In 1845, Union College became the first liberal arts institution in the nation to offer a degree in engineering. Today, we continue to lead the way and are, according to U.S. News & World Report, ranked #17 among national undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET.
We offer degree programs in Bioengineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Minors are available in Energy Studies, Environmental Engineering, Nanotechnology and most every other major on campus.
Our engineering students combine their major with minors from across all disciplines, from theater and dance to history and economics. They are active in the Steinmetz Research Symposium, technical conferences, publishing research, academic competitions, professional societies, student clubs, community service and other campus-wide activities.
Our programs emphasize close student-faculty interaction and hands-on undergraduate research with instrumentation of the kind typically reserved for graduate students.
In addition, all Union students must complete an international experience – in the form of a term abroad, an exchange program, an international engineering project or a course sequence of foreign language or cultural diversity. The vast majority of engineering student study abroad in every corner of the world, with special engineering terms abroad offered in Belgium, France, Germany and Turkey and mini-terms in Egypt and New Zealand.
We prepare our students for successful careers in business and in graduate school. Our students have access to all of the resources résumé production, mock interviews, career fairs, internships, alumni networking – of the Becker Career Center the moment they step on campus and every day as an alumnus. Our placement rates are incredible, as are the salaries our graduates command – #9 Payscale ranking for liberal arts schools, and #15 Newsweek, our "return on investment" ranking.