Frequently Asked Questions

Signing up for Orientation

When is Orientation? When can I sign up for Orientation?

Orientation sessions are offered for Freshmen and Transfer students Mid-May through Early-August. 

Orientation Sign up will begin in Mid-April.  You must pay your $300 deposit before you can sign up.  Students who have paid the $300 enrollment deposit will receive an invitation to register for an Orientation session.  This information will be sent to the student's personal email address.  Invitations will be sent as the enrollment deposits are received.  Allow a minimum of 48 hours after the enrollment deposit has been received and processed by the University to receive the Orientation invitation.

Why can’t I sign-up for Orientation?

Prior to signing up for Orientation, students need to submit their $300 enrollment deposit to the university. Once submitted, it takes approximately 3-5 business days to process. Once this has been processed students will receive and invitation to register for an Orientation session. It is encouraged for students to allow a minimum of 3-5 days for processing and to wait until you have been contacted before attempting to register for orientation.

What should I do if I need to reschedule my confirmed Orientation session?

Confirmed sessions may only be changed in case of an emergency and are based on session availability.

Please be advised that there is a $30 rescheduling fee for each request. Rescheduling requests made within five business days of your scheduled session date will be charged an additional $70 session charge.

Orientation is a mandatory program for first time degree seeking students at UConn, Waterbury. There are sessions conducted within the Orientation program that are mandatory for new students. There is no option to register for classes at UConn, Waterbury without attending Orientation.

Prior to signing up for Orientation, students need to submit their $300 enrollment deposit to the university. Once submitted, it takes approximately 3-5 business days to process. It is encouraged for students to allow a minimum of 3-5 days for processing and to continue to attempt to register for orientation once that time frame passes.

I’m having trouble signing up for a session

There are a variety of different reasons you could be having trouble . Here are some steps to investigate this issue.

NetID: Make sure you are using your correct NetID and password. For password resets for your NetID, please visit University Information Technology Services (UITS).

Eligibility: In order to be eligible to sign up for Orientation, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) Admitted to the Waterbury campus 2) Paid the $300 enrollment deposit, it takes 3-4 business days to process your deposit  (you can't register for orientation the same day you pay your deposit).  

Browser Issue: Try logging into the reservation system using a different browser.

Computer Issue: Try logging into the reservation system using a different computer.

Orientation Program

Do I have to attend Orientation?

Orientation is mandatory for first time degree seeking students attending the Waterbury campus. Orientation is where students will register for their first semester of classes. There is no option to register for classes without attending the Orientation program. Students who do not attend our Orientation program will not attend the University of Connecticut.

Can my parents attend Orientation with me?

The Orientation program is designed for students only. It is encouraged for parents to drop off their son or daughter and pick them up at the end of the program. A separate Orientation program for parents is provided in early September. Parent Orientation registration can be found here

I have been taking classes at UConn Waterbury as a Non-Degree student, do I need to attend orientation?

Yes, the Orientation program is required for all new Degree seeking students to attend. You will not be allowed to register for classes until you've completed this requirement.

How much does it cost to attend Orientation?

The cost to attend Orientation will be $70.  The Orientation charge covers the cost of the entire orientation program. This includes the cost for staffing, meals, program materials, etc.

Is the Orientation charge refundable?

The Orientation charges are not refundable. Be very sure that you intend to enroll at UConn before you make and pay for an Orientation reservation.  No refunds will be given.

Where can I park for Orientation?

There is a UConn parking garage located off of North Elm Street. Once you register for an Orientation session, you will be provided a link to register for parking. It is the student’s responsibility to select the link and input one’s car information. If this procedure is not followed, the student may be ticketed and would be responsible for any charges incurred.

What should I do if I need special accommodations for dietary restrictions or a disability during Orientation?

For lunch served during orientation, we will have a vegetarian option. If you have any food allergies, you may note that on the Orientation sign up page.
Please call the Student Services Office at (203) 236-9847 to discuss your medical, or disability accommodations.
Please note: We do not provide wheelchairs.

Can my friend and I register for the same Orientation session so we can carpool together?

Since sessions fill on a first-received, first-reserved basis, students should try to register online one after the other. There are no guarantees that students can be placed in the same session because we cannot hold spaces open for students who want to attend together. Please note that you and your friend may be assigned to different groups during the program so that we can properly advise you based on your specific academic program/goals. You may not switch groups to be with your friend.

What if I sign up for Orientation and fail to show up on my assigned date?

The Orientation charge is non-refundable even if you do not show up, as resources have been committed in advance of your attendance. We will reach out to you with instructions to sign up for another session. You will be required to pay the $30 reschedule fee and another session fee of $70. The Orientation program is mandatory, and you must attend to register for classes.

If you are no longer planning to attend UConn Waterbury please officially notify the University in writing by sending an email to

Course Registration

Why can’t I register for classes now? The system will not allow me to register.

All new students in each of UConn’s schools and colleges have an advising/registration hold placed on their account that will not be lifted until they attend Orientation and meet personally with advising staff. This hold is known as an “Orientation hold” and will be lifted by an academic advisor when you register for classes during Orientation. All first time degree seeking students at UConn Waterbury cannot register for classes without attending an Orientation program.  Students who do not attend an Orientation program will not attend the University of Connecticut.

Can my parents help me register for classes?

Parents cannot attend orientation advising or class registration sessions with their students.  The university has qualified professional academic advisors who work with new students to create their first semester class schedule.   Students will meet with professional academic advisors when they sign up for classes during Orientation.

Parents are encouraged to attend the Parent/Guardian Orientation to have their questions answered.


I’m thinking about changing my major. How will this impact my time at Orientation?

If you are considering a change to your major, you may indicate your Intended Major when registering for Orientation.  We will work to pair you with an advisor that can provide you with information on your intended major.  

Will I meet with an Academic Advisor during Orientation?

During Orientation, you will meet with a professional advisor and not necessarily the individual who will be your assigned advisor in the fall.   At Orientation you will meet with an advisor who is more than qualified to advise you on the classes you need for your first semester at the university.  You can contact your academic advisor after the semester officially begins when he or she has been officially assigned.

Are there any placement tests required?

There is only one placement test that some new students may need to take based on their academic major.  This placement test is for Pre Calculus and Calculus 1 & 2 and is known as the Math Placement Exam (MPE).  All new students need to review the Course Placement website at least twelve business days before their scheduled Orientation session to learn more about UConn’s placement process.  If a student needs to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) based on their major (as specified on  the Course Placement website) and does not take it prior to Orientation, the student will not be able to register for PreCalculus, Calculus 1 or Calculus 2 at Orientation.  (That is, if the student’s major requires any of these Math courses during the first semester.)  Please read the Math Placement Exam (MPE) website to see if your major requires that you take it.  There is absolutely no time to take the MPE during the Orientation program.  All students whose major requires the MPE must take it before Orientation.

I am a Transfer student…where can I find my transfer credits?

Transfer credit evaluations will be posted on a rolling basis in the Student Administration System for new transfer students before their scheduled orientation session.

Will my AP or previous college/university coursework count towards my UConn degree?

AP and Transfer Guidelines are available on the Transfer Admissions website. If you have completed college course work, make sure to have an official transcript, reflecting courses completed and grades earned, sent directly from your college to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Storrs.


What is my NetID?

How can I activate my NetID? A NetID is a network identifier that UConn issues to allow access to certain computing services. These computing services include Student Administration, HuskyCT, etc. NetIDs are created for prospective students, applicants and incoming matriculated students; notification is sent to the personal email address that is on file with the University with information about their NetIDs and how to activate them. If you are unsure of your NetID, need to activate your NetID or change your password for your NetID, please visit for assistance with these concerns.

How do I set up my UConn email?

Your UConn email account is run through Google. Google Apps at UConn allows users to create a University affiliated Google account with access to the core services, and public services, if desired. Visit for more information. To set up your UConn email visit for step-by-step instructions.

Additional Information

How do I purchase a parking decal for the 2017/2018 school year?

Students driving a vehicle to campus need to purchase a commuter parking permit from Parking Services on the Storrs campus. Regional commuter permit privileges authorize parking on commuter student permit lots on all Regional campuses and Storrs campus lots associated with the lowest-priced Storrs campus commuter student permit type.  To purchase your parking decal, go to the parking services website.  Should you have additional questions about parking please contact Parking Services: or 860-486-4930.

Where do I submit my Student Health/Immunization forms?

The Waterbury campus does not have Student Health Services on site.  Information about the Health History Form is sent to each newly admitted student after your deposit is received. If you did not receive this info, the new student packet can be found here.  The deadline to submit these forms for the fall semester is July 1st.  All Health history/Immunization forms must be submitted directly to Student Health Services at the Storrs campus.

How do I submit the Health Insurance Waiver?

UConn automatically enrolls students in the University health plan, however, if you have alternative coverage you can waive the University plan. If you fail to complete the waiver, it is assumed that you accept coverage offered under the University-sponsored health insurance plan, and the charge for that coverage will remain on your fee bill.

If you wish to opt out of the University plan, you must complete the online Health Insurance waiver.  Students will have access to complete the waiver beginning in June.  The deadline to complete the waiver is September 15th.  Additional information regarding how to complete this process can be found here.

How do I obtain a UConn Student ID card?

All incoming students need to acquire a UConn ID card, also known as the Husky One Card. Entering students must upload their own photo for their ID card.

For photo guidelines and upload instructions visit How to Upload Your Photo for Your UConn Husky One Card . The photo you upload must have been recently taken and only has you the new UConn student in it.