International Students

We believe that exposure to diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences is an integral part of a liberal arts education. Among our student body, there are more than 40 countries outside of the United States represented, and we are always looking to increase that number.

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.


International students (anyone who would require a U.S. student visa to study at the College) follow the same application process as first-year students, with a few additional requirements:

  • 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.  
  • 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, we can waive this requirement.  
  • 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.
  • We would like students to be able to contribute $7,500/year towards their education.  

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 computer-based scores of at least 250, paper-based scores of at least 600 and Internet-based scores of at least 90.  For the IELTS we would want to see a score of 7 but would accept a 6.5.