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New Student Checklist for Freshmen & Transfers

Once you have been assigned to an Orientation session, be sure to refer to the important tasks listed below, which you will need to complete before attending Orientation and before beginning your first semester at UConn.

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
  • 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 will get their UConn email address created in mid-May.  You will not have a UConn email until that time so check your personal email address that you put on your application for admission to the university in the meantime.

Fall 2017  – Checklist for Admitted Students (Freshmen & Transfers)

A personalized checklist created for your specific admit type (freshmen, international freshmen, transfer, international transfer can be found in your Orientation portal which is where you will make a reservation for UConn’s Orientation program.  Check the tasks off your personal checklist as you complete them.   A general checklist of things new students need to do follows.

After Being Accepted to UConn

checkbox 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-April 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-April.
checkbox Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, if you wish to apply for Financial Aid.  Completed FAFSA’s can be submitted starting October 1st.
Check the official FAFSA filing deadlines, which vary by state and year. Financial Aid is unavailable for international students.  For more information about getting started, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid Services.
checkbox 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.
checkbox Complete Step 1  of the Technology Tutorial
In this tutorial, you will reset your NetID password (if you haven’t already), learn how to access your University email account (available in mid-May), review your financial aid status, and apply for on-campus housing.NOTE ABOUT UCONN EMAIL – UConn email addresses for new students will be available in Mid-May.

At Least 12 Business Days BEFORE Attending Orientation

checkbox Complete Step 2 of the Technology Tutorial.
checkbox Review the Course Placement website and, if applicable, take the online Math Placement Exam (MPE) .The university has only one placement exam which is for Math.   You will see a link for the Math Placement Exam on the Math Placement website.  The link will take you to a list of majors that need to take the MPE.  The MPE is taken online and must be taken before your Orientation session if your major requires it.  If your major does require the Math Placement Exam and you do not take it before Orientation then you will not be able to register for Precalculus, Calculus 1 or Calculus 2 at Orientation.  Students CANNOT take the Math Placement Exam during Orientation, it must be taken before your session.
checkbox Upload a Photo for 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. Students who upload their photo no later than 48 hours  before their scheduled Orientation session will receive their UConn  ID at Orientation  Students who DO NOT upload a photo by the upload deadline WILL NOT receive their UConn ID at Orientation.  Students who are late in uploading their photo will receive their UConn ID when they move in or when they begin classes. The deadline for uploading a photo is 48 hours before your scheduled Orientation session. Uploading a photo earlier than that time is highly recommended in the event your initial photo is not accepted and you need to upload it again.  Students who do not upload a photo on time WILL NOT receive their UConn ID card at Orientation.  We encourage all students to upload their photo because we would like to give you your ID card at Orientation otherwise you need to come back to campus during the summer to get it.
checkbox Log into your Student Administration System to see if you have any holds on your account; for assistance locating this information visit the Student Administration System Help website.

Holds can be placed on your 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.  Please contact the appropriate office concerning your hold, in this case it would be the Bursar’s office.  An  “Orientation”  hold will be put on all new undergraduate students accounts until they attend Orientation.  At Orientation this hold will be lifted when each student meets with their academic advisor to register for classes. Enrollment holds issued by other offices such as the  Financial Aid Office, Student Health Services etc. need to be taken care of before Orientation or you will not be able to register for classes at Orientation.
checkbox Message from the Center for Students with Disabilities
Welcome Huskies! If you are a student with a disability and require accommodations please register with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) prior to the start of the semester. Complete information regarding the accommodations, services and programs coordinated through the Center, can be found on the CSD website, http://www.csd.uconn.edu. Huskies with a NetID can register with the CSD online via MyAccess, http://myaccess.csd.uconn.edu or from the CSD homepage (paper-based Student Information Forms are available to download from the CSD website). Please contact the CSD at (860) 486-2020 or csd@uconn.edu with questions or to schedule an appointment. The CSD is looking forward to working with you.

Important Dates & Information

checkbox Starting Mid-AprilStudents who paid the $300 enrollment deposit will receive an invitation to register for an Orientation session.  This invitation will be sent to the student’s personal email address.  Invitations will be sent as the enrollment deposits are received.  Allow 48 hours after the enrollment deposit has been received and processed by the University to receive the Orientation invitation.  Students cannot sign up for an Orientation session until the $300 enrollment deposit is paid and the email invitation is received. 
checkbox By May 19 – Submit Part 1 of the online Housing Application for the fall 2017 semester if you are a student who has been admitted as a resident student and will live in on-campus housing.   A confirmation email is automatically sent to your email account once the application is submitted.  If you do not received a confirmation, contact the Department of Residential Life.  Visit Residential Life  and the 2017-2018 New Student Guide to Undergraduate On-Campus Housing Guide for more information.
checkbox By June 15- Transfer Students: Submit any final, official transcripts with your most recent grades to Transfer Admissions.
checkbox By July 1 – 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.
checkbox By August 1st  – 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.
checkbox Summer 2017 – Complete the “Sharing Spaces” online module.  The deadline for the completion of “Sharing Spaces” is August 1st, 2017.
There is an online module available through Husky CT for new students to participate in and learn strategies to develop positive roommate relationships. During summer 2017 the Department of Residential Life will send new students who will be living on campus an email link to the “Sharing Spaces” module.   In early August new resident students will receive an email notifying them about their housing assignment and roommate information.  Please check your UConn and personal email addresses for this information.
checkbox By August 24  – Complete AlcoholEdu:  As part of our comprehensive prevention efforts, UConn requires all incoming students to complete AlcoholEdu. Students who have already completed AlcoholEdu at their previous institution will receive an email about the waiver option requirements that need to be received prior to
August 21 for review to be waived from the program.  Students required to take AlcoholEdu during the spring semester may start AlcoholEdu Part 1 on August 14.  Please be advised that any accounts created prior to August 14th will be deleted.
checkbox By August 28 – Complete Step 3 of the Technology Tutorial  Step 3 contains information on UConn technology, (Hardware, Operating Systems, Mobile Apps, and Software) for UConn students.  In this part of the Tutorial you can check out the type and amount of software available to you as a UConn student.
checkbox By September 15 (Waiver goes online June 1st) – Health Insurance Waiver:  Submit a health insurance waiver if you are waiving out of the University-sponsored health insurance plan.

After Attending Orientation

checkbox After attending Orientation, complete the second part of the New Undergraduate Housing Application. Use your Orientation overnight experience to think about your living style and what it will be like to share a room with another student. These preferences will help UConn’s Department of Residential Life to match you with another student who has similar preferences. and will hopefully be a compatible roommate for you. Completing this part of the housing application within a few days after your Orientation session will ensure that your housing preferences are taken into account when the housing assignment is made.   You will be notified by email when the application is available.
checkbox Roommate Request? If you met someone at Orientation who you would like to live with, or know of another new student you’d like to live with, you can request a roommate in MyHousing between June 1- July 7th.