Information To Prepare You For Graduate School
Welcome to the University of Connecticut! We wish you the greatest success as you begin your new graduate career in one of our degree programs, post baccalaureate, sixth year diploma, or certificate programs. If you cannot begin your graduate career in your admitted term, you must contact your department before the semester begins to request a deferral. If the department approves your deferral, they will notify The Graduate School so we can keep your records in place and change your starting term.
1. Register for Orientation
For Storrs campus-based programs, we encourage you to attend and arrive on time for The Graduate School orientation. You may be required to arrive earlier if you hold a graduate assistantship or if you are an international student. Some departments also require attendance at their own program-specific orientations. Please be sure to follow up with your department/program, as well as the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), International Teaching Assistant Services (ITA), and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), for other orientation information. In addition, before you arrive it would be helpful to contact your department or program to see if you should meet with your advisor before the semester begins.
2. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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/
8. 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.
9. Learn About UConnALERT
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/
10. 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/.
11. 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/.
12. 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/.
Information about 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.