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Online Orientation

Our online Orientation for graduate students is another tool to help you get better acquainted with the University of Hartford and the services available to you. 

Once accepted, new students should review the below enrollment checklist  to help you get started at the University of Hartford. Checklists are separated for domestic and international incoming graduate students. 

Orientation Checklist

  1. To start the Orientation process, submit your non-refundable tuition deposit in the applicant portal. Your tuition deposit will hold your spot in classes and allow you to register for courses. (hint: your log‐in credentials are the same as your application log‐in and PIN). If you have trouble with this, please email gradstudy@hartford.edu or call 860‐768‐4371.
  2. Each semester, you will need to complete the University's Financial Agreement, Disclosure Statement and Electronic Consent in order to register for classes. You can complete this document within your applicant portal for your first semester of studies. However in future semesters, please be sure to visit Self-Service to complete this document.
  3. Set up your email address (information will be mailed to you 24‐48 hours after depositing).
  4. Access your Self‐Service Portal. This is where you can see everything from your course schedule and transfer credits to your bill. 
  5. Register for courses with your Program Director/Manager mentioned in your acceptance letter. (Hint: sometimes this is done when you arrive on campus.)
  6. Apply for a parking pass through your Self‐Service Portal (if you intend to have a car on campus).
  7. Sign up for text alerts about closings, emergencies etc. on campus.
  8. Purchase your books at least a week before classes start. Many books must be ordered online, so this will allow for shipping.
  9. Per Connecticut State Law, you must submit your immunization records if you are taking classes on campus or if you use on-campus resources. Learn more about the Immunization Form. If you plan to be on campus, you are also required by the University to complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Form.  
  10. Research your housing options before you arrive.  The University of Hartford offers graduate housing. There are also off-campus housing options. If you are interested in on-campus housing, it is important to submit your housing application through the housing portal found in the Self-Service Center. The housing application is typically available ten days after your enrollment confirmation is processed. 
  11. Get familiar with the Healthy Hawks Plan

It is important to check in with your Program Director contact for additional orientation programming associated with your program of study.

Additional Information

If you would like federal financial aid (Domestic Students only) to help you pay for your education, you will need to go to the FAFSA website and file the FAFSA. Please note Graduate students are only eligible for unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans based on the student’s financial need (taking 6 or more credits is required to secure aid). For questions please email FinAid@hartford.edu or call 860‐768‐4296.

Graduate students can set up a tuition payment plan (hint: sign up early for the maximum benefit and to avoid late fees!). For help email css@hartford.edu or call 860‐768‐4999.

  1. To start the Orientation process, submit your non-refundable tuition deposit in the applicant portal. Your tuition deposit will hold your spot in classes and allow you to register for courses (hint: your login credentials are the same as your application log-in and pin). Once we receive your tuition deposit we will begin the I-20 process. If you have trouble with this please email gradstudy@hartford.edu or call 860-768-4371. 
  2. Submit the I‐20 request form and a copy of your passport to gradstudy@hartford.edu if you have not done so already (must be done before we can issue your I‐20 form).
  3. Once the I‐20 is ready, you will receive an email from the International Center with instructions on how to access your I-20 document.
  4. Once the I-20 has been received, book your appointment at the US Embassy for your visa interview.
  5. Each semester, you will need to complete the University's Financial Agreement, Disclosure Statement and Electronic Consent in order to register for classes. You can complete this document within your applicant portal for your first semester of studies. However in future semesters, please be sure to visit Self-Service to complete this document.
  6. Set up your email address (information will be mailed to you 24‐48 hours after depositing).
  7. Access your Self‐Service Portal. This is where you can see everything from your course schedule and transfer credits to your bill. 
  8. Register for courses with your Program Director/Manager mentioned in your acceptance letter. (Hint: sometimes this is done when you arrive on campus). Check www.hartford.edu/calendar for the academic calendar and course registration dates.
  9. Apply for a parking pass through your Self‐Service Portal (if you intend to have a car on campus).
  10. Sign up for text alerts about closings, emergencies etc. on campus.
  11. Purchase your books at least a week before classes start. Many books must be ordered online so this will allow for shipping.
  12. Per Connecticut State Law, you must submit your immunization records. Learn more about the Immunization Form. The University also requires that you complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Form
  13. Research your housing options before you arrive. The University of Hartford offers graduate housing. There are also off‐campus housing options. If you are interested in on-campus housing, it is important to submit your housing application through the housing portal found in the Self-Service Center. The housing application is typically available ten days after your enrollment confirmation is processed. 
  14. Book your flights for arrival – Plan to arrive at the University of Hartford one day before the mandatory International Student Orientation Program
  15. Arrival in the US – Students beginning their program in Fall 2022 are asked to arrive in the US on August 17th, 2022. Transportation is available from Bradley International (BDL) Airport to campus. You will be asked to confirm your travel arrangements and pick-up times if needed from BDL in July. Once you have entered the US, you will need to complete the online immigration check in.  This confirms your arrival and allows the US Government to process your SEVIS Registration.  You must complete the online immigration check-in before the first day of classes.
  16. Attend Orientation – The International Center will be hosting a mandatory in-person International Orientation on August 18, 2022. This program will allow you to meet the International team at the University of Hartford, check in with your International student advisor and meet other International students. 
  17. Get Ready for Classes—Fall 2022 classes will begin on August 22, 2022.

It is important you check in with your Program Director contact for additional orientation programming associated with your program of study.

Additional Information

Graduate students can set up a tuition payment plan (hint: sign up early for the maximum benefit and to avoid late fees!). For help email css@hartford.edu or call 860‐768‐4999.

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Meet Your Graduate Program Director

Meet with your graduate program director or faculty advisor to determine the appropriate courses to commence your graduate studies. Your program contact information should be noted in your admissions decision letter. You may also contact Graduate Admissions at gradstudy@hartford.edu with questions. 

Registering for Classes and Tuition

Learn how to find and register for classes for your first semester and how to manage tuition payments for your graduate studies.  

More Information about Registering

Health Services and Health Insurance

Our campus facility provides various health-care services to University students, including acute care, women's health clinic, laboratory testing, allergy clinic, medication, and immunizations.  

More Information About Health Services

Obtaining a Parking Permit

You may now purchase your parking permits online through our Self-Service Center.  

More Information About Parking

Setting up an Email Account

E-mail accounts will be automatically generated based on registration.  

More Information About Email Accounts

Obtaining Your ID Card

All students should obtain a student ID, also called a Hawk Card. Your Hawk Card allows you to take advantage of University of Hartford services with the ease of not carrying cash.  

More Information About Hawk Card

Purchasing or Renting Your Textbooks

Textbooks are located on the lower level of the bookstore in the Harry Jack Gray Center. Bring your class registration to help you find the appropriate books for your courses.  

More Information About Purchasing Textbooks

Dining Services

On the academic side of campus, you will find the Gengras Café and Moe's Southwest Grill in the Gengras Student Union, and Starbucks at the Goodwin Café.

More Information About Dining Services

Graduate Housing

UHart now offers new on-campus housing options for graduate students. These renovated units are conveniently located to your classes, lab spaces, and the library. Summer housing is also available. 

More Information About Housing

University Libraries

The Mortensen Library is the main library on campus and encompasses all subjects, except  music, dance, and theater, which are found in the Allen Library.  

More Information About Library

Sports Center Membership

Memberships are available for graduate students of the University of Hartford. You will need to bring your ID card or proof of registration to the Sports Center to purchase a membership.

More Information About Purchasing A Membership

International Students

The International Center has scheduled an orientation program and other activities for all new international students and scholars who will begin their program in the fall or spring semesters.  

More Information About The International Center