Start Up Days:

Start Up Days is a unique experience for First-Year Students at UCCS. All GPS students meet on campus, for their GPS course,Thursday August 22nd(8AM-4:30PM) and Friday August 23rd(9AM-4:30PM),– before your other classes start. Experiences range from enhancing teamwork on a ropes course, visiting the courthouse, exploring our local art gallery, or even building make-shift rockets. These two days are required* of all students enrolled in GPS 1010/1020 but does not include students enrolled in the following courses: 

  • GPS Transitions sections do not meet for Start Up Days as fun for the regular 16 week semester 
  • GPS Late Start courses--Farm to Table does not meet for Start Up Days
  • GPS Online courses


Start-up Days Schedule:

Thursday August 22nd  (8AM-4:30PM)

  • 7AM-8AM: Breakfast

    • Commuter students: Breakfast in Café 65

    • Residential students: Breakfast in dining halls

  • 8:30AM-9AM: Convocation: Official welcome from the Chancellor and Provost

    • Doors will open at 8AM

    • You will meet in either Berger Hall or Gallogly Events Center depending on your class

    • To view your convocation location click here 

  • 9:30AM GPS classes begin

  • 11AM-3PM Lunch will be served in rotations in Berger Hall 

  • 4:30PM Class ends

Friday August 23rd (9AM-4:30PM)

Additional Information: 

Waiver Form:

Some Gateway Program Seminar courses have planned a service learning or field trip for one or both of your Start-up GPS days. If you are at least 18 years of age, you may sign the form yourself. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the form before you leave home. These waiver forms have been emailed to all new students enrolled at UCCS for fall 2019. 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. To download the waiver form click here 

UCCS SmartMove Training 

This training is a required training for all new students at UCCS. To view your SmartMove training click here.


Before you arrive, check out the Start-up Days Check List to make sure you are prepared!