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International Students

Union College welcomes students from around the world, who bring unique perspectives and culture to our campus. Representing 37 countries, they contribute to the rich fabric of diversity we have carefully cultivated.

We offer many opportunities for our international students to share their culture, dreams and goals, participate in scholarly and social activities, and learn from their classmates, faculty and staff.

Our commitment to our international students is unwavering. We consider each student a respected member of the Union community with specific and unique skills, and we work hard to ensure their success in a caring environment.

Above all, we strive to be an inclusive and accepting community, and to let all students know that they are valued regardless of their racial and religious background, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin or world views.

Contact: internationaladmissions@union.edu

Application Deadlines

If you are an international student, it's recommended you apply for entry in the fall term. Union's application deadline for fall admission is Jan. 15. All materials must be postmarked by this deadline, but it is always a good idea to allow for extra time whenever possible.

Admissions PlanDeadline
Early Decision I November 15
Early Decision II January 15
Regular Decision January 15

If admitted, Early Decision candidates are committed to attend Union. Once a student enrolls at the College, all applications to other colleges and universities must be withdrawn. To be considered for Early Decision, applicants must submit the Early Decision Agreement with their application.


International students (anyone who would require a U.S. student visa to study at the College) must submit the following required materials:

  • Common Application or the Coalition Application
  • Personal essay
  • Official secondary school transcript(s) and official exam scores where applicable
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Teacher letter of recommendation
  • Financial aid forms (if applicable)
  • Even though Union has an SAT optional policy, it is recommended that the SAT I or the ACT be submitted if English is not your first language. Our school code for the SAT is 2920 and for the ACT our code is 2970.
  • The TOEFL, IELTS or PTE is required if English is not your first language. If English is the language of instruction at your high school or if you are enrolled in an IB diploma program and you have been studying there for more then four years, you may request for this requirement to be waived. Waiver granted on individual basis.
  • Interviews are required for all Chinese citizens and are strongly recommended for all applicants. There are a few options for scheduling your interview:

Please be sure all your submitted materials are in the English language, or are in a certified translation accompanied by a copy of the original document.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Union College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for admitted students but is need-conscious 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 more competitive for admission.

What we look for

Union looks for students who want to make a difference on our campus both inside and outside of the classroom. We will review your secondary school transcripts, counselor and teacher recommendations, extracurricular activities, personal essay, test scores and talents.

We will look closely at your English language proficiency by reviewing either your TOEFL or IELTS exam score. There are no strict cutoffs for the TOEFL exams, but typically we expect paper-based scores of at least 600 and Internet-based scores of at least 90. For the IELTS, scores of 7 or higher are most competitive for admission but scores of 6.5 will be considered.