Applying to UConn is Easier Than Before: New application process involves online portal 


From prospective undergraduates to graduate students, the application process for the University of Connecticut has been made easier with an online portal, according to Vern Granger, director of undergraduate admissions.  

Around a year ago, UConn began using Slate, an online portal that gives applicants a centralized way to review their application, Granger said. Slate has allows applicants to check their status progress, review missing checklist requirements and submit additional documents and forms.   

For the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Slate allows them to review and manage all interactions with the applicant and create invites for events such as Open House, Granger said.  

“They are going to have access to the portal to see what they are looking for – to sign up for an open house, to check their status to see if any documents are missing,” Granger said. “On the student’s end, they had all the pieces before, just not in a coordinated system like it is right now.” 

Prospective students will use their NetID and password to log into Slate, just like PeopleSoft, UConn’s Student Administration System, Granger said. PeopleSoft is still an option to check into admission status but Slate caters to more needs.  

“[Slate is] a tool to bring all things together,” Granger said. “[It is] more streamlined and more transparent to see information for their application. It’s an all-in-one system.”  

Applicants will use CommonApp or Coalition to apply but Slate will compile all the information into one place, Granger said.  

Granger said he wants students to watch deadlines using Slate and verify that their documents have been received. The deadline for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is Feb. 15, a month earlier than usual.  

Deadlines for special programs applications (education, law, pharmacy, medicine and dental medicine) and priority freshman application is Dec. 1, according to the UConn Admission website. ( The Storrs freshman application is due Jan. 15.  The graduate school deadline for spring 2020 is Dec. 18, according to the graduate school website. (

Rachel Philipson is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at

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