Connections is a two-credit academic course designed to ease your transition to Utah State by helping you understand the purpose of higher education and how you can intentionally take advantage of the many opportunities and resources available to you as a college student.

  • Find your why
  • Understand your responsibilities as a student
  • Develop a mindset of success and belonging
  • Meet your mentors
  • Maximize your opportunities
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Connections Objectives

The Connections objectives have been framed as three big questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the course. In referencing assignments, workshops, and activities back to the big questions, we focus on the "whys" and "hows" of a university education. The intention is to help students become "intentional learners" who understand how to get the most out of their education and how to address challenges that affect college students.


Why am I here?

  • What is an educated person? How does an educated person contribute to his or her community?
  • What role does general education play in educating a person?
  • What role does the major play in educating a person?



How do I best engage myself in the process of becoming an educated person?

  • What does an intentional student look like?
  • What competencies do I need to develop in order to succeed?
  • What resources are available to help me succeed?



How do I become a fully engaged member of the university community?

  • What opportunities are there for me to have fun, develop a sense of belonging and engage in the university community?
  • How does the Connections mentoring experience teach me to build relationships with mentors and peers at the university and beyond?
  • What are the shared values of the USU community? What is my role in enacting these values?


2022 Connections Dates

Parent Orientation

Tuesday, August 23, 2022
4:00 pm

Student Connections

Wednesday - Friday, August 24-26, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Connections Luminary

Friday, August 26, 2022
9:00 -10:00 pm

Online assignments through October

What Do You Learn in Class?

Classes discuss the importance of failure and resilience, and how students can go about developing habits of mind that will help them professionally, civically, and personally throughout their lives.

  • Resilience and Overcoming Challenges
  • Building a Learning Community
  • Time Management
  • Intentionally Planning a Degree
  • Becoming a Learner
  • Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Inclusion and Upstanding
  • Logistics of Navigating USU

Prepare to Attend Connections

Attending Fall 2022 Connections

Arrange your Schedule

Attendance in Connections is graded. Much of the learning that occurs in Connections is a result of participation in class discussions and activities. It is difficult, if not impossible, to recreate or make up a missed class or workshop. Class for the pre-semester version of Connections is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The Connections luminary is also considered mandatory class time, and it is held Friday night from 7:30 - 10:00 pm. Arrange your schedule and work obligations accordingly.

Plan your Meals

Connections students meals will be provided from the cafeteria. Connections instructors will provide lunch one day (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday) during the week.

Log Into Canvas: August 16

Log into your Connections Canvas course and participate in the summer homework discussion about "Becoming a Learner". This assignment is due before you arrive at class on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 9:00 am.

Submit your Waiver: Mid-August

Log into Canvas and submit your waiver as a “quiz” in your Connections course before class starts. If you will be under 18 years of age prior to August 24, 2022 you are required to have your parents or guardians sign in ink and upload a signed waiver to that quiz.

Check Into Housing: Starting August 23, 2022 (Details to Come)

If you are living on campus, you may check in to your apartment starting August 22. If you are living off campus, you have the opportunity to stay in the dorm, no charge, during the Connections course. Details for on-campus housing will come directly from the area office where you are living.

Check In and Parent Orientation: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Check in will begin at 2:00 pm. Sign in, get your t-shirt and get prepared for Connections. 

Attend Evening Activities

After classes during Connections week, students are invited and encouraged to participate in various evening activities. Whether you are from Monticello, UT or Window Rock, AZ, you will benefit from meeting other students and making connections with your peers. Evening activities are optional, but highly recommended (class on Friday night is not optional).