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In 1845, Union College became the first liberal arts institution in the nation to offer a degree in engineering.

Today, we continue to lead the way and are, according to U.S. News & World Report, ranked #17 among national undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET.  In addition,  Union was ranked #5 among the top STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) schools for women (USA Today College Guide 2017).

We offer degree programs in bioengineeringcomputer engineeringelectrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Minors are available in energy studiesenvironmental engineeringnanotechnology and most every other major on campus.

Special learning opportunities

Our engineering students combine their major with minors from across all disciplines, from theater and dance to history and economics. They are active in the Steinmetz Research Symposium, technical conferences, publishing research, academic competitions, professional societies, student clubs, community service and other campus-wide activities.

Our programs emphasize close student-faculty interaction and hands-on undergraduate research with instrumentation of the kind typically reserved for graduate students.

In addition, all Union students must complete an international experience – in the form of a term abroad, an exchange program, an international engineering project or a course sequence of foreign language or cultural diversity. The vast majority of engineering student study abroad in every corner of the world, with special engineering terms abroad offered in BelgiumTurkey and a mini-terms in New Zealand.


We prepare our students for successful careers in business and in graduate school. Our students have access to all of the resources résumé production, mock interviews, career fairs, internships, alumni networking – of the Becker Career Center the moment they step on campus and every day as an alumnus.


Elliot Seguin used his education in engineering and his background in swimming and jazz at Union College to become an engineer and flight tester for Scaled Composites—the same company that developed "Spaceship One," the first private manned spacecraft. VIDEO