Move-in day is Tuesday, August 20

Your journey at Union begins August 20

We will post a detailed schedule soon, but here are some important dates to circle on your calendar:

August 18—Team tryouts for volleyball and soccer
If you want to be on the soccer or volleyball varsity teams, you'll need to be on campus Sunday, Aug. 18. Try-outs begin 2 p.m. Basketball tryouts will be held after school begins. Be sure to let your dean know you're arriving early and contact Melissa Catelli ( to let her know you're planning to tryout.

A temporary ID card for meals will be provided when you check in at your residence hall.

August 20—Move-in Day
Arrive on Tuesday to get settled into your room and be ready for uConnect new student orientation to start on Wednesday. If you have any items left on the Registration Checklist, take the time to finish them on Portal.

August 20—Optional testing
If you need to retake the ACT, we will have a testing session at 9:00 a.m. The ALEKS math placement test will be given at 1:00 p.m. Both of these are optional. Learn more

August 21—Parent Orientation
Parents, you are invited to join us for Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 21. The event be from 9:00 -11:30 a.m., followed by a special dedication ceremony and a free lunch. Then you are free to go. We'll post more information soon.

If you can't make it, we'll also stream the event live on uTV. 

August 21-23—uConnect new student orientation
Orientation is possibly the most fun you'll ever have while also learning to stay safe and use library resources. It's also required for all first-year students. We will be posting a full schedule here soon and we'll mail you one this summer too.

August 22—Transfer student orientation
Transfer students should complete registration Thursday (Aug. 22) by 5 p.m., then come  enjoy a free supper at 5:30 p.m. in Union Market and learn more about our campus and resources at an orientation just for you.

August 23—Meet all the returning students
The returning students will come back to finish registration and move into the residence hall and the day will culminate with a giant pizza party on the lawn followed by Family Worship vespers service.

August 24—Worship together
We'll kick off the new year with a great day of worship, fellowship and fun. After sundown, check out our Back to School Bash where you'll have the opportunity to make new friends and sign up for campus clubs.

What do I do first?

Where to start when you arrive

  1. Check in at the residence hall to get checked into your room.
  2. Stop by the McClelland Gallery in the Ortner Center to get your official college photo. You'll need this for your ID card, meaning the sooner you get it, the sooner you can eat! Here are the hours it's open:
  • Monday, Aug. 19—9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 20—9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21—9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 22—9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 23—9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

3. Finish your steps in the Registration Checklist on Portal.

Traveling from overseas? We can help!

International students

Make sure you’ve done everything on your international checklist and have communicated about airport transportation and bedding packets.

Here’s more that will help you settle in at Union.

Helpful links

Registration Checklist—You can now log in to your Portal account to start on the Registration Checklist. You can do the majority of everything online now, but there are a couple things (like photo ID) that you'll have to wait to accomplish until you're on campus. 

Parents, you can see the major items needed via the Acceptance Checklist

Campus Map—Find the quickest way to Union Market's bakery no matter where you are on campus.

Union Market hours—it's never fun to be late to dinner.

What should I bring? Check out this easy list of what to bring to college.

Want to explore Lincoln? Here are some recommended activities and restaurants.

Once you're here ...

More things to know once you get here.

Transportation to campus—Need help getting from the Lincoln or Omaha airports to Union College? No problem! We provide free airport pick up for new students and their parents. Please email with your itinerary and cell phone number at least 1 week before your flight departs. The earlier you can email your itinerary, the better. 

ACT test (Optional)—Union will offer an ACT test time on Tuesday, August 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can use this time to try to raise your score on any combinations of sections. This is a residual test which means your score is only good at Union College. To learn more or register, click here.

Best cell phone service—While you can use any cell phone carrier, Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular provide the best reception on campus. T-Mobile traditionally doesn’t have great service, but they are installing an antenna on campus. 

Finding a Job

1) Register for your classes. Potential employers want to know if your free times match with when they need workers.

2) Check our job board. Apply via email to the contact listed in the posting.

3) Follow up with the people you applied to. Make sure they know you are interested in the job.

4) Don't find a fit? CustodialUnion Market and the Larson Lifestyle Center are the largest student employers on campus. Contact them directly to ask about possible jobs.