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Union By the Numbers
#1 in the U.S. for the number of active National Science Foundation (NSF) grants last year.
More than 3/4 of Union students are actively engaged in research.
Union has funded summer research on campus for more than 25 years. This summer, 140 students participated in our program.
Steinmetz Symposium, Union’s student research showcase, dates to 1991. This year, it attracted 450 students, who presented their own research, senior projects, performances and theses before their peers, professors and visiting parents.
The Institute for International Education ranks Union in the top 20 among U.S. colleges for the total number of students studying abroad.
Nearly 60% of our students participate in study abroad programs.
We run 23 of our own terms abroad plus 12 mini-terms; 80% are faculty-led.

Welcome, School Counselors

A Letter from the Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Union College. We hope this website provides you with helpful statistics about our most recent admissions year to help with your counseling and some general information about Union. One afternoon this summer, I was speaking with a parent on the front porch of Grant Hall about his daughter’s college search. I heard, and not for the first time, “Colleges all say the same things” during information sessions and tours. This is frustrating to me, as well! Union is naturally proud of its commitment to international programs and undergraduate research. Other colleges have them, too. Our tipping point is that the majority of our students have these opportunities, and they are hallmarks of the Union experience.

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"I was interested in both English and psychology, but most schools offered one or the other – either a strong humanities program or excellent science and undergraduate research programs. My guidance counselor encouraged me to look at Union College, which has both. It quickly stood out in my mind for its well-rounded academics. After just one campus visit, I was convinced. "

Dottie Hazan '16

I encourage students to “look under the hood and check the tires” when considering colleges. See if the opportunities described are the exception, the norm or the promise of the college experience.

If you would like to see Union research in action, drop me a note. The next Steinmetz Symposium will be held May 9, 2014. We offer a two-day counselor program organized around the event, and I’m happy to add you to the list. Please check out the 2013 presentations here.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my correspondence, and for emailing feedback and sharing the Union story with your students who may be a good match for us.

Matt Malatesta '91

Vice President of Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment