Frequently Asked Questions

2020 Summer Session Questions

What is the difference between “Distance Learning” and “Online” courses?

Online courses are designed asynchronously which means that students engage with the course content, with other students, and with the instructor, at times that are convenient for them to do so, but within prescribed time-frames and deadlines.

Distance learning courses often combine virtual meetings through Webex, Blackboard Collaborate, or Microsoft Teams that are synchronous (meeting times listed in the syllabus and in StudentAdmin/Peoplesoft) with other content and activities that can occur more flexibly for the students on their own outside of a required meeting time.  Students should make sure they are available for course times as listed in StudentAdmin and the course syllabus. 

How do I request a copy of a course syllabus?

If it is not provided in the “Notes” section of the course description, then you should contact the professor to request a copy of the course syllabus.  Please feel free to search for a professor’s contact information by entering his/her name into the UConn Phonebook: http://phonebook.uconn.edu/. A number of course syllabi are available here: https://onlinestudent.uconn.edu/online-courses/  You can also reach out to summersession@uconn.edu for additional assistance.

I am not a current UConn student. How do I sign up for UConn Summer courses?

Please follow the instructions provided on our website’s “Visiting Students” page: https://summersession.uconn.edu/visiting-students/.  The non-degree application typically takes the Office of the Registrar about 24-48 hours to process.  If you have trouble finding the email regarding your non-degree application, please be sure to check your spam/junk folder.

How are lab courses being taught this summer?

Most of our lab courses are being taught as distance learning courses that require student attendance and participation at regularly scheduled class times. Some courses are using virtual labs. Other courses may have lab kits that need to be purchased separately.  Still other courses use video simulations combined with data analysis.  Many of our lab courses continue to be available this summer although we have had to cancel a few of our upper level lab courses.

There are prerequisites required for a course I am interested in and I have completed these at my home University. How do I get them approved so I can enroll?

For any “MATH” courses, please send a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Department of Mathematics’ Educational Program Assistant, Rachel D’Antonio, at rachel.dantonio@uconn.edu.  Once your prerequisites are approved, you will receive a permission number that you will need to enter when enrolling in the course via the Student Admin System.

For all other courses, please send a copy of your unofficial transcript to the professor.  You are welcome to search for a professor’s contact information by entering his/her name into the UConn Phonebook: http://phonebook.uconn.edu/.  Once your prerequisites are approved, you will receive a permission number that you will need to enter when enrolling in the course via the Student Admin System.

Is it likely that the course(s) I enrolled in could cancel and when will I be notified?

A small number of courses typically need to be cancelled during every summer session. If your course is cancelled, you will receive an email notification in your UConn email inbox.

What do I need to do to be well prepared for an online course experience?

Please review UConn Online’s “Getting Started” page for more information about how to prepare for your online course: https://onlinestudent.uconn.edu/learn-more/.

How do I access my online course? Will I be notified ahead of time with instructions?

Once you are enrolled in a course, you will receive a follow up email from UConn eCampus with further instructions about how to access your course.

What is Blackboard/HuskyCT?

Blackboard (a.k.a. HuskyCT) is the online learning platform where you will access and participate in your UConn Summer course: https://lms.uconn.edu/.

How much do UConn Summer courses cost? Is there a different price for out-of-state students?

UConn Summer course fees are $575 per credit for undergraduate-level courses (4000 and under), and $906 per credit for graduate-level courses (5000+).  The course fees are the same for in-state and out-of-state students.  A full breakdown of our Summer fees, as well as a table that indicates the start/end dates and deadlines for each Summer Session, is provided on our website’s “Dates & Fees” page: https://summersession.uconn.edu/dates-fees/.

Can I enroll in a UConn Summer course to determine the cost of the course and drop it if it is too much?

Technically, yes, but we do not recommend this method since you will incur a non-refundable enrollment fee ($45 for UConn students; $65 for visiting/non-degree students).  Please use our website’s “Dates & Fees” page to determine the cost of your Summer course(s) before enrolling: https://summersession.uconn.edu/dates-fees/.

General Questions

What are the dates for Summer Session?

UConn offers a number of different Summer Session terms, which range in length from three weeks to six weeks. The first session begins in May and the last session ends in August. You can view the various Summer Session dates here.

How can I obtain a course syllabus?

You may obtain a course syllabus by searching the UConn eCampus site for online course syllabi, or by submitting a request directly to the course instructor by email (UConn Phonebook).

Where do I find a listing of courses and availability for this summer?

There are two ways to search for classes.  Both UConn students and non-students may use the class search page.  UConn students may also access this information via the Student Administration site. If viewing the course selections in a UConn Student Admin account, search for only open classes with available seats.

What is the schedule (frequency and duration) for UConn Summer courses?

Class times and frequency vary greatly for summer classes.  Please check the class search page or the UConn Student Administration site for details.  Generally, classes during May Term (and other 3-week sessions such as Winter Term) meet daily (M-F) for several hours each day.  Most five or six week summer courses will meet two or three times a week for 3-4 hours a day.  Lab courses often meet four or five days a week to accommodate lecture, discussion, and lab elements.

What is the difference between Summer Sessions 1 and 2 and “Alternative” Summer Sessions 1 and 2?

Summer Sessions 1 and 2 each run 5 weeks. Alternative Summer Sessions 1 and 2 are sessions that run a week longer because their content/format requires the additional time. Most Alternative Session courses are lecture/lab courses, but there are a few in other subjects, so check your schedule carefully!

Can I take a Summer Session five-week course simultaneously with an Alternative Summer Session six-week course?

Yes!  You can take up to eight credits in combining a five-week and a six-week course that overlap (for example: Summer Session 1 overlaps in its entirety with Alternative Summer Session 1).

Will you add an additional section if a popular course is full?

Sometimes.  We make this decision on a case by case basis in consultation with the Registrar’s Office and the academic department/program offering the course.  The class search page and the UConn Student Administration site lists up-to-date course offerings and availability for all UConn Summer classes.

What is the schedule (frequency and duration) for UConn Summer courses?

Class times and frequency vary greatly for summer classes.  Please check the class search page or the UConn Student Administration site for details.  Generally, classes during May Term (and other 3-week sessions such as Winter Term) meet daily (M-F) for several hours each day.  Most five or six week summer courses will meet two or three times a week for 3-4 hours a day.  Lab courses often meet four or five days a week to accommodate lecture, discussion, and lab elements.

Can I take Summer Session courses online?

Yes, there are online courses offered during the summer. You can search for online courses via the online Course Catalog.

Do Summer Session classes have papers, final exams or multiple exams?

The coursework for each class depends on the individual class. The majority of courses have one final exam administered during the last class meeting.

How many credits can I register for during Summer Session?

During the three-week sessions, you may register for up to four credits. During the five and six week sessions (or a combination of the two), you may register for up to eight credits.

Are courses that filled up in Fall/Spring being offered this summer?

Yes.  Many departments are offering high-demand courses during one or more of the summer sessions.  Some high-demand courses are being offered at the regional campuses as well as the Storrs campus.  Check the class search page or the UConn Student Administration site for details (you can search by specific campus or all campuses).

What are the deadlines for adding and dropping summer courses (and what are the refund dates)?

Please see our Dates & Fees page for a full summer schedule and other important dates.

Note: Courses dropped before the end of the add/drop period for a given session are eligible for a 100% refund minus any non-refundable fees.  Although courses may be dropped in person at a UConn Registrar’s office or via email to registrar@uconn.edu up until midnight of the night before the last class meeting, please note that courses dropped after the add/drop period has ended are not eligible for any refund.

When will I receive my grades for a summer course?

Instructors must submit final course grades to the Registrar by the Monday following the final Friday in a session.

I failed my summer course.  Is there anything I can/should do?

You are welcome to contact your advisor for support and assistance.  Also, you are able to repeat a course one time without seeking permission in order to earn a higher grade.  Full details about repeating courses can be found here

 

Can I take a course as an audit? Will the cost be any different and is there anything I need to do?

Yes, but part-time students must pay the same fee to audit a course as they would pay if they took the course for credit. To audit a course, fill out and submit the Course Audit Form to the Registrar's address in the top-right corner.

Registration

I’m a college student, but I don’t attend UConn. Can I take classes at UConn this summer? How do I register?

Yes, you would register as a non-degree student.

I attend one UConn campus during fall/spring but want to take summer classes at another campus. How do I register?

UConn Summer encompasses summer sessions at all five campuses (Storrs, Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury).  To register for a class at another campus, simply search for classes by campus using the class search page or the UConn Student Administration site and complete registration as usual.

I’m currently studying abroad, but will be back in Connecticut this summer. How do I register for Summer Session classes?

Log in to search for classes and register online. You may also register by mail, fax or in person at any UConn Registrar's Office.

 

How do I drop a course?

It is very similar to enrolling in courses.  You are welcome to follow the instructions provided here.  Please be aware of any relevant deadlines, such as the add/drop deadline, that are provided here.

 

 

Cost/Financial Aid

How much does Summer Session cost?

Summer session courses are paid on a per-credit basis for both in-state and out-of-state UConn students. For more information, please visit our Dates & Fees page.

Can I apply for financial aid for Summer Session?

If you are a UConn student that plans to take courses at UConn during the 2020 Summer Session and wish to be considered for financial aid, you must:

  • Enroll in summer courses; please note that most forms of aid require that you are enrolled in at least half time (6 credits for undergrads and 4.5 credits for graduate students) across the summer term
  • Have completed a FAFSA for the current academic year (for example, for Summer 2020, you need to have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA)

Some other conditions, including satisfactory academic progress, apply to summer financial aid. Please see the UConn Office of Student Financial Aid Service's Summer Financial Aid page for full details. The Office of Student Financial Aid Services should be contacted directly with any questions about federal aid, loans or other available aid programs for summertime study at financialaid@uconn.edu or by phone at (860) 486-2819.

 

Are Summer Session scholarships available?

There are currently no such scholarships available through the University.

 

Does my full-tuition UConn scholarship include Summer Session?

No. Contact the Office of Financial Aid Services (860) 486-2819 for more information regarding loans and work study opportunities.

Summer Housing

Are campus housing and meal plans available at the main campus in Storrs during the summer? How do I sign up?

Yes, housing and meal plans are available to  students who are registered for a Summer Session and/or May Term class at the main campus in Storrs. After registering for a class, go to the Residential Life web site and apply online for summer housing. For more housing information, please visit the Residential Life website or call (860) 486-2926.

Parking

Is a parking permit required during the summer?

Summer permits are required but are free or inexpensive. Visit UConn Parking for details

Textbooks

How do I purchase a textbook for a summer course?

Please visit the UConn Bookstore for more information.

 

How can I check to see if I need any textbooks for my class?

Search for your course through the UConn Bookstore.  Also, you are welcome to contact the professor via email by entering his/her name in the UConn Phonebook.