Welcome New Pharmacy Students!

Welcome to the School of Pharmacy's New Student Page!

We look forward to getting to know you! Please be sure to read all correspondence to ensure early success. Let us know if you have any questions; we are happy to help make your earliest days at UConn as easy as possible! Email pharmacy@uconn.edu anytime!


Prepare for your Orientation Visit

Setup and check UConn email daily

Be sure to check your UConn email daily! UConn email is the official way we will contact you - now is the time to get organized. Make folders, remove junk, and flag and save important messages.

For instructions on how to setup your UConn email visit UConn's IT Knowledge Base for step-by-step help.

Your Orientation Session

During Your Orientation Visit
We are excited to welcome you to campus! Please note those of you visiting us in person this summer will be required to wear masks while inside the School of Pharmacy building. During your visit, you will meet in a small group with an advisor, Orientation leader, Pharmacy Student Peer advisors, and several other incoming students. You will be pre-enrolled in your math and science courses and will work with an Orientation leader or Peer Advisor to register for a general education course. You will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an academic advisor during the registration block to answer any questions or concerns. Please review the Student Administration tutorial included in the Orientation module prior to your registration session to familiarize yourself with the system.

In order to have seats for all incoming students, we have reserved specific seats for you and do not have control over days and times of classes. Please make sure to outline any specific time concerns you have in the Student Information Form, which you fill out in the online Orientation system. Keep in mind you will also have flexibility to change your schedule later in the summer!

Your advising appointment is also a great time to ask any questions you may have related to transfer credits, AP scores, and anything else you can think of. Make sure to jot questions down and come prepared with a notebook and pen.

Please review the links on this page prior to your Orientation visit.

If you have questions or concerns, please email pharmacy@uconn.edu for guidance.

Take Math, Chemistry, and English Placement Exams

Pharmacy Studies students are required to take Calculus I (MATH 1131Q) and General Chemistry (CHEM 1127Q & CHEM 1128Q or CHEM 1124Q, CHEM 1125Q, and CHEM 1126Q).

UConn requires a qualifying score on the Math Placement Exam to register for Pre-Calculus (MATH 1060Q), Calculus I (MATH 1131Q), or Calculus II (MATH 1132Q).

UConn requires students to take the Chemistry Placement Exam to determine a student's readiness for Chemistry.

All international students will need to complete the Guided Placement Survey (GPS) to determine student readiness and placement in English.

Please make sure to take the Math, Chemistry, and English placement exams at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled Orientation visit. Detailed information regarding both exams may be found under the Placement section of this website.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act  (FERPA) Guidelines

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits advisors from sharing information or discussing your educational records with anyone but you.

Please review the information located at https://ferpa.uconn.edu/ to help you navigate your student privacy rights.

Please note that students attending in person Orientation will not be allowed to bring guests to their advising and registration sessions.

For students attending virtual Orientation, please make sure you are in a space where you can speak privately. If you have any concerns about this, please let your advisor know as soon as the appointment begins.

Check your student account for HOLDS

There are multiple holds that could be on your account, and possibly prevent you from being able to register for classes. For more information on how to check your holds, visit: studentadmin.uconn.edu/help/students/holds/

Common Types of Holds

Orientation Hold: All new students will have this hold prior to meeting with their advisor. The hold will be lifted on the day of your scheduled advising time.

SF Responsibility Agreement: All students need to complete this agreement each fall semester through their To-Do List is Student Admin: studentadmin.uconn.edu/help/students/student-financial-responsibility-agreement/

Bursar's Hold: If you owe a balance of more than $100 on your fee bill you may have a hold from the Bursar's Office. You will need to pay the balance or work out a plan with the Bursar's office before registering.

Transcript Hold: If you owe less than $100 to the Bursar's office you may have a transcript hold, preventing you from receiving a copy of your transcript. This will not affect enrollment.

Invalid SSN/Name: This is not an actual hold, but rather an indicator that the Bursar's office has invalid or missing information. This will not affect enrollment, but we do recommend following the instructions listed in the details of the hold to update your information.

Student Health and Wellness (SHaW): Check for immunization holds, including COVID-19 vaccine requirement, as well as AlcoholEDU and Student Health History form!


Academic Calendar

UConn's Academic Calendar includes many important dates to be aware of for the semester.

Key Dates:
Fall 2023:
Monday, August 28th - First day of the Fall 2023 semester

Monday, September 4th - Labor Day, no classes

Monday, September 11th - The last day students can add and drop courses on their own (you can adjust your classes as much as necessary prior to this date - but be sure to speak with your advisor when making big changes)

Monday, November 13th - The last day to withdraw from a course and/or last day to place courses on/remove courses from Pass/Fail grading

Friday, December 8th - Last day of regular classes

Monday, December 11th - Sunday, December 17th - Final Exams

Wednesday, December 20th - Semester grades due at 4pm

Spring 2024:
Tuesday, January 16th - First day of the Spring 2024 semester

Monday, January 29th - The last day students can add and drop courses on their own (you can adjust your classes as much as necessary prior to this date - but be sure to speak with your advisor when making big changes)

Monday, April 8th - The last day to withdraw from a course and/or place courses on/remove courses from P/F grading

Friday, April 26th - Last day of regular classes

Monday, April 29th - Saturday, May 4th - Final Exams

Tuesday, May 7th - Semester grades due at 4pm

AP Scores

AP examination scores must be sent directly from the College Board to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. To receive AP academic credit at UConn you must earn a 4 or 5 on your AP exam, with the exception of MATH BC where a 3 is accepted.

  • AP credit may transfer in as a specific UConn course, or as generic credit (ex. Art/Studio 1000 level).
  • AP courses do not transfer with a grade, and therefore do not affect your UConn GPA.

Your advisor will help you determine how your AP scores will transfer to the Pharmacy Studies program.

Early College Experience (ECE) Credit

UConn's Early College Experience (ECE) is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school students in Connecticut to take UConn courses at their high schools for both high school and college credit.

ECE courses transfer to UConn with an actual grade, which if accepted does factor in to a student's overall GPA.

Students will have the opportunity to decide if they would like to accept or reject their ECE credit based on the grade earned.

Your advisor will help you determine how your ECE credit will transfer to the Pharmacy Studies program.


English Placement

  • As part of the University General Education Requirements, all students are required to complete ENGL 1007, 1010, or 1011. (Note: ENGL 1007, 1010, or 1011 is a prerequisite to all writing (W) courses).
  • Placement into First-Year Writing is based on the Guided Placement Survey (GPS). The GPS is required for incoming international students and non-native speakers of English, but open to any student, to help determine student readiness and appropriate placement for required first year English courses.
  • Any student who has earned a score of 4 or 5 on the AP English Language or English Literature exam will receive credit and meet the First-Year Writing requirement
  • Students who successfully complete English courses in a UConn ECE program will receive the same credit as that given by UConn
  • Transfer Students - If you have taken English at your previous institution, you may be eligible to petition for a Writing Course Equivalency Review to satisfy the English requirement
    • To be eligible to petition, students must have completed two semesters of composition at another institution, and received six transfer credits labeled either ENGL 91002 or ENGL 91003 OR have received at least three transfer credits labeled ENGL 91002 or 91003 AND completed an additional academic writing course with a focus on the practices and processes of composition
    • To petition for a course equivalency review visit: fyw.uconn.edu/course-equivalency-reviews/

Math Placement

UConn requires all undergraduate students seeking to register in Pre-Calculus, Calculus 1 and 2 to take the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) to determine student readiness for appropriate placement. Students must earn qualifying scores in order to register for MATH 1060Q (Pre-Calculus), MATH 1131Q (Calculus 1), or MATH 1132Q (Calculus 2).

  • The Math Placement Exam is completed online through Stemify
  • A minimum score of 17 is required for placement in MATH 1060Q (Pre-Calculus)
  • A minimum score of 22 is required for placement in MATH 1131Q (Calculus 1) or MATH 1132Q (Calculus 2)
  • Students have a maximum of three attempts per semester to achieve the required score. If you do not achieve a qualifying score after the first attempt, we STRONGLY encourage you to review the learning modules before re-taking the assessment

Chemistry Placement

All Undergraduate students seeking to register for General Chemistry (CHEM 1124Q, CHEM 1127Q or CHEM 1147Q) must take the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE) in order to determine student readiness for appropriate placement.

The Chemistry Placement Exam is completed online through HuskyCT

A minimum score of 60% (90 out of 150 points) is recommended for placement in General Chemistry 1 (CHEM 1127Q or 1147Q)

Students with a score below 60% will be advised to register for General Chemistry Fundamentals (CHEM 1124Q)

Students have a maximum of three attempts per semester to earn a qualifying score

Students who do not earn a qualifying score after their first attempt are STRONGLY encouraged to spend time reviewing previously learned General Chemistry concepts before re-taking the assessment

Student Resources

First-Year Experience (FYE)

At UConn we encourage all new students to take a First Year Experience Course (FYE). These are 1-credit courses. There are multiple options for FYE courses.

UNIV 1784 - Freshman Honors Seminar: This course is for students within the Honors program only. Typically students in Honors will not take both UNIV 1784 and UNIV 1800.

UNIV 1800 - University Learning Skills: This course is intended to acquaint students with the University. There are many sections available, including specific sections for students in the SSS program, international students, and students in particular populations (i.e. veterans).

UNIV 1810 - Learning Community Seminar: This course is associated with a learning community, or living and learning community. Students are automatically added to this course by the Learning Community office. Typically students will not take both UNIV 1800 and UNIV 1810. Students in Pharmacy House will automatically be enrolled in a UNIV 1810 course.

UNIV 1820 - First Year Seminar: These are specific topic based courses depending on the interest of the instructor. To find the topics being offered for the fall semester visit: fye.uconn.edu/fall-classes/. Some of these courses do require instructor consent, so please reach out to the instructor if you are interested in one of these sections. Students can choose to take a UNIV 1820 along with one of the other UNIV courses.

UNIV 1840 - Learning Community Service Learning: Some learning communities do require a service learning component. If a student is in one of these learning communities UNIV 1840 will automatically be added to the student's schedule. There is no specific day and time associated with this course, as the service component is completed in various ways through the learning community.

UNIV 3820 - Learning Community Advanced Seminar: Students in the Transfer Connections House Learning Community will be placed into UNIV 3820 rather than UNIV 1810.

For more information about the FYE program visit: https://fye.uconn.edu/

Q Center

The Quantitative Learning Center (Q Center) is a resource to assist students taking quantitative intensive (Q) courses across the undergraduate curriculum. The Q center provides peer tutoring and review sessions for Q courses.

Examples of Q courses (anything with a Q in the catalog number):

MATH 1131Q, 1132Q
STAT 1000Q, 1100Q
CHEM 1124Q, 1127Q
PHYS 1201Q, 1501Q

Visit: qcenter.uconn.edu

Academic Achievement Center

The Academic Achievement Center assists students in attaining their academic and personal goals by providing a variety of programs, resources, and services which enhance skill development, effective decision-making, and personal transitions to and within the university setting. They offer workshops, supplemental instruction, and one-on-one coaching.

Examples of AAC Workshops

  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Stress Management
  • Presentation Skills
  • Success in STEM
  • Finals Preparation

Visit: Academic Achievement Center (AAC)

W Center

The Writing Center (W Center) has undergraduate and graduate tutors available to work with students at any stage in the writing process. The W Center recognizes the ethical dimensions of writing and tries to challenge inequities and advocate for students of all linguistic backgrounds, identities, and abilities.

The W Center assists students by:

  • Scheduling one-on-one tutoring sessions
  • Helping students process through their ideas, questions, and drafts
  • Supporting students with English as a second language specific concerns
  • Assisting students with personal statements, course papers, lab reports, cover letters, and applications

Visit: W Center

Center for Students with Disabilities

The mission of the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is to enhance the educational experience for students with disabilities. The goal is to ensure an accessible University experience where individuals with disabilities have the same access to programs, opportunities and activities as all others, and promote access and awareness as a resource to all members of the community.

CSD provides services and programs to all students with permanent or temporary injuries and conditions including:

  • Academic Accommodations (Note Taking Assistance, Testing Accommodations, Alternate Media)
  • Residential Accommodations (Meal Plan Modifications, Housing Accommodations, Assistance Animals)
  • Campus Access Accommodations (Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services, Parking Accommodations, Accessible Van Service Referrals)
  • Academic Success Programs (Beyond Access, UConn GPS)
  • REACHing Peers Mentoring Program

Visit: Center for Students with Disabilities

Student Health & Wellness

The campus environment can be exciting and challenging. It can also be highly stressful since social and emotional concerns can interfere with effective functioning and academic performance.

Mental Health, part of Student Health and Wellness offers a holistic and collaborative model of care and provides services to help you be a successful student and a happy and healthy person!

Some of the services provided:

  • Crisis Services
  • Consultation & Support Drop-In Hour
  • Group Therapy
  • Brief Individual Therapy
  • Psychiatric Services
  •  Yoga for Stress Relief
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Services
  • Referral Services

Visit: UConn Student Health & Wellness

Education Abroad

Education Abroad inspires active global citizenship through the facilitation of accessible, challenging, and safe intercultural experiences.

Are you interested in studying abroad during your college career? Be sure to share this interest with your advisor during your advising appointment. It is important to begin planning early to determine the best time to participate in an education abroad program and how to fit this into your academic plan.

Benefits to participating in education abroad:

  • Increased global self-awareness and understand of global systems through analysis of other cultures, languages and issues
  • Development of critical thinking and communication skills through critical listening and use of multiple perspectives and worldviews
  • Continued formation of inclusive attitudes and values, as well as respect for human dignity through curiosity, empathy, and openness toward other people

Visit: Education Abroad