Hello First,

We hope your summer is continuing to go well!

This third issue of the Student Success Center newsletter discusses tips that the Red Caps think are important about "Making the Move" to the University of Hartford. Look below for information about getting along with your roommate, doing laundry (ugh), the resources offered for commuters, and other helpful suggestions! As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments. We are happy to help. Just email us at ssc@hartford.edu

Study Abroad at the University of Hartford!

One of the many great experiences our students have while in college is the time they spend studying abroad in one of 80 countries around the world. Students from all colleges can participate in our study abroad programs- so whether you want to go for a full semester or a shorter amount of time on one of our winter or summer programs we have the right option for everyone.


We encourage incoming freshman to come talk to the Study Abroad Office when you get here in the fall. The earlier you start planning the more options you will have. We will walk you through the whole process, talk to you about how your financial aid can be applied and help you find the right program for your major so that you can make sure to graduate on time.

Click on our Freshman Newsletter "Welcome Class of 2016" to learn more about HOW you can study abroad and WHY you should take advantage of this great opportunity at the University of Hartford!

We want to know who is interested in studying abroad! Take our University of Hartford First Year Study Abroad Survey.


A great way to meet other new Freshmen at the very beginning of school is to sign up to participate in the following activities:

Early Adventure

Would you like to come to the University of Hartford a few days sooner than you planned?

Register now to spend three days and two nights in a picturesque, rustic location sleeping in cabins with 100 other first-year students. Activities during Early Adventure include canoeing, playing games, swimming, sitting around a campfire eating 'smores, and challenging yourself on a ropes course. This great experience begins August 29 through the 31st.

Day of Choices

At the beginning of each fall semester, the Student Success Center coordinates the Freshmen Day of Choices, which is a wonderful way for freshmen to meet their fellow classmates before classes get into full swing.

Sign Up Online to register for a Yankees MLB baseball game, tubing, paint ball, Six Flags, STOMP in NYC and many other exciting events.

Important Reminders that you MUST do:

Alcohol.Edu - All incoming freshmen who will live on campus MUST complete Part 1 of the online program before August 31. Beginning July 18 you may access this program by logging on to college.alcoholedu.com. The login ID is C129525A then click Submit and continue with directions.

If you attended orientation sessions 1-4, we would like you to complete a short evaluation survey so that we can continue to improve our orientation program. The student link is http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2V72LRC. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and suggestions!

Tips for starting off right with your roommate
  • If you haven't already done this, connect with your roommate during August and discuss plans for bringing/buying refrigerators, microwave ovens, area rugs, etc. Start getting to know each other over the summer!
  • Be Honest! Make sure to describe your most important, glaring habits the first day with your roommate (or before you arrive!)
  • Be willing to share. It makes living together more fun
  • Be straightforward with your roommate. If you don't agree you may try to compromise. Taking the time to figure things out may be hard at first, but pays off in the long run
  • Try and establish relationships with all people on your floor. Remember, it is okay if you and your roommates do not end up best friends, but you can still like each other. Sometimes it is better if best friends do not live together. Respect and courtesy goes a long way to ensuring a positive roommate experience.

If you are a commuter
  • Advice: get involved quickly with clubs and organizations on campus
  • Check out the commuter lounge in the lower level of the Gengras Student Union
  • Consider getting a commuter eating plan (or other eating plan) with Dining Services so you can eat with others in the dining halls on campus during lunch or in between classes
  • Connect with other commuters and non-commuters!
  • Do your homework and studying on campus at the library!

Laundry 101
Two location options
  • The machines in the residence halls use Hawk Cash
  • Laundry services- American Laundry and Dry Cleaners (drop off and pick up in Konover Campus Center)
Laundry Etiquette:
  • Don't leave clothes in the machines for long... others are probably waiting to use the washers and dryers
  • Clean lint filters each and every time and throw the lint in the trash can
  • Make sure you always have enough laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • If someone else has clothes that are in the machines and the cycle is done, place all of the clothes on top of the machine
Next Newsletter
  • All about food on and off campus
  • Must do's before you graduate

Questions? Concerns? We Can Help!

Irwin Nussbaum
Associate Vice President Student Life/ Director Student Success Center

Andrea Miller
Associate Director Student Success Center

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