Student Success and Retention

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is UNI Now? 

The UNI Now experience is the next step in preparing first-year students for success at UNI. This program will help you get connected with new and returning students, discover UNI traditions, attend fun and engaging events, and find out what it means to be a Panther!  All new undergraduate students admitted for fall 2018 are expected to attend. 

Is UNI Now required? 

UNI Now is an integral part of your transition to UNI. The choice to attend is similar to whether or not you choose to attend class, or get involved on campus. Just like regular class attendance is important for academic success, your participation in UNI Now is important to adjusting and getting you acquainted with your new campus. 

When does UNI Now start? 

UNI Now begins for on-campus students as soon as you move into your campus residence hall on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.  New students living off-campus will begin UNI Now with check-in on either Wednesday, August 15, 2018 between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. in Maucker Union, or Thursday, August 16, 2018 between 9:00 and 10:15 a.m. in the McLeod Center.

Do I have to register for UNI Now?

No registration is necessary.  Just show up ready to have a great experience!

Do I have to pay for this program? 

There is no additional cost for participating in UNI Now.

Do I have to attend UNI Now and summer orientation?  What is the difference between UNI Now and summer orientation? 

Summer orientation provides your first introduction to campus resources, and includes registration for fall semester classes. UNI Now allows more time for making new friends, learning about UNI traditions and campus resources in an in-depth and hands-on format, and preparing for your first day of class the following week. 

Do I have to stay the entire time? 

We expect that students who attend UNI Now will participate in all sessions with their small group. This maximizes your opportunity to make new friends, learn about campus, and prepare for a successful first semester.

When do I move in? 

All new students to UNI can begin moving in on Wednesday, August 15, 2017 at 8 am. For additional information and details regarding move-in, please refer to the Department of Residence website uni.edu/dor/housing/smooth-move

Where should I park?

For questions regarding parking and current construction when you are arriving to campus please visit https://publicsafety.uni.edu/fall-2018-move. Parking is available for off-campus students participating in UNI Now from August 15 - 19 in the C and R sections of the North Dome lot for those who do not have a current UNI permit.

What if I don't live on-campus?

All new students, regardless of where they live, are strongly encouraged to participate in UNI Now.  Just check in on either Wednesday, August 15, 2018 between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. in Maucker Union, or Thursday, August 16, 2018 between 9:00 and 10:15 a.m. in the McLeod Center.  At that time you be connected with a small group and receive your UNI Now information. UNI Now is especially important for off-campus students, since it provides an early opportunity to make friends, get involved, and find connections to the campus community.

Is UNI Now for transfer students too? 

Yes! UNI Now is a program for all new students. We have developed UNI Now transfer programming specifically designed for new transfer students. We recognize that transfer students bring a unique perspective, including previous academic and co-curricular higher education experiences, and we want to make sure we build on what you already know. 

What if I am in Panther Marching Band camp during the UNI Now program? 

Panther Marching Band (PMB) students will be able to participate in some aspects of UNI Now. Students will be excused from PMB rehearsal to attend certain UNI Now events on Thursday, which will be outlined in your camp schedule upon arrival. 

I am working on-campus and I have training? 

If your on-campus employer has notified you of training commitments on August 15 - 19, just email back to request an alternate training time due to your UNI Now involvement. Be aware that we will have limited UNI Now programming in place on Sunday, August 19, 2018 so this may be a great alternative for on-campus employment training. 

What if I can't move to campus until after UNI Now has started? 

If you are unable to move to campus until later in the week, we will just fold you into UNI Now programming as soon as you arrive. If you live on-campus, you will receive information about UNI Now when you check into your residence hall. If you live off-campus, visit success.uni.edu/uni-now or email uni-now@uni.edu for information on upcoming activities.

What if I am attending the final orientation/registration session on August 17? 

If you are attending the final orientation/registration session on Friday, August 17, you will still be able to participate in part of the UNI Now program. If you live on-campus, you will still be able to move in on Wednesday, August 15. You will then take part in UNI Now activities on Thursday, and then check-in to your orientation/registration program on Friday, August 17. You will be able to rejoin your group and participate in UNI Now activities beginning on Friday late afternoon/early evening. 

Still have questions? Contact us at uni-now@uni.edu