Admissions Office


Union College welcomes students from around the world, who bring unique perspectives and culture to our campus. Representing 48 countries, they contribute to the rich fabric of diversity we have carefully cultivated. Our commitment to our international students is unwavering. We are an inclusive and accepting community where all students are valued regardless of their racial and religious background, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin or world views.

For more about life as an international student at Union, check out our International Students Thrive at Union publication.

Union is a proud partner of the Davis United World College Scholars Program, the Grew Bancroft Foundation and the Next Genius Scholarship Program. Korean students who have taken the CSAT can use their score to apply to Union College.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We know that you might have questions about the application process at Union College due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact it is having globally.

For those entering Union in Fall 2021: We recognize the stress caused by school and test center closures. Union will continue our processes in the same manner that we always have, while also being flexible in situations outside of students’ control. The SAT or ACT is optional. For students who have access to the test and feel their transcripts do not accurately reflect their academic ability/progress, submitting the SAT/ACT is recommended. An English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose first language is not English. In situations where traditional standardized tests (TOEFL/IELTS) are unavailable, an interview (InitialView/Vericant) in conjunction with Duolingo English Test will be accepted. You may also register for an interview conducted by Union College once your application has been submitted.

COVID-19 Admissions FAQ

Application Deadlines

  • Early Decision I

    Application Deadline: November 1

    CSS Profile Deadline: November 1

    Decision Notification: Mid-December

  • Early Action

    Application Deadline: November 1

    CSS Profile Deadline: November 1

    Decision Notification: Mid-December

  • Early Decision II

    Application Deadline: January 15

    CSS Profile Deadline: January 15

    Decision Notification: Early February

  • Regular Decision

    Application Deadline: January 15

    CSS Profile Deadline: January 15

    Decision Notification: Late March

  • Transfer Students

    If you are already enrolled in college/university and wish to transfer to Union, please see our deadlines and requirements for international transfer students.

Tracking Your Application

Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an email from us with instructions to log in to your online Union Applicant Portal. This portal can be used to monitor the status of your application. You will be able to see which required materials are received or missing, and all admissions decisions will be released on this portal.

Application Requirements

  • Apply online using the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Korean students who have taken the CSAT, please see CSAT Application requirements.
  • Union is SAT/ACT optional. Our institution code for the SAT is 2920. Our code for the ACT is 2970.
  • TOEFL, IELTS or the Duolingo English Test is required for all applicants whose first language is not English. Only in very rare circumstances do we waive this requirement.
    • Internet-based scores of at least 90 on the TOEFL, a score of 7.0 or higher on the IELTS, or a score of at least 70 (100-point scale) or 115 (160-point scale) on the Duolingo English Test are most competitive for admission. Union's institution code for the TOEFL is 2920.
    • Please note we do not superscore English language proficiency tests. We will take into consideration all test results sent.
    • For 2021 applicants, TOEFL at Home and the IELTS Indicator will be accepted if other options are not available.
    • English language proficiency waivers are granted on an individual basis at the discretion of the admissions team. Submission of the waiver form does not guarantee that the request is approved. A waiver can be requested via your Union applicant portal after your application has been received and if you meet one of the following criteria:
      • You will have completed four years of secondary school course work all in English when graduating from school.
      • You are submitting SAT/ACT official score results.
      • In some cases: IB full diploma program, A Levels.
  • Interviews are required for all Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian citizens (as these are our largest application pools) and are recommended for all applicants. Union College reviews applications holistically, looking for the best additions to our vibrant community. Interviews allow us to learn more about you and how you will contribute to our campus, which can play an important role in the final admissions decision. The following options are available for scheduling your interview:
  • CSS Profile and Financial Forms are required for all those applying for need-based financial aid.
  • Other requirements: Essay (part of the online application), Official Secondary School Transcripts/Exam Scores, Teacher and Counselor Recommendation Letters. Please be sure all submitted materials are in the English language, or are certified translations accompanied by copies of the original documents.
  • Early Decision applicants must also submit the Early Decision Agreement. If admitted, Early Decision candidates are committed to attend Union. Once they enroll at the College, they must withdraw all applications to other colleges and universities.

Tuition and Fees 2020-2021

Union’s comprehensive fee, which includes tuition, room, board and mandatory fees, is $74,085 for the 2020-2021 academic year. The estimated cost for books and personal expenses is approximately $2,000.

Financial Aid

Union College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for admitted students but is need-aware in the admissions process. This means that your financial information is considered along with the other components of your application during the admission evaluation. Our awards range from $13,000 to $62,000 per academic year. While we ask students to contribute a minimum of $7,500 per year towards their education, applicants who can contribute $30,000 or more per year will be most competitive for admission. International applicants should be advised, however, that competition for funding is intense as it is limited. A large percentage of our financial aid is awarded in our two early decision rounds.

Merit scholarships are awarded to select international students each year and are valued at $10,000 - $25,000 per year. All admitted students are considered for merit aid through the admissions process; no separate applications are required.

Financial Aid Requirements

Financial aid forms must be submitted by the admissions application deadline. International applicants applying for need-based financial aid must submit:

  • CSS Profile
    • Note: Union College does not provide fee waivers for the CSS Profile. Union's CSS Profile school code is 2920.
  • Income Documents
    • Documents can be submitted via our Financial Aid Dropbox. For your personal security, we ask that you do not send any forms via email attachment if at all possible.
    • Foreign income documentation must be translated into U.S. dollars.
    • All documents should have translations or explanations in English.
    • Examples of income documentation are: Salary or earnings statement from each working parent's employer OR your country's tax return, with notes that translate necessary portions into English and US dollars.
    • Salary or earnings statements should be on the company's letterhead or official from the company indicating annual wages, bonuses, benefits, subsidies or perquisites and should indicate if the income is gross income (before taxes), in which case we need to know the taxes paid.

Please note: International students who enroll as first-year students without applying for financial aid will not be eligible for financial aid in future years.