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Union College
Schenectady, NY
Union College is a private, multipurpose college. Founded for men in 1795, it adopted coeducation in 1970. It is different from other liberal arts colleges with an engineering department in two ways: It has a more clearly defined and developed core curriculum than most residential liberal arts colleges, and the engineers are expected to complete the same core courses as their liberal arts peers. In fact, an effort is made to keep engineering and liberal arts students in the same courses as much as possible. Union also differs from other institutions in its emphasis on undergraduate research and strong student/faculty interaction on joint projects. Finally, recognizing that diversity enriches the college experience and that academic excellence serves as its foundation, Union actively seeks students who will add to the life of the campus, in and out of class. Its 100-acre campus is located in Schenectady, 15 miles from Albany.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,203
   Women 1,000 (45.4%)
   Men 1,203 (54.6%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 37% of 6,648 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.42
SAT Math 610-710 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 590-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 28-31 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $66,345
  Tuition and Fees $51,696
  Room and Board $12,678
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $41,185
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Trimester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 209
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Schenectady Population 65,902
Nearest Metropolitan Area The 'Tri-City Area' or Capital District
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 89% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Dutch person
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.4% Asian
4.7% Black/African-American
7.9% Hispanic/Latino
2.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.9% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students 7.3% from 37 countries
First-Year Students Returning 91.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 80.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 70%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 22.0%