Spark Start

Spark Start - August 15-18, 2021

If you're looking for that extra spark to start your college career off right, join Union College for Spark Start, a three-day intensive before uConnect that will help give you the tools to be successful in college.

Spark Start is a great way for new students to ignite their college experience. Join us to make early connections with new classmates and advisors and get off to a great start at Union College. 

The engaging coursework will help you build a strong foundation and ensure you are ready for college-level classes. By completing this workshop, you will earn one hour of college credit in just a few days.

Spark Start integrates

  • Academic Advising
  • Life coaching
  • Career exploration
  • Person and spiritual development
  • Health and well-being practices
  • Academic coursework strategies

The event won't cost you any extra, and you'll be able to charge your meals to your student account. Plus, you'll get an hour of general education credit at no additional cost!

If your application for Spark Start has been accepted, read on for special move-in instructions.


We're still putting together all the details of the week that will get you off to a great start at college and we'll add more details soon.

Sunday, August 15

  • 1:00-4:00 p.m. - Move in and get your Student ID card (check-in at Ortner Center)
    Note: You'll need your Student ID to charge meals in Union Market and make purchases at the Campus Store.
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Parent Orientation
  • 5:30 p.m. - Supper and welcome

Monday-Tuesday, August 16-17

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Spark Sessions
  • 1-4 p.m. - Spark Sessions

Wednesday, August 18

  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Spark Sessions
  • 12-2 p.m. - BBQ, wrap up and games

Thursday-Friday, August 19-20

  • Finish your Registration Checklist and join the rest of the new students for uConnect!

A note for parents

Our normal uConnect new student and parent orientation will take place on Friday, August 20. You are welcome to stay or return for that event, but we recognize that may not be practical if you're dropping your student off on Sunday. We will be holding special, abbreviated parent orientation on Sunday, August 15, at 4:00 p.m. for anyone who needs to drop their student off that day.

If you have questions about finances or anything else, our offices (and all Registration Checklist steps) will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (August 16-20).


Contact Angela Washington, the Spark Start coordinator at