Admissions Office

COVID-19 Admissions FAQ

We are pleased that more than 85 percent of our students have been on campus all year. Academic, social and residential life is in full swing–with social distancing measures and testing protocols in place. While our in-person experience is returning to a new normal, Union is dedicated to supporting our students who choose to remain virtual.

For those entering Union in fall 2021, we are planning now for the multiple versions of tomorrow headed our way. We will update our students as policies are decided upon. This includes information about orientation, testing, housing, vaccinations, etc.

For those applying for the fall 2022, we recognize the stress caused by continued school and test center closures. Union will continue to review our applications in the same holistic manner that we always have, while also being flexible in situations outside of students’ control.

For Prospective Students

  • I have been unable to take the SAT, ACT, TOEFL and/or IELTS. Can I still apply?
    • US Citizens: Union has been test optional in the admissions process for over a decade so testing is optional for all students, except those applying to our combined law or medical programs and for those who are homeschooled.
    • International Applicants: 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?

    In reviewing applications for admission, we value completion of an AP or IB level course and understand that exams may be administered in new or condensed formats, or may not be offered at all. In regards to receiving course credit(s) for AP or IB, Union will follow our standard policies (which can be found here).

  • My high school implemented pass/fail grades. Is that okay?

    We understand that many transcripts will not have the same grading structure as in the past. We individually evaluate each candidate and will review your application in the context of your high school. Your school profile which accompanies your transcript will provide additional information about how grading worked during the pandemic.

  • What about extracurricular activities? Many of mine were canceled.

    We know, and we will take this into consideration when reviewing the activities section of your application. Even though your list may look different than you had planned, we have always valued a variety of activities–from clubs, organizations and teams, to hobbies, talents and part-time jobs. The same is true this year. Let us know how you have occupied your time while social distancing.

  • Can I visit campus?
    • We are currently open for visitors and invite you to join us for an information session and tour.
    • Before scheduling your visit to Union, please review our current visitor eligibility requirements. Union complies with all New York State Department of Health requirements. We welcome visitors who are able to complete our Visitor Attestation Form on the day of their visit. Masks/face coverings and social distancing are required on campus. See our visit page for full details.
  • Does Union consider demonstrated interest?

    We have always taken a broad view on demonstrated interest that includes all of the different ways that a student connects with us. Make sure you sign up to receive information from Union College here, and take advantage of our virtual opportunities.

  • 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. Starting on May 1, virtual interviews will be available for students entering college in Fall 2022; sign up here.
    • Beyond interviews, our admissions deans are always ready to answer your questions. Find the dean for your area and reach out.