The first planned campus in America, Union was designed by noted French architect Joseph Ramée and includes the 16-sided Nott Memorial, a historic landmark, and Jackson’s Garden, a certified natural wildlife habitat. Union is located on 130 acres in the revitalized city of Schenectady, part of Upstate New York’s Capital Region. Steps from campus, the city has a mix of shops, restaurants, the Sunday greenmarket, movies, professional theater and more. The region’s rich cultural heritage and thriving high-tech industry offer opportunities for student/faculty research, internships and jobs. A 20-minute drive from Albany International Airport, Union is within easy reach of New York City and Boston (three hours), Montreal (four hours), and rural and wilderness areas, including the Adirondack Mountains (one-to-two hours).
Campus Facilities & Equipment
The Nott Memorial is used for study, exhibits and special events. The Peter Irving Wold Center is an interdisciplinary hub, with leading-edge programs in biochemistry, environmental studies, electrical engineering and music research. The F.W. Olin Center houses high-tech classrooms and laboratories. The Science and Engineering Center, home to the Center for Bioengineering and Computational Biology, contains specialized research tools available for student use, including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, Pelletron accelerator and scanning electron microscope. The Center for Neuroscience in Butterfield Hall brings together computer and research labs, classrooms, offices and collaborative spaces. The Peschel Computer Center houses the IBM High-Performance Computing Cluster, offering some of the most advanced computing capabilities among undergraduate liberal arts schools.
Schaffer Library has over 1 million print and electronic volumes and more than 11,000 current print and electronic serial titles help to meet student needs for curricular materials. Union is also a participant in the ConnectNY consortium, giving users access to the holdings of 14 other member libraries. The College Archives, Language Lab, Special Collections and Writing Center are also housed at Schaffer Library, as is the Learning Commons, a high-tech, student-focused area supporting independent and collaborative research. Karp Hall houses the departments of English, and Modern Languages and Literature. Lippman Hall is home to the Social Sciences, including the departments of Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology. Lamont House is home to the departments of Anthropology, Classics and Philosophy, and the Religious Studies program.
Visual and performing arts facilities include the Mandeville Gallery and Wikoff Student Gallery, both located in the Nott Memorial, and the all-Steinway Taylor Music Center, which features Emerson Auditorium, the World Musics Room and a music technology studio. The Visual Arts Building is currently under renovation, slated for completion in fall 2016 and to be renamed Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts. The transformation includes new studio and exhibition spaces for arts majors in all media, and the building will complete an arts corridor designed to inspire interdisciplinary collaboration. The Yulman Theater is home to Mountebanks, the country’s oldest student performing group. The Henle Dance Pavilion, overlooking Jackson’s Garden, features classrooms, rehearsal and performance studios, and a costume shop. The Kelly Adirondack Center in nearby Niskayuna houses one of the largest research collections on the Adirondack region.
Residential options for students include traditional dorms, apartment-style housing, theme houses, Minerva Houses, Greek houses, College Park Hall and Garnet Commons, newly constructed, fully furnished apartments for upper class students. Reamer Campus Center includes dining facilities, the bookstore and various student activities. Among the athletic facilities are Alumni Gymnasium, which features the Breazzano Fitness Center, a swimming/diving pool, and dance, aerobics, spinning and yoga studios. Other recreational and sports facilities include the 3,000-seat Messa Rink at Achilles Center, home of Union’s Div. I hockey teams; the Viniar Athletic Center for basketball and volleyball; and the Travis J. Clark ’00 Strength Training Facility for varsity athletes. The men’s and women’s crew teams train at the College’s boathouse on the Mohawk River. The Wicker Wellness Center offers health, wellness and counseling services and is the home of Jenna the therapy dog.
The Becker Career Center offers a range of career planning programs and services, from résumé writing and internship searches to career fairs. It works with employers and alumni to guide students in competing effectively in today’s job market. Students can connect with alumni in all fields through the Union Career Advisory Network (UCAN). HireU, the center’s internship and job database, contains opportunities from alumni and employers who are looking specifically for Union students.
Union offers more than 50 terms and mini-term programs in 40 countries. Sixty percent of Union students go on terms abroad, one of the highest percentages among colleges and universities. Most programs are led by Union faculty. Students also may design their own program of study abroad, and participate in non-Union and exchange programs. Three-week mini-terms are offered during winter and summer breaks in various U.S. cities and countries.