Virtual New Student and Transfer Orientation (VSOAR) - Fall 2021

VSOAR is designed to provide you with a seamless transition to the University community while connecting you with your fellow classmates and sharing valuable information. Please know we are committed to creating a vibrant and engaging VSOAR experience for you and your classmates.

Highlights of VSOAR:

  • Learn about the various campus resources available to you.
  • Get an inside look at student life and how to get involved on campus.
  • Interact with the dean of your academic school or college and students from your major.

You have the flexibility to choose a session that best fits with your schedule. All sessions are 3 hours and 30 minutes long, with an additional optional 30 minute COVID-19 session.

Session Dates for New Students

Morning Sessions - Begin at 9 a.m. EST

Friday, June 18
Tuesday, June 22
Saturday, June 26
Monday, June 28
Friday, July 9

Afternoon Sessions - Begin at 1 p.m. EST

Monday, June 14
Thursday, June 24
Tuesday, July 13
Sunday, July 18

Night Sessions - Begin at 5 p.m. EST

Wednesday, June 16
Wednesday, July 14
Thursday, July 15

Session Dates for Transfer Students

Transfer VSOAR is designed to assist you with your transition to the University community, answer questions regarding your schedule, share important resources, and connect you with other transfer students.

Morning Sessions - Begin at 9 a.m. EST

Saturday, June 26
Monday, June 28

Afternoon Sessions - Begin at 1 p.m. EST

Monday, June 14
Sunday, July 18

Night Sessions - Begin at 5 p.m. EST

Wednesday, June 16
Thursday, July 15


Register on your Roadmap

Note: Your family members will be sent links to register for Family Orientation via email.

VSOAR Advising and Registration Schedule

Time Event Description
9 a.m.
1 p.m.
5 p.m.
University Welcome Join us as we welcome students and their families to the University of New Haven. Students and families will hear from President Kaplan and other senior leaders at the Welcome and will be introduced to the Orientation Transition Leaders (OTLs).
9:15 a.m.
1:15 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
The Student Life Forum — Transition, Support, and Engagement The University of New Haven’s commitment to its students’ academic, social, and emotional journey means the development of a world-class education and intentional resources to connect and thrive within the University community. Students and families will learn how to best prepare for college. Dean Ophelie Rowe-Allen will be joined by various student affairs administrators to answer students’ and families’ questions in this interactive session.
9:45 a.m.
1:45 p.m.
5:45 p.m.
Charger to Charger — Meet Your Orientation Transition Leaders Students will meet with their OTLs to start building community with fellow Chargers. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about one another and show their Charger pride. Students can show off their Charger pride with a Zoom “Charger Pride” background or by wearing University of New Haven swag. Click here for downloads.
10:15 a.m.
2:15 p.m.
6:15 p.m.
Academic Planning With Your Dean Students will spend time meeting with the deans of the different colleges. Students will hear about the core curriculum, classroom life, faculty support, expectations of students, and an overview regarding their program of study. Students will learn and become aware of the academic expectations at the University.
10:45 a.m.
2:45 p.m.
6:45 p.m.
Course Registration and Advising Join the Center for Student Success to discuss your curriculum, major requirements, and academic advising. Our success advisors will review your fall course schedule in preparation for your first semester of study. Additionally, learn about the Foundation for Success programs that can help students navigate their first year of college.
11:30 a.m.
3:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
"The Charger Experience": Student Panel Forum Students will meet commuter and residential students and staff to hear their stories about life at the University. Learn the countless opportunities to get involved, get active, and grow as an individual, a student, and a member of the Charger community.
12:20 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
Your Journey Continues in Charger Nation Don’t end the meeting quite yet! Hear from your Orientation and Transition Leaders on how to stay engaged as a Charger during the rest of the summer.
12:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
University of New Haven COVID-19 Reopening Plan The University of New Haven is committed to fostering a safe and healthy campus community. Hear from our two dynamic COVID-19 coordinators on plans to open our campus this fall.

Upcoming Events - Don't Miss Out!

Time Event Description
June 16, 4 p.m.
June 22, 2 p.m.
June 24, 6 p.m.
June 28, 3 p.m.
July 7, 9 a.m.
July 11, 6 p.m.
Hammer Down Your Finances: Financing the College Experience We know families are concerned about the cost of a college education and how to navigate the financial aid process. You are not alone! We encourage all families and students to attend this session to learn about tuition payments, the financial aid process, and how families and students can finance and plan for the four years at University of New Haven. Click here to register.
Tuesday, July 20 & Thursday, July 29: 7 p.m. "I Am the First" — Helping First-Generation Students Navigate College Are you the first person in your family to attend college? These two sessions are for you. These sessions aim to work with students to understand the college process from social, academic, and financial perspectives. Students will also learn the necessary skills for achieving academic and personal success.
Athletics Session for Families and Varsity Student-Athletes Student-athletes and families are invited to join the Varsity Athletics session to learn about the resources offered for divisional student-athletes outside the classroom.
August 4, 1 – 5 p.m., August 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Commuter/Off-Campus Student Connection As a commuter or off-campus student, we know it is challenging to navigate campus the first day of class. Join us on campus, and let us help you put your mind at ease. Meet other commuters and off-campus students; make new friends; and get a tour of the campus, including finding the location for your classes, parking, and other important resources you will need to succeed as a student. You will also have the opportunity to meet your commuter assistants.
Tuesday, August 6, 7 p.m. Introduction to Academic Support Resources: Achieving Your Definition of Academic Success We understand the high school experience looked different for every student coming to University of New Haven. Some of us excelled in high school, and for others, it was challenging. The Center for Student Success and Center for Learning Resources will guide you through an interactive presentation on the academic support and strategy-based initiatives available to students at the University. Together, the University will help you create your action plan for success and will support you in reaching your goals.