New Student Orientation

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We are here to help you start college like a pro, and we're excited to see you on campus soon. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a shout-out at 402.486.2504 or enroll [at]

Helpful Links

  • New Student Orientation schedule—You'll get a detailed schedule when you arrive, but you can see an outline of events now.
    • Please make note of the special orientation sessions for parents, transfer and international students.
  • International StudentsMake sure you've done everything on your international checklist and have communicated about airport transportation and bedding packets.
  • Parent information — Have questions? Download our parent flier for information about New Student Orientation and year-round communication. Or check a video from parents of one of our graduates.  
  • Final Clearance Checklist—Log in to your Portal account to start the Final Clearance Checklist. Not only does it guide you through the registration process (photo ID, quote for the online directory, declaring a major, etc.), completing the checklist also allows you to be eligible for a super secret and super cool prize on Aug. 18! 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.

Early Arrival

The official move-in day is Sunday, Aug. 14; however, you can come Friday, Aug. 12. If you want to move in before Friday, remember to make arrangements with your dean. You will be charged a housing fee per night for early arrival, and you'll need to pay for meals with cash or a credit card.

Where do I start on Sunday (Aug. 14)?

  • Start at the Ortner Center between 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. to get your welcome packet and temporary ID card.
  • Next, visit the Enrollment office (5th floor of the Everett Dick Building) to see what you have left to finish. Our Enrollment and Student Financial Services offices have extended hours to help you.
    • Friday (Aug. 12 & 19) from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday (Aug. 14 & 21) from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

RSVP for Lunch

If you're coming and bringing your family to the President's Lunch on Monday, Aug. 15 (families and students welcome!), please help us plan by submitting your RSVP by Aug. 11 here. Thank you!

Transportation to Campus

Need help getting from the Lincoln or Omaha airports to Union College? No problem! We provide free airport pick up from Aug. 11-15 for new students and their parents. Please email raboyd [at] your itinerary and cell phone number at least 72 hours before your flight departs. The earlier you can email your itinerary, the better. 

Shopping Trips

Forgot your tooth brush? Need groceries? Don't worry. We'll be providing shopping trips, departing the Ortner Center parking lot. Be on time, so you don't miss out! 

  • Friday (Aug. 12) at 3 p.m.
  • Sunday (Aug. 14) at 4 p.m. 
  • Sunday (Aug. 21) at 10 a.m. ​

ACT Testing (optional)

Some students decide to the ACT during New Student Orientation to increase their scholarship opportunities or to avoid a remedial class. To register for the $35 test by Aug. 12 or get more information, click here.

Best Cell Phone Service

While you can use any cell phone carrier, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and US Cellular provide the best reception on campus. T-Mobile has particularly bad service across most of campus. 

Finding a Job

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

2) Fill out the online application. Employers can see which other locations you're applying for, so apply to 3-5 places you're actually interested in and have the skills for. Write down who your application will be sent to and look them up in the personnel directory.

3) Follow up with the people you applied to. An email or phone call will help you stand out and let you know if there's any openings in that department. 

4) Don't find a fit? Fill out the application for different departments or check out the job openings list.  Custodial, Union Market and the Larson Lifestyle Center are the largest student employers on campus.