Union in the Rankings

Where we stand

We strongly believe that the very best way to get a feel for a college and determine whether it is a good fit for you is to visit the campus and talk with members of the community.

Nonetheless, we recognize that many people consider national college rankings a helpful piece of the puzzle when they are evaluating colleges and universities. For many decades, Union has consistently been ranked among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "Best Colleges" list.  Below is our standing in that ranking and others:

  • TOP 50 (#38) Best National Liberal Arts Colleges (U.S. News & World Report)
  • TOP 20 Wall Street Journal return on investment ranking
  • TOP 20 National undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET (U.S. News & World Report)
  • TOP 10 The College consistently ranks in the top 10 among peer institutions for the number and dollar amount of active National Science Foundation (NSF) grants (Union Office of Foundation, Corporate & Government Relations)
  • TOP 30 Total number of students studying abroad among U.S. colleges (Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors Report; #27, with 332 students studying abroad)
  • TOP 30 Undergraduate participation in study abroad (71%, IIE, #28; 332 out of 468 students)
  • #4 Best Science Lab Facilities (The Princeton Review)
  • #11 Liberal Arts Colleges Whose Graduates Earn The Most (Forbes)
  • #12 Most Popular Study Abroad Program (The Princeton Review)
  • #12 Best College Radio Station (The Princeton Review)
  • #13 Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges (PayScale.com)
  • 97th Percentile Value Added to Graduates (Brookings)
  • Small and Mighty Campus of Excellence (Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life)
  • PRESIDENT'S HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY SERVICE HONOR ROLL for exemplary service to the local community (The Princeton Review)
  • HEED AWARD for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion (Insight Into Diversity 2013-2015)
  • AMONG THE TOP colleges or universities in the nation with the most eco-friendly policies and greatest commitment to sustainability (The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges)
  • LARGEST GREEN POWER USER among Liberty League schools in the EPA College and University Green Power Challenge 
  • BUSINESS LEADER IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY award from the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP)

We are understandably proud of our national standing and of the recognition we receive each year from the media and external sources. But to understand what Union is really all about, there's no substitute for an in-person visit. We look forward to meeting you.