Counseling and Advising
Student Support Services (SSS) Counselors and Regional Coordinators are dedicated to helping SSS students succeed at UConn and achieve their college and career goals. All SSS students are assigned to a Counselor or Regional Coordinator who provides them with one-on-one academic, financial aid, career, and personal counseling and advisement during the summer program and throughout their tenure at UConn.
First Year Experience (FYE)
FYE courses provide UConn freshmen with the opportunity to explore topics relevant to first year students and with tools to help them develop college study skills, gain self-awareness, navigate college life, and grow as campus and global citizens. SSS freshmen enroll in UNIV 1800 courses that are facilitated by SSS staff.
SSS offers free one-on-one and small group peer tutoring exclusively for SSS students during the academic year. Tutoring is available in a variety of subjects with a focus on mathematics, science, and other general education requirements. Sessions are available primarily through walk-ins; scheduled appointments are offered at the student’s request.
The SSS Peer Coaching program pairs incoming freshmen with upper level SSS students to offer them support and encouragement as they acclimate to the campus and the demands of college life. Peer coaches assist first year students through one-on-one and group meetings. They are an important on-campus resource for freshmen.
Mentoring Program at Avery Point
Due to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, a mentoring partnership between UConn Avery Point and West Side Middle School exists. UConn Avery Point students mentor middle school students from West Side Middle School in Groton, CT for one year, meeting once a week with their middle school matches. The grant from the CFECT pays for books that the mentors use with their middle School matches and pays for a celebration at the end of the school year.
SSS strongly encourages its participants to take advantage of the life-transforming opportunity to study abroad during their undergraduate careers. Countries where SSS students have studied abroad include South Africa, Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Greece, Spain, England, China, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, and Australia. SSS also offers its own short-term summer education abroad programs designed exclusively for UConn SSS students.
The SSS Leadership Conference provides rising sophomore, junior, and senior SSS students an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, expand their network, and grow personally and professionally through interactive workshops and presentations by guest speakers. This three-day event is held each year at the Storrs campus just prior to the start of the fall semester.