Accepted Student Events


Parent/Guardian Panel Discussion

We've created an event just for your support circle, where parents and/or family members can hear from current UHart parents. This is a great way to network with our parent community and get your questions answered. 

The event is on April 15 at 7 p.m. 

Learn more and register online. 

We are thrilled to welcome you to the UHart family.

In order to help you best prepare for your journey as a Hawk, we've created many virtual events that provide insight into both the University as a whole and your individual school or college.

You can explore these offerings below: 

College/School-Specific Events 

Events for All Accepted Students

Tour Guides

Looking to join in on conversations about the student experience as a whole? If you have questions about financial aid, residence halls, dining, and more, you may be interested in one of the accepted student events featured below.

Accepted Student Welcome Series — many are led by current UHart students! 

Living at UHart: March 23

On Mar. 23, current UHart students will host a residence life tour! They will show what some of the residence halls on campus look like, including the Neighborhoods and Hawk Hall.

Register for March 23

Healthy Hawks: April 7

Learn about how we continue to keep campus safe, our testing procedures, and overall safety and wellness at UHart. You will hear from campus leadership and be able to ask questions live! 

Register for April 7

Living at UHart—Housing Info Session: April 12

Living on campus is a huge part of the college experience! Get all your questions answered from our Residential Life staff: housing application, Hawk Hall, roommate selection, and more! 

Register for April 12

Success After UHart: April 19

We can't wait for our four years together, but even more important is where you will go after you graduate from UHart. At this session you'll hear from some of our successful alumni and director of our Office of Career and Professional Development on how we prepare you for a lifetime of success. 

Register for April 19

Living at UHart—Dining on Campus: April 21

When it comes to dining, we've got you covered! Hear from our partners at Aramark on all the dining options you have at UHart. We'll answer questions about meal plans, precautions we've taken since the pandemic, and even share a few fun recipes!

Register for April 21

Living at UHart—Student Tour of Campus Hot Spots: April 27

When you're not in your classroom, dorm room, or grabbing a meal, you will be exploring the rest of our beautiful 350-acre campus. Take a tour with some of our current UHart students to check out a few favorite spots on campus. 

Register for April 27

Student Support: May 12

Adjusting to college life can be challenging, so we've put together a support system to help you thrive. Meet members from our Center for Student Success, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and other campus services to help you seamlessly transition into your first year.

Register for May 12


Reoccurring Events 

Tour Guide Talks

Tour Guide Talks are one-hour virtual events hosted by our student tour guides, the Red Keys. They'll discuss what classes are like, ways to get involved, and common first-year nerves. You can join in on this experience on Mar. 16. Mar. 29, or Apr. 14. Register now!

Next Steps

These virtual events will discuss the ins and outs of starting your college career off on the right foot. From financial aid and the Center for Student Success to housing and Orientation, you'll leave feeling prepared to take on your college experience. Events will take place on Mar. 22, Apr. 5, Apr. 28, May 5, and May 18.

College of Arts and Sciences

Access to Food: The Social, Political, and Economic Dimensions of Hunger
Tuesday, Mar. 9 at 6:30 p.m. 

When we think of hunger, most of us have an image that immediately comes to mind.  But what is hunger and why is it such a persistent problem? In this interactive class we will explore the social, political, and economic aspects of hunger. We’ll examine the different dimensions of hunger and consider possible solutions to the problem of food insecurity.   We’ll also explore how current events have impacted progress in addressing problems of hunger and food insecurity.

The Power & Peril of Digital Technology 
Wednesday, Mar. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Digital technology has transformed communication, society, and our daily lives. While many of these changes are enriching, it has also caused repercussions. Students will explore two evolving technologies, deepfake videos and facial recognition, and discover how they could threaten and/or benefit society. 

Please take a moment to watch the following videos before the mock class begins:

Deepfakes | Facial Recognition 

After a brief introduction and recap of the videos, participants will move into breakout rooms to discuss the videos in small groups before coming back together for a larger discussion. 

Family Therapy to Forensic Psychology: Choices and Challenges
Thursday, Mar. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Familial alcoholism, divorce family dynamics, mass incarceration rates, global pandemic, social and economic inequities. Needless to say, society is facing immense challenges in the home, in our communities and in our nation. How do individuals and psychologists begin to understand, process and approach these issues? 

Professor Crespi will draw on his many years of experience as both a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist to engage students in a discussion of today’s most pressing societal issues.

Through a series of scenarios, Professor Crespi will challenge students to think about how they would handle various situations. The discussion to follow will encourage students to think outside the box and problem solve.

Event Schedule

6:30-6:40 p.m. Presentation 

6:40-7:00 p.m. Student panel discussion

7:00-7:50 pm. Mock Class

Drugs and Society
Monday, Mar. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Pulled straight from Dr. C. Wesley Younts’ class on Drugs and Society, students will examine the social context of drug use. This includes an open discussion on a broad range of drugs, from prescription drugs to tobacco and alcohol to narcotics. Dr. Younts will touch upon the history, cross-cultural differences, causal factors, and social consequences of the use of various drugs. As the Director of the University of Hartford’s Center for Social Research, he brings a unique data driven perspective to the conversation on drugs.

Your choice of one of two mock class offerings:

Mock Class #1: Storytelling Though Images
Wednesday, Mar. 17 at 6 p.m.

Professor Dakota Nanton of the cinema department will give a sample lecture on the rules of composition which will help participants to become better photographers and filmmakers. What makes a good image? How can we use images to tell stories? Why do some capture our attention more than others? By exploring these questions, and challenging students to create their own images, students will this sample lecture with practical, applicable skills to analyze and create more complex images.

Mock Class #2: Behind the Ad – The Creative Brief as a Launch Point for Great Ads
Wednesday, Mar. 17 at 6 p.m.

Some ads make us laugh.  Some, make us cry.  Others leave us scratching our heads.  Some are memorable, others forgettable.  In this virtual session Dr. Kristin Comeforo unlocks the key to creative success – The Creative Brief.  After outlining this most important strategic document used by advertisers, students will brainstorm and share ideas for their own great ads. Please have pencil/pen and something to write on handy.  

Event Schedule

6:00-6:15 p.m. Welcome from the Director of the Communication Department, Jack Banks

6:15-6:30 p.m. Student Panel Discussion

6:30-7:20 p.m. Mock Classes

Exploratory/Undecided Information Session
Monday, Mar. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

A presentation from Dean Katherine Black will highlight the skills students will learn while participating in various opportunities UHart has to offer, including First Year Seminar, Writing Intensive Courses, Undergraduate Research, Study Aboard and Learning Beyond the Classroom. She will show how those skills translate to the workplace. She will also discuss Career Readiness.

Christine Riley and Sean O’Donovan from the Center for Student Success will also participate, giving students the opportunity to meet the team that will help them transition to college and navigate the major selection process.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion with current students that came in as exploratory/undecided. They will share how UHart helped them to declare their majors.

your choice of one of three mock class offerings

Hydrogen: The Next Great Fuel?
Professor of Chemistry Andrew Craft
Wednesday, Mar. 24 at 6 p.m.

We hear a lot about solar and wind power replacing fossil fuels. But there are other attractive options to consider. One alternative to coal, oil and natural gas is hydrogen. What makes hydrogen so attractive as a source of energy and what, unfortunately, makes it not so great? We’ll talk about that and more.


Sweet Science: Extracting DNA from Fruit 
Assistant Professor of Biology Andrew Koob
Wednesday, Mar. 24 at 6 p.m.

Just like humans and all living organisms, plants have DNA that contain the code for them to live, grow, and reproduce.  All you need is dish soap, salt, rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter–and a type of fruit that can be mashed up, such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas or kiwi. Once finished, you will have isolated thousands and millions of DNA molecules!


Color Perception and Art
Associate Professor of Physics and Department Chair James McDonald
Wednesday, Mar. 24 at 6 p.m.

Drawing from his course, Science in Art, Associate Professor James McDonald will lead a discussion on how people perceive color and how different industries use color effectively.

Barney School of Business

Setting Goals in Personal Finances
Tuesday, Mar. 16 at 7 p.m.

Insurance Instructor John Thomson is hosting this engaging session focusing on finances, challenges during the pandemic, and tips on saving for the future. You’ll also meet current Barney students in this session.

Event Timeline

7:00-7:05 p.m. Brief introduction from College Admission Manager

7:05-7:50 p.m. John Thomson presentation on money management   

7:50-8:00 p.m. Questions and wrap up

Learning to Draw on Leadership
Wednesday, Mar. 24 at 7 p.m.

Nathan Tong, Assistant Professor in Management, will host a leadership activity for all business majors focusing on collaboration, effective communication, and strategic thinking. Tong will discuss how leaders communicate to followers/employees and that it is not always delivered or interpreted in the way it was intended. To conclude the event, current students will talk about their leadership skills and leadership opportunities at the Barney School of Business.

Event Timeline

7:00-7:05 p.m. Brief introduction

7:05-7:40 p.m. Leadership Activity

7:40-7:50 p.m. Current students discuss leadership opportunities in Barney

7:50-8:00 p.m. Questions and wrap up

Working with Small Businesses
Wednesday, Apr. 14 at 7 p.m.

Professor Celia Lofink will start the session by briefly describing what the course is like and how it relates to all business majors. Celia will feature one small business owner and several students who helped revamp and provide resources to the business. The small business owner will speak about their business and overall business goals, while the students will discuss their experience in helping the business, challenges they faced, and how they helped improve the business.

Alumni of Barney will also highlight their real-world experience in their industry. They will touch upon how Barney has launched them into their career and how they apply the business skills Barney has provided them with in their career today.

Event Timeline

7:00-7:10 p.m. Brief introduction from Admission Manager/ Celia Lofink

7:10-7:40 p.m. Presentation by Small business owner and students

7:40-8:00 p.m. Presentation by recent Alumni

8:00-8:10 p.m. Questions and wrap up

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Exercise Science and Physical Therapy
Tuesday, Mar. 16 at 5 p.m.

During this event you will hear from a Physical Therapy student about his research project with the UHart baseball team, learn about careers in Exercise Science, and hear about internship and research opportunities for undergraduates.

Event Timeline

5:00-5:10 p.m. Brief introduction from Dr. Prokop

5:10-5:20 p.m. Honors talk and discussion about senior project

5:20-5:30 p.m. Careers in Exercise Science and internship experiences

5:30-5:50 p.m. Questions from accepted students

Foundations of Literacy Learning
Tuesday, April 13 at 5 p.m.

Experience what it's like to be a UHart education student! During the class, we will create Zentangles, a fun, stress-relieving art project that can be used to teach concepts of space and dimension. We'll ship the art supplies to your home prior to the event.

This art activity is an example of how our education program focuses on the “whole student,” offering opportunities for self-reflection and self-care that our pre-service teachers can share with their future young learners. 

Education Department Chair Sheetal Sood will also give a brief overview of our programs, and current students will be available to answer your questions about fieldwork, student teaching, and life at UHart.

Wednesday, April 14 at 4:00 pm

Learn more about our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and have an opportunity to ask questions with our program director and a current nursing student.

Event Timeline

4:00 pm: Brief welcome from Program Director Joyce Thielen

4:10 pm: Demonstration

4:35 pm: Question and answer session

4:50 pm: Wrap up

Health Professions
Thursday, Apr. 15 at 5 p.m.

During this event, you will hear from several students from the Health Sciences, Respiratory Care, and Radiologic Technology majors about their experiences as a student at UHart. Faculty and Program Directors will also be part of the panel to talk about internships and trajectory to graduate programs.

Event Timeline

5:00-5:10 p.m. Brief introduction from Dean Thompson

5:10-5:30 p.m. Introduce students, program directors/faculty and begin panel discussion

5:30-5:50 p.m. Questions and wrap up

Occupational Therapy
Monday, April 19, 4:30 pm

Learn more about our new Occupational Therapy program and hear about internship experiences, career opportunities, and a typical day in the life of an occupational therapist. We'll be joined by two practicing therapists who will talk about their careers and why they love being part of this growing profession.

Event Timeline

4:30-4:40 pm: Brief introduction from Program Director Sarah Psillas

4:40-5:00 pm: Panel of practicing occupational therapists and Dr. Psillas

5:00-5:15 pm: Question and answer session

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Meet the Dean
Monday, Mar. 22 at 7 p.m.

This interactive conversation with CETA Dean Hisham Alnajjar is an opportunity to have your questions answered over the phone (no video required!). Learn more about your program of interest, our student opportunities, the latest CETA happenings, and more! You will also benefit from hearing inquiries from other incoming Hawks.

Architectural Design and Technology: Monday, Mar. 29 at 7 p.m.
Register now!

Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering: Monday, Mar. 29 at 8 p.m.
Register now!

Audio Engineering Technology, EMET and CEET: Tuesday, Mar. 30 at 7 p.m.
Register now!

Biomedical Engineering: Tuesday, Mar. 30 at 8 p.m.
Register now!

Robotics Engineering: Wednesday, Mar. 31 at 7 p.m.
Register now!

Civil Engineering: Wednesday, Mar. 31 at 8 p.m.
Register now!

Acoustical Engineering: Thursday, Apr. 1 at 7 p.m.
Register now!

Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering: Thursday, Apr. 1 at 8 p.m.
Register now!

Each event will feature an opening presentation on the program, a lab element, and a student ambassador-led question and answer session. 

CETA Student Panel
Tuesday, Apr. 13 at 7 p.m.

A brief overview of CETA will be followed by participants breaking out into two separate sessions: a club roundtable and a Q&A with leadership society members. Finally, everyone will come back together for our large student panel.

Hillyer College

Hillyer College Dual Admission and Sample Class Event

Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m.

Hillyer College Dean David Goldenberg will explain The Hillyer Advantage and our Dual Admission process. Plus, you'll hear from College of Arts and Sciences Dean Katherine Black about how you are enrolled in two UHart colleges from the start. Current Hillyer College students will also be on hand to answer your questions about academics and student life. 

You get to choose one of the following sample classes offered by our expert faculty so you can experience first hand what it's like to take a HIllyer College course:

Who I Want to Become
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Services Noel Casiano

What are the traits that make a great human service professional? This class will explore how these traits are  helpful when working with individuals struggling with mental or emotional health issues.  


From the Borderland to Free Soil: Tales From the Underground Railroad
Professor of History Robert Churchill

Professor Churchill is a noted historian of American political violence. In this class, he will discuss the role geography and violence play in the narrative of the underground railroad.