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Union College is one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished liberal arts colleges. Chartered by the state of New York in 1795, Union is a leader in offering an integrated liberal arts education that fully embraces STEM while teaching students to be engaged, innovative and ethical contributors to a diverse, global and technologically complex society. The Union curriculum emphasizes collaboration with students and faculty through small classes and undergraduate research, interdisciplinary and international study, and service learning.

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Overview

Applicants
6,676
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average HS GPA
3.44

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 32

Testing Policies


SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
229
with Terminal Degree
218

128
Men
101
Women
29
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
  • Russian Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Managerial Economics.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physical Sciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.


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 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.


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


James M. Loree
President and CEO at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

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, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research

Julie G. Swidler
EVP of Business Affairs and General Counsel at Sony Music Entertainment

Theodore W. Berger
Director for Neural Engineering and Professor at Univ. of Southern CA.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
85%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$58,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$124,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$60,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$128,900

Percent High Job Meaning
51%

Percent STEM
45%


Students Say

Union College graduates report their average starting salary at around $58,500, and 51 percent report that their job has a great deal of meaning. Past that, students feel that “Union has an awesome career center that is always reaching out to students to help them with life after college with jobs, internships, resumes, etc. . . .” Others add that “there are so many resources available in terms of funding, internships, and leadership opportunities.” Students report being thrilled about the “undergraduate research opportunities” like the Sophomore Research Seminar or those through National Science Foundation awards, and the annual Steinmetz Symposium allows them to present their work to the entire campus community. A distinctive Union institution, the Minerva House program has produced sixty-two fellows selected to spend a year after graduation working on a global service project.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Mar 25

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,841

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,748

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,067

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,221

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$27,200

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$53,019
Required Fees
$471
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,119
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,267
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

5.73%
Asian
3.88%
African-American
7.35%
Hispanic
72.17%
Caucasian
7.49%
International

46% female
54% male
62% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

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] serious about academics.” One student tells us, “I’m not going to lie, it’s a pretty white campus.” “Everyone fits in because everyone seems to love Union.” These “intellectuals” tend to dress “very preppy” (“wearing Patagonia jackets, Lilly Pulitzer handbags, and Ugg boots is basically the uniform”) and are “a great group of people”; “there don’t seem to be any barriers between them.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

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 school 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.


Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
101
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
11

32% join a fraternity
41% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Dutchmen)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Dutchwomen)
15 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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

Sustainability

“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.

93/99
AASHE STARS® rating
NR
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple HP

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ann Fleming Brown
Director of Admissions

Address
807 Union Street
Grant Hall
Schenectady, NY 12308

Phone
(518) 388-6112

Email
admissions@union.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Nott Memorial
Schaffer Library
Reamer Campus Center
Jackson's Garden
Wold Center for Science and Engineering

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; Many Saturdays
9:00am-4:00pm; 10am-2pm
(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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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


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