Transfer students follow the same orientation schedule as first-year students and are placed into an orientation group with other transfer students. This group is led by a student who was also a transfer student. Transfer students are expected to attend all sessions, especially the first meeting with orientation advisors. Information provided during this meeting will be essential to navigating the first few weeks on campus.
Please note that all deadlines included in this newsletter apply to transfer students, unless otherwise stated.
Sophomore and junior transfer students wishing to keep a car on campus will need to register their vehicle with Campus Safety. First-year transfer students will need permission from Dean of First-Year Students Kate Schurick.
Questions? Email, call (518) 388-6061 or visit our website.
DON'T MISS CLUB EXPO
Emily Rocha, director, student activities
Katie Davin, assistant director, student activities
Matt Milless, assistant vice president for campus engagement
With more than 100 clubs and organizations to choose from, Union has something for everyone! Check out the Club Expo Friday, Sept. 9, on Library Plaza. Join clubs, enjoy delicious food and engage in fun activities. This event is a great opportunity to talk with student leaders and learn more about what these student-run groups have to offer.
Questions? Email or call (518) 388-6118. And don’t forget to follow Student Activities on Instagram (@unionstuact) to stay up-to-date with events and activities throughout the year.
EMPLOYMENT ON CAMPUS
Students planning working on campus need to complete employee paperwork with Human Resources, including an I-9 form prior to starting work (learn more on the employment site). Original documents must be presented to complete the I-9 form. Copies are not accepted. Please see the list of acceptable documents here.
Questions? Email or call (518) 388-6108.
As your Union education begins, we want to emphasize the importance of learning both in the classroom and beyond. We have already begun sharing online curricula on a variety of important topics to be completed before you arrive on campus. By engaging with these courses, you will learn how to embody the values of Union College by treating yourself and your community with care, respect and an appreciation of diversity.
On Monday you received an email from EVERFI. This message included information about how to login to access and complete online modules on diversity, equity and inclusion; mental well-being; sexual assault prevention; and substance misuse prevention. For those students participating in NCAA athletics, you will also be assigned the Prevention for College Athletics course. If you have questions or concerns regarding the content of these courses, please reach out to any of the individuals listed below. If you experience technical issues within the EVERFI platform, you can request assistance through the EVERFI support site.
- Ryan Keytack, interim vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students
Andrew "Dru" Alvez, chief diversity officer for Student and Institutional Success; director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs; and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Course facilitator
Emily Belewich, athletics compliance coordinator, and Prevention for College Athletics Course facilitator
Marcus Hotaling, director of the Eppler-Wolff Center for Psychological Services
Ryan Ribeiro, director of community standards
Nadiyah Roberts Green, assistant director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs
Mary Simeoli, Title IX coordinator/director of equal opportunity, and Sexual Assault Prevention Course facilitator
Amanda Tommell-Sandy, assistant director for health promotion and student wellness; and Mental Well-Being and Substance Misuse Prevention courses facilitator
Michelle Osborn, interim dean of studies
Fall classes will begin Sept. 7 and exams will end Nov. 22.
All students should receive an email with their fall term schedule later this week. Your schedule was developed based on the information you provided in you advising and registration form on the applicant portal. During orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with your academic advisor. If necessary, you can make changes to your schedule during the add/drop portion of orientation Sept. 6.
Questions? Email or call (518) 388-6234.
Amanda Iverson, director of residential life
Move-in day is almost here. Excited? We are! We’re working hard to make move-in easy and fun, while maintaining a smooth and comfortable experience.
Students received an email with housing assignments and move-in information in July. Housing assignment information and move-in time slot sign-ups are available in Union MyHousing. Before you begin designing your living space, plan ahead. Talk to your roommate(s) to coordinate who is bringing specific items.
Move-in for all first-year and transfer students not participating in the pre-orientation experience is Sept. 3. Students participating in the pre-orientation experience will move in Aug. 31. International students should plan to arrive Aug. 29 - 30. Please login to your housing portal to select your move-in time block. More information about move-in is available here.
Questions? Email or call (518) 388-6117.
CAMPUS SAFETY & TRAFFIC
Thomas Constantine, interimdirector
During move-in days, Campus Safety personnel will be stationed at various points around campus to assist in directing traffic and answering questions. Please be cognizant of others when unloading and do not leave your vehicle unattended for extended periods. Once you unload your vehicle at your residence hall, please be prepared to move your vehicle to different lots to allow other students to move in. Access to student buildings will initially be with a key. Access will change over to ID card within the next day or two.
For general safety, please consider getting insurance to cover loss or theft of personal belongings. For more information about Campus Safety, visit our website.
Questions? Email or (518) 388-6911
All members of the campus community are required to have a photo identification card.
First-year and transfer students should submit photos electronically for their ID cards through the applicant portal. Please be sure to follow all of the outlined photo requirements. Students who do not submit photos, or submit photos that do not meet the above requirements, will be required to have their photos taken upon arrival.
Questions? Email the Card Access Office.
Students participating in Pre-O will move into their assigned room during the morning of Aug. 31. Students and those assisting them with move-in are invited to join us for a farewell lunch that day. Pre-O programs will begin at 1 p.m. We will host a Parent and Family Welcome and Q&A session in College Park Hall at 1 p.m. as well.
It's not too late to sign up for a pre-orientation program! Pre-orientation programs run Aug. 31- Sept. 2, prior to orientation. Full or partial funding may be available to cover Pre-O fees through Union’s Making U Possible (MUP) initiative. You may request MUP funding using this form or email us with questions.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Andrew “Dru” Alvez, chief diversity officer for Student and Institutional Success, director of Intercultural Affairs
Nadiyah Roberts-Green, assistant director, Intercultural Affairs
At Union College, we strive to enhance a vibrant learning and working community that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and a sense of belonging -- both inside and outside the classroom. In order to accomplish this goal, a team of professional staff has been appointed to lead DEI efforts at the College. We encourage you to meet our chief diversity officers when you arrive this fall.
Chief Diversity Officer for Students:
Andrew “Dru” Alvez, chief diversity officer for Student and Institutional Success, director of Intercultural Affairs
Chief Diversity Officer for Employees:
Francesca Mesiti, chief diversity officer for Employee and Institutional Success, director of Talent Acquisition
Questions? Please email us
Are you interested in meeting other students who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) at Union College? This group is open to all BIPOC students. Partnering with different offices, the primary goal of this student network group is to offer a safe space for BIPOC students to connect with one another. Through U-Network, student participants will have the opportunity to explore their own racial identities, develop professional skills and network with other BIPOC students, faculty/staff and alumni. Register for the U-Network Group using this form. Questions? Email Nadiyah Roberts-Green
BRIDGES FIRST-GENERATION MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
We are excited to offer the Bridges First-Generation Mentorship Program to our incoming students who identify as first-generation college students. A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parents did not complete a 4-year college or university degree. The Bridges program provides first-gen students with the necessary support to help them succeed and transition to college. We offer two workshops each term and facilitate a mentoring program that matches Bridges participants with faculty/staff mentors. These mentors can offer great advice about navigating experiences at Union College and will meet with their designated mentees three times per term. Bridges has had a significant impact on our first-gen student retention and helps each student connect with the broader Union community through intentional academic and social support. Register for Bridges using this form. Questions? Email Dru Alvez
RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL LIFE
Union College values religion as a crucial part of cultural diversity and our social identity. We recognize the diverse religious worldviews and beliefs in our community and are dedicated to building religious fluency among students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to explore their faith and spirituality as well as offer students multiple platforms to learn about other traditions through programming and interfaith dialogues. We encourage our students to connect with our faith directors and ask for support and guidance to meet religious and spiritual needs. Learn more about our faith directors. Questions? Email Matt Milless, assistant vice president for Campus and Community Engagement.
Shelly Harrington, director
Students with documented disabilities who will need academic accommodations should register with Accommodative Services and attend one of our orientation programs specifically for individuals receiving academic accommodations. Details about how to register with our office and sign up for the Accommodative Services Orientation are on the Accommodative Services webpage.
Two orientation sessions are available -- Aug. 30 for students participating in pre-orientation experiences and Sept. 2 for those not participating in pre-orientation.
Parent Information Session: Parents of incoming students with disabilities are invited to join us on Zoom Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Register here.
Questions? Email Shelly Harrington. Follow us on Instagram @union.accommodative.services
PARENT & FAMILY VIRTUAL ORIENTATIONS
Our student-focused Tuesdays with Union wrapped up in July, but if you missed one, session recordings are available on the applicant portal or first-year website.
Our August sessions are dedicated to Parent and Family Virtual Orientations, which will help parents and families prepare for transitioning to college.
Remaining August topics include:
All sessions begin at 7 p.m. EST. If you are unable to attend, sessions are recorded and posted here. Visit the Make Union Yours site to register for our final session.
UNION PARENTS & FAMILY PROGRAM
Noelle Marchaj ’05, director of Parent and Family Philanthropy
Damond Heath ’10, senior associate director of Alumni and Parent Engagement
It's been wonderful to meet so many families at our June and July Welcome Receptions - thank you all for joining! We have two more events left:
We also invite you to join us for a move-in day Parent Reception Saturday, Sept. 3, on campus!
*All are invited to this family reception on the patio of Alumni Gym. No registration is required. The event will follow the 3:45 p.m. welcome from David President Harris. Meet the Parent Engagement team, fellow families and enjoy light refreshments.
And please save the date for Homecoming and Family Weekend (Sept. 30 - Oct. 2).
We wish the Class of 2026 all the best as you prepare to embark on your Union journey. There are so many special opportunities and experiences that await you. Parents, please watch your email for more information about ways to engage with your student and the parent community.
Questions? Contact Damond or Noelle. We look forward to meeting you!
CAMPUS STORE AT UNION
Mark Yetman, manager
The campus store is a one-stop spot for course materials, snacks, school supplies, technology and Union gear. Located in Reamer Campus Center, it offers students all sorts of necessities for class and everyday life. The campus store will run promotions throughout the year. The current Back to School Promotion gives students a new set of AirPods with the purchase of a qualifying MacBook, Laptop and iPad.
The campus store is excited to welcome students back! We have special hours for move-in dates and the first week of classes.
- Aug. 31 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Sept. 3 - 4 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Sept. 7 - 9
- 8:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. (campus store and textbooks)
- 8:45 a.m. - 11 p.m. (convenience store)
Students can order their fall textbooks online through Compare Textbook Prices Online | Union College Bookstore. Any student who places an online textbook order up until Thursday, Aug. 18, will be entered to win a Union hooded sweatshirt! The campus store will announce the winner on Friday, Aug. 19.
Textbook orders placed by Aug. 28 will be shipped out by Aug. 29, or will be available for free in-store pick-up.