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FAQ's

Will I be spending the night on campus?

Yes, if you are a student attending a May or June orientation session. Your room assignment for orientation will be given to you at check-in.  Parents do not stay on campus.  Check out local hotels and motels.

For the August orientation session, if you are scheduled to live on campus, you will be moving into your permanent room assignment when you arrive on Friday, August 29th.  You should bring with you all of the things you will need for the fall semester.

There are no on-campus accommodations available for commuter students during the August session.

Will commuter students be spending the night on campus during orientation?

Commuter students attending sessions 1–4 in May and June will also be staying overnight on campus.  Please plan accordingly so that you enjoy the full orientation experience.  Activities in the evening afford our commuter students the opportunity to socialize with their peers as well as our Red Cap upperclassmen.

There are no on-campus overnight accommodations available for commuter students during the August Orientation, Session 5, August 29–30, 2014.

What should I bring?

Linens, pillow, toiletries, alarm clock, casual clothes. and comfortable walking shoes. Also bring a pen and pencil, your Social Security number, and most importantly, your energy and enthusiasm! And don't forget your toothbrush!

How do I prepare for Preview?

First-year students—In preparation for one of the Preview orientation sessions, all new students who are not transfers are strongly encouraged to review the Advising Handbook for First-Year Students. It will help you select courses for the first semester. Please bring your notes to your orientation session. Also, make sure that your final official transcript is forwarded to the Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance as soon as it is available.

Transfers students—All transfer students should bring a copy of their evaluation information and a grade report for courses not yet evaluated. Make sure that your final official transcript is forwarded to the Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance as soon as it is available. If you have an unofficial copy of your transcript, please bring it with you. Any questions concerning your transfer status may be addressed to the Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance at 800.947.4303.

Nontraditional students—If you are coming in as a freshman, please follow the first year student instructions above. If you are transferring 24 or more credits, please follow the instructions above for transfer students.

How do I prepare for selecting my courses?

During Preview you will work with an academic advisor and a student orientation leader (a "Red Cap") to select and register for your courses. Make sure that your final transcript is forwarded to the Office of Admission as soon as it is available. Please review the Advising Handbook 2014 to help you get an idea of the courses you might want to take your first semester. Please bring your notes with you.

Is there further advice for transfer students?

Transfer students are encouraged to meet with, or talk on the phone with, their advisor during the summer to plan their academic schedule for the fall. (Click the Contact Info link on the left to find specific phone numbers and e-mail addresses for the schools and colleges.)  The one-day Orientation session on Aug. 29, 2014 is specifically designated to accommodate transfer students. You should bring a copy of your evaluation information and a grade report for courses not yet evaluated. Make sure that your final transcript is forwarded to the Office of Admission as soon as it is available. If you have an unofficial copy of your transcript, please bring it with you. Any questions concerning your transfer status may be addressed to the Office of Admission at 800.947.4303.

Is there a parents orientation program?

Yes, there is a day-and-a-half program for parents of first-year students that is separate from the student program. It is designed to acquaint parents with the services and staff of the University. Click the Parents Preview link on the left for more information.

Is there a fee for the parent program?

Each parent attending Preview with a student is charged a fee of $50 per person. This fee includes lunch and dinner on the first day of the program and breakfast on the second day as well as all materials. If you have not already paid your guest fees online, you may do so by mailing them to

Orientation Office
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Your check should be made payable to the University of Hartford; include the student's name and last four digits of his/her Social Security number on the check.

What arrangements have been made for lodging for parents?

Parents do not stay on campus with their sons and daughters. Several local hotels and motels provide discounted rates for parents. These accommodations are conveniently located within 10-20 minutes from the campus.  When you call, tell them that you are participating in the University of Hartford's orientation program.

What should parents bring to Preview?

Casual, comfortable clothes and walking shoes, questions, no matter how big or small your student (this is the most important part!)

Can brothers or sisters come to orientation?

Yes they can, but they will have to spend all of the time with your parents and they may be charged the same rate as a guest. It is not an ideal situation for a sibling so if alternate arrangements can be made, we recommend doing so.

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to call or e-mail us at 860.768.7003 or orientation@hartford.edu.