Admissions Office

COVID-19 Admissions FAQ

Thank you for your patience as we at Union College work to better understand how the COVID-19 outbreak will impact your college decision. We fully expect our fall term to start on time. The constantly evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic could have some impact on our plans, and for this, we will also be prepared.

For Admitted and Enrolled Students for the Class of 2024

There is a dedicated, compassionate team of people across the administration, faculty, and staff who are doing all we can to ensure a safe community for you to call home. We hope to make the college enrollment process as stress-free and exciting as possible while preparing for all possible scenarios.

To alleviate concerns for those joining the Union community as members of the Class of 2024, we want to make sure you know we are here to work with you.

  • Final transcripts, grades, exams - what to do when these documents are delayed or not available.

    We know the final terms of most high schools have been put into turmoil. We understand that many transcripts will not have the same grading structure shared with us in the past (i.e. some will move to pass/fail), and some schools will have truncated ends to their academic years. We will follow state and federal guidance for those attending schools in the US, while showing full flexibility for all students to allow your seamless transition to Union. Students at international schools who cannot obtain or send final documents (such as transcripts or exam results) will need a letter from a school official indicating that these are not available.

  • Will changes in senior year course offerings/grades/final results affect my admissions decision?

    No admissions decisions will be changed based on high school’s limiting or changing class offerings in the final months of the academic year.

  • Is May 1 still the Deposit Deadline?

    Yes, we still anticipate students will confirm their enrollment by May 1, 2020.

  • Will Union open as scheduled in the fall?

    We fully expect the fall term to start on time, including orientation as planned. Should there be a delay for any reason, alternative plans will be communicated to you.

  • Will Orientation (International and First-Year) be happening as planned?

    We fully expect the fall term to start on time, including orientation as planned. Should there be a delay for any reason, alternative plans will be communicated to you.

  • What if I am delayed in arriving this fall?

    If COVID-19 related issues preclude your physical presence on campus at the start of the 20-21 academic year for appropriate orientations or for the start of classes, we will provide accommodations if/when necessary:

    • For those coming from outside the U.S., we will offer virtual orientation.
    • For those coming from outside the U.S., we will create a first term online cohort of students and faculty with your First-Year Preceptorial course, an introduction to research course, and a possible third course (TBD).
    • We will allow admitted students to defer their entry to start in the second term, which begins January 4, 2021.
    • We will allow enrolled students to defer to fall 2021 and join the Class of 2025.
    • Students planning to defer for a term or for the year should email the Director of Admissions, Ann Fleming Brown, at browna@union.edu, with the request.
    • We hope these options will make it possible for you to join the Union community as soon as possible!
  • How can I learn more about Union College to help with my decision-making?

    We have established many ways for you to connect with the Union community. Admitted students may explore numerous options and Make Union Yours.

    • Virtual Events
    • Opportunities to chat with our Admissions Staff
    • Connect with a current Union Student
    • Watch videos about academic programs, panel discussions, residential life etc…
    • Follow Union on social media
  • Can I defer my enrollment if COVID-19 related issues preclude my physical presence?
    • We will allow enrolled students to defer their entry to start the second term, which begins January 4, 2021.
    • We will allow enrolled students to defer to fall 2021 and join the Class of 2025.
    • Students planning to defer for a term or for the year should email the Director of Admissions, Ann Fleming Brown, at browna@union.edu, with the request.
  • I have a question about my financial aid.

    Please contact our Office of Financial Aid at (518) 388-6123 or finaid@union.edu.

For Prospective Students

  • My SAT, ACT, TOEFL and/or IELTS testing day was canceled. Can I still apply?
    • US Citizens: Testing is optional for all students except those applying to our combined law or medical programs and for those who are homeschooled.
    • International Applicants: 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 I or ACT is recommended for international students. An English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose first language is not English. In situations where traditional standardized tests are unavailable, an InitialView interview in conjunction with a Duolingo English language assessment will be accepted.
  • What about AP and IB testing?

    We know the 2020 spring terms of most high schools have been put into turmoil. We understand that exams are not being offered, are being administered in new formats and/or are condensed. As always, we will be flexible in our review of applications, taking into consideration each student’s unique circumstances.

  • My high school is going pass/fail. Is that OK?

    We know the 2020 spring terms of most high schools have been put into turmoil. We understand that many transcripts will not have the same grading structure shared with us in the past (i.e. some will move to pass/fail), and some schools will have truncated ends to their academic years.

  • I'm a junior in high school and all of my extracurricular activities have been canceled.

    No games are being played and there is no spring musical to present. At Union we totally get it. We will take all of that into consideration when reviewing your application activities section. Let us know all that you have occupied your time with during your social distancing. Your list is likely very different than is typical at this time of year but we will understand.

  • Can I still visit campus?

    We have suspended all campus tours, information sessions and interviews through the month of April. On-campus programming will resume as soon as possible.

    Connect with us virtually! Information about virtual opportunities can be found here. Online group sessions for prospective students are held each day at 10 am and 2 pm. Sign up for a session!

  • What about Demonstrated Interest?

    We have always taken a broad view on demonstrated interest. Make sure you have signed up to receive information from Union College here. We encourage students to take advantage of our virtual opportunities. Information about these opportunities can be found here. Online group sessions for prospective students are held each weekday at 10 am and 2 pm. Sign up for a session!

  • Can I still interview and/or meet with an Admissions staff member?

    Yes! We welcome the opportunity to get to know you and to tell you about the wonderful opportunities and experiences you would have as a student at Union. Virtual information sessions are available now and individual interviews, which will begin in April, can be found here.