First-Year


We hope you apply to Union College. The application deadline for regular decision is Jan. 15. If you apply Early Decision,  submit your application by Nov. 15 or Jan. 15.

Applying

We advise prospective students to visit our campus and for a tour and personal interview. Your personal interview with one of our Admissions counselors or highly trained senior interns is a way for you to round out your profile and let us learn more about your college interests and goals. We'll also be able to discuss any questions you have about Union.

To be considered for admission, please submit the following:

  • Common Application
  • Union College Writing Supplement
  • Personal essay
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Teacher letter of recommendation
  • Financial aid forms (if applicable)
  • Standardized Testing (optional, except those applying for the Leadership in Medicine program or the Six Year Law Program). 
    Our school code for the SAT is 2920 and for the ACT our code is 2970.

What We Look For

We seek students with excellent grades and look favorably on applicants who exceed the minimum number of high school courses required. Honors, advanced, and Advanced Placement courses are strongly encouraged. Your secondary school recommendations are also important. Beyond academic excellence, we look carefully at your personal background and talents. In particular, we look for students who can participate enthusiastically and constructively in the life of the College.

The Admissions Committee will also carefully consider applications from students whose preparation is unusual and who, for good reasons, do not meet the norms above.

Common Application Essay Prompts

The choices are as follows:

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Union College Writing Question

  • What stands out to you about Union and what has inspired you to apply? (Limit 150 words)

Union College Writing Supplement Questions (optional)

Answer one of the following questions:

  • Share something about yourself that does not appear in your application. (Limit 150 words)
  • What question do you think a selective college should ask and how would you answer it? (Limit 150 words)
  • Given the opportunity to conduct research at Union, what project would you choose to explore? (Limit 150 words)

Arts Supplement

We value students with special talents in music, visual arts, theater and dance. To have your skills considered in the admissions process, please submit your work online through the Common Application or at www.union.edu/artsapp. We only evaluate work submitted through this website.