Incoming Student Resources

Welcome

Welcome to UConn HESA! We have compiled this page with several resources to help aid you in your transition to our program. As always, if you have any questions, please email us at hesa@uconn.edu.

HESA Orientation: August 23, 2021 

Please plan to attend HESA Orientation on August 23 from 9am-5pm. We will send more information about the specifics of the orientation program as we get closer to the date.

Enrolling in the UConn Graduate School

You will receive an email from the Graduate School with information about our student database system, “StudentAdmin,” and other information that you will need to finalize your enrollment. It is good practice to keep an eye out for emails from the Graduate School. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to them.

Register for Fall Classes

To register for your Fall 2021 courses you will need access to the UConn’s Student Administration System. As such, please be sure to accept your admission to UConn soon after receiving your admission letter. This will ensure you are entered into the system and can then access courses and registration. 

Fall 2021 Courses for First-Year Students

All first-year students take the same courses. You should enroll in the following courses: 

Course Title Course Number Section Number Instructor
Foundations of Assessment in Higher Education & Student Affairs 5102 001
Adam McCready
Structured Group Dialogue 5105 001
Danielle DeRosa & Truth Hunter
Foundations of Higher Education & Student Affairs 5122 001
Kenny Nienhusser
Practicum: Admin Field Experience 5092 020
Adam McCready

Assistantships: Getting Started as an Employee

Most of you should have already received your assistantship offer letter and Supplemental Description of Duties form from your assistantship site. If you haven’t yet, the sites are processing them and you will receive it very soon.

With this letter, you should also receive information on your State of Connecticut W4 form, Federal W4 form, Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification, and Direct Deposit Authorization forms that you will need to complete. Ensure that you sign and return this letter, as this document is your employment contract for the year and officially secures your assistantship position. 

Once your employment with the university begins in late August, you will receive information from Human Resources about enrolling in or waiving the health insurance coverage provided to Graduate Assistants. We strongly encourage you to review the health insurance plan, even if you have existing coverage, as it includes excellent coverage at a very low cost.

Living in the Area

For those of you who will be serving as Assistant Residence Hall Directors (ARHDs), your living arrangements will be based on-campus. As for the remainder of the cohort – you may want to begin looking for living arrangements in the UConn area.

We encourage you to use the UConn Off-Campus Housing site to locate housing and to check out the resources from Off-Campus and Commuter Services. Also, general sites like Craigslist (Eastern CT), Apartments.com, or Zillow can provide you with some general context. Below are links to some common places where HESA students live. 

Learn about the area: