Real Stories, Real Life
Xavier Capaldi '16
His summer research was spent studying chicken embryos
Real Stories, Real Life

What You Should Know

Redefining Liberal Education for the 21st Century

Admissions Info.- Class of 2017

  • Common Application exclusive
  • Two additional supplemental questions (short and sweet!)
  • 38% admit rate
  • 559 students
    • 19% students from diverse backgrounds
    • 8% international
  • 40% Early Decision students
  • Average SAT for enrolled students is 1950 (640/670/640)
  • Average ACT for enrolled students is 30 

Students & Faculty

  • 2,133 full-time undergraduates from 40 states and territories and 40 countries
  • 46% women and 54% men (overall)
  • 10:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 213 faculty members; 96% have earned a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field


  • Trimester system (three 10-week terms) with extended winter break
  • Average introductory class size: 20; upper level class size: 11
  • 42 majors offered, as well as interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs and majors
  • ABET certified engineering programs
  • 50% of declared majors are in humanities and social sciences, 50% in hard sciences and engineering
  • Nearly 60% of all students have an international experience
  • Accelerated programs (students earn two or more degrees) include Leadership in Medicine, Law & Public Policy


  • Member of the ECAC Conference Hockey League, Division I men's and women's ice hockey
  • Athletes compete primarily in the NCAA Division III Liberty League (with Bard, Clarkson, Hobart and William Smith, RPI, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Vassar)
  • A third of all students participate in intercollegiate sports
  • 26 varsity programs and intramural and recreational athletics

Cost & Financial Aid

  • More than $39 million in Union College scholarships and grants are awarded each year
  • More than 60% of all Union students receive financial assistance from the College
  • The average need-based scholarship is $32,000
  • The average merit award is $10,000
  • Tuition, room and board, and student fees are $58,248
  • Union meets the full demonstrated need of every student
  • Union is a need-aware institution