Winter Orientation 2021

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences!

It is important that all incoming first-year and transfer students to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) read this page in its entirety as preparation to meet with an advisor during Orientation. Below you will learn about CLAS, its policies and expectations, and the specifics of your major. You’ll also learn about what to expect during your orientation advising appointment, including tips for how to prepare to meet with your advisor and how to join the appointment.


View the CLAS Guide for New Students

Learn more about CLAS Undergraduate Orientation

Your Orientation Advising Appointment

CLAS is the home of academic exploration at UConn. Here you have an unequaled opportunity to customize your experience and explore your interests. You also have access to the advising you need to navigate your options and make the most of your time at UConn. And it all starts here with your first advising session.

The most ideal way for you to join your advising appointment is virtually using a computer or a tablet. If you are absolutely unable to access your appointment virtually, please indicate that in the Student Information Form below.

Please complete the tasks below and review ALL the information below PRIOR to your Advising Orientation and Registration Appointment so that we are best prepared to meet with you on your scheduled date and time.

Before Your Appointment, Please Complete the Following:

1. Watch your major presentation below to learn more about the curriculum requirements and opportunities in the major. If you are considering more than one major, check out as many presentations as you’d like!

2. If you are required to take a mathematics, a chemistry, or an English placement exam before you enroll in certain classes, please do so at least 48 hours prior to your Orientation. Not sure if you need to take a placement test? Learn more on the UConn Course Placement website.

3. If you have not done so already, please familiarize yourself with University technology including PeopleSoft (StudentAdmin) and Webex. Make sure all your accounts active and your technology is working properly (including audio and video on your device) before meeting with an advisor.

If you are joining your appointment virtually from a tablet, you must download the Webex application prior to your appointment. If you are joining from a laptop or desktop, click on the Join Using Web Browser option; there is no need to download the application.

4. Complete the student information form below. The information you provide will help your advisor learn more about your needs and tailor your advising experience.


Complete the Student Information Form

On the Day of Your Appointment

We will use the WebEx platform to to conduct your advising registration session. All University students have access to this platform using their NetID and password. Please take the time to log in to make sure your device, audio, and camera are working properly. Remember you must download the app only if you are joining the appointment using a tablet or cellphone, otherwise you can join using a browser. If you are unable to join the appointment virtually please contact the CLAS ASC PRIOR to your Advising and Registration Appointment time to make other arrangements.

On the day of your advising and registration appointment, you will be enrolling in classes for the spring 2021 semester in StudentAdmin. Please familiarize yourself with how to conduct a class search, how to add and swap classes, how to view your schedule and and how to view your academic requirements report before your Orientation appointment.  Those joining the appointment virtually should do so from a laptop or a tablet. Enrolling in classes and reviewing advising information in StudentAdmin does not work well on a cell phone.

At your assigned meeting time, please go to the CLAS Orientation meeting room. (You do not have to log in; just click on the link. You may be asked for your name or email address. Please use your full first or preferred name and last name, so we know who you are when you show up for your meeting.)

Remember: If you are using your camera function, your advisor can see you and your surroundings. Please keep this in mind and be ready for your session.

If you do not have access to technology please contact us after you register for an advising and registration appointment so that we can make other arrangements before your meeting. If you have questions or concerns ahead of time, please email or call 860-485-2822 for guidance.


Visit the CLAS Orientation Meeting Room in WebEx


Keep in mind that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits advisors from sharing information or discussing your educational records with anyone but you. When you meet with your advisor, please make sure that you are in a space where you can engage in conversation privately with your advisor. If you have concerns, please let your advisor know as soon as the appointment begins.

If you have any problems during the day/time of your appointment, please call (860)-486-2822 for assistance.

Contacts and Other Resources

For questions or concerns, please contact the CLAS Academic Services Center at or 860-486-2822.