for your UConn major, you can attend an Orientation session where your LC does not meet. It is more important that you attend an Orientation session where your school/college or major meets because that is when advisors from your school/college will be present to help you register for classes. If you attend a session where your LC does not meet you will still attend the meeting for students in Learning Communities.  The benefit of picking a date listed for your LC is that you will have a better chance of meeting other students who were admitted to the same community, but you can attend any orientation session and still receive the same information about the program.

Interdisciplinary Learning Communities – Attend Sessions

Open to all majors

  • Arts Communities (Fine Arts House & Connecting with the Arts House) – 1,2,4,7,10,13
  • EcoHouse – 4,7,12,13,14
  • Global House – 1,7,8,11,13
  • Human Rights & Action House – 2,4,5,8,12,13
  • Humanities House – 2,3,5,8,9
  • Innovation House – 1,3,5,8,11,12,14
  • La Comunidad Intelectual House – 4,6,7,10,13
  • Leadership House – 1,2,3,7,9,11,13
  • Public Health House – 1,3,5,6,7,10,12
  • ScHOLA²RS House (Scholastic House Of Leaders who are African American Researchers & Scholars) – 2,6,8,9,11

Major or Program Learning Communities – Attend Sessions

  • Business Connections House – 2,3,5,6,7,9,10,11,13,14
  • Engineering House – 1,2,3,4,6,8,9,10,11,12,14
  • Eurotech House – 2,4,6,8,12,14
  • Nursing House – 1,4,5,8,9,10
  • Pre-Pharmacy House – 4,6,9,10,11,12,14
  • WiMSE (Women in Math, Science & Engineering) House – 1,3,5,6,9,10,11,14

Orientation Sessions

Sign-Up for Summer Orientation Starts Mid-April

Table Abbreviations

ACES-Academic Center for Exploratory Students
AGNR-College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources
CLAS-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Session Dates Schools/Colleges Meeting Reservation Deadline Effective date for $125 rescheduling fee
Session 1
May 22-23, 2017
ACES
AGNR (4-year program)
CLAS - Division A Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
Nursing
May 6, 2017 May 15, 2017
Session 2
May 25-26, 2017
ACES
Business
CLAS - Division A Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
May 9, 2017 May 18, 2017
Session 3
May 30-31, 2017
ACES
Business
CLAS - Division B Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
May 12, 2017 May 23, 2017
Session 4
June 1-2, 2017
ACES
AGNR (4-year program)
CLAS - Division B Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
Nursing
May 16, 2017 May 25, 2017
Session 5
June 5-6, 2017
ACES
Business
CLAS - Division A Majors
Engineering
Nursing
May 18, 2017 May 29, 2017
Session 6
June 8-9, 2016
ACES
AGNR (4-year program)
Business
CLAS - Division A Majors
Engineering
May 23, 2017 June 1, 2017
Session 7
June 12-13, 2017
ACES
AGNR (4-year program)
Business
CLAS - Division B Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
May 25, 2017 June 5, 2017
Session 8
June 15-16, 2017
ACES
AGNR (4-year program)
CLAS - Division B Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
Nursing
May 30, 2017 June 8, 2017
Session 9
June 19-20, 2017
ACES
Business
CLAS - Division A Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
Nursing
June 1, 2017 June 12, 2017
Session 10
June 22-23, 2017
ACES
AGNR (4-year program)
Business
CLAS - Division A Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
Nursing
June 6, 2017 June 15, 2017
Session 11
June 26-27, 2017
ACES
AGNR (4-year program)
Business
CLAS - Division B Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
June 8, 2017 June 19, 2017
Session 12
June 29-30, 2017
ACES
AGNR (4-year program)
CLAS - Divisions A Majors
Engineering
June 13, 2017 June 22, 2017
Session 13
July 6-7, 2017
ACES
Business
CLAS - Division B Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
Ratcliffe Hicks (2-year program)
June 15, 2017 June 29, 2017
Session 14
July 10-11, 2017
ACES
Business
CLAS - Divisions A and B Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
Ratcliffe Hicks (2-year program)
June 15, 2017 July 3, 2017
Session 15
July 12-13, 2017
ACES
AGNR (4-year program)
CLAS - Divisions A and B Majors
Engineering
Fine Arts
June 15, 2017 July 5, 2017