Welcome to the UConn School of Nursing!
This webpage is for incoming first-year and transfer
students to the
UConn School of Nursing,
and it provides guidelines and tips to help you prepare
for your Orientation Advising appointment.
A Message from Dean Deborah Chyun
Your Orientation Advising Appointment
During your Orientation advising appointment, you will have the opportunity to talk with the undergraduate Academic Advisor and be enrolled for the fall semester.
This page details steps you can take to ensure you make the most of your time with your advisor.
Step 1 – Pre-Orientation
Make sure to watch the presentations that were part of the Pre-Orientation modules.
Step 2 – Communication
Be sure to check your UConn email frequently. You will receive information related to your Orientation Advising Appointment at your UConn email.
Step 3 – Placement Exams
Visit placement.uconn.edu/english-placement for information on English placement exams.
Most incoming Nursing students take CHEM 1122, which does not require the Chemistry placement exam to enroll in. Some students choose to take a higher level of Chemistry (CHEM 1124Q or CHEM 1127Q) because they may be coming in with plans of being Pre-Med or with a plan to minor in something that requires a higher level of Chemistry. This is a small number of students; most students enroll in CHEM 1122.
Visit placement.uconn.edu/chemistry-placement for information on Chemistry placement exams.
Nursing students are required to take a Math course at any level. Most Nursing students enroll in MATH 1020Q or MATH 1030Q. Neither of these courses require the Math placement exam.
If you are interested in taking a higher level Math (MATH 1060Q-Pre-Calculus or MATH 1131Q-Calculus), then you would need to take the Math placement exam.
Visit placement.uconn.edu/mathematics-placement for information on Math placement exams.
Step 4 – Technology
If you have not done so already, please familiarize yourself with the UConn ITS New Student Tech Training at techtraining.uconn.edu, especially Step 2. Make sure all accounts are active prior to meeting with your Academic Advisor.
Step 5 – Holds
Make sure all holds are removed off your account.
Visit studentadmin.uconn.edu/help/students/holds to learn how to check your holds.
Here are a few common holds you might see:
- Orientation Hold: All new students will have this hold prior to their Orientation Advising meeting. This hold will be removed the day of your advising appointment and will be put back on after your appointment to prevent schedule changes prior to opening back up on July 27.
- SF Responsibility Agreement: All students need to complete this agreement each fall. Visit studentadmin.uconn.edu/help/students/student-financial-responsibility-agreement to learn more.
- Bursar’s Hold: If your fee bill is greater than $100, the Bursar’s Office will place a hold preventing you from enrolling in courses.
- Transcript Hold: If your fee bill is less than $100, you may have a hold preventing you from receiving a copy of your official transcript. This will not impact registration.
Step 6 – Student Information Form
Step 7 – Information Review
Please download and review the School of Nursing 2020 Undergraduate Orientation Student Information Packet prior to your appointment with your advisor.
Please also review the Degree Progression spreadsheet (Excel file) prior to your appointment.
Here are some tips for the day of your Orientation Advising Appointment –
Within 48 hours of your Orientation Advising Appointment, you will receive an email with the information for your advising session. If you do not have access to technology and need to phone in to the appointment, please indicate that on your Student Information Form so that we can make other arrangements before your meeting.
Please 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 speak privately with your advisor.
If you have any concerns about this, please let your advisor know as soon as the appointment begins.
Additional Information for Students
Your School of Nursing Admissions and Enrollment Services Team
Enrollment Services Coordinator
Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
Admission and Enrollment Services is located at:
Augustus Storrs Hall, Room WW17
231 Glenbrook Road
Storrs, CT 06269-4026
You can reach us by:
P: (860) 486-1968
F: (860) 486-0906
Science of Learning
Learning in College:
The School of Nursing has developed some brief videos and handouts to help serve students well in college. New habits are needed given what is typically an increase in the content, pace, and complexity of learning in college. The information is based on a wonderful field known as the “science of learning,” which the school has been using for many years. Even our faculty and staff are studying and applying these strategies to improve our teaching, learning, and advising.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Thomas Van Hoof
Director of Teaching and Learning
Why Consider the Nursing Honors Program?
- Exciting hands on nursing research experience in areas ranging from neonatal abstinence syndrome to use of reminiscence to improve quality of life for older adults residing in nursing homes
- Research mentoring by faculty experts
- Completing a research study and disseminating the findings (e.g. presentations and publication)
- Opportunity to take honors courses on unique topics
- Advanced skill in asking important questions in nursing and health care and finding helpful answers
- Foundational work for future graduate education
For more information, contact:
Deborah McDonald, PhD, RN
Associate Professor and Honors Program Director
The Urban Service Track/AHEC Scholars Program
What is Urban Service Track?
The Urban Service Track/AHEC Scholars is a unique two-year interdisciplinary program where students in the School of Nursing, Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, and Social Work train together to work with underserved populations.
The Urban Service Track is an outgrowth of a shared vision and long-standing relationship between University of Connecticut School of Nursing and the Connecticut Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, which is based at UConn Health.
Students can apply to the program at the end of their sophomore year. Applicants are chosen based on their schedules and demonstrated commitment to service. Scholars gain valuable exposure to the complex and challenging issues of health care for underserved populations in Connecticut communities. The program has a strong mentorship component that supports scholars as they navigate their own personal and professional development.
Unlike an extramural club, the Urban Service Track has clearly defined participant expectations, which include attendance at enhanced trainings, mentoring, and service activities. Each scholar is expected to participate fully over the course of the two years.
Here is a quote from a recent Nursing Scholar:
“The opportunity to be a part of Urban Service Track was one of the reasons I applied into UConn’s School of Nursing program. I have always wanted to focus my future career on serving underserved communities and UST exceeded my expectations. I have had many opportunities to grow in leadership, collaboration, and in my knowledge of health disparities affecting communities near me. I am grateful for the many volunteer experiences I had and cannot wait to take all that I have learned with me into practice. I hope to stay connected with UST as I begin my career as a nurse, and hopefully after a few years of experience I can transition to serving in a community health clinic or as a visiting nurse.”
For more information, contact:
Associate Clinical Professor and UST Coordinator
Student Nurses Association (SNA) UConn Chapter
What is the Student Nurses Association?
- Part of a national organization - the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) - which makes students eligible for NSNA scholarship funding
- Student-run organization supported by the University as a student organization
- SON faculty mentor works closely with SNA officers, fostering leadership skills
- Sponsorship of yearly Career Fair where local and out-of-state employers participate; attended by over 200 students last year and eight hospital systems, including Hartford Health Care, Trinity Health Care, and institutions in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire
- Volunteer activities in the community supporting local nursing homes, blood pressure clinics, and food banks
- Interdisciplinary activity opportunities to work with the School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry, and School of Medicine
- Biweekly working meetings consist of committee work to support activities
- Yearly attendance at the National Student Nurses Association Convention
- Yearly HuskyThon team participation
Visit nursing.uconn.edu/student-nurses-association for more information.