One of the great advantages of attending a small liberal arts college is the personal attention you're able to receive as an intellectual. We're highly invested in your success, which is why we offer a wide variety of programs, support services, resources and offices dedicated to ensuring that your academic experience is rewarding and meets your individual needs.
Academic Opportunity Program (AOP) and Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
These programs offer opportunities for enrollment at Union to a select group of talented students in need of educational and financial assistance. Participating students receive personalized academic and social support during their college experience. Both AOP and HEOP have a long and proud tradition of scholarship and academic excellence at the College.
Advising at Union engages students in an interactive process with a faculty member to assist them in making informed choices that maximize the benefits of a liberal arts education. It has a developmental component requiring different approaches with students at different times in their academic careers. We believe a good advisor helps teach students independence, and we want you to feel confident and excited about your academic decisions.
The Common Curriculum: General Education at Union
Our Common Curriculum provides the breadth that defines a liberal arts education through requirements in linguistic and cultural competency, quantitative reasoning, and science and technology. The curriculum is designed to enable students to become lifelong learners by learning to analyze, synthesize, integrate and communicate effectively.
Ethics Across the Curriculum
The Ethics Across the Curriculum program at Union is a unique initiative that encourages faculty to incorporate ethics-related topics, issues and decisions into their courses. The program provides funding, research and support to participating faculty members to enhance their curriculum and help them prepare students to face a world of tough decisions by developing a sense of moral leadership.
The first-year preceptorial, or "precept," emphasizes critical reading and thinking skills, writing, speaking and cultural diversity. All first-year students will take a precept course when they come to Union.
This program assists students interested in pursuing a career in a health-related profession after graduation. Students receive information on the diverse career options available in the health care field and are advised on the preparation of a competitive applicant portfolio and on all aspects of the application process.
Information Technology Services
ITS provides technology services and resources for students, faculty, and staff. The team's primary objective is to provide high-quality support services that meet the pedagogical, business and research needs of the Union community.
The center is designed to meet the language needs of students and faculty with technology and staff support.
Minerva Mentors/PALS are trained upperclass students who provide academic and personal support to first-year and sophomore students. Students often find it helpful to ask fellow students advice, so the Minerva Mentors/PALS program supplements the advising system by providing students with valuable, first-hand information on course selection, academic requirements, academic resources and strategies for being successful at Union.
Postgraduate Fellowships Office
This office offers support to all students who are interested in preparing applications for prestigious national and international awards.
The Union registrar ensures the integrity, accuracy and security of student academic records in compliance with applicable policies, laws and regulations. The office provides services related to course information, student enrollment, registration, grade reporting, graduation and academic certification of current and former students.
With more than 750,000 volumes and a Special Collections section housing some of the College's most impressive and historic treasures, Schaffer Library is the first stop for students conducting research, meeting with study groups and preparing for courses.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program is an academic support program that targets our most challenging courses. Optional study sessions are led by SI Leaders -- upper-class students who have previously earned top grades in the course. SI focuses on both concepts and methods of learning challenging material.
The Writing Center offers assistance at all stages of the writing process through one-to-one tutoring and conferences. The Center assists everyone from first-year students writing their first college papers to seniors working on theses or applying to graduate schools.
Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning (UCALL)
UCALL is a membership-based program providing adults in the local community with opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation and social interaction through courses, excursions and special events.
This program offers select students (selected at the time of admission to Union) an opportunity to take additional classes and smaller, more intensive classes. Union Scholars in good standing may take a fourth course at no extra cost in any term except their first term at Union, and are allowed to graduate from Union in less than 12 terms if they meet all the program requirements. The program also offers social and intellectual events throughout the year especially for Union Scholars.