CLAS Virtual Summer Orientation 2024

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. If you have questions before your scheduled Orientation Advising Appointment, please contact the Undergraduate Orientation Office.

Guide for New Students

Learn about the requirements, degree options, opportunities, and resources for new students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Find resources for first-year and transfer students

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.

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:

Watch Your Major Presentation

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!

International Students must take the Guided Placement Survey

Incoming international or multilingual students (First-Year & Transfer) whose home language is not English and who have not yet earned UConn credits for English Writing courses (e.g., ENGL 1003, 1004, 1007, 1010 or 1011) are required to take the Guided Placement Survey (GPS) to determine student readiness and placement in English. The GPS is not a test — it is a placement tool that will help students identify the courses that align with their level and preparation. The placement survey takes between 1-2 hours to complete. Please make sure to allow yourself enough time before your Orientation Advising Appointment to complete the GPS.

For students with a documented disability who need to request accommodations, please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities: Jennifer Lucia (860) 486-2020

Take any Required Placement Exams

If you are required to complete a Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) and/or a Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) before you enroll in certain classes, please do so at least 48 hours prior to you Orientation Advising Appointment. Click here to see a list of majors that are required to take the MPE. Click here to see a list of majors that are required to take the CPE.

For students with a documented disability who need to request accommodations, please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities: Jennifer Lucia (860) 486-2020

Get Familiar With the Technology

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

Please download the Webex app prior to your appointment. Downloading the app prior to your meeting will allow better access to your video, microphone and will allow you to screen share with your advisor. Learn how to install the Webex desktop app.

Complete the Student Information Form

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

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.

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. Please download the Webex desktop application prior to your appointment to facilitate screen sharing.

On the day of your advising and registration appointment, you will be enrolling in classes for the fall 2024 semester in StudentAdmin. Please familiarize yourself with StudentAdmin, including how to conduct a class search, how to add and swap classes, how to view your schedule 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. Students will have between 45-60 minutes to meet with an advisor. At the end of the appointment students are expected to be enrolled in an appropriate fulltime schedule for the fall 2024 semester.

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


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.