Start Up Days is a unique experience for First-Year Students at UCCS! All GPS students meet on campus, in their GPS course, on Thursday and Friday, August 16th and 17th. Experiences range from enhancing teamwork on a ropes course, visiting the courthouse, exploring our local art gallery, and even building make-shift rockets. These two days are mandatory for all students enrolled in GPS 1010. These two days account for four weeks of class! GPS courses end before Thanksgiving, allowing students additional time to study for their remaining finals!

  • GPS 3010, Section 001 also meets for the entire 16 weeks of the semester.
  • GPS 1010 sections OL1, OL2, OL4, WK1, and 77 do not meet for Start Up Days as they, too, are 16 week semester classes OR they are scheduled as intensive courses.

Click here for a list of Start Up Days Room Assignments:

Start-Up Days August 22-23, 2019

GPS 1010/1020 will begin on Thursday and Friday, August 22nd and 23rd -before your other classes start. All Gateway Program Seminar classes will meet from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided for you on both days. These two days are a MANDATORY part of GPS 1010/1020 since they count as one-third of the course.

Plan to arrive at convocation  at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 22nd. After convocation, you will be directed to attend your respective classrooms for Start Up Days. Rooms for Start Up Days are different than your classrooms for the regular semester. Once these pre-term activities are over, your course will meet once a week at its regular, published time (check the online Course Schedule or your portal for semester room assignments). Because of these full two days of class, Gateway Program Seminar will also end four weeks early. We'll keep you busy during these two pre-term days: you'll get to know your faculty member, your GPS Peer Leader, and individual section-mates, and you'll meet students from all the sections studying the topic you've chosen. You'll be introduced to the University's technology, find out what the course has in store for you and what the University has to offer, and begin to discover what it takes to succeed in college.

Some Gateway Program Seminar courses have planned a service learning or field trip for one or both of your pre-term GPS days. Please sign the waiver if you are at least 18 years of age. If you're under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the form before you leave home. Please bring your signed form with you to campus. There is no need to mail or fax it back. Your Gateway Program Seminar faculty member will collect it from you.