Union College, chartered by the state of New York in 1795, is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished liberal arts colleges. Union is a leader in educating students to be engaged, innovative and ethical contributors to a diverse, global and technologically complex society. The curriculum emphasizes collaboration with students and faculty who champion their success through small classes and undergraduate research, international study and service learning. The student population of approximately 2,200 full-time undergraduates comes from 40 U.S. states and territories and 29 other countries. Approximately 19 percent of students identify themselves as members of a multicultural group.
The professors are “interested in the lives of their students” and “work to make sure the student gets the academic support needed to succeed,” and best of all, “you will never EVER have a teaching assistant instead of a professor at Union.” Professors have an open door policy to always allow students right on in—“students are their main priority.” Research opportunities are plentiful—“any professor with a lab is always looking for new recruits”—and a small but strong engineering department ensures that the sciences get a fair shake at a traditionally liberal arts school. The school also strives “to create interesting interdisciplinary classes that combine science and humanities in innovative ways.”
Union is small, so “the sense of community is very important to the overall experience.” The administration “wants you to enjoy your four years of college not just by studying but get to know other people and do things you never did before.” A senior neuroscience major agrees: “Union is all about finding the best mix of the challenging courses and millions of activities happening each night.” The trimester schedule is “fantastic,” and the school “melds academic, social, and cultural life together seamlessly.” “Union is also a prestigious institution that is small enough to allow every student a presence on campus,” says one.
Between Greek and Minerva life, there is “a vibrant social life” for all students, though quite a few admit that the emphasis on the “huge” Greek life “could certainly be reduced.” “Most of the campus attends parties on weekends,” which is “a great way to relieve the stress caused by being at such an academically rigorous schools and also meet new people.” In class, however, “we’re all nerds at heart, and we can talk books and numbers all day long.” Everyone also goes to free campus movies and other events like “concerts, magicians, comedians, roller skating, and others.”
The Capital Region is “all around us, so if you’re bored you’re just not trying hard enough,” says a student. There is a bounty of events and organizations, so “one has to try to NOT be involved.” “I never feel like the campus runs out of things for me to do,” says a senior. Dating is “thin” at Union: “it is not a couples’ school,” however it IS a hockey school.
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