Graduate Student Orientation

We are delighted that you have chosen to continue your professional preparation by enrolling in a graduate program at UConn! The Graduate School invites you to begin your time at UConn by participating in our New Graduate Student Orientation.

Graduate Student Orientation
Fall 2020

All new graduate students are encouraged to participate in our orientation program, 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.

An invitation to participate will be sent to all new graduate students in July 2020.

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.

View Online Resources

Other Orientations

This event is specific to the orientation event organized by The Graduate School. However, there are multiple orientations that you may be required or invited to attend by other offices.

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 them regarding location and timings.

Event details

This event features a flexible, a la carte itinerary so you can attend the sessions of interest to you and can come and go as you wish. Graduate Student Orientation is not a requirement but an opportunity for you to connect with the many resources available to you.

The event includes:

  • a resource fair (including organizations/offices from various academic, professional, and personal resources at UConn and from the community)
  • a graduate student panel discussion
  • short workshops offered by the Center for Career Development
  • and an opportunity to socialize and get to know other graduate students.

Who should attend?

All new graduate students are encouraged to attend this orientation program, 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.

While the orientation is geared toward students in campus based Master's and PhD programs, new students in certificate and online programs are all welcome to register and attend.  Regional students are also most welcome, but may wish to check with their program to see if there is a similar orientation being planned on their home campus.

Where do I park?

Parking information for the Storrs Campus (including the parking permit application form) can be found at www.park.uconn.edu. UConn parking permits authorize parking on all UConn campuses, so if you are based at a regional campus, you do not need a different pass to park on the Storrs campus for orientation.

Please refer to the UConn Storrs Parking Campus Map for a map of available lots. If you prefer to park in one of the garages, the closest parking garage to the Rome Ballroom is South Garage. Please refer to the Visitor and Hourly Garage Parking Rates at Storrs.

If you require an accommodation to participate in the January 16 Orientation event, please contact Cinnamon Adams at cinnamon.adams@uconn.edu or (860) 486-3949 by January 11, 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.eduhttp://www.equity.uconn.edu.

The Graduate School Spring Orientation January 17th:

The Graduate School will host New Graduate Student Orientation on January 17th , from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. Please join us in the Student Union Theater.

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration Student Union Theater (1st floor)                                                   

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:

  • Dean’s Welcome
  • Grad 101: Beginning your Journey at UConn
  • Graduate Student Panel
  • Graduate Assistant Information Session (Those who aren't GAs are welcome to head to the resource fair at this point)
  • Resource Fair (in the Student Union, 331)

Time/Location TBD: Graduate Student Senate Happy Hour

Register »

Note: In the case of winter weather conditions that cause the University to close on January 17, 2019 (go to http://www.alert.uconn.edu/ for inclement weather closures), the event will be rescheduled for Friday, January 18th from 1pm-5pm.  The main program will be in the Student Union Theater  and the Resource Fair will be in Student Union 304.