Start Up Days


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!

Start-Up Days August 16-17, 2018

GPS 1010 will begin on Thursday and Friday, August 16th and 17th-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 since they count as one-third of the course.

Plan to arrive at the meeting room for your topic at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, August 16th. 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.

For a list of Fall 2018 GPS courses, click HERE.

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.

Field Trip Waiver Can Be Found HERE.