Graduate Student Orientation

We are delighted that you have chosen to continue your professional preparation by enrolling in a graduate program at UConn! As you get started, we want to support your transition to graduate school by providing a multifaceted virtual orientation experience designed to help your academic, personal, and professional success.

Online Orientation

All new graduate students in Spring 2021 are encouraged to complete our online orientation experience, as it will provide important information about academic and everyday life at UConn, and is the first step to ensuring your success and getting you connected to our community. Our Spring 2021 orientation materials include videos and modules designed to help you navigate the various opportunities at UConn in order to gain valuable skills and experiences to enhance your graduate education.

After matriculation, new graduate students entering for the Spring 2021 term will receive an email notification when access to the Graduate Student Orientation materials in HuskyCT has been granted. The materials are contained within "The Graduate School Orientation Spring 2021" organization within

The video below provides an introduction to navigating this orientation.

Need Help Accessing Online Orientation?

Step 1. Activate Your NetID

If you have not yet done so, activate your NetID.  Your NetID credentials give you access to many computing services at the University of Connecticut.

Your UConn NetID and Activation Code were emailed to you at the time of admission. You can also visit to find your NetID. Once you activate your NetID and set the password, you will be able to log in to HuskyCT at and the Student Administration System at If you need assistance with your NetID, please contact the ITS Help Center at (860) 486-4357 or by email at

You will need an active NetID and password to login to HuskyCT to access the orientation materials.

Step 2. Access Orientation in HuskyCT

Online orientation is hosted in HuskyCT, UConn's learning management platform. Starting January 2021, you should receive an email confirmation when you access to the Orientation materials in HuskyCT within 7-10 days of your matriculation.

You may access HuskyCT at Log-in using your NetID and password.

Navigate to the Organizations area of HuskyCT. From there, you can open The Graduate Student Orientation Spring 2021.

Step 3. Complete Orientation

Orientation includes seven modules. Each module can be accessed in any order through the module navigation bar on the left-hand side of your screen.

Once you select a module, you will see an overview of that module's topics, which you can then access in any order you choose. As you review the topics, you may mark them as reviewed for your convenience. A button is included at the bottom of each topic to take you back to the homepage for that module. All videos are closed captioned.

When you've completed reviewing all modules in a topic, we encourage to complete the module by filling out the anonymous survey. We appreciate you taking a brief moment to reflect on the topics in this module. Your feedback will help shape the next version of this orientation as well as guide us in developing our resources for current students. Completing the survey will mark the module as complete.

Need additional help?

Our graduate student orientation materials are available only for students matriculated into graduate certificate, sixth-year, master's, and doctoral degree programs with a Spring 2021 entry term start. If you do not have access to Orientation materials within 10 days of receiving your matriculation letter, contact

Orientation Event

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We invite all new UConn graduate students for Spring 2021 to virtually attend our Welcome and Current Student Panel!

Spring 2021 Welcome and Current Student Panel
Thursday, January 14, 2021
9:00 am (Eastern Standard Time)

Vice Provost and Dean Kent Holsinger will be welcoming all incoming graduate students. His remarks will then be followed by a current graduate student panel moderated by Karen Bresciano, Assistant Dean of The Graduate School Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs. The current students represent a wide-variety of programs, degree types, identities, and lived experiences, and they will be sharing their wisdom from their time at UConn so far.

Panelists include:

  • Anna Marie LaChance (She/Her), Doctoral Student, Chemical Engineering, Storrs Campus
  • Rachel Wada (She/Her), Master's Student, Higher Education & Student Affairs, Storrs Campus
  • Sidhdesh Gupta (He/Him), Master’s Student, Business Analytics and Project Management, Hartford Campus
  • Shang Lin (Tommy) Lee (He/Him), Doctoral Candidate, Behavioral Neuroscience, Storrs Campus

If you have any questions about this event, or if you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Jia Cai at

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Shay Hopley at

If you require an accommodation to participate in this online orientation event, please contact Audrey Silva at by August 20, 2020.

UConn complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. Contact: Office of Institutional Equity; (860) 486-2943; equity@uconn.edu

Online Resources

Online Resources

Check out our online resources set up to assist you in getting started at UConn. You will find important information for incoming graduate students, including a check-list to help you get started. If you are also a graduate assistant, you will find links to information regarding important definitions, payroll information, appointment dates and more.

Other Orientations

In addition to Graduate Student Orientation from The Graduate School, other orientations may be applicable to you.

Teaching Assistants

If you are a Teaching Assistant (TA), you are expected to attend CETL's orientation.

TA Orientation

International Students

If you are an international student, you will receive information regarding the orientation from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

ISSS Orienation

Departmental Orientations

Many departments have their own orientations covering department-specific content. Please check with your program for more details.