Spark Start

It all starts August 12, 2024

College is a grand new adventure, and Spark Start Week is our way of making sure you have the preparation you need to start college right and be successful at Union. 

Why Spark Start?

  • Experience four days of coursework, community building and fun that will help you hit the ground running when classes start on August 19.
  • Spark Start can also count as a one credit class at no extra charge — if you are not already taking more than 16 credit hours.
  • Spark Start is required for all new freshmen.

Don't forget — you can finish almost the entire Registration Checklist before you arrive on campus. If you need help, offices will be open all week from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you move in on Monday, you'll have plenty of time to visit offices, ask questions and get any help you need to finish the checklist. If you're not sure who to call, reach out to the Enrollment Office ( or 402.486.2504).

Spark Start Week Schedule

Monday | August 12

Move-in | 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
This is the time to unload your stuff and get settled in the residence halls.

Note: If you need to move in before Monday, please contact Dean Emily Patterson (women) or Dean Santi Fernandez (men). NO MOVE IN WILL BE ALLOWED FROM SUNDOWN ON FRIDAY TO SUNDOWN ON SATURDAY.

Get your Photo ID and visit offices | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Come take your official Union Adventist University photo ID and get your ID card. This will allow you to access buildings and make purchases in the Union Market and the Campus Store.

You can also visit campus offices including Records, Campus Health and Student Financial Services to get questions answered. 

Tuesday | August 13

Move-in | 8:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Continue unloading and settling into your room or visit offices to finish registration.

Calling Dedication | 11:00 a.m.
This event is for all new students and their families. Join the Union family as we dedicate the new school year to God.

President's Picnic | 12:00 p.m.
Join President Bazan for a free lunch for all new students and their families.

Parent Orientation | 1:30 p.m.
PARENTS: join us for a special orientation session where we discuss how we can work together to help your students succeed in college. Following this event, you're free to head home.

Spark Start begins | 1:30 p.m.
Spark Start sessions begin for new students and will continue throughout the week.

Spark Start activities will transition into worship and social events on the weekend. We'll post a more detailed schedule as we get closer.

Questions? If you have questions about anything related to Spark Start, please contact us at or 402.486.2504.

Tryout for varsity volleyball or soccer

Hey freshmen! Do you want to try out for Union's varsity women's volleyball or men's soccer team? Tryouts start at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 11. So you'll need to move into the residence hall and get your photo ID on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

If you are planning to try out, be sure to contact Union's Athletic Director, Drew Mekelburg, at

Transfer students

If you are transferring to Union from another college, we are planning a special transfer orientation for you. We'll post more information soon.

Graduate students

All graduate students are required to attend a special graduate orientation on Thursday, August 15, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. We'll post more information soon.

Getting ready for college life

Living 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 student. Click here for more.

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

Life 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.

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.

Transportation to campus—Need help getting from the Lincoln or Omaha airports to Union Adventist University? 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. 

Find your way around campus

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

International students

Make sure you’ve done everything on your international checklist and have communicated about airport transportation and bedding packets.