On-Campus Orientation

Through Orientation, you will build a foundation for academic success, learn about available resources and services, meet peers and community members, and learn about the values and traditions that make us Huskies.

New Student Orientation

Orientation provides you with the opportunity to meet a variety of faculty and staff who will introduce you to the resources and services UConn offers. You will connect with academic advisors from your school/college who will advise you on course offerings, your plan of study, and registering for your first-semester courses. While you are on campus, you will be placed into a group of your peers and guided by an O-Leader, your student orientation leader, who will accompany you to presentations, meals, and activities. They will also teach you about UConn Nation and share many of our traditions.

Orientation is required for all first-year, transfer, and international students.

First-Year Students

Orientation for first-year students provides an in-depth look at the collegiate experience. This is a one or two-day program, depending on your campus and when you’re beginning your UConn journey.

Transfer Students

Orientation for transfer students is a one-day program. Because transfer students have previously attended another school and are familiar with parts of the college experience, we have streamlined this program to help get you acclimated to UConn and meet other transfer students.

International Students

International students participate in a series of required events over the course of several days depending on your campus. These programs are designed to help you acclimate to life in the United States and at UConn. You’ll learn more about our academic programs, student community, and on-campus services; meet with an academic advisor; and finalize your upcoming semester classes. Plan for the dates outlined on the schedule tab for your campus. 

More information can be found at these websites.

CISS Welcome & Support Program: CISS Undergraduate Student Welcome and Support Program | Center for International Students & Scholars (CISS) (uconn.edu)

Move-In Information: Check-In and Arrival | Residential Life (uconn.edu)

WOW: Home | Husky WOW (uconn.edu)

Family Orientation

Each UConn campus offers an optional Orientation program for family members of our new students during Summer Orientation. Family Orientation offers the opportunity to interact with a variety of UConn faculty and staff, meet other UConn families, and learn how to best support your student.

How to Sign Up for Orientation

After you have paid your enrollment fee, you will receive an email that explains how to access our new student onboarding portal. The portal will walk you through a series of tasks that must be completed and how to register for your on-campus orientation session.

Registration for Family Orientation for students attending the Storrs campus can be done in two ways. Your new student can select a Family Orientation session in their onboarding portal or they can provide access to a family member to register. All family members must confirm their attendance through the family member's onboarding portal.

Information on Family Orientation for students attending the regional campuses will be available in May.

Orientation sessions fill up quickly. Please complete your task list and register for an Orientation session ASAP.


Orientation is required of first-time, degree-seeking students at all UConn campuses. This applies to both first-year and transfer students. Students who choose not to sign up for an Orientation session will have their admission to the University canceled.


After you are admitted to UConn, you must pay a $400 enrollment fee. This reserves your spot in UConn's incoming class and covers the cost of Orientation. No additional fees are required.

Rules & Policies

Orientation follows the rules and policies set by UConn's Student Code. Students who do not abide by the Student Code may be asked to leave Orientation and will be referred to the Office of Community Standards. Violation of the Student Code during an Orientation event could affect a new student's admission to the University.

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