Move-in day is Thursday, August 6

Your journey at Union begins August 5-6

Union College is moving the beginning and end of the Fall 2020 semester up by two weeks in response to challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. Check out President Sauder's message to students with more details here. We will post a detailed schedule soon, but here are some important dates to circle on your calendar:

August 5-6—Move-in Day
In order to maintain proper social distancing, we will be scheduling appointments for you to move into the residence halls on August 5-6. A dean will contact you to set it up. Once you get settled in your room, you can finish the Registration Checklist on Portal or visit specific offices if you have questions.

August 6—Optional testing
If you need to retake the ACT, we will have a testing session on Thursday, August 6. The ALEKS math placement test will also be given that day. Both of these are optional. Learn more

August 7—Parent Orientation
Parents, you are invited to join us for Parent Orientation on Friday August 7. It's an all day event that includes a free lunch and supper. We also invite you to stay and experience Sabbath worship with us.

If you can't make it, we'll also stream many of the sessions on uTV. 

August 7—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 7—Transfer student orientation
Transfer students should complete registration Thursday (Aug. 6) and then join us for a special orientation session at 9:00 a.m. on Friday to learn more about our campus and resources at an orientation just for you.

August 8—Worship together
We'll kick off the new year with a great day of worship, fellowship and fun. After sundown, check out Lifesize Fun for some great games, food and to make new friends.

August 10—Classes begin
After a relaxing Sunday, you'll be all ready to start classes on Monday, August 10.

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:
  • Thursday, Aug. 6—9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 7—9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

If you have questions, stop by the Enrollment Office, Records Office or Student Financial Services Office (see the Campus Map) to get the help you need.

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 Thursday, August 6, from 8:30 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.