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January 2018 Orientation

Six Steps to a Successful Transition

Step 1: Register for Orientation!

The New Student Orientation program on Monday, January 15th is a one day orientation, beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. and ending at approximately 4:30 p.m. Register Now!

Step 2: Placement Assessments

All first year students are required to complete both an English assessment and a math assessment to allow for appropriate English and math placement. Depending on transfer credits, transfer students may still need to take one or both of these assessments. You must have two English courses and two math courses that are being applied to your degree at Western New England University for you to be exempt from either of these assessments respectively. If you are unsure if you fall under this exception, please contact the Office of First Year Students & Students in Transition at 413-782-1312 to determine if you must complete either of the assessment exams.

Once you have logged into the student portal (Connect2U), look for quick links to both the English and Math exams (located on the left portion of the page under “Navigate Campus”). Click on the appropriate links and proceed when you are prepared to take the exam but avoid the temptation to open an exam just to see what it looks like. If you do, the link on Connect2U will disappear. Please allow yourself adequate time to complete each exam. Both do not need to be completed at the same time or even on the same day. However, once you begin, you need to finish that exam. You cannot stop and resume later as the system will log you out. Both the Math and English exam take about 75 minutes.

Step 3: Register for Spring 2018 Courses

We are aware that your course schedule is of the utmost importance to you.  Therefore, as soon as your placement tests, we will initiate the course registration process. Please be advised placement exams take 24 hours to be reviewed so be sure to complete these assessments in a timely manner. During this process, you will have an opportunity to have a discussion about transfer credits, graduation requirements, scheduling concerns, and more. 

We make every effort to ensure the best combination of courses for each individual, paying particular attention to your personal interests.

Please Note: Course registration will be confirmed at New Student Orientation on Monday, January 15th. Every student will have a registration and advising appointment at Orientation to confirm their courses before the first day of classes.

Step 4: Health Record Form

The completed form should arrive no later than January 4, 2018. Only completed forms are accepted, all others will be returned to students and considered as not submitted. Students who have not provided forms will be prohibited access to Kodiak, the online classroom module where syllabi, class assignments, and other pertinent academic information can be accessed. Those failing to submit completed health forms by February 16 will be administratively withdrawn from the University without financial recourse. Health forms are only required by the University Health Service Office once, even if a student changes major or program of study. Please visit Health Services for more information.

Step 5: Housing Application and Questionnaire

New students must submit the housing application provided to you in the packet from the Office of First Year Students and Students in Transition. Once the Office of Residence Life receives this application, you will be assigned to a space and you will be informed of this assignment via e-mail before moving in.

Once you have a working login and password for University systems, you should access the HMA system through your Connect2U portal to complete your profile and questionnaire. To access HMA in your portal, click on the “MyHMA” link. Within HMA, there are step by step instructions as well as a tutorial. Though you will not be using HMA to select a room for the Spring, it is necessary for you to complete your profile and questionnaire.

Step 6: Parking Permits

The parking fee is $30 for commuting students and $60 for resident students per semester. Student Parking Permit Applications are available online through the student’s Connect2U page. Log in to your Connect2U account and find the box titled “Forms.” Fill out the secure online parking permit application and submit the form. After 24 hours, your permit will be available to pick up at the Department of Public Safety. Please bring your Student Identification Card to obtain your permit. Please note: If your car has license plates from outside of Massachusetts, you must also file four copies of the State Non-Resident Student Information Form. (Fill out this form in addition to the Student Parking Application above.

Print four copies and bring them to the Department of Public Safety to obtain your parking permit.) Student Parking Permit Applications are available online through the student’s Connect2Upage. Log in to you Connect2U account and find the box titled “Forms.” Fill out the secure online parking permit application and submit the form. After 24 hours, your permit will be available to pick up at the Department of Public Safety.

Please bring your Student Identification Card to obtain your permit. Please note: If your car has license plates from outside of Massachusetts, you must also file four copies of the State Non-Resident Student Information Form. (Fill out this form in addition to the Student Parking Application above. Print four copies and bring them to the Department of Public Safety to obtain your parking permit.)