Union College

Campus Description

Union College, one of the oldest nondenominational colleges in America, is located in the small city of Schenectady, about three hours north of New York City. Our distinctive curriculum combines the traditional liberal arts along with engineering study in a picturesque residential college setting. Accelerated joint programs in law (six-year program with Albany Law School) and medicine (eight-year Leadership in Medicine program with Albany Medical College and Union Graduate College) are also available. People from many different backgrounds are attracted to Union because of our small classes, excellent access to superb facilities, a caring and committed faculty, and an academic program of depth and diversity. Enrollment is approximately 2,200 students.

Office of Admissions, Grant Hall, 807 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308

Toll-free 888.843.6688 or 518.388.6112

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Varsity Sports: NCAA Division III (except Men's and Women's ice hockey - Division I): Women's: basketball, crew, cross-country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball. Men's: baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track.
Intramural Sports: Women's: basketball, broomball, dodgeball, frisbee, lacrosse, racquetball, roller hockey, soccer, street hockey, tennis, volleyball. Men's: basketball, broomball, dodgeball, frisbee, kickball, racquetball, roller hockey, soccer, softball, street hockey, tennis, volleyball. Coed: broomball, dodgeball, flag football, frisbee, racquetball, squash, soccer, softball, tennis, volley ball, water polo.
Club Sports: Men's: ice hockey, rugby. Women's: rugby. Coed: ballroom dancing, basketball, broomball, curling, cycling, dance team, dodgeball, football, golf, kickball, lacrosse, roller hockey, racquetball, skiing, squash, soccer, softball, step team, street hockey, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, water polo.

Clubs and Activities

Baja club, Ballroom Dancing club, Best Buddies, Bhangra, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Biology club, Campus Action, Chemistry club, Chet's, COCOA House, Colleges Against Cancer, College Emergency Services (UCEM), Concert Committee, Curling club, Cycling club, Dance Team, Debate club, Delphics Society, Dutchmen Spirit and Cheer Team, Dutch Pipers, Ceteris Paribus (Economics club), Engineers Without Borders, Entrepreneurship club, Environmental club, Ephemeris, Face Aids, Fashion Show of Support, Film Committee, French club, Garnet Ministrelles, Garnet Yearbook, Geology club, Gospel Ensemble/Heavenly Voices, Habitat for Humanity, Idol, Interfraternity Council, Karate club, Kendo, MAPS, Mountebanks, Network Gaming Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Outing club (Outdoor Adventure Club), Paintball club, Panhellenic Council, Philomatheans, Philosophy club, Physics club, Political Science club, Pre-Health Society, Pre-law club, Project Sunshine, Robot Club, Rock Climbing club, Safe Space, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Spanish club, Speakers Forum, Spectrum, Springfest, Student Forum, Theme House Consortium, TVUC, Union College Choir, Union College Democrats, Union College Republicans, Union Community Action Reaching Everyone (UCARE), Union Schenectady Alliance, Unitas, U-Program (social committee), U-Recycle, Virtual U, Womyn's Union, WRUC (89.7 FM).

Featured Programs

Eight-Year Leadership in Medicine Program (BS from Union, MS or MBA from Union Graduate College; MD from Albany Medical College); Union Scholars Program; Undergraduate Research; and Term Abroad Programs. Also, 6-year Law and Public Policy Program (BA from Union; JD from Albany Law School).

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 2,206 (Full-time: 1,181 men, 1,019 women; Part-time: 6 men, 0 women)
87% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
71% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 610 – 680
SAT math range: 630 – 720
ACT range: 29 – 32
87% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
14% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American4%n/a
% Asian6%n/a
% Hispanic / Latino7%n/a
% White, Non-Hispanic73%n/a
% American Indian / Alaskan Native<1%n/a
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander<1%n/a
% International / Nonresident Alien7%n/a
% Two or more races2%n/a

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$62,274 (includes tuition, room, board and fees for all full time students)
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
Room Only:

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- January 15, early decision I November 15, early decision II January 15; spring- n/a
Transfer Applications:
fall- rolling, May 1; winter- rolling, October 1; spring- rolling, February 1

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
February 1
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:
fall- April 15; winter- November 1; spring- February 1

Application Requirements

Testing is optional except for combined programs. Testing is required for home-schooled students. Leadership in medicine program applicants must submit the SAT I and 2 SAT IIs or the ACT with writing component; law and public policy program applicants must submit the SAT I or the ACT. Applicants to these programs must complete the necessary tests no later than November of their senior year.
International: SAT or ACT (recommended); TOEFL or IELTS is required if English is not the first language.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Academic; ROTC