NOTE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, our visit program has changed. While many of the answers below are accurate, the most up-to-date information is on the visit page.
What and who does the $250 travel reimbursement cover?
- Union College will reimburse up to $250 for a first-time visitor who attends a hosted campus visit.
- The student must be either a junior or senior in high school or a high school graduate (in other words, eleventh grade and above).
- The $250 reimbursement can be used for airfare, train or bus tickets, and taxi or shuttle services. Other uses not listed may qualify.
- Included in that $250 can be one night at a hotel each way if driving from more than 700 miles away (one way).
- No rental car cost can be included.
- Up to $150 dollars can be reimbursed for one parent or legal guardian in addition to the $250 for the student (a maximum total of $400).
- Please keep all receipts for qualifying expenses and submit them or copies to Union College.
I can't get ahold of anyone. What do I do?
You can reach campus visits at 402.486.2694. Office hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to Noon. Leave a voicemail for our Campus Visit Coordinator, or email your questions to email@example.com; either way you'll hear back from us as soon as possible.
What should I bring for a visit?
You are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag and a pillow (not necessary if you will be staying in a guest room in Ortner Center), personal items and clothes, of course! Hint: a heavy winter coat, scarf, and gloves become indispensable during the winter!
I can only visit on closed dates. What should I do?
Some dates are marked "closed" for various reasons. This is our way of avoiding scheduling on days that will not be beneficial to you. You can still drop by our campus, but it will be difficult for us to give you the attention you deserve. Refer to the calendar on the previous page to avoid choosing closed dates. We do not offer travel reimbursement during closed dates. We want you to have a first-rate visit and experience Union at its best!
How do I get to Union College?
We are located at 3800 S. 48th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. We can pick you up from the airports in Lincoln or Omaha, of from the Amtrak station in Lincoln. Here's a Google Maps link.
Does my travel reimbursement cover car rental?
Unfortunately not. If you qualify for reimbursement (application and a 2.5+ GPA turned in before your visit), you are eligible for being reimbursed up to $250 for your gas or airfare. We do not reimburse for car rentals, baggage fees, food, tolls or speeding tickets. You must turn in receipts to be eligible.
I have other plans while visiting Union. Can I schedule around them?
Going to the scheduled appointments (admissions procedures, scholarships, financial services, campus tour and academic advising) is critical in seeing what Union can do for you! Your time with us at Union and in Lincoln will also be filled with opportunities to attend on-campus and occasionally off-campus activities. Let us know what your plans are and we can offer things for you to do, or if you have plans of your own outside of the scheduled appointments (which will take 3-4 hours), the rest of your visit timeline will be left free for you to do as you please!
How soon do I need to decide dates for my visit to Union?
Your consideration in giving a two weeks notice prior to your visit is greatly appreciated. This insures that your time with us is enjoyable and that you are able to meet with the people necessary to get the information that you need.
I want to stay longer than the three days and two nights that you allow visits. Can I?
You are free to stay with us as long as you like. Be aware that if you stay longer than 3 days and 2 nights, expenses for the Union experience (food and lodging) are on you. Additional housing arrangements will need to be made or a dean informed if there is a friend on campus with whom you will be staying. If you would like to know hotels are in the area, check them out here.
I want to visit Union but live outside of the United States. Can I still get the travel reimbursement?
You are free to come from any country to visit us! On-campus food and lodging is on us; however, all travel arrangements/expenses (travel visa, flight costs, etc.) will need to be made by you. Please work with us to confirm which traveling dates are best. Once you have your visa, we will begin making appointments. When these arrangements are made by you, then we welcome your visit and look forward to seeing you.
May I bring my family?
We provide food and lodging for a prospective student and a parent for up to two nights and three days on campus. However, visitors who are not prospective students, will not receive airfare reimbursement. Let us know who all will be coming and appropriate accommodations will be provided.
I don't have any travel plans yet. How early should I make them?
Give us a call at least two weeks in advance and confirm your preferred dates. Once dates are confirmed you will need to buy tickets or make necessary travel arrangements (we will set up all of your on-campus accommodations). Last minute airfare can get expensive, so plan ahead! After reserving your flight, e-mail us a copy of your flight itinerary. This will allow us to have your reimbursement ready when you arrive and also make arrangements for you to be picked up from the airport, if necessary.
May I bring my pet?
You are asked to leave your fuzzy friends (and non-fuzzy pets for that matter) at home. While on campus, you are welcome to enjoy our friendly squirrels, rabbits and other on-campus "pets."
Where will I be staying on campus?
COVID-19 update: Although we cannot have you spend the night on campus at this time, we are happy to help make your trip easier by putting you up with one of our local hotel partners for one night before you start your journey home.
If you are traveling alone, you have the option of staying in either a dorm room or, as available, in a guest room. You can also let us know if you have a friend in the area that you will be staying with.
Our dorm rooms and guest rooms offer a smoke-free and pet-free environment; your cooperation is expected in following their no smoking and no pets policy. Check-out in Ortner is 11 a.m. and no later than 1 p.m. if your appointments are scheduled through 11 a.m . If are not able to visit and must cancel your guest housing, please call Ortner Center directly at 402.486.2545. They need to know by 6 p.m., otherwise you will be charged for the night. (Please do not call our main campus visit number to cancel housing as no one is in the office over the weekend.)
How do I cancel my visit appointment?
Please call us as soon as you know that your plans will be changing. We are glad to help you reschedule your visit or cancel your appointments and housing arrangements as appropriate.