Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Concerns
Academic Resource Center
Admissions
Arriving on Campus
Bookstore
Campus Activities and Community Services
Campus Security
Career Services
Computing Services
Counseling Services
Dining Services
English Language Institute/ELAB Concerns(for international students)
Financial Aid
Health Services
International Students
North Hall (graduate student off-campus housing option)
Paying for My Education
Residential Life
Student Employment

Academic Concerns 

I am a transfer student; will I receive credit for coursework previously taken at the university level?
Can I change my academic major once I arrive at UB?

I am a transfer student; will I receive credit for coursework previously taken at the university level? 
Transfer credit may be granted for previously completed academic coursework. Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from the previous college or university for evaluation. Provisional transfer credit analysis is conducted at the time of application by admissions staff. Credit transfer is not guaranteed until it is approved by the major department.

Can I change my academic major once I arrive at UB? 
You must first complete one semester in the major into which you were accepted. The academic advisor in your proposed major will review your grades and determine your eligibility. Changing majors may require spending additional time at the University. Some academic requirements vary by program. Our best advice: speak with an academic advisor.

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

Who does the ARC serve?
What are the ARC hours?
What if I cannot make it to the ARC during your hours?
Do I have to make an appointment to see a tutor?
Can I drop my paper off to be corrected?
Is there a fee to use the ARC or online tutoring?
How will a tutor help me?

Who does the ARC serve?
The Academic Resource Center offers academic support for all undergraduate students.
 
What are the ARC hours?
Generally our hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check our schedule each semester on the ARC page on the UB Portal. You will find the ARC hours as well as the list of tutors and subjects supported.
 
What if I cannot make it to the ARC during your hours?
University of Bridgeport subscribes to online tutoring for its undergraduate students.  It can be accessed at www.etutoring.org.  Log on instructions are given in the ARC newsletter. Undergraduate students are automatically registered by the first day the service is available.  If you have a problem signing on, contact arc@bridgeport.edu.
 
Do I have to make an appointment to see a tutor?
While an appointment is advisable, especially during certain peak times of the semester, walk-ins are accepted if a tutor is available.
 
Can I drop my paper off to be corrected?
No.  You and the tutor work together to improve your paper as well as your overall writing skills.
 
Is there a fee to use the ARC or online tutoring?
No.  Both services are free.
 
How will a tutor help me?
While our tutors can help you with specific questions, clarify concepts, and serve as sounding boards during brainstorming sessions, remember, the primary responsibility for the work lies with the student.  Tutors do not take the place of attending class, reading the assignment, and doing the research. Bear in mind that the writing tutors may not be familiar with the subject about which you are writing, but they can help you with the organization, grammar, and clarity. It is also a good idea to bring the actual assignment sheet (if you were given one by your professor) in with you. If you have specific needs, please discuss with your tutor or the director of the center.

 

Admissions

How do I apply to UB?
What are the application requirements?
Which standardized tests do you accept?
Is there an application deadline?
Can the application fee be waived?

How do I apply to UB?
You may apply to the University of Bridgeport by printing out an application or by submitting an on-line application.  If you wish to be mailed an application, you may contact our admissions office at 126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 or call us at 203-576-4552.

What are the application requirements?
In order to complete the application process you will need to submit the following documents:  a University of Bridgeport application, the $25.00 application fee, your official high school transcripts, and your SAT or ACT scores.  The University of Bridgeport does not require students to submit a personal statement, letters of recommendation, or resumes, but these items can be invaluable to a student seeking admission.

Which standardized tests do you accept?
The University of Bridgeport accepts both SAT and ACT.  In cases where the student submits multiple tests, we use the highest scores to make our decision.

Is there an application deadline?
No.  The University of Bridgeport accepts applications on a rolling basis.  Do not forget though to complete your FAFSA as early as possible, as federal aid is awarded on a first-come first-serve basis.

Can the application fee be waived?
Yes.  The University of Bridgeport provides fee waivers to qualified students and also accepts state provided fee waivers as well.

Arriving on Campus

What airport is closest to UB? Will there be someone from UB to pick me up at the airport? 
How do I get to UB by automobile, bus or train?

What airport is closest to UB? Will there be someone from UB to pick me up at the airport?  
LaGuardia (New York), John F. Kennedy (JFK, New York) and Newark Airport (New Jersey) and Bradley (Hartford, CT) are the closest major airports to UB. If you arrive at LaGuardia or JFK go to the Ground Transportation Center and request Prime Time Shuttle of Connecticut (cost is approximately $60 for UB students) and their shuttle will take you directly to the UB campus. If you arrive at Bradley or Newark, ask for CT Limousine, which costs between $55-90 (with an additional 5% discount for UB students) and goes to the Connecticut Limousine depot in Bridgeport. From there take a taxi to the University. For more information, visit Prime Time Shuttle at www.2theairport.com or 1-888-733-8267. The telephone number for Connecticut Limousine is 800-472-5466 or visit their web site at www.ctlimo.com . We don’t recommend taking a taxi from any New York or New Jersey Airport. It can be very expensive.

We will be offering FREE shuttle service for new students arriving at JFK Airport on the following dates only; August 17 and 18. Reservations are a MUST for this service and should be made by emailing admit@bridgeport.edu.


How do I get to UB by automobile, bus or train?
BY AUTOMOBILE
Traveling South on I-95: Take Exit 27. At the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left. Take a left at the next stoplight under the I-95 overpass. (Make sure not to get back on the I-95 North entrance ramp.) At the next light, turn right onto Broad St. Continue on Broad St. until you come to Gregory St. Turn right onto Gregory St. Proceed down Gregory St. for one block. Turn left on Myrtle Ave. You may park in the parking lot on the right side. The Student Center is the red brick building on the left.

Traveling North on I-95: Take Exit 27. At the bottom of the ramp, continue straight to the third traffic light. (Make sure to bear to the right of the I-95 North entrance ramp.) At the third traffic light, turn right onto Broad St. Continue on Broad St. until you come to Gregory St. Turn right onto Gregory St. Proceed down Gregory St. for one block. Turn left on Myrtle Ave. You may park in the parking lot on the right side. The Student Center is the red brick building on the left.

BY BUS OR TRAIN
Amtrak and Metro North trains and Peter Pan buses all make regular stops at the Bridgeport railroad and bus stations, which are located in the Bridgeport Transportation Center. From there you can take a quick five-minute taxi ride to campus. For additional driving directions, please visit: Directions to the University of Bridgeport

Bookstore

Who manages the UB Bookstore?
How do I get my books for my classes?
How much should I expect to spend on books each semester?
Can I sell my books back at the end of the semester?
Can I purchase my books from other online websites?

Who manages the UB Bookstore?
Follett Higher Education Group, the largest bookstore management company with over 800 bookstores in the US and Canada, manages the University of Bridgeport bookstore.  The UB Bookstore carries all the required textbooks and supplies for classes offered at UB, as well as clothing, gifts, sundries, and commencement regalia.

How do I get my books for my classes?
It’s easy!  Just bring your course schedule to the bookstore where you can pick out new, used, or rent your books that correspond with your courses.  Students can also purchase or rent their books online.  Books purchased online can either be shipped to the student’s home or prepaid and pick up at the bookstore.
 
How much should I expect to spend on books each semester?
Books typically cost between $75-150 per class. Textbooks are available used as much as possible.  Used books are 25% less than the new price. Textbooks are now available for rent. Renting your textbooks for the semester can save you 50% or more.
 
Can I sell my books back at the end of the semester?
The bookstore buys books back every day, all year round, but selling your books at the end of the semester will improve your chances of a higher return.   This is when we are buying books for the following semester and the need is greater.  If a professor is reusing a book the following semester, we will pay 50% of the selling price back to the student for it.
 
Can I purchase my books from other online websites?
We recommend using the UB Bookstore for the following reasons;
• The UB Bookstore works with the faculty to make sure we have the right materials for your courses. 
• Returns and exchanges are immediate, no shipping necessary.
• Students can use their financial aid to purchase books.
 

Campus Activities and Community Services

What types of clubs and organizations does UB offer?
What if I’m interested in a club that isn’t currently offered?  Can I start my own?
Who decides what events are brought to this campus? How can I express my opinion about what I think would be good entertainment?
I’m interested in getting off campus once in a while and exploring new cities and sightseeing opportunities, does UB offer any options for this?
I’m very interested in volunteering, what opportunities are available for me? 
I want to do well in my classes and my parents want me to focus on studies yet it would be nice to get involved in something and meet people. Won’t my grades suffer if I join a club? 

What types of clubs and organizations does UB offer?
UB has over 45 registered clubs and organizations from which to choose!  Whether you want to write for the student newspaper, learn how to ballroom dance, perform at one of our many cultural nights, sing in a choir or relax with yoga, we have something for everyone.  For a list of our current registered clubs and organizations, click here.

What if I’m interested in a club that isn’t currently offered?  Can I start my own?
Yes!  We encourage students to form new clubs and organizations if we don’t already have them on campus.  It’s very easy to do and registered clubs are eligible to use campus facilities for free as well as request funds from our Student Government Association.  Please contact the Office of Campus Activities at campusactivities@bridgeport.edu for more information about starting a new club at UB.

Who decides what events are brought to this campus? How can I express my opinion about what I think would be good entertainment?
UBET (University of Bridgeport Events Team) is the primary campus activities planning group on campus and it’s run by and for students. UBET meets every Thursday from 12:15-1:00pm in the Student Center Private Dining Room.  Students are always welcome to attend meetings and offer suggestions, or better yet, get involved and participate in planning the events! For more information, please email UBEventsTeam@gmail.com or campusactivities@bridgeport.edu

I’m interested in getting off campus once in a while and exploring new cities and sightseeing opportunities, does UB offer any options for this?
Yes!  We offer numerous opportunities for students to get off campus and explore all that our local area has to offer.  We’ve offered excursions to Boston, New York and New Haven to see the sights, trips to shop, ski, and bowl as well as trips to Broadway shows and athletic events. And the best part is that we make sure the prices for these events are very reasonable for students!

I’m very interested in volunteering, what opportunities are available for me?
We provide many opportunities for UB students to volunteer in the greater Bridgeport area.  Our students volunteer at local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, nursing homes, food banks, schools and at a variety of other non-profit agencies.  Many of our students also serve as mentors to Bridgeport children throughout the year.  We also host American Red Cross blood drives and National Bone Marrow Registration drives several times a year on campus.  In addition, UB hosts a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service where students and members of the community volunteer at a variety of non-profit organizations.  One exciting opportunity is the chance to apply for the Norge W. Jerome Service Scholars and participate in a weeklong alternative spring break trip.  Our service scholars have cleaned and rebuilt homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, tutored Native American children in Arizona and built homes with Habitat for Humanity in Texas. Lastly, if you are a student awarded Federal Work Study as part of your Financial Aid package you can work for local charitable organizations and be paid for your time.  For more information on getting involved and making a difference with community service, please email campusactivities@bridgeport.edu

I want to do well in my classes and my parents want me to focus on studies yet it would be nice to get involved in something and meet people. Won’t my grades suffer if I join a club? 
While your primary focus needs to be on your studies, we definitely encourage you to find ways to get involved!  Studies show that students who get involved in something outside the classroom actually do better academically because they’re more connected to the university, have the support of friends and peers, and develop relationships with encouraging staff and faculty. By getting involved, chances are you’ll have better grades, make great friends, learn new skills, develop leadership qualities and have fun! Lastly, future employers are often impressed with students who have actively engaged in extracurricular activities and community service.

Campus Security

What do I need to obtain my ID card?
How can I obtain my Student ID card?
What is a PAL? 
What if I lose my ID/PAL or Bus pass? 
What is the purpose of having an ID card?
How long can I keep my PAL?
How do I know if my PAL is working? 
What if my PAL activates accidentally? 
Do I need a parking permit? 
Where can I park my vehicle? 
What is the Mass Notification System?
How do I register for the Mass Notification System?


What do I need to obtain my ID card?
In order to obtain your ID card, you will need to show proof that you are a registered student.  You will also need your student ID number.


How can I obtain my Student ID card?
Student ID cards can be obtained through the campus security department, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  If these hours are not convenient, an attempt will be made to accommodate you with an appointment after hours.


What is a PAL? 
PAL’s or Personal Alarm Locators are devices for use in emergency situations within campus boundaries.  This device can be obtained through the security department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Proof of registration is required.


What if I lose my ID/PAL or Bus pass? 
If you lose your ID card, PAL or Bus pass you must report it to Security immediately to prevent misuse of the item(s).  There is a charge for replacement of lost or damaged items.


What is the purpose of having an ID card?
 ID cards are used for:
• Identification purposes
• Access into labs
• Library
• Dining Hall
• Wheeler Recreation Center
• Bus Passes


How long can I keep my PAL? 
You may keep your PAL until you withdraw or graduate from the university.  You do not have to turn it in at the end of each semester.


How do I know if my PAL is working? 
You may test your PAL as often as you like but at least once a month at one of  the test stations.  If it is not working, a new one will be issued.  The test stations are located at:
• Norseman Hall (Security office)
• 1st Floor Wahlstrom Library near elevators
• Marina Dining Hall near the cashier
• Student Center Knight’s End Café
• Resident Halls (Barnum, Bodine, Seeley, North Hall & Chaffee Halls)
• Warner (lobby)
• Access to Resident Halls for on campus resident students


What if my PAL activates accidentally? 
If you are aware your PAL has activated accidentally, please notify the security department.  Security officers will still be dispatched to the site to verify it is not an emergency.


Do I need a parking permit? 
Everyone should obtain a parking permit.   Your vehicle must be registered with the DMV.  You will need to provide your license plate number when requesting the permit.


Where can I park my vehicle? 
 At this time, there are no designated parking areas for students.   However, you must abide by all handicapped, no parking zones and other restricted parking laws including alternate side of the street and no parking rules during snow emergencies.  Violators will be subject to ticketing by Bridgeport Police.


What is the Mass Notification System?
The Emergency Notification System allows campus leaders and security professionals to send time-sensitive notifications to thousands of recipients in minutes. It is a means to provide emergency information and reassurance to students, faculty, staff, and parents via phone, text and email. You will only receive emergency notifications if you have registered with the system.


How do I register for the Mass Notification System?
You will only receive emergency notifications if you have registered with the system.
Registration for the Emergency Notification System is done through WebAdvisor at http://www.bridgeport.edu/webadvisor. In order to register, update or review your emergency contact information you must first have a valid UB Net account login and password. If you do not have a UB Net account, you may apply for one through the University's website.

After logging into WebAdvisor you will need to select whether you are a "Student,” "Faculty" or "Employee.” After selecting the appropriate category, click on the "Emergency Notification Info" link, which will allow you to verify and/or update your emergency notification information.  For further instructions on how to use the Emergency Notification System please go to: http://www.bridgeport.edu/ens.

Career Services

I’m not sure what I want to major in, is there someone who can help me figure that out?
Ubjobnet asks for a resume and I have never written a resume, who can help me?

I’m not sure what I want to major in, is there someone who can help me figure that out?
The Career Services Center has career counselors that can help you with your career decision making.  You can make an appointment to discuss your major plans at any point after paying your deposit (even before orientation).  Your counselor may suggest some career tests or other resources to help you identify your interests and strengths.  Call the center at 203.576.4466 to schedule an appointment. 

Ubjobnet asks for a resume and I have never written a resume, who can help me?
The Career Services Center includes a general overview of resume writing on their website. We also encourage students to schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselors to go over their resumes.  It is good to have many people including professors, family and friends also look at your resume as each person will have a different opinion and will provide helpful feedback on refining the document.  You will continue to update your resume throughout college and career.  During the academic year, appointments can be scheduled Monday -Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Walk-in hours are also available, check our website for updates!

Computing Services

How do I get a UBNet account?
Who is eligible for a new account?                                                                                   
How many accounts may I have?                                                                               
What will I be able to do with my UBNet account?                                                           
Can I change my username?                                                                                              
Does it cost me anything?                                                                                                    
What about wireless connectivity?                                                                                        
What required hardware do I need for wireless connectivity?
                                
How do I get a UBNet account?
UBNet accounts are generated online. There is no need to fill paperwork.  Please go to https://www1bpt.bridgeport.edu/ubnet/cgi-bin/accounts.cgi and follow the directions. 

Who is eligible for a new account?  
To be eligible for a new UBNET account, you must be a current, registered full/part time student at UB or current, registered ELI student.

How many accounts may I have?   
Any person eligible for an UBNet account can only get ONE account.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

What will I be able to do with my UBNet account?  
You will be able to login to the many systems at UB. These include the Unix systems, general purpose workstations and the library's restricted access databases.  You will also be able to have a UNIX shell account, have an email address with UB, have a personal web page on the University World-Wide-Web server and connect yourself to UBResNet (the residence hall computer network). 

Can I change my username?    
No. UBNet ID's are chosen automatically by the system to be the longest unique combination of your last and first name. The system has a special algorithm it follows to create the ID's and it must be used. 

Does it cost me anything? 
All UBNet services are absolutely free for all current students.

What about wireless connectivity? 
Currently, the areas with wireless connectivity on campus are as follows:
• Library, 1st - 4th  floors.
• Knights End Café and Twisted Café (ground level of the Student Center) and the Student Center lobby
• All residence hall lounges
• 1st and 2nd floors of Carlson Hall
• Marina Dining Hall
• Classrooms:
o Mandeville – Rm 203
o Mandeville – Rm 003
o Eleanor N. Dana Hall – Rm 102, 103, 104, 105, 106
o Chiropractic Building – Rm 101 (Auditorium)

What required hardware do I need for wireless connectivity?                                 
Your laptop can connect to the wireless network if it is able to meet the following requirements:
• Pentium-4 or M Processor
• 256MB RAM
• If Internal Wireless Laptop, it must incorporate Centrino™ technology.
• Support 802.11b/g
• If an external PCMCIA card is used the only supported vendors are:
o Vendor:  D-Link
X Model:  Xtreme 802.11g, Airplus 802.11g, Super G 802.11g
o Vendor: Linksys
X Model:  802.11b, Speedbooster 802.11g
o NOTE: Any other type of card is at the responsibility of the user to support

Counseling Services

Who can use Counseling Services?
What services are offered?
Where is Counseling Services located and what are the office hours?
How much does this service cost?
How many times can I see a counselor?
What are the most common reasons why students use Counseling Services?
Will things I speak about in counseling be shared with others?
Can I speak with a counselor if I know someone else who is having an issue and/or might need help?
How does Counseling Services handle emergencies?
What if I am uncomfortable working with a counselor at UB?

Who can use Counseling Services?
Services are available to all registered students: full-time/part-time, undergraduate/graduate students.

What services are offered?
Counseling Services offers a private and confidential atmosphere for students to talk about their personal worries and concerns about college life or life in general.  Individual and group counseling are provided by professional staff.  Psychiatric services and medication management are available as well.

Where is Counseling Services located and what are the office hours?
Our offices are located on the 1st floor of the Health Sciences Center (Warner Hall) in rooms 117-119.  Counseling Services shares a reception area with Student Health Services.  The offices are open 8:30A.M. to 4:30P.M. Monday-Friday while school is in session. For extensive information about Counseling Services please visit our webpage

How much does this service cost?
All services are free for students who are eligible.

How many times can I see a counselor?
There is a 12 session limit for each student per academic year.  However, there is no limit to the number of group sessions a student can attend.

What are the most common reasons why students use Counseling Services?
Stress management is the most common reason why students come to counseling at University of Bridgeport.  Another common reason is difficulty in relationships.  A third most common reason is depression.  In addition to these three reasons, other common issues include: anxiety, grief, trauma/PTSD, body images issues, and issues related to adjustment to college life.  Students come to counseling services to be assisted and supported by trained professionals in a confidential setting to address the issue they are facing.

Will things I speak about in counseling be shared with others?
The answer to this question is no.  Counseling Services closely follows privacy laws that protect against information being shared.  No information can be shared without the express written consent of the student.

Can I speak with a counselor if I know someone else who is having an issue and/or might need help?
Absolutely, counselors are available to discuss any concerns one might have regarding another student and offer guidance about how to address the situation. We encourage all students to visit counseling services, call us at 576-4454, or send an e-mail to counselingservices@bridgeport.edu if there are concerns.

How does Counseling Services handle emergencies?
The staff of Counseling Services is trained in crisis counseling.  During office hours emergencies are handled immediately.  In the case of an evening or weekend crisis; if you live on campus call extension 4911 and the counselor will be notified. If you live off campus, call 911.  Please call the counselor as soon as possible during office hours to ask for assistance.

What if I am uncomfortable working with a counselor at UB?
This is not a problem.  Counseling Services frequently provides students with assistance locating treatment providers in the community outside of University of Bridgeport.  

 

Dining Services

Where do I get my Meal Card?
What’s the difference between Dining Dollars and Meal Points?
Can my friend use my ID?
How many meals per week can I eat?
How can I change my meal plan?
What happens if I run out of Dining Dollars?
Can I pay for my friend to have dinner with me?
What happens if I forget my ID?
Is there a meal plan for commuters?
Where is the Sodexho office located?

Where do I get my Meal Card?
You don’t actually receive a meal card. Your UB ID becomes your meal card if you are a resident student in one of the four Residence Halls on Campus. In the lower portion of back of the ID card there is a bar code and a six digit number, these are for Dining Services purposes.

What’s the difference between Dining Dollars and Meal Points?
Dining Dollars are part of the meal plan and come with the meal plan. Any unused portion is forfeited at the end of each semester. Meal Points have to be purchased separately from the meal plan, cash or a credit card maybe used to purchase Meal Points, you may do so in the Marina Dining Hall.


Can my friend use my ID?
Your ID is non-transferable; you are the only person that can use your ID. Cards that are misused maybe confiscated and are subject to fines and or penalties.


How many meals per week can I eat?
 Depending on which plan you choose, 19, 17, 12 or 8 meals per week at Marina. The weekly meal count is re-set at 7:00am Tuesday morning and ends after Dinner on Monday nights. Sorry, unused meals for the week are forfeited.


How can I change my meal plan?
If you are a resident student you will be assigned whichever plan you checked off when you signed the Residence Life Agreement. If you did not check off a specific plan you will be automatically placed in the 19 meals per week plan. All students will have an opportunity to change their meal plan selection during the first two weeks of classes. The last day to change your meal plan will be posted throughout Marina Dining Hall, the HUB at Marina and Cafe Scribe well in advance.


What happens if I run out of Dining Dollars?
You have the option of purchasing Meal Points, these are not associated with the meal plan and have to be purchased separately. Meal Points however do rollover from semester to semester.


Can I pay for my friend to have dinner with me?
Dining Dollars were designed to also give students the flexibility to purchase meals for friends and or family members at Marina Dining Hall, the HUB at Marina and Cafe Scribe.


What happens if I forget my ID?
All patrons are required to have a UB ID to enter Marina Dining Hall. If you have lost or misplaced your ID you need to make arrangements in the Sodexo Concierge Desk to obtain a temporary Meal ID. If you have forgotten your ID in your room you will be asked to back to your room to get it.


Is there a meal plan for commuters?
Commuters are encouraged to purchase Meal Points. This eliminates the need to walk around carrying cash. You are entitled to $1.00 discount off the door price at the Marina Dining Hall and you will not be required to pay sales tax in the HUB at Marina or Cafe Scribe.


Where is the Sodexho office located?
Our office is located in the HUB at Marina in the Marina Dining Hall, there is also a Concierge Station at the Cashier Welcome Center in the Marina Dining Hall, office hours are 8:00am-4:30pm, closed for lunch from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. The Concierge Station will be open during all Breakfast from 7:30am-9:00am and during Lunch from 11:30am-1:30pm.

Tel. 203.576.4086
email diningservices@bridgeport.edu 
www.ubdiningservices.com
Menu Line: 203-576-4085

Menus are available on our website.
 

English Language Institute/ELAB

My acceptance letter says that I have been conditionally accepted.  Can I take classes in my program?
My I-20 says that English is required for my program of study and English instruction will be given at the school.  Can I take classes in my program?
What do I do after I pass the ELAB?

What happens if I don’t pass the ELAB?
I didn’t pass the ELAB.  Can I take classes in my program this semester and do ELI next semester or in the summer?
Is it ever possible to take ELI and get started on my UB classes?
I got permission to take one or two UB classes plus ELI, but I know that I need to be a full time student in order to keep my F1 student status.  I’m afraid I’ll be out of status!
I know I want to go to ELI before taking any UB classes to improve my English, when should I arrive?
I know I want to go to ELI before taking any UB classes, but I reserved a flight for an earlier date and I want to live in a residence hall.  Is this okay?
If I’m going to be an ELI student and I won’t get an ID card before ELI Orientation, how can I eat in the dining hall?
What is ELI’s cost?
When do I pay this?
I have permission to take one UB class (Level 5) or two UB classes (Level 6) at the same time as completing ELI.  What will it cost?

My acceptance letter says that I have been conditionally accepted.  Can I take classes in my program?
Not until you take the ELAB and receive a written permission form to register for classes.

My I-20 says that English is required for my program of study and English instruction will be given at the school.  Can I take classes in my program?
Not until you take the ELAB and receive a written permission form to register for classes.

What do I do after I pass the ELAB?
See your advisor to choose the classes to register for.  Your advisor’s name is on your acceptance letter or see Admissions.

What happens if I don’t pass the ELAB?
You need to report to the English Language Institute(ELI).  You will be placed in one of the levels (1 through 6) in ELI.  This is a full time program and you will need to complete Level 6 before you can take University of Bridgeport(UB) classes.

I didn’t pass the ELAB.  Can I take classes in my program this semester and do ELI next semester or in the summer?
No.  UB policy is that you must meet the English Language Requirement(ELR) before you can register for UB classes.  Only by taking ELI full time and continuously until you graduate can you maintain your student status.


Is it ever possible to take ELI and get started on my UB classes?
Yes.  Students who are in ELI Level 5 at the start of the fall or spring semester can register for one UB class that meets outside of the ELI class hours, and students who are in Level 6 at the start of the fall or spring semester can register for two UB classes.  To take this option you should be prepared to work extremely hard.  ELI classes meet for 25 hours a week and are your first responsibility. 

I got permission to take one or two UB classes plus ELI, but I know that I need to be a full time student in order to keep my F1 student status.  I’m afraid I’ll be out of status!
Don’t worry.  Because ELI is a full time language program, as long as you are enrolled at ELI, you keep your full time status.

I know I want to go to ELI before taking any UB classes to improve my English, when should I arrive?
You should arrive for the Wednesday ELI start date.  For the fall and spring semesters, this is about one week later than UB’s orientation.  For students who have reserved a room in the residence halls, you should check in on Monday or Tuesday. Come to ELI on the Wednesday start date and ELI will help you with all check-in procedures.

I know I want to go to ELI before taking any UB classes, but I reserved a flight for an earlier date and I want to live in a residence hall.  Is this okay?
Yes.  Your residence hall reservation starts the Tuesday night before ELI’s start date, so you will be charged a daily rate for the days you are in the residence hall before that Tuesday night and your meal plan doesn’t start until Tuesday dinner.

If I’m going to be an ELI student and I won’t get an ID card before ELI Orientation, how can I eat in the dining hall?
ELI sends a list of students who have reserved a room on campus to the dining service.  They will check your name against this list and let you eat until you get your ID card.

What is ELI’s cost?
As an ELI student, you will be paying each session (two months).  Tuition and required fees is $2580.  Room and meals on campus is $2560.

When do I pay this?
Payment is due by the first day of ELI Orientation.

I have permission to take one UB class (Level 5) or two UB classes (Level 6) at the same time as completing ELI.  What will it cost?
Because the UB class goes for the whole semester and ELI sessions are only half a semester, you will be charged like a regular UB student for health insurance, housing fees if you are in a residence hall, and registration fees.  Then you will be charged for the ELI program tuition and the tuition for your UB class(es).

 

Student Financial Services

What is UB’s FAFSA code?
After FAFSA submittal, how long will it take before I’m awarded?
Does the award letter need to be sent back?
What types of scholarships do you offer?
Do you offer any grants?
Do you offer work-study?
How can I receive additional financial aid?
What is the total tuition and fees of the school for the year?                                        
What can I do to get extra money if FA does not cover?
When can I apply for a Parent Plus loan?
What do I do if me or my family have unusual circumstances not represented on the FAFSA (such as loss of employment)?
Could I request additional funding?
Suppose I do not want work study.  Do I still get the funds?                                                 
What is verification and why did I get chosen?                                                                   
Why does my son have to register for selective service?
When does the FAFSA need to be submitted for the new school year?


What is UB’s FAFSA code?
The University of Bridgeport’s Federal Code is 001416.

After FAFSA submittal, how long will it take before I’m awarded?
An award letter will go out 7-10 business days after you submit it electronically at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Does the award letter need to be sent back?
The signed award letter should be returned only if the student is rejecting any of the aid on the award letter.  Please keep in mind if a student is going to accept all the aid we do not need the award letter back.


What types of scholarships do you offer?
UB offers a number of different scholarships.  Our Merit-based Academic Scholarships range from 6K to 20k and are automatically awarded to students whose GPAs and SAT/ACT scores meet the requirements.  We also offer Portfolio Scholarships to design students with outstanding portfolios.  Athletic Scholarships are awarded by the athletic department to athletes who demonstrate exceptional athletic abilities.  For students who complete the FAFSA and use UB’s Federal Code (001416), we also offer-need based scholarships to those who qualify.


Do you offer any grants?
Yes. UB offers a number of grants for students who meet the criteria.  You may find a listing of these grants in the front of your course catalogue or you may contact the Student Financial Services by e-mail at sfs@bridgeport.edu or by phone: (203) 576-4568.


Do you offer work-study?
Yes.  Students receiving Federal Work-Study must complete a work authorization application via the myUB portal preferably during the first two weeks of school.  You should go to the Career Services Office located on the Garden Level of Wahlstrom Library to find out which departments may be hiring and to have your name included in the active list of on-campus job seekers.  Based on your skills, qualifications and schedule the Student Employment Coordinator will refer you to a Department.


How can I receive additional financial aid?
Many websites have large scholarship databases where you can enter your criteria and they will send you a list of scholarships match them.
Check some of these out:
            www.fastweb.com
            www.college-scholarships.com
            www.fastaid.com
            www.finaid.com
            www.review.com
            www.scholarships.com
            www.studentaid.ed.gov
            www.uncf.org
 
(Deadlines for scholarships usually occur between December and April.)


What is the total tuition and fees of the school for the year?
Please view our Undergraduate Tuition and Fees page for more information.

What can I do to get extra money if FA does not cover?
Your family doesn’t have to bear the whole cost of a college education yourselves. Paying for college is a partnership, and this partnership includes your family, the government, and the school your child selects.   At the heart of this partnership is your family, which includes you, your child, and any other relatives who are willing to help out, such as grandparents. An option to help parents participate in this partnership is the Parent PLUS Loans.  The primary benefit of the PLUS Loans is that parents can borrow federally guaranteed low interest loans to help pay for their child's education.  A Federal PLUS Loan allows parents to borrow the total cost of undergraduate education including tuition, room and board, supplies, lab expenses, travel less any other aid.  These parent loans are non-need based. Eligibility for the PLUS Loan depends on a modest credit check that determines whether the parent as an adverse credit.  Unlike other type of loans, including home equity, parent PLUS Loans require no collateral.  Interest may be tax deductible.


When can I apply for a Parent Plus loan?
Federal Parent PLUS Loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow money to pay the education expenses of their children. Each child must be a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time in an approved college or university.   You should start applying for the Parent plus loan 8 weeks before classes start.


What do I do if me or my family have unusual circumstances not represented on the FAFSA (such as loss of employment)?
Financial aid administrators may be able to consider factors other than those required when filing your FAFSA that affect students’ or parents’ ability to pay educational expenses.  These factors  can either increase or decrease a student’s estimated family contribution or cost of attendance.  The reason of the adjustment must be based on special circumstances and must be properly documented.  Student and/or Parents who wish to have their 2010 Adjusted Gross income review must complete the professional judgment form and any required documentation. The Office of Student Financial Services will review and analyze the special circumstances on a case by case basis. Professional judgment does not carry over from year to year.  Please keep in mind the following circumstances do not qualify for a professional judgment according to the U.S. Department of Education regulation HEA Sec. 479(a): 1. Standard living expenses (e.g. Home mortgage, credit card bills, car payments, and other consumer items) 2.Tithing expenses 3.Vacation expenses 4. Tuition paid for private elementary or secondary schools 5. Bankruptcy and 6. Professional licensing exam fees.


Could I request additional funding?
The University does have a formal Appeal process, in which the student writes a detail letter explaining why they want to come to University of Bridgeport, what they would hope to accomplish at the University, and why they need additional funding. Letters should be submitted to the Student Financial Appeals Committee at the Office of Student Financial Services for  review. The Appeals Committee will begin reviewing appeals submitting for the upcoming academic year starting in May and recommend appeals be submitted no later than July.


Suppose I do not want work study.  Do I still get the funds?
No, Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient's course of study. Student must work in order to earn the work study funds awarded to them.  These funds are then paid directly to the student unless the student specifies they wish for those payments to be directly applied to their account balance.

 

What is verification and why did I get chosen?
Verification is a process to confirm information you provided on the FAFSA.  The main reasons for being selected are you were chosen randomly by the US Dept Ed., the FAFSA you submitted was incomplete, your FAFSA contains estimated information, or the data you provided on the FAFSA is inconsistent.
If you are selected for FAFSA verification, you must provide specific documentation. Not all students selected for verification have to submit the same documents. Save the records and materials that you used to complete the FAFSA.  Verification ensures that the information students and parents report is accurate. Verification prevents ineligible students from receiving aid by reporting false information and ensures that eligible students receive all of the aid for which they are qualified. The sooner you verify your information, the sooner you’ll be able to receive financial aid if you’re eligible.

Why does my son have to register for selective service?
Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S., who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. It's important to know that even though he is registered, a man will not automatically be inducted into the military.  Because selective service registration is required by the Federal government, you can not receive Federal Student Aid unless your son registers.

When does the FAFSA need to be submitted for the new school year?
To receive your maximum eligibility you should complete your FASFA by March 1st of every year you plan to attend.  However you may still submit your application after the deadline but we can not guarantee your maximum eligibility. 

Health Services

What services does Student Health Services provide?
What are the University health requirements?
What if I am going to be on a University Athletic team?
How do I submit my health form and/or immunizations? 
Does Student Health Services provide the required immunizations/ PPD test?  
Is Student Health Insurance mandatory?
Where can I get more information about Student Health Insurance?
How do I waive out of Student Health Insurance?
How can I contact Student Health Services?


What services does Student Health Services provide?
View information about Student Health Services.


What are the University health requirements?
The health requirements are listed on Student Health Services website.
The Health form is also on this page.


What if I am going to be on a University athletic team?
In addition to the Health Exam form, immunization and PPD requirements, your doctor needs to fill out an Athletic clearance form.  These forms can be found in the myUB portal.


How do I submit my health form and/or immunizations? 
You scan and email it to us: healthservices@bridgeport.edu; you can fax it to us: 203-576-4715;  or you can mail it to us: Student Health Services 60 Lafayette St. Bridgeport, CT 06604


Does Student Health Services provide the required immunizations/ PPD test?   
Please call Student Health Services for availability of immunizations 203-576-4712


Is Student Health Insurance mandatory?
A premium for UB insurance coverage will be charged to all full-time undergraduate, all international, all students in the Physician Assistant Program and all residential students' accounts.  Only domestic students are able to waive out of this insurance.  UB does not accept insurance policies from outside the United States.


Where can I get more information about Student Health Insurance? 
www.chpstudent.com

Select the University of Bridgeport on the site above.


How do I waive out of Student Health Insurance?
Please find a waiver on www.chpstudent.com

Please note, only domestic students are able to waive out of Student Health Insurance.


How can I contact Student Health Services?
You can call 203-576-4712 or e-mail healthservices@bridgeport.edu

International Students
How do I get a Social Security Number?
How can I open a bank account or cell phone if I don't have a Social Security number?
How early can I enter the United States?  What is going to happen if I arrive too early?
Should my I-20 be stamped at the port of entry?
What is an I-94 card?

How do I get a Social Security Number?
Social Security numbers are used to report your wages to the government and to determine eligibility for Social Security benefits.  They are assigned to people who are authorized to work in the United States. If you are an F-1 student and are eligible to work on campus, the Student Employment Office will provide you with a letter allowing you to apply for a Social Security number once you have secured a campus position.  Please read the section on securing a student employment position for more information on finding on-campus employment.
If you are an F-1 student authorized to work in curricular practical training (CPT), we will provide you with your Form I-20 with the employment page (page 3) completed and signed by a school’s designated official to apply for the Social Security number.

How can I open a bank account or cell phone if I don't have a Social Security number?
There is no federal law which mandates a Social Security Number before a bank account or cell phone can be opened to an International Student.  During Orientation, we’ll invite various banks and cell phone companies to come to campus to help international students open bank accounts and get cell phones.

How early can I enter the United States?  What is going to happen if I arrive too early?
As per immigration law, you are allowed to enter the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date as shown on your I-20.  You will be returned back to your home country by the immigration officer at the port of entry if you arrive earlier than 30 days prior to your start date. 

Should my I-20 be stamped at the port of entry?
Yes, your I-20 needs to be stamped by the immigration officer at the port of entry.  The stamp should show the following information: the date when you enter the U.S., F-1 and D/S (duration of status).  Please make sure NOT to pack your I-20 in your suitcase as your original I-20, not a copy, should be stamped.

What is an I-94 card?
Form I-94 Arrival and Departure Records, a white card, is a very important document.  It verifies you have been legally admitted to the United States and that your immigration status is F-1.  It is normally given to you on the airplane for you to fill out.  It has two portions: arrival and departure portions. After completing the form, the arrival portion will be handed in to the officer at the port of entry. The departure portion will be stamped: date of entry, F-1 and D/S and returned to you.  Please do make sure the information of date of entry, F-1 and D/S is clearly showed on your I-94 card.  If you lose your I-94 card, the replacement can be very costly and time consuming.  Without an I-94 card, you will not be able to apply for a driver’s license, Social Security Number even if you have an on-campus job or other immigration benefits.  The information on your I-94 card (family name, first name, date of birth and country of citizenship) must match your passport.


 

North Hall (graduate housing option)

Where is the leasing office?
When can I move in?
What does “fully furnished” mean?
 What is an individual lease?
If I don’t have a roommate in mind, what happens?
What size are the beds?
Are the rooms carpeted?
Where are the laundry facilities?
Will I get cable television in my room?                                                                           
May I bring a computer?
What type of lighting is provided in the rooms?                                                             
Is a university meal plan required?                                                                                       
What are the bathrooms like?
Are coffee pots, hot plates, or toasters allowed?
May students bring their own microwaves or refrigerators?                                             
Does North Hall have an elevator?
Is there housing for married students?
Is there storage space in the residence halls?
Are pets allowed?                                                                                                             
What is a Community Assistant?                                                                                  
Are there any activities available for residents?                                                              
Why offer these extra services?

Where is the leasing office?
We highly encourage you to complete your Housing/Meal License online by accessing it through the MyUB Portal. If you need to submit a hardcopy, please print out the necessary housing and meal plan forms.
Those forms can be mailed in or faxed in and must be accompanied by a $200 housing deposit which can be paid with a check or money order mailed in with the application or over the phone with a credit card.

When can I move in?
Housing licenses begin the Wednesday before the UB academic calendar begins each semester.  Spring semester 2010 move-in begins on Wednesday, January 13.

What does “fully furnished” mean?
North Hall provides the following furniture in each bedroom: bed, mattress, closet, dresser, desk and chair.
 
What is an individual lease?
North Hall housing agreements are for each person in a room, not the room as a whole. This means you don’t have to worry about being held responsible for your roommate’s rent if they don’t pay.

If I don’t have a roommate in mind, what happens?
Don’t worry; you aren’t the only one who may not have a roommate in mind. The North Hall staff has a system for matching students together on various personality traits and interests. We’ll do the work to find you someone to live with.

What size are the beds?
We recommend that resident students purchase extra-long sheets as many of the mattresses in the residence halls are extra-long in length. For added comfort, many students prefer to bring an egg-cushion mattress pad with them. As an added benefit for residence hall students we are pleased to offer the Residence Hall Linens Program – where you can order linens and other materials online and have them waiting for you when you arrive to campus! More information about the Residence Hall Linens Program >

Are the rooms carpeted?
Some carpeted rooms are available in North Hall. All other rooms in the residence halls are uncarpeted. Students who wish to have carpeted rooms must bring their own carpets.

Where are the laundry facilities?
Each floor is equipped with a washer and dryer for student use. Students are allowed free access to the laundry machines.

Will I get cable television in my room?
All rooms are equipped with a free cable television connection, but you will need to bring your own television.

May I bring a computer?
Yes. All buildings have internet connections. All residence rooms are equipped with one Ethernet connection to the campus computer network per person. We recommend that residents buy an Ethernet LAN Card, which should be 16-bit, Novell NE 2000-Compatible.

What type of lighting is provided in the rooms?
All rooms have fluorescent ceiling fixtures and vanities with lights mounted to the top. Halogen lamps are not permitted in the building.

Is a university meal plan required?
No, North Hall does not require students to participate in the university offered meal plans, however the commuter meal plan is strongly suggested for those students who do not wish to cook in the community kitchens or find it more convenient to purchase prepared meals at Marina Dining Hall, the Scribe Café or the hUB.

What are the bathrooms like?
Rooms are not equipped with their own bathrooms. Shared, single-sex bathrooms are located on every floor. There are at least three showers, toilets, and sinks in every restroom. There are shower curtains and tall doors that separate the individually partitioned showers. The restrooms are cleaned daily.

Are coffee pots, hot plates, or toasters allowed?
Appliances with exposed heating elements are not allowed in the residence hall rooms.

May students bring their own microwaves or refrigerators?
Students are not allowed to bring their own microwaves or refrigerators. Instead, every room is equipped with one MicroFridge, a small microwave, freezer and refrigerator combination. Shared kitchen facilities are also available in all the residence halls.

Does North Hall have an elevator?
North Hall, a four-story building, has one freight elevator. Students may use this freight elevator for moving in and out of the residence halls, for special medical needs, or for other approved usages.

Is there housing for married students?
No.

Is there storage space in the residence halls?
No.

Are pets allowed?
No.

What is a Community Assistant?
A Community Assistant (CA) is a student staff member who lives at North Hall and serves as a resource for residents, including providing resources, planning events and activities, answering questions, and being available to provide excellent customer service to residents. Each floor of North Hall has a CA who can be utilized as a resource person.
 
Are there any activities available for residents?
Yes! Every Campus Advantage property places a strong emphasis on building a dynamic community environment, where you’ll have the chance to meet other residents, take part in large and small scale events, and get connected! Let your CA know what you’d like to see! (Movie nights, study groups, resume workshops, etc).
 
Why offer these extra services?
We know from experience that giving students a beautiful place to live and nice amenities just isn’t enough! By creating a community environment with great service, plenty to do, and the opportunity to meet others, our residents decide to stay with us (and we have more fun too!).

Paying for My Education

When is tuition due?
Can I pay in installments?

When is tuition due?                                                                                                    
Payment is due on or before the first day of classes. If an approved form of payment is not received by the due date, a late payment fee is charged to your account and you may  have your course registration cancelled.


Can I pay in installments?                                                                                             
The University of Bridgeport understands that families look for as many options as possible to make financing an education more convenient and affordable. Because of this The University of Bridgeport has partnered with Tuition Management Systems of Warwick, R.I., to offers a wide array of valuable options.  Families can enroll or get further information concerning payment plans by contacting Tuition Management Systems at 1-800-722-4867 or www.afford.com/bridgeport. The Plans is very flexible, allowing participants to increase or decrease their budget amount as needed. An annual enrollment fee for the Payment Plan option is applicable for each academic year.

 

Residential Life

What about accessible housing?                                                                                   
How may I get a single room?
What if I want to change rooms, halls, or roommates?
Where should my mail be sent?
Will I get cable television in my room?
Will I have a phone in my room?
May I bring a car to campus?                                                                                         
May I bring a computer?
What laundry facilities are available?
What are the bathrooms like?
What size are the mattresses?
What about bunkable beds or lofts?
Are the rooms carpeted?
Do the room dimensions include closet space?
What type of lighting is provided in the rooms?
Are coffee pots, hot plates, or toasters allowed?
May students bring their own microwaves or refrigerators?
May I paint my own room?
May I bring my own furniture?
Which buildings have elevators?
Is there storage space in the residence halls?
Is there housing for married students?
May I bring my pet?
What is the process for reserving a room?

What about accessible housing?
Bodine Hall is fully accessible with ramps, elevators, bathrooms, and rooms.

How may I get a single room?
Only students who have 90 or more credits may request a single, double-as-a-single, or triple-as-a-double room.

What if I want to change rooms, halls, or roommates?
You may change rooms during the period starting after the first week of classes and ending on October 1st in the Fall semester and March 1st in the Spring semester.

Where should my mail be sent?
Your mailing address will be indicated on the housing assignment letter sent to you after you submit your contract.

Will I get cable television in my room?
All rooms are equipped with a free cable television connection, but you will need to bring your own TV set and cable cord.

Will I have a phone in my room?
No.  The university does not provide telephone service in the residence halls.

May I bring a car to campus?
Yes. It is highly encouraged that students obtain a campus parking permit from Campus Security and officially register their vehicle with the university.

May I bring a computer?
Yes. All buildings have internet connections. All residence rooms are equipped with Ethernet connection to the campus computer network; however, you must bring your own Ethernet cord. In addition, most lounges in the residence halls have wireless internet connections.

What laundry facilities are available?
Each residence hall is equipped with laundry machines which are located either in one central laundry room in the residence hall or as separate units on each floor. There is no charge to do laundry in the residence halls.

What are the bathrooms like?
Rooms are not equipped with their own bathrooms. Shared, single-sex bathrooms are located on every floor of the residence halls. There are several individual showers, toilets, and sinks in every restroom. One bathtub is available on each floor. The restrooms are cleaned daily.

What size are the mattresses?
We recommend that resident students purchase extra-long sheets as many of the mattresses in the residence halls are extra-long in length. For added comfort, many students prefer to bring an egg-cushion mattress pad with them. As an added benefit for residence hall students we are pleased to offer the Residence Hall Linens Program – where you can order linens and other materials online and have them waiting for you when you arrive to campus! More information about the Residence Hall Linens Program >

What about bunkable beds or lofts?
Most bed frames are 80" long, but some are 76" in length. Some rooms are equipped with bunkable beds; however, this is not guaranteed.  Your bed frame may not be removed from your room, so you must incorporate the frame into whatever furniture you bring with you to the residence halls.  All furniture must be fire-retardant and meet university standards .

Are the rooms carpeted?
All rooms in the residence halls are uncarpeted. Students who wish to have carpeted rooms must bring their own area rugs for use in their rooms.

Do the room dimensions include closet space?
No. The room sizes listed in the residence hall descriptions do not include closet space. They are approximate and are intended to assist you in purchasing a carpet for your room if you wish. While the closet dimensions vary from building to building, the typical closet is 2' deep by 3'6" wide. Every room has one closet per person.

What type of lighting is provided in the rooms?
All rooms have fluorescent ceiling fixtures and vanities with lights mounted to the top. Halogen lamps are not permitted in the residence halls. For a more detailed listing of items not allowed in the residence halls please visit the Residential Life website.

Are coffee pots, hot plates, or toasters allowed?
Appliances with exposed heating elements are not allowed in the residence hall rooms.  For a more detailed listing of items not allowed in the residence halls please visit the Residential Life website.

May students bring their own microwaves or refrigerators?
Students are not allowed to bring their own microwaves or refrigerators. Every room is equipped with one MicroFridge (a small microwave, freezer and refrigerator combination). Shared kitchen facilities are also available in all the residence halls.

May I paint my own room?
No, students are not allowed to paint their rooms.

May I bring my own furniture?
Yes. You may supplement existing furniture in your room, but we encourage you to wait until you arrive to determine what, if any, additional furniture items you may need. You may not remove any existing furniture from your room.  All furniture you bring into the residence hall must be fire retardant and meet university standards.

Which buildings have elevators?
Bodine, the high-rise structure, has passenger elevators which residents may use daily. Barnum, Cooper, Chaffee and Seeley Halls, our four-story buildings, have one freight elevator each. Students may use this freight elevator for moving in and out of the residence halls, for special medical needs, or for other approved usages. 

Is there storage space in the residence halls?
No.

Is there housing for married students?
No.

May I bring my pet?
The only pets allowed in the residence halls are fish in tanks of 10 gallons or less.


What is the process for reserving a room?
We highly encourage you to complete your Housing/Meal License online by accessing it through the MyUB Portal. If you need to submit a hardcopy, print out the necessary housing and meal plan forms.
Those forms can be mailed in or faxed in and must be accompanied by a $200 housing deposit which can be paid with a check or money order mailed in with the application or over the phone with a credit card. If you are an English Language Institute (ELI) student, please contact the ELI office directly at esl@bridgeport.edu and they can assist you with arranging for housing on campus.

Student Employment

I have Work Study in my Financial Aid package, how do I get that money?
What types of jobs are there on campus and how to I find one?
What is the difference between Work Study and Student Employment positions on-campus?
What documents do I need to bring to work on campus?
Can I work off-campus?
Is it a good idea to work during my first semester of college?
How do I get a Social Security Number?


I have Work Study in my Financial Aid package, how do I get that money?
The money you see on your financial aid award letter for Work Study is not guaranteed. Work Study money is used to pay your salary at your on campus job. If you do not get a job on campus then you will not get your Work Study money. It is also not guaranteed that you will earn all of the money in your award. On campus jobs are paid hourly, not in one lump sum.


What types of jobs are there on campus and how to I find one?
There are two types of jobs on campus, Work Study and Graduate Assistantships.

These jobs are very competitive and there are not enough jobs for every student. Each semester there are as many as 2,000 students looking for Student Employment and Graduate Assistantship positions, and there are only a few hundred positions on campus. Sometimes these positions are posted on UBjobnet search under University of Bridgeport, many times however these positions are not posted. The best way to find these positions is to meet people in your classes and departments and inquire about openings. Most academic departments have their own procedures for applying for a Graduate Assistantships, so make sure you contact your department to see if there are any openings.


The first step to finding a job on campus is to get pre-authorized. The pre-authorization application is available on the UB portal. Go to the Forms Library Tab, scroll down to Student Employment Forms. After you have submitted your request your approved pre-authorization will be mailed to your UB email account. Print the approved pre-authorization form out as per the directions in the portal and have your supervisor sign. You must have this authorization sheet approved by your supervisor in order be hired. Then bring the completed and signed pre-authorization to the Student Employment office for processing. When you have completed your hire paperwork you will be given a green clearance slip. This slip indicates that you are now eligible to start working on campus. Please return this green clearance slip to your supervisor.

Once you are pre-authorized you will find that Work Study jobs are most often listed on UBjobnet. UBjobnet is accessible from the Quick Links box on the myUB portal home page. Search there first under University of Bridgeport for on campus work study jobs. Work Study students also have the opportunity to sign up with the Community Service Office to receive payment for volunteer work they do through that office. You must also be pre-authorized to work in Community Service.

*Note, Work Study is not automatically awarded to Graduate Students in their financial aid package. If you are a Graduate student as well as a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, ask your Financial Aid Counselor if you are eligible to have Work Study added to your award. This will make it easier for you to find a job on campus.
Student Employment and Graduate Assistantships are the other types of jobs available to students. These jobs are very competitive and there are not enough jobs for every student. Each semester there are as many as 2,000 students looking for Student Employment and Graduate Assistantship positions, and there are only a few hundred positions on campus. Sometimes these positions are posted on UBjobnet under on campus student employment, many times however these positions are not posted. The best way to find these positions is to meet people in your classes and departments and inquire about openings. Most academic departments have their own procedures for applying for a Graduate Assistantships, so make sure you contact your department to see if there are any openings.


What is the difference between Federal Work Study and Non-Federal Work Study positions on-campus?
Federal Work Study jobs are available to students who have Federal Work Study as part of their Financial Aid package (for domestic students only). This means that the money that pays the salary for their on campus job comes from the US Federal Government. Non-Federal Work Study jobs are available to all students who meet the requirements. The money that pays the salary for these jobs comes from the University of Bridgeport budget.


What documents do I need to bring to work on campus?
To work on campus you must complete an I-9 Form.  In order to complete the I-9, ORIGINAL identifying documents need to be presented. The list on the reverse of the I-9 form identifies all acceptable documentation. We need to see either ONE ORIGINAL document from List A or TWO ORIGINAL documents, one from List B and one from List C. Some of the more popular documents are.
For US Citizens, Permanent Residents and those with Employment Authorization
List A – US passport, US Permanent Resident Card, Employment Authorization Card
List B – Driver’s License, State issued ID card, UB student ID card
List C – Social Security Card, Birth Certificate
For International Students on an student visa
List A does not apply
List B – A picture ID issued by an institution in the US such as your student ID card, or a Connecticut State ID card or Driver’s License
List C – Both your I-94 card and your I-20 are needed for this list.


Can I work off-campus?
There are many opportunities for students to work off-campus.  These opportunities include retail, office, and in-home employment.  Part-time jobs are listed on UBJobnet and in binders in the Career Services Center.  In some cases students can use their Federal Work Study funds to work at designated community service organizations throughout the area.  Check with the Campus Activities Office for more information.
International students are not allowed to work off-campus without permission.  In most cases students must be in the country for some time before they are given permission.  Working off campus without this permission could result in a loss of student status.


Is it a good idea to work during my first semester of college?
Many students struggle to maintain a balance between social and school activities during the first semester of college.  Adding employment can often make time management more difficult.  It is always good for first semester students to work on-campus if they have to work.  On-campus jobs require a limited number of hours per week and have work schedules that are meant for students.  In addition there is no travel time involved. 


How do I get a Social Security Number?
Social Security numbers are generally assigned to people who are authorized to work in the United States. If you are an F-1 student and eligible to work on campus, the Student Employment office will provide you with a letter allowing you to apply for a Social Security number once you have secured a campus position.  Please read the section on securing a student employment position for more information on finding on-campus employment.