Sample Welcome Letter

Last revised on 10/02/2018 by JAP


This is a sample letter that you may copy/edit and send out to your enrolled students prior to the start of class. You should customize this letter to suit your needs. It gives students some basic information to get them started successfully.

(This letter is part of the post Managing Your Online Class)

Dear Students,

Welcome to [insert number and course title] taught during [insert semester/session].  I am looking forward to learning with you in our online course. I am writing prior to the official semester start to cover a few items.

Course Availability:  The online course will be open on [insert date course will be available… usually 1 week prior to official start] in HuskyCT @ Please familiarize yourself with HuskyCT, begin the Course Orientation, read the syllabus, and introduce yourself.  The first official day of the semester is [insert date].  I will be available on this date.  If you discover technical difficulties before the first official day of the semester, please contact the university ITS Technology Support Center at: 860-486-4357 or

Syllabus and Schedule:  I have attached a tentative course syllabus and schedule [attach or insert link to syllabus and schedule]. Read the syllabus carefully, as it contains materials you will need to purchase prior to the start of class as well as course expectations.  NOTE: The official syllabus and schedule will be linked in the HuskyCT course site.

Time Commitment: An online course requires discipline, self-motivation, collaboration, and organization.  It also requires the same credit hours of work as a face-to-face course.  Although there is greater flexibility for “when” you may complete coursework online, there are required due dates.  Class participation is required and expected. You should expect to spend between [X and Y] hours per week working and learning in the course. Please plan your time accordingly.


Professor [insert name]

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