Union College will be hosting an overnight college preview program for high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds. This program is designed to allow students to learn more about our academic offerings; give them an authentic view of what life can be like at Union; and provide opportunities to engage with current students, faculty and administrators. Because we understand that traveling may pose a significant financial burden for many families, the College will cover the entire cost of the trip, including transportation and meals.

Special Note: Our fall 2018 GTKU program will not include a fly-in option for students outside the northeast United States, since we will be offering a multi-layered fly-in program in the spring for our Admitted Student days (April 7-8 & April 14-15, 2019). With this in mind, Union-funded transportation for GTKU will be available only to students traveling from New England, New York State or New Jersey.  

This year's program dates will be October 21-22, 2018.


Sunday, October 21

  • 3:30 pm Check-In at Grant Hall Admissions Center
  • Campus Tour
  • Dinner and Student Life Panel
  • Social Activity

Monday, October 22

  • Breakfast in Dining Hall
  • Mock Class
  • Class Visit with current Union students 
  • Financial Aid Workshop
  • Minerva Program Session
  • Lunch with Faculty
  • 2:00 pm Departure


  • High school senior in fall 2018.
  • B+ average or above in core high school courses (English, History, Math, Science, World Language).
  • Enrollment in challenging courses (Honors, AP, IB).
  • If applicable, New York State Regents Exam average of 80+, with ELA score of 80+, and no Regents score below 65.
  • 1170 or higher SAT score, or 25 or higher ACT composite score.  Submission of these test scores is optional. 
  • Genuine interest in learning more about Union's academic and community experience.
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Completed application form submitted by September 24, 2018.

The selection committee will prioritize students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds. Students of color, first-generation college-bound students and low-income students are particularly encouraged to apply.  

Students selected to participate in the program must also submit the Union consent forms listed below.  If you wish, you may submit the consent forms at the time of application.  They may be uploaded to your application form, emailed to or faxed to (518) 388-6986.  

Selected students should also plan to bring the following items for their overnight visit:

Sleeping bag, blanket, pillow, towel, toiletries, change of clothes, spending money, homework.

CONSENT FORMS (These forms will be due prior to a student's arrival on campus):


If you have any questions about Union's Getting to Know U program, please contact Vernon Castillo, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions, at or (518) 388-8719.