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.

Website: www.union.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,206
Undergraduate
Students
(46.1%) 1,016 Women
(53.9%) 1,190 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
39% of 6,716 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.40
SAT Math
650-730 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
660 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$70,860
Tuition and Fees
$55,290
Room and Board
$13,563
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$45,762
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$35,388
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Trimester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
211
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Schenectady Population
65,902
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
88% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Dutch person
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.9% Asian
4.3% Black/African-American
8.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.0% White
0.4% Unknown
International Students
8.6%
First-Year Students Returning
95.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
83.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
68%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
21.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is not accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 1 2
History 1 2
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted February 15
SAT Only Required for some February 15
ACT Only Considered if submitted February 15
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Required for some February 15
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
807 Union Street
City, State, Zip
Schenectady, NY 12308-2311
Phone
(518) 388-6112
Fax
(518) 388-6986
E-mail
admissions@union.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
39% of 6,716 applicants were admitted
Women
40% of 3,168 applicants were admitted
Men
37% of 3,548 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
589 (23%) of 2,598 admitted students enrolled
Women
257 (20%) of 1,268 admitted students enrolled
Men
334 (25%) of 1,330 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
56% of 404 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
1,045
Students Accepting Wait List Position
516
Students Admitted From Wait List
13

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.40
3.75 and Above
22%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
25%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
650-730 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
46%
Score of 600 - 700
46%
Score of 500 - 600
9%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
660 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
27%
Score of 600 - 700
59%
Score of 500 - 600
8%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
30 average
28-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
55%
Score of 24 - 29
44%
Score of 18 - 23
1%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 61%
Top quarter: 80%
Top half: 94%
National Merit Scholar
1%
Valedictorian
1%
Class President
0%
Student Government Officer
12%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$70,860
Tuition and Fees
$55,290
Room and Board
$13,563
Books and Supplies
$1,500
Other Expenses
$507
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline January 15
Final deadline January 15
Award Notification
On or about March 25
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002889
Free
State Aid Form  
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
378 (62.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
312 (80.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
312 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
312 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$45,762
Need-Based Gift
Received by 308 (96.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $39,942
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 296 (97.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,659
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 21 (8.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
163 (29.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,500

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,203 (54.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,091 (90.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,087 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,087 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$46,068
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,066 (99.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $39,596
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,037 (97.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,499
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 80 (8.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
678 (29.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,950

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
58%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$35,388
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Trimester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Engineering
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
211
Part-Time Faculty
30
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
85%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 20% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 67% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 10% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
554
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Not available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Schenectady Population
65,902
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
100 acres

Weather

Temperature
11 average low in January, 79 average high in September
Rain
135 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Schenectady
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Schenectady

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing
Students in College Housing
88% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
12%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
awareness programs, bicycle patrol, shuttle service

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Dutch person
School Colors
Garnet and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Equestrian Sports x      
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x      
Ice Hockey x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Equestrian Sports x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Equestrian Sports    
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf    
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading, rugby, ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
cheerleading, rugby, ultimate Frisbee

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, lacrosse, racquetball, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, u-program (programming board), speaker's forum, student newspaper, concert committee, ski club
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,206
Women
1,016 (46.1%)
Men
1,190 (53.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,195
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.9% Asian
4.3% Black/African-American
8.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.0% White
0.4% Unknown
International Students.
8.6%
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
95.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
83.8%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
86.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
86.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
68%
Average Starting Salary
68%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
21.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 3%
Engineering 3%
Law 4%
Arts and Sciences 12%
Medicine 6%
Education 3%
Other 2%

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