UB | Welcome New Teachers

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Bridgeport! We are pleased to welcome you to our university. Find everything you need to prepare for your graduate studies including checklists, orientation schedules, and more.

New Teacher Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Bridgeport! We are happy to welcome you to the School of Education. Below is a checklist of items you are responsible for prior to your first day of class.

☐ Enjoy and Celebrate your Success!
First, be sure to enjoy this moment. Graduate studies are an important and exciting step for your future as a teacher. Only 10 percent of the U.S. population has advanced degrees so you are joining an elite crowd.

☐ Confirm your Acceptance
In your acceptance package you will find a “Confirmation of Graduate Admission Acceptance” form that contains your name, student ID, program and semester. Once you have decided to attend the University of Bridgeport, complete the form and send it, along with a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit, in the postage-paid envelope provided.

☐ Schedule your Internship Interview (if applicable)
Interviews for students accepted for the fall semester will begin in April and spring semester interviews will begin in October. If you have questions about the internship or need to schedule an interview, contact Patricia Phillips-Gorkowski at (203) 576-4219 or

☐ Save the Date for your First Day of Class
Your first class, EDUC 511, is a one-credit course that meets over three consecutive days in late-August for students beginning the fall term or early January for students beginning the spring term. Please see below for exact dates.

☐ Fulfill Your Health Requirements
Complete this health form (PDF) and send it to Student Health Servicesand Patricia Phillips-Gorkowski:

Melissa Lopez, Director of Health Services
University of Bridgeport Student Health Services
60 Lafayette Street, Room 116
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: (203) 576-4712
Fax: (203) 576-4715

Patricia Phillips-Gorkowski, Director of Internships
Carlson Hall, Room 108
303 University Avenue
Bridgeport CT, 06604

Questions about the health form should be directed to Student Health Services at (203) 576-4712 or

☐ Complete Mandated Reporter Training online
You must successfully complete the Connecticut Mandated Reporter Training. This training is available online and will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete. At the end of the training, a certificate of completion will be available for downloading. Please print your certificate and bring it with you to your first day of EDUC 511.

☐ Apply for Financial Aid
If you will be taking six or more credits a semester, and are interested in applying for financial aid, you will need to complete the online FAFSA using UB’s Federal School Code, 001416. Student Financial Services will be in touch with you shortly after your FAFSA is complete to help you through the remaining steps to secure financial aid. If you submitted the FAFSA prior to being accepted, you must notify our Financial Aid Office to ensure proper processing.

You can reach Student Financial Services at (203) 576-4568 or Additional information can be found in your acceptance package or at the Graduate Financial Aid website.

☐ Set up your UBNet Account
Your UBNet account is your online gateway to the University of Bridgeport. Your account can be set up online. It takes approximately 24 hours to activate your account before you can start using it. Once you register for classes, myUB will have a number of online services including:

  • UB announcements, news and events
  • Class schedules
  • Important documents
  • Online forms
  • Email access
  • WebAdvisor
  • Canvas
  • Library resources

If you need assistance registering for your UBNet account, you may contact the IT department at (203) 576-4606. One of the best ways to get familiar with UB’s student portal is to review the frequently asked questions.

☐ Keep in Touch
In addition to this site, we will be regularly updating Facebook and Twitterto keep you informed about the university and your program, so be sure to follow us. You can also use our Facebook page to connect with other new students.

Other Things to Consider

Visit UB
Come see us! Each UB location provides you the opportunity to see our facilities.

  • Bridgeport campus: Contact our campus visitation coordinator, Miguel Arroyo, at (203) 576-4166 or to set up a walking tour of our beautiful seaside campus. Just let him know you’re a new graduate student.
  • Waterbury center: Contact Karen Ringwood at klozada@bridgeport.eduor (203) 597-8501 to plan your visit.

☐ Research Private Loans
If you are interested, there are a number of private loans options for graduate studies. A list of recommended lenders that have previously worked with the University can be found online. These are just recommendations, as you are welcome to work with any lender you choose.

☐ Learn about UB’s Student Health Insurance
If you are interested in enrolling yourself, your spouse or child(ren), you can find detailed information here.

☐ Secure On- or Off-Campus Housing
On-campus, graduate housing is available in the newly renovated Chaffee Hall as well as University Place Apartments. Interested students should contact the office of residential life at (203) 576-4228.

To find off-campus housing near the university, you can browse the classified sections of the Connecticut Post and Stamford Advocate or surf

☐ Apply for a Graduate Assistantship
Once you register for classes, you may be eligible for graduate assistantships around campus. To see a list of available positions, log in to myUB and connect to UBjobnet from the “student services” tab. Graduate assistantships are usually posted a month or more in advance of the start of classes.

☐ Sign up for Emergency Alerts
The easiest way to find out about class cancellations and emergency information is to sign up for the emergency alert system on WebAdvisor. From the UB homepage, select the “WebAdvisor” link in the upper right hand corner. From there, select “student” and log in. Next, click on “Emergency Notification Info.” Once you complete the form, you will receive up-to-date campus information. More detailed instructions are available here.

Your First Class: EDUC 511

Fall 2018

Dates: Tuesday, August 21 through Thursday, August 23

Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Main Bridgeport campus

EDUC 511, also known as pre-service teaching training, is required for ALL students pursuing initial teacher certification. Students must attend each full day of training in order to meet the course requirement.

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