Information for New Graduate Students

Welcome, Huskies!

Community. Collaboration. Preparation.

The Graduate School is excited you will be joining our graduate student community of around 7,000 graduate students across the University of Connecticut this Spring 2020 semester.  As you get started, we want to support your transition to graduate school by providing a multifaceted orientation experience designed to help your academic, personal, and professional success. See below for the available opportunities.

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Access Orientation

Log in using your application credentials to view the orientation videos or register for orientation. If you have any issues, contact marie.leblanc@uconn.edu.

On-Campus Orientation

Thursday, January 16th, 2020
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Storrs, Connecticut

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. Details about Orientation

Virtual Orientation

Whether this is your first time as a graduate student at the University of Connecticut or whether you’ve been here for many years, we are looking forward to supporting you on your new academic journey.

The Graduate School is here to support you during your journey and as a part of helping you transition to your new program, we have put together three short videos for you. We hope you find them useful prior to the start of your classes this year.

What you need to do

Activate Your NetID and UConn Email

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

ITS also offers a Tech Training, which will walk you through available technology tools and how to activate them, and can be found at https://techtraining.uconn.edu/.

University email is sent to your official UConn email address. We encourage you to use this account. If you do not plan to use the campus email service, it is very important that you forward your University email to your active personal email address by going to www.forward.uconn.edu/, clicking on the Student box, and following the directions given.

Complete Your Student Health History Form

You will not be able to register for classes until you have completed your Student Health History Form (available at http://shs.uconn.edu/forms/), which is mandatory, and should be completed and returned to Student Health and Wellenes Medical Care at the address listed on the form. Students in Clinical Training Programs (Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences) have advanced medical and immunization requirements that will be outlined in your Letter of Acceptance from your individual program. Distance Learners with all courses online or students participating in UCAPP do not need to meet the immunization requirements. It is each student’s responsibility to notify Student Health Services on an annual basis if that is the case. The University of Connecticut requires all incoming students, regardless of age, to complete a Tuberculosis Risk Questionnaire (as found on the Mandatory Health History Form) to provide documentation of TB risk.  Although this is only a requirement for students at the Storrs campus who are not in a clinical training program, we strongly recommend completion by regional campus students as well.

Complete the Online Not Anymore Training

You will not be able to register until you have completed this mandatory training on interpersonal violence, which is available upon matriculation at https://studentsuccess.org/SSO/uconn.  Please note that it may take several days for your account to be cleared for registration after you complete the training, so please be sure to complete this approximately 40 minute training well in advance of when you plan to register for classes.

Register for Classes

Information about registration can be found here: https://registrar.uconn.edu/registration/. A guide to registering for classes through Student Admin can be found here: https://studentadmin.uconn.edu/help/students/add-classes/.

Please note that programs conducted at locations other than Storrs (including the off-campus MBA programs and the Master of Social Work program) may have separate registration practices. Students in online programs should contact the department for registration instructions. All students are encouraged to consult their program and/or advisor for assistance in choosing classes for the coming term.

If you are a graduate assistant, please note that you must be registered for classes prior to the start date of your appointment, which is noted in your graduate assistantship offer letter.

Pay Your Student Fee Bill

Students will receive an email notification from the Bursar’s Office once tuition and fees have been posted to their account. Graduate student fees bills are generated in late July/early August for the Fall semester in December for the Spring semester. Your bill must be paid by the Friday before the first day of the semester. You can view your fee bill through your Student Center in Student Admin. Payment options, as well as deadlines, student fee information, and the late fee policy, can be found at https://bursar.uconn.edu/. Students who are receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid Services, https://financialaid.uconn.edu/, with any questions about their aid package.

Upload Your Husky One Card Photo

The Husky One Card is your official UConn ID, as well as your way to access a variety of services across the university, including the UConn Library, the Student Recreation Facility, and Husky Bucks. Graduate students can obtain their card from the One Card Office located in the Wilbur Cross Building on the Storrs campus (or at the designated One Card office at your regional campus). Uploading a photo for your ID card in advance can make picking up your card even easier! https://onecard.uconn.edu/

Get Your Parking Permit

The Parking Services website, https://park.uconn.edu/, provides parking information for all campuses. Learn about the different types of permits available, apply for your permit online, and check out the campus parking maps to see which lots will be most convenient for your schedule. Please be aware that parking regulations are strictly enforced year round.

Complete Technology Training Tutorial

A tutorial to familiarize you with the important technology-related services that you will use frequently as a UConn student. The tutorial is divided into three parts: One – New student to-dos; Two – Before Orientation/Registration; and Three – Before Classes Begin. Student Technology Training

What you need to know

Campus-specific Student Resources

The UConnALERT System

UConnALERT is the university’s official emergency alert system and your go-to resource for campus status and scheduling changes. As an incoming student, you will be auto-enrolled into UConnALERT. Be sure to keep your contact information up to date in Student Admin, and learn more about this system here: https://publicsafety.uconn.edu/emergency/stay-informed/uconn-emergency-alert-system/

Student Health Insurance

All full-time students are required to maintain health coverage. Full-time students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the University-sponsored plan. If you wish to decline the university plan because you have comparable coverage already, you must waive it via the Health Insurance Waiver in Student Admin. Learn more about the University-sponsored plan and the waiver process here: https://shs.uconn.edu/insurance-information/

If you are a graduate assistant, you will have the option to enroll in the Connecticut Partnership Plan. Enrollment will be available after the start date of your appointment (noted in your graduate assistantship offer letter) and you will have 31 days from that date to enroll or waive coverage. More information about this plan can be found here: https://hr.uconn.edu/ct-partnership-health-benefits/.

Graduate Assistantships

Visit our Graduate Assistantship webpage for information specific to GA appointments, including payroll deduction, payroll, benefits, and tuition waivers.

Transportation To and Around Campus

UConn Transportation Services provides a variety of transportation options to students, including a Storrs campus bus line, a shuttle to the UConn Health campus, and accessible van services. The Windham Regional Transit District operates the WRTD bus line, which can be a helpful options for students commuting to Storrs: https://wrtd.org/, and UConn Transportation Service’s website has information about bus routes, U-Pass, bicycle share programs, and many alternatives travel methods to reach all UConn campuses https://transpo.uconn.edu/.

Housing Options

Find off-campus housing and roommates near your UConn campus through https://offcampushousing.uconn.edu/. On-campus housing for graduate students enrolled at the Storrs campus is available at Northwood Apartments: https://reslife.uconn.edu/graduate-housing/.

Courses, Programs, Policies, and Procedures

By accepting admission, you assume responsibility for knowing and complying with the University regulations and procedures. The Graduate School Catalog contains information about regulations and procedures, as well as programs and course descriptions. It is available electronically at https://gradcatalog.uconn.edu. Similarly the Undergraduate Catalog describes advance undergraduate courses that sometimes can be applied toward a graduate degree. It is available electronically at https://catalog.uconn.edu. The Graduate School’s website is also an essential resource for information for current students. Please familiarize yourself with our website: https://grad.uconn.edu.