Move in is
August 19

Your journey at Union begins with moving in

We're excited for you to join our Union College family. Move in and uConnect are your opportunity to learn about our campus, get settled in and get ready to start the school year off right. Plus, it's required for all new students.

Attending Spark Start? Click here for additional move-in information.

August 19—Move into the residence hall

Move-in times
You can move into the residence halls anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday. Be sure to stop by the front desk of your dorm to get your welcome packet and check in.

If you plan to move in earlier in the week, please contact the dean listed below. Please note that no one will be allowed to move in between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday.

Registration and uConnect are August 19-20

Start the semester off right

Once you've moved in, or if you live in the community, your next step is to complete registration and attend uConnect to be ready to start classes on August 23.

August 19—Move in and registration

Get moved in to your residence hall (see above).

Registration—9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Start in the Visitor Center to take your official college ID photo and get your ID card. Then you'll have the opportunity to visit campus offices, get questions answered and finish your Registration Checklist.

Check out our campus map to find the office you need.

Remember, you can finish nearly every item on the Registration Checklist before you arrive on campus. Get it done right away so you have more of the day to get settled in and ready for classes.

Meals for the day will be in Union Market. Make sure you get your ID card in the Visitor Center so that you can start charging your meals.

Supper for first generation students—5:00 p.m.
Location: Ortner Center—Shawnee-Porter Room (second floor)
If you are a first generation college student, join the First Gen Club for supper!

Game Night—7:00 p.m.
Location: Clock tower
Get to know your new classmates and meet your family group.

August 20—uConnect (new student orientation)

uConnect Orientation—9:00 a.m.
Location: Thunderdome
Get to know more about Union College and what you need to know to be successful.

Placement tests—10:45 a.m.
Location: Everett Dick Administration Building—Amphitheater (basement)
We join together to dedicate the school year to God.\

Calling Dedications—12:00 p.m.
Location: College View Church sanctuary
Join us to dedicate the new school year to God.

President's Lunch—12:30 p.m.
Location: College View Church—Heartland Hall
You and your family are invited to a free lunch with President Sauder.

Dessert with your professors—1:30 p.m.
Location: Academic program areas around campus
Meet the professors in your area of study.

uConnect Workshops—2:30 p.m.
Location: Don Love Building—Atrium
You'll rotate between short workshops designed to help you learn to use all the resources Union has to offer.

uConnect Wrap-Up—4:00 p.m.
Location: Thunderdome

Family Worship—7:30 p.m. 
Location: College View Church sanctuary
Welcome the Sabbath with our campus family.

Afterglo—following Family Worship
Location: Field next to Larson Lifestyle Center
Come enjoy music, fellowship and s'mores.

Sabbath, August 21—Worship

Free breakfast—8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Union Market
Families of new students are invited to a free breakfast.

Worship Service—9:15 a.m.
Location: College View Church sanctuary

The Well—10:30 a.m.
Location: College View Church—Young Adult Room
Enjoy worship and the word in this Sabbath School designed for young adults.

Worship Service—12:00 p.m.
Location: College View Church sanctuary

Something on Sabbath (SOS)—2:45 p.m.
Location: To be announced
Enjoy time with friends while doing various activities around campus.

V2 (sundown vespers)—8:00 p.m.
Location: Clock tower
Close the Sabbath with music and sharing.

Game with Student Association—9:00 p.m.
Location: Field beside Larson Lifestyle Center
Make new friends while playing an assortment of fun yard games.

Sunday, August 22—Relax

If you have your Registration Checklist done, you can relax, organize your room, or whatever you like. Larson Lifestyle Center and tennis courts will be open throughout the day.

Risidual ACT Test—8:30 a.m.
Location: Krueger Center—Room 200 (amphitheater)
This is only for students who preregistered to take the test.

Registration—10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Across campus
If you completed your Registration Checklist, you can relax. Otherwise, you need to have it done by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. All offices will be open if you have questions.

Also, watch for the snow cone truck in the afternoon!

Town trip—12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Leave from Ortner Center parking lot
Need to go to the store? A van will be leaving and returning every 30 minutes so you can head to Target and grab what you need.

ALEKS Testing—2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Krueger Center—Room 200 (amphitheater)
If you didn't take the ACT, you'll need to take this test for proper math placement.

Welcome Back Party!—5:30 p.m.
Location: The Quad
Celebrate the start of the school year by making more new friends and enjoying free pizza!

Info for parents

Parents, here's what you need to know

Hey parents, we looking forward to meeting you as you help your student move in and get settled at Union.

You can't directly access the Registration Checklist without your student's UC-ID, but you can see all the forms they need to complete here.

TIP: If you need help, check out our "How To" videos.

You're invited to a special Parent Orientation on Friday, August 20. Here's the schedule: 

Parent Orientation—Friday, August 20

Worship—9:00 a.m.
Location: Thunderdome
We'll have a joint worship with the students.

Parent Orientation Session—9:30 a.m.
Location: Woods Auditorium
Find out what resources are available and how you can support your new college student.

Calling Dedication—Noon
Location: College View Church sanctuary
Join us to dedicate the school year and our new students to God.

Lunch with the President—12:30 p.m.
Location: College View Church—Heartland Hall
You and your family are invited to a free lunch with President Sauder.

Dessert and Q&A with college leaders
Location: College View Church—Heartland Hall
Enjoy some dessert and chat with college vice presidents and other leaders.

We understand if you need to leave in the afternoon, but you are welcome to stay Friday evening and Sabbath to worship with us.

Saturday, August 21

Free breakfast—8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Union Market
Families of new students are invited to a free breakfast.

Worship with us
You're invited to join us for a day of worship, including College View Church worship service at 9:15 a.m. or noon, and The Well Sabbath School at 10:30 a.m. We'll also have Sabbath afternoon activities and a sundown vespers service. See the student schedule above for a complete list of Sabbath events.

Try outs

Come early to join the volleyball or soccer teams.

Planning to tryout for soccer or volleyball?

Tryouts for Union's varsity men's soccer and women's volleyball team will take place August 15-19. If you'd like to try out, be sure to do the following:

You'll need to move into the residence halls on Sunday, August 15, and be ready for an orientation meeting at 5:30 p.m. Here's a schedule of Sunday events:

Sunday, August 15 (for athletes only)

  • Move in—9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (be sure to notify the dean)
  • Take photo and get Student ID—1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Parent Orientation—4:00 p.m. (for all parents who won't be here for our regular parent orientation on August 20)
  • Worship—6:30 p.m. (in the Thunderdome)

The rest of the schedule of tryouts for the week will be sent directly to you once you register with the athletic director.

If you have questions, please contact Nestor Osorio at

Helpful information.

Getting ready to live in the residence halls

Wondering how big the residence hall rooms are? What you should bring? Check out our Student Housing page to get all the info.

Find your perfect fit

There are all kinds of opportunities for you to connect with clubs, leadership opportunities, jobs, music groups and sports. Click here to learn more.

Know your resources

Union offers lots of resources to help you have a successful college journey—including a life coach for every first-year. Click here for more.

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

Live in Lincoln

Lincoln is one of those great big little cities:  big enough to have a wide variety of shopping, dining, internships, jobs, and cultural and entertainment opportunities, but small enough to drive across town without burning a tank of gas. In our mini-metropolis of nearly 300,000 people, we have hundreds of restaurants, a plethora of stores, and 128 miles of bike and hiking trails. Click here to get a taste of the city. We like it here, and we think you will too.

Find your way around campus

Want to learn more about our campus? Explore or our interactive map.

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.

Remember, if you are traveling from overseas, you will be required to quarantine for two weeks. You will be able to quarantine in your room in the residence hall. Please contact the dean for more information.

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 during registration. 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, T-Mobile and US Cellular provide the best reception 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.