From the School

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.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
590 - 680
SAT Math
620 - 720
ACT Composite
28 - 31


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA


From The School

Union students gain deep knowledge within their majors and also experience the cross-pollination of ideas and insights from a variety of disciplines. Union’s interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts combines the humanities and social sciences with science and engineering, emphasizing the practical application of ideas through hands-on experience. Students must complete a minimum of 36 courses (up to 40 for engineering degrees) and satisfy all departmental and Common Curriculum requirements. These requirements include the First-Year Preceptorial and Sophomore Research Seminar, which promote skills in reading, writing, research and critical thinking. Distribution requirements in the humanities, literature, social sciences, linguistic and cultural competency, quantitative mathematical reasoning and the sciences promote a breadth of knowledge about the social and natural world, and key skills in analysis, literacy and numeracy. Approved interdisciplinary clusters on particular intellectual themes prompt awareness of interdisciplinary connections and understanding of issues from multiple perspectives. The Union Scholars program provides an enriched experience for academically accomplished students through extensive opportunities for independent study, study abroad, colloquia and departmental honors programs. Union encourages student research in all disciplines. Three-quarters of all students are actively engaged in research. They work one-on-one with professors in top-notch facilities and labs and have access to sophisticated instrumentation often reserved for graduate students at large universities. At Steinmetz Symposium each spring, some 450 students present their research, scholarship and creative work, while approximately 140 students participate in Union’s vibrant summer research program each year. Many students co-author publications with their professors and present at major conferences. Union consistently ranks among the top of its peer institutions in National Science Foundation (NSF) awards. Many students participate in businesses, health care, government and social service internships. The Michael Rapaport ’59 Ethics Across the Curriculum promotes courses that provide training in everyday ethics. Writing Across the Curriculum requires students to take five designated courses from at least two divisions and one Senior Writing Experience.

Students Say

Founded in 1795, Union College in upstate New York is a small, independent liberal arts college that provides a wide “breadth of education” that allows students to learn across the curriculum and graduate with a respected degree and a true liberal arts education. The “great historical roots” are apparent all around the “beautiful campus full of school-spirited students,” but the school keeps a firm eye on the future as well, and “encourages students to develop and be prepared for graduation.”

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.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Andrea Barrett
National Book Award winner; Pulitzer Prize finalist, MacArthur genius grant

Kathy E. Magliato
M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and author of Healing Hearts

Rich Templeton
President, CEO and Chairman of Texas Instruments

Alan Horn
Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios

John Kelly
Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research

Neil Abercrombie
Governor of Hawaii; former Congressman


From The School

Union’s comprehensive fee, which includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees, is $58,248 for the 2013-14 academic year. The estimated cost for books and personal expenses is $1,900.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 25

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Union has more than 100 campus clubs, including performance and arts clubs; cultural groups; the student newspaper, Concordiensis, and radio station, WRUC; sports clubs; 10 residential Greek organizations; more than a dozen theme houses; academic and honor societies; service groups; and political interest groups. Cultural events include concerts, theater, dance, film and art exhibits. Union’s comprehensive athletics program offers 26 varsity intercollegiate sports, organized intramurals, club sports, and recreational and fitness activities. Union is a member of the NCAA, Liberty League and ECAC Hockey. Men’s and women’s ice hockey compete in NCAA Division I programs; other teams are Division III. Seven houses in the center of campus make up the Minerva House system, a vibrant community and launch pad for a variety of college experiences. Each student belongs to one of the houses, and all faculty members have house affiliations. This unique program encourages students and faculty members to contribute in distinct ways to Union’s social, cultural, academic and intellectual life. Student-run Minerva programs range from book clubs and barbecues to film series, theater outings, cooking dinner with professors and discussions about current events. The Kenney Community Center connects students with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, tutoring programs and a wide range of civic projects. Some 1,200 students each year are involved more than 30 service programs and innumerable other opportunities for service and leadership.

Students Say

Most come to Union from "some part of the northeast," are "from middle/ upper-middle class families," and are "very active, career-oriented, [and] seri­ ous about academics." One student tells us, ''I'm not going to lie, it's a pretty white campus," says a student. "Everyone fits in because everyone seems to love Union." These "intellectuals" tend to dress "very preppy" ("wearing Patagonia jackets, Lily Pulitzer handbags, and Ugg boots is basically the uni­ form") and are "a great group of people"; "there don't seem to be any barriers between them."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


46% female
54% male
70% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


From The School

Union is located on 100 acres in Schenectady, 15 miles from Albany, the capital of New York state. The first planned campus in America, it was designed by noted French architect Joseph Ramée and features many beautiful gardens and natural woodlands. Its centerpiece is the 16-sided Nott Memorial. The city of Schenectady is part of Upstate New York’s picturesque Capital-Saratoga Region, which has a population of nearly 1 million. The region has a rich cultural heritage and a thriving high-tech industry that offers many opportunities for internships, job placements and student/faculty research. A 15-minute drive from Albany International Airport, Union College is three hours by car from New York City and Boston, four hours from Montreal, and close to East Coast ski slopes, the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, and the Adirondack Mountains.

Students Say

The unique Minerva House system blends academic, social and residential interests. All students and faculty are assigned to one of the seven houses, which host hundreds of events each year (some professors even teach preceptorials there). There are also “Theme Houses,” which are on-campus housing where people who have similar interests can live, such as the Ozone House for environmentally-oriented people.

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

39% join a fraternity
43% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Dutchmen)
13 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Dutchwomen)
15 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Siena College
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


“U-Sustain” is a mantra and a mission at Union College in New York. As a signatory of the ACUPCC, Union College has developed a long-term plan to be carbon neutral by 2060. The college requires that all new and renovated buildings utilize LEED certification standards as a basis of design, and has also committed to using wind power for over 90 percent of the school’s energy purchases annually. The Presidential Green Grants program, open to students, staff, and faculty, awards grants up to $2,000 to campus projects that will make Union more sustainable or research projects that will make specific contributions to sustainability at the regional or national level. Recent grants were awarded to one student to design and build a rain garden atop the new Upper Class Apartment Building and to the Financial Services Department for tabletop scanners to support efforts to go paperless. U-Sustain is a campus-wide committee focused on making Union more sustainable. U-Sustain initiatives are college-wide programs focused on decreasing the impact that the campus community has on the environment. Recent programs include: the expansion of the composting program to all resident dining facilities and retail dining locations in the campus center, improving options for local, organic, vegan and vegetarian dining, energy dashboards in first year residence halls and a helmet and lock rental program to promote bike safety and security.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Ann Fleming Brown
Director of Admissions

Admissions Office
Grant Hall
Schenectady, NY 12308

(518) 388-6112


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Nott Memorial
Schaffer Library
Reamer Campus Center
Jackson's Garden
Memorial Chapel

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Proctor's Theatre
Jay Street area - restaurants, shops
Times Union Center - sporting events, concerts
Crossgates Mall
Adirondack Mountains
Located in the Capital District of New York, Schenectady boasts the amenities of a small city and the recreational opportunities of the Adirondack and Berkshire mountains.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
9:00am-4:00pm; 10am-1pm
(518) 388-6112

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10:30am, 12:30,1:30,&3:30pm,some Sat. 11am,noon,1pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Feb,Mar.,Jul,Aug.,& on selected weekends

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Albany airport is 10 miles from campus. Taxis are available at the airport for the ride to campus. The Schenectady Amtrak rail and Trailways bus stations are each less than a mile from campus. Taxi service is available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the south and the east: From New York State Thruway exit 24, take the Northway (I-87) north to exit 6 (marked 'Route 7 west'). Follow Route 7 west for 6.5 miles and bear right onto Union Street. Continue on Union Street for 2.7 miles and enter the campus through Payne Gate on the right. The Admissions Office is the third building on your right as you enter campus. From the north: From the Northway (I-87) take exit 6 (marked 'Route 7 west'). Follow Route 7 west for 6.5 miles and bear right onto Union Street. Continue on Union Street for 2.7 miles and enter the campus through Payne Gate on the right. The Admissions Office is the third building on your right as you enter campus. From the west: From Thruway exit 26, take I-890 east to exit 4 (Erie Boulevard). Follow Erie Boulevard north to Union Street (second light after the Amtrak station), turn right onto Union Street, and follow for one mile. Enter the campus through Payne Gate on the left. The Admissions Office is the third building on your right as you enter campus.

Local Accommodations
The Stockade Inn (1 North Church St; 518-346-3400) Hampton Inns (167 Nott Terrace; 518-370-3297) and the Holiday Inn (100 Nott Terrace; 518-393-4141) are approx. 1/4 mile from campus and the Parker Inn (434 State Street; 518-688-1001) is within 5 minutes of campus. The Glen Sanders Mansion (One Glen Avenue; 518-374-7262) offers elegant accommodations right on the Mohawk River, three miles from campus