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First-Time Student Checklist

Spring 2021 Semester

When it comes to investing in a college education, you're not only investing your money, you're investing your time and hard work in your dreams for the future. At Mount Union, making your investment pay off is at the heart of all we do.

Now that you've been admitted to the University, we encourage you to take these easy steps that will keep you right on track to begin your college experience at Mount Union.

Note: The First-Time Student Checklist below is for students enrolling at the University of Mount Union for the spring 2021 semester.

Secure Your Spot

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Pay Your Deposit

If admitted to Mount Union, candidates are required to submit a $150 enrollment deposit prior to the intended enrollment term. A deposit submitted for a student who has not been admitted will be immediately refunded to the charged credit card or respective check holder. If admitted for the spring, your deposit is non-refundable and is required prior to your start date for the spring semester.

Payment Options

  • Use our secure, online payment screen, which accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover Card credit or debit cards. You must login to access this option.
  • You can also send a check or money order and the Enrollment Confirmation Form (included with the student’s acceptance letter) to: Office of Admission, 1972 Clark Avenue, Alliance, Ohio 44601.

Set-Up Your Mount Union Email

Once your email account is ready, you will receive an email indicating that you can access your email address, username, and temporary password. You'll access this information through your application portal.

  • Please reference the Technology Checklist to learn how to access your email account for the first time. When you visit this checklist, pay special attention to these checkmarks:
  • Questions about technology issues can be directed to
  • Questions about issues accessing your application portal can be directed to your Admission Counselor.

Register for Preview (Orientation Part 1)

You will receive an email when Preview registration opens. By participating in the Preview experience, you'll have the chance to learn about campus resources, meet other new students, and finalize your first semester course schedule! Preview will be a virtual experience for students beginning their journey at Mount Union in January 2021. Visit the New Student and Family Programming web page for more information.

Complete Necessary Forms

Student studying on campus
Complete the New Student Housing Application or Commuter Application

All students are required to complete either the Housing or Commuter application through MyHousing. Login information is the same username (do not include “”) and password as your UMU Email.

Residency Requirement
At Mount Union, we believe that the residential experience can significantly contribute to a student's overall collegiate experience. As such, the University of Mount Union has a 2-year residency requirement. However, for the 2020-2021 academic year, if you live within 60 driving miles, you may choose to commute from your permanent home address. Additionally, after you've attended college for four semesters after high school, you may choose to live off campus locally.

Upload a Photo for Your Purple Plu$ Card

A Purple Plu$ Card is the official University of Mount Union identification card. All faculty, staff, students and sponsored individuals are required to have their ID cards for identification, security, and access to university buildings and services.

Please visit the Purple Plu$ Card web page and scroll down to “Accessing My Purple Plu$" for instructions on downloading and registering for the GET app. Once you are registered, upload a photo for your Purple Plu$ Card following the criteria found on the web page. This page also includes additional information about the Purple Plu$ Card and GET app. If you have any questions about or issues with the GET App, please contact Jenny Huth, director of camps and conferences, by email at or by phone, 330-829-2877.

Complete the Health Center Form

Complete your Health Center Form and mail it to the Student Health Center prior to your arrival on campus. Please include only the Health Center forms in your envelope and address them to:

Health Center
University of Mount Union
1972 Clark Ave.
Alliance, OH 44601

For more information regarding health requirements prior to arrival, please visit the Health Center’s web page.

Complete the Student Financial Aid Forms

Financial aid forms must be completed if you are planning to attend Mount Union and utilize financial aid. You may view a list of missing documents on the front of your financial aid award offer. You can find the electronic forms on the Applying for Financial Aid page. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at or (330) 823-2674 if you have any questions concerning your forms.

Please do not send any personally identifiable information (PII) via email if you are not able to encrypt it. PII includes attachments with Social Security Numbers, ID Numbers, dates of birth, etc. All tax documents should be uploaded to the required electronic form.

Pay Your Bill and Set Up a Payment Plan

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Complete the Office of Business Affairs Documents

The Office of Business Affairs requires that all students complete multiple forms. These forms are detailed on the Payment Checklist, section 2. Please submit these forms by accessing them electronically on Etrieve. You will find documents under the “Business Office” heading. Required documents include the Tuition Payment Agreement and Financial Clearance Form. Optional documents include the Federal Title IV Authorization which allows UMU to apply federal funds to your bill and the Office of Business Affairs FERPA Form which allows parents/family members access to billing information.

View and Make a Plan to Pay Your Bill

The Payment Checklist details the various steps in the payment process including billing details, important dates, and payment options. Information regarding how to access your bill and/or pay your bill can be found on the Payment Checklist, sections 3 and 4.

Send Final Transcripts and Scores

University of Mount Union
Submit all final transcripts, AP scores, and post-secondary, CCP, or dual-credit transcripts

The University of Mount Union requires that you submit your final high school transcript and if applicable post-secondary, CCP, or dual-credit transcripts. Additionally, if you have scores for AP, IB or CLEP exams, have those scores sent to Mount Union as well. 

To view the Advanced Placement Exam list, view the Credit for IB, AP, or CLEP page.

All scores and transcripts can be sent to the University electronically or you can have them mailed to:
Office of Admission
University of Mount Union
1972 Clark Ave.
Alliance, OH 44601

Plan Your Arrival

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Complete Required Online Programs

The University of Mount Union believes that it is essential that students entering a University be educated on the topics of alcohol and other substance abuse as well as sexual violence prevention and COVID-19 expectations. You will receive an email in January regarding the “Get Inclusive” program that details how to complete these requirements.

Mark Your Calendar For Move-In

Move-in for new students enrolling for the spring 2021 semester is scheduled for January 9, 2021 beginning at 10 a.m. Parents and family members can assist you with move-in on Saturday, January 9, however, if you decide to move in on Sunday, January 10, please note that your parents and family members will not be allowed to enter the building due to COVID-related safety measure. The first day of classes for the spring semester is January 11, 2021.

If you will be moving in early for a University sponsored activity or sport, please contact your coach or director for more information. If you need to move into your campus housing earlier than January 9, 2021, please email the Office of Residence Life at

Arrange for Airport Transportation

If you need transportation from an airport to campus, please complete the Transportation Request Form.

Register for Parking

If you plan to bring a car to campus, you will need to complete the Vehicle Registration Form. Visit Safety and Parking for more information. Don’t forget to put the cell number for campus safety and security number - (330) 428-1344 -  in your phone.

Get Your Textbooks

Once you have a finalized course schedule, visit the University Store website to order your text books. For any questions, contact the University Store via email at or call (330) 823-2085.

Explore Student Employment Opportunities

Earn money and gain practical experience through Student Employment! On-campus and federal work study openings are listed on iRaider in the Student Job Book. You can submit your application electronically from the Student Job Book. All students can participate in Student Employment, but contact Financial Aid for any positions that mention Federal Work Study to check your eligibility.

Attend Spring Orientation (Orientation Part 2)

Spring Orientation is required for all first-year students and will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2021. Spring Orientation will begin around 11 a.m. More information regarding Spring Orientation will be announced as soon as details are finalized. Visit the New Student and Family Programming web page for more information.