New Student Orientation and Advising FAQs

Orientation Registration

How do I register for Orientation?

  • After students pay their deposit, they will receive an invitation to register for Orientation. 
  • In order to sign up for an Orientation advising session, incoming students must complete required online modules for UConn, their school/college, and any other applicable programs.  
  • Visit the Orientation website for information about Orientation registration for each school/college and UConn campus. 
  • Sign up to register for courses as soon as possible, so that you will be able to select the courses needed to meet your academic goals.  

    Where will I find the online Orientation modules?

    • You will receive an email from the Office of Orientation Services, which will contain a link to the the online Orientation requirements and reservation system.  You will log into the online Orientation reservation system by using your NetID and password and then begin online Orientation.

    Is Orientation required at specific dates and times?

    • Although most of Orientation is asynchronous (doesn’t happen in real-time) in 2021, some of the meetings between you and your advisor and you and your Orientation Leaders will happen at assigned dates and times. These times will be scheduled and sent to you as your Orientation date approaches. 
    Preparing for Orientation

    What steps must I follow in order to successfully prepare for Orientation?

    • Ensure that you have completed the New Student Task List for all incoming students.
      • Click here for the Stamford New Student Task List. 
    • Complete all necessary placement exams. 
    • Visit the Orientation advising site of your school/college or regional campus, which can be found here. 
    • Your online Orientation modules are available as a resource this summer; you can also find information on your School/College website and in the online catalog. 
    • Make a wish list of the courses that you may want to take; some you will take in the fall, while you will need to wait to take others in future semesters.

    How do I best prepare for my virtual/online Orientation experience?

    • Download the Cisco Webex Meetings App (recommended) or familiarize yourself with the web client.
      • Your advising appointment will happen through this program.
      • More information can be found at https://www.webex.com.
    • Verify that you can log into StudentAdmin with your NetID; you will need to log in at your appointment.
    • Sign your Student Financial Responsibility Agreement in Student Admin, which can be found in the "Action List" section . Failure to do this will prevent your access to registration for your fall courses. 
    • For technical issues, please contact UConn’s ITS Technology Support Center: https://techsupport.uconn.edu/ 
    • Remember: If you are using your camera function, your advisor can see you and your surroundings. Please keep this in mind and be ready for your session. 

    Where will I find the online Orientation modules?

    • You will receive an email from the Office of Orientation Services, which will contain a link to the the online Orientation requirements and reservation system.  You will log into the Online Orientation reservation system by using your NetID and password, and then begin Online Orientation.

    Do I really need to take a placement test?

    • Information on placement testing requirements for first-year English, Chemistry, and Mathematics/calculus courses may be obtained by visiting the Course Placement website. 
    • Please complete all necessary placement exams well in advance of your Orientation advising date/time, so that you can select the most appropriate courses for your semester.
    Transferring Academic Credit

    AP and IB Credit

    • AP examination scores must be sent directly from the College Board to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    • More information on AP and IB course credit at UConn can be found here: AP, IB, and A Level Credit at UConn 

    Early College Experience (ECE) Credit

    • UConn's Early College Experience (ECE) is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school students in Connecticut to take UConn courses at their high schools for both high school and college credit.
      • For more information about ensuring your ECE credit has been applied, visit the ECE website. 
    • Students will have the opportunity to decide if they would like to accept or reject their ECE credit based on the grade earned, as well as the program they are interested in pursuing. 
      • ECE courses transfer to UConn with an actual grade, and if accepted, factors into a student's overall GPA.

    Transferring Credit from Other Institutions

    • Ensure your official transcripts from your previous institution(s) are sent to UConn as soon as possible in order to avoid any enrollment issues. 
    Advising and Course Registration

    I’m new to UConn. How do I register for classes?

    • After registering for Orientation and completing your required modules, you will be able to sign up for a date and time to meet with an advisor to register for Fall classes. Orientation sign-up information can be found on the Orientation website. 

    What should I do to successfully prepare for my Orientation Session with my advisor?

    • Visit the Orientation advising site of your school/college or regional campus, which can be found here.
    • Set up your UConn email account and check it regularly. Your advisor will be contacting you with important information prior to your session.
    • Make sure you know your NetID and password! More information can be found here.
    • Review plans of study, major requirements, suggested first year course sequences, etc.
    • Complete all necessary placement exams several days before your appointment.
    • Make a wish list of the courses that you may want to take; some you will take in the fall, while you will need to wait to take others in future semesters.

    Why do I need to meet with an advisor to register for courses?

    • At UConn, all new students meet with an academic advisor who will ensure they take the appropriate courses that lead to their degree and a timely graduation. Academic advisors are professional staff members who are experienced and well-trained to guide new and continuing students toward their academic degree and will be a critical resource during your time at UConn. 

    Who is my advisor?

    • The confirmation email sent to you once you complete the Online Orientation module will tell you how to contact an advisor in your school or college, either before or during your appointment time. 
    • You will be assigned an advisor before the start of the Fall semester and can find that information by logging into Nexus with your NetID and password. 

    I’ve signed up for Orientation but haven’t heard from my advisor. What should I do?

    • Check your UConn email first. 
    • Reach out to the advising office on your school/college’s Orientation website for information about registration processes for each school/college and UConn campus. 

    Can I change the time of my advising/registration appointment?

    • Advising/registration appointments are pre-assigned and cannot be changed.
    • Students will receive the time of their advising/registration appointment 3-5 days before their registration session. 

    What will I discuss with my advisor?

    • During your advising meeting, you’ll discuss a range of topics, including your academic and extracurricular interests, goals for your UConn education, career objectives, and finally, major requirements and course registration. 

    How will I meet with my advisor?

    • Your advising appointment will likely be a one-on-one online meeting (via Webex or phone) with an advisor from your school/college or regional campus.
    • Appointments are typically scheduled for no more than 60 minutes. To make the most of your meeting, please arrive prepared and on time.
    • Plan for a private setting where you can discuss your individual interests and your academic background, in a quiet area with no distractions.
    • Parents, guardians, and family members should not participate in any online advising appointments.

    What technology needs and software will I need for my advising appointment?

    • Your advising appointment will likely happen through Webex.
    • Download the Cisco Webex Meetings App (recommended) or familiarize yourself with the web client (no download required).
    • We highly recommend enabling video for your advising meeting and using a computer (rather than a mobile device), if possible. 
    • Verify that you can log into StudentAdmin with your NetID; you will need to log in at your appointment. If you need help, visit the NetID page or contact UConn ITS.

    Can my parents help me register for classes?

    • Keep in mind that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits advisors from sharing information or discussing your educational records with anyone but you.  
    • Advising/Registration at the University of Connecticut is between the student and advisor only. Parents/guardians, siblings, or friends should not be at your advising/registration meeting. 

      I already registered and I want to change my schedule. How can I do this?

      • We understand that sometimes changes need to be made to a student’s schedule after Orientation. However, we recommend that you do this only in consultation with your advisor 
      • You will be able to access your schedule again during add/drop/swap,” which begins on July 26, 2021. We recommend that you “swap, don’t drop” so that you do not lose a seat before ensuring you have another one to replace it. 
      • All UConn students will be able to add and drop classes through Monday, September 13, 2021. Again, we recommend you do this only in consultation with your academic advisor. 
      • Refer to UConn's Academic Calendar for other important dates to be aware of for the semester ahead. 
      • Refer to the following Advising Registration page for important Registration guidance and resources.
        Major/Course Changes

        What do I do if I want to change my major?

        Before course registration: 

        • If you are considering changing your major, you must submit your request to the Admissions department through your Admissions Applicant Portal at least two weeks BEFORE starting Online Orientation. All requests for major or school/college changes must be reviewed by the Admissions department to see if the change is possible. Some change requests may not be possible due to majors or schools that have restricted enrollments, or higher entry level standards.   
        • Changing your major before you attend your Orientation Registration session will ensure that you get the most out of your advising and class registration experience. 

        To submit a major change request: 

          • If you wish to request a major change, please visit your Admissions Applicant Portal and complete the “Admissions Decision Appeal & Change Request” form located within the portal. Your Admissions Applicant Portal will reflect the most updated information once your request is reviewed. 
          • Admissions does not take major change requests by email. Students must go into their Admissions Applicant Portal to file a major change request. 

          After course registration: 

            • If you are considering changing your major, and you have already completed Orientation, please reach out to your school/college for information on that process. 
            Reopening UConn

            Will UConn be teaching in-person classes in Fall 2021?

            • Refer to the Reopening UConn website for the most up-to-date information about Fall 2021 courses, instruction, and the academic calendar. 
            Have Additional Questions?

            What if I have additional questions specific to Orientation?