Spartan Start is UD's orientation and welcome program for new students. During the program, you'll get connected with other students, learn your way around campus, discover ways to get involved on campus, and a lot more. Spartan Start provides the perfect start to a successful college experience.

Fall 2022 New Students

Welcome to the University of Dubuque family! We are excited to have you join us for Spartan Start on August 22-24, 2022, with Check-In/Welcome on August 21, 2022. We're working on putting together a great schedule for the program. Please check back often as this page will be updated with additional details as they become available. If you are a fall sport student-athlete, please check with your sport coach, as your check-in date may be different.

What to Expect

Attending UD will be a brand new experience for you. While starting at a new college is exciting, it can also be a little stressful. Spartan Start is designed to help you settle in and get comfortable with campus life. During the program you can expect to:

  • Meet a lot of other new students who, like you, don't know a lot of people on campus and are feeling a bit nervous. Don't be afraid to introduce yourself.
  • Be busy! We fit a lot of sessions and activities into the day. We want to make the most of every moment, so you won't have a lot of down time. It is possible that you may even feel overwhelmed at times. That's normal; just reach out to a peer leader or Spartan Start staff member, and they can help.
  • Learn about a lot of resources and opportunities. There are tons of ways to get involved on campus, and a lot of helpful, free services you can utilize. Even if you think something may not be of interest to you, keep an open mind. You may find that you need the information later. Plus, college is a great time to try something new!
  • Take responsibility for your education. How you participate and what and how much you learn is up to you. As a college student, you'll need to make decisions about what classes to take, how often to study, when to ask for help, and more. Spartan Start will give you a chance to learn and practice those skills, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity by being fully engaged and asking lots of questions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I move in early?

We're glad you are ready to join us on campus! Our staff needs time to make sure everything is just right for you when you arrive, so unfortunately, we cannot allow early move-ins. If you have extenuating circumstances that you need to discuss, you may contact Residence Life at 563.589.3438 or

Do I have to attend Spartan Start?

Yes. Studies show that orientation programs contribute to a positive transition to college. Because we care about your success and want you to have every advantage possible, Spartan Start is a required component of your first week at UD. We have worked hard to build a fun and useful program you will not want to miss.