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International Students

Union College welcomes students from around the world, who bring unique perspectives and culture to our campus. Representing 45 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.

Application Deadlines

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

Admissions PlanApplication DeadlineCSS Profile DeadlineDecision Notification
Early Decision I November 15 November 15 Mid-December
Early Decision II January 15 January 15 Early February
Regular Decision January 15 January 15 Late March

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 48 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.
  • Even though Union has a test optional policy for US citizens, it is recommended that the SAT I or the ACT be submitted by all international applicants. Those who do not submit scores could hinder their application. Our school code for the SAT is 2920.  Our code for the ACT is 2970.
  • TOEFL or IELTS is required if English is not your first language. Typically internet-based scores of at least 90 on the TOEFL and a score of 7.0 or higher on the IELTS are most competitive for admission. Union's school code for the TOEFL is 2920. TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Requests: If English is the language of instruction at your secondary school and you have been studying there for more than six years, or if you are enrolled in an IB diploma program, you may ask your counselor or school official to request a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.  Waivers are granted on an individual basis.  These requests should be sent to: internationaladmissions@union.edu.
  • Interviews are required for all Chinese citizens and are recommended for all applicants. There are a few options 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 2017-2018

Union’s comprehensive fee, which includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees, is $66,609 for the 2017-2018 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 a select few international students each year and are valued at $10,000 - $20,000 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 at the same time as your admissions application.  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 US 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.  

Should you not be able to complete the CSS Profile due to severe economic hardship, the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) may be submitted. Upload completed forms to the Financial Aid Dropbox. Be aware, the CSS Profile is used for all but a very few of our enrolled students, so it is very important that you submit the CSS Profile if at all possible. 

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.