The Union Difference

Redefining liberal education for the 21st Century

Since 1795, Union College has been defining—and redefining—the meaning of a liberal arts education.

When the classics were considered the only acceptable field of study, Union introduced a bachelor's degree with an emphasis on history, modern languages, science and mathematics.

We were the first liberal arts college in the nation to offer engineering.

We created a new vision for campus life by establishing Minerva Houses, which bring students and faculty together outside the classroom for both social and academic activities.

A Union education offers a unique blend of:

  • Personal attention from caring faculty in a close-knit environment.
  • Practical application of learning through research with faculty members, international study, internships and volunteer work.
  • The ability to connect ideas across disciplines, thanks to a curriculum that emphasizes the creative integration of subjects.
  • High return on investment, evidenced by our network of impressive alumni in all fields.