Current and New Students

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So you're a current UConn Student.
Why should you consider Summer Session?

Do you need to…

  • Fulfill an outstanding degree requirement?
  • Free up your spring semester?
  • Reduce your course load for the fall and spring semesters?
  • Get ahead on your credits?
  • Take a class that’s already filled up for this spring or winter?
  • Get one step closer to graduation, or
  • All the above?

With Summer Session, you can earn up to 19 credits during the summer.

New and on your way to UConn this fall?
Congratulations! Want to 
get an early start?

There are two options open to you as an incoming freshmen or transfer student.  One offers two courses and a five-week head start to your UConn experience and the second allows you to simply get some credits under your belt.  Which solution is best for you?

UConn First Summer (Sunday, July 14 - Saturday, August 17).

UConn First Summer is an exciting optional summer program designed for all incoming freshmen and transfer students who will be starting at UConn in the fall. This intensive five-week program was created to give interested admitted students a strong jump start to both their coursework and their UConn experience.

Are you graduating from high school this spring?

UConn First Summer will help with the transition to college by offering a jump start to your academic career. It will also provide you with the opportunity to explore the main campus and surrounding communities and to make lasting friends before you begin your fall semester.

Are you an incoming transfer student?

UConn First Summer will offer you the chance to get a foothold on your UConn career, build relationships with peers and faculty, make lasting friends, and establish important ties to the UConn community.

Are you an incoming Honors student?

We have built an Honors track within UConn First Summer that will allow you to complete a required Honors Sophomore core course while getting to know other incoming Honors students and the Honors community at large. See our Honors First Summer page!

All First Summer students will complete two academic courses that include some of our most popular fall courses: ANTH 1000, COMM 1000, PHIL 1104 and more (see for descriptions of all our 2019 First Summer classes!).

First Summer is more than just the courses.  In fact, the strength of the program lies as much in the opportunities to settle into college life and make friends as it does in the ability to get going on your coursework.  During the five weeks of First Summer, you will also take part in a range of social, cultural, educational and recreational activities that will let you move, think, have fun, and make friends for life. The five-week courses require a significant commitment, but balancing that will be the activities designed to ease the transition to UConn in the fall.

Visit the First Summer home page at!  (Questions? We welcome them! Write us at

OPTION 2: You are welcome to take a couple of classes on your own before you start this fall!

There are many benefits to getting a head start on your coursework:

  • Check off a General Education requirement
  • Complete a pre-requisite course
  • Get used to the rhythm and rigor of UConn courses before the excitement and intensity of a full schedule of fall classes, clubs and other activities that arrives with fall semester
  • Take fall semester's biggest, popular classes during the summer, when class sizes are much smaller and getting to know professors is easy!
  • Familiarize yourself with your campus and the many offices and services available to you, whether you're coming to Storrs or to one of our four regional campuses
  • Enjoy the relaxed pace of UConn in July and August–it's a special time!

Ready to Sign Up?

There are a couple of tricks to signing up for classes before you start in the fall, when you officially matriculate at UConn.

Register for classes in 1 – 2 – 3:

Registering for courses the summer before you formally start at UConn in the fall is easy:

  1. Apply online at
    • Complete the non-degree* application and click Submit.  (Under affiliation, choose “Accepted to UConn for an Undergraduate Program Next Semester.”)  You will receive confirmation emails when your application is approved (check your SPAM if you don’t see it).
    • Follow instructions you receive to activate your NetID at (you were issued a NetID when you applied to UConn).
  2. Search for classes by browsing the Guest Search page or using Class Search after logging into Student Admin (Tip: now that you have applied, you can enter through the "Students" link!)
  3. Login to Student Admin to register for summer classes.
    • Important: Summer course fees must be paid once you register for a course.  If you need to drop a course, do so by the end of the add/drop dates for a particular session in order not to be charged (note: the registration fee is non-refundable).  See

Detailed information is available at  *(As an incoming student, you are "non-degree" until you matriculate in the fall.  Your summer courses remain on your non-degree transcript.  You can leave them there, or choose to transfer them over to your degree transcript. Don't worry, this opportunity occurs at the end of fall semester, after you have met with your advisor!)

If you have any questions about this process, don’t hesitate to contact the UConn Registrar's office at – be sure to mention you're an incoming student!