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Flexible scheduling, with popular classes offered more than once a year

Time for research, arts, athletics, volunteering or internships

The ability to study abroad in even the most structured majors, such as engineering

The Trimester System

Designed for You

Union's academic year is divided into three 10-week terms, with three classes each term.

Jordan PullingJORDAN PULLING '15
Major: Environmental Science

What I really love about Union’s trimester system is that you never get bored and there is always change. The classes are fast-paced and exciting, and you get to choose classes three times per year, which makes finishing a sequence of courses a breeze.


David ThaiDAVID THAI '17
Anticipated major: Organizing Theme (self-designed), with a concentration in visual arts, digital media and theater

The trimester system lets me balance my academic and extracurricular priorities. Having three classes is not as stressful as taking five, and I can really focus on each subject. I am also able to join clubs and organize campus events. I’m the president of UBreak, our breakdancing club, and I have a lot of flexibility in planning for practices and performances in all three terms.


Carly AimiCARLY AIMI '08
Major: Classics

Union was the only school in the country whose calendar allowed me to be a serious athlete (women's hockey) and study overseas. In addition, because of trimesters, you get internships when no one else is competing.


Majors: Political Science and Chinese, Interdepartmental

I loved trimesters! The fast-paced schedule opened a door to more opportunities to learn fascinating topics. As a modern languages/political science major, I was still able to take architecture, World War II history, economics and many other topics – with room to spare. A trimester allocates just the right amount of time for you to get an intense exposure to a topic and determine if you want to pursue that topic more or move on to another. I feel like a better-rounded person in the work force because of it. 


Caelan LaPointeCAELAN LAPOINTE '15
Majors: Mechanical Engineering and Japanese, Interdepartmental

As an engineer with a minor in the humanities, I do a lot of schedule juggling. Having trimesters gives me flexibility, allowing me to complete requirements for engineering and also take Japanese courses. I was able to study in Japan my junior year without falling behind in engineering. Although we get out later in June than some schools, I also really appreciate our extended winter break. One winter, I used it to go on the mini-term to New Zealand.