Admissions Office

Union at a Glance

A spring stroll outside of Union's Schaffer Library

Thrive at the intersections

For more than two centuries, Union College has been defining—and continually redefining—what it means to provide a liberal arts education. Since 1795, we've been challenging convention, blurring boundaries and shaking up traditional thinking. We are inspired by a bold, enduring vision: Developing every student to lead with wisdom, empathy and courage, in ways large and small, now and across multiple tomorrows.


Founded in 1795 as the first planned campus in the United States, Union College is a highly selective, private, residential, liberal arts college with engineering that is consistently ranked among the nation's top colleges. Set on 100 acres in downtown Schenectady, N.Y., including eight acres of formal gardens and woodland known as Jackson's Garden, Union is within easy reach of New York City, Boston and Montreal, rural areas and outdoor recreation.

Students & faculty

  • 2,050 full-time undergraduates from 40 states and territories and 50 countries
  • 47% women and 53% men
  • 25% domestic students of color; 9% international
  • 10:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 206 faculty members; 97% have earned a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field


  • Trimester system (three 10-week terms) with extended winter break
  • Average introductory class size: 21; upper level class size: 14
  • A wealth of interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs and majors
  • 80% of students do faculty-mentored research; 82% of students complete at least one internship; 60% of students have an international experience
  • Accelerated programs (students earn two or more degrees) include Leadership in Medicine and 3+3 Accelerated Law Program

Outside the classroom

  • All students belong to a Minerva House, seven lively hubs for academic, social, residential and leadership activities
  • Students live on campus for their entire time at Union
  • 13 student-run theme houses
  • More than 130 campus clubs
  • 10 residential and 3 non-residential fraternities and sororities; recruitment begins sophomore year
  • Community service opportunities in Schenectady and beyond

Athletics, recreation and wellness

  • NCAA Division I ECAC Men's and Women's Ice Hockey. Compete against Brown, Colgate, Clarkson, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, RPI, St. Lawrence, Quinnipiac, and Yale
  • NCAA Division III Liberty League in 24 sports. Compete against Bard, Clarkson, Hobart and William Smith, RIT, RPI, University of Rochester, St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Vassar
  • A third of all students participate in intercollegiate sports
  • Offers extensive intramural, recreation and wellness programs

Class of 2025

  • 565 students
  • 23% domestic students of color
  • 9% international
  • 14% first generation college students
  • 29% Early Decision students
  • SAT middle 50%: 1300-1470
  • ACT middle 50%: 30-33

Cost & financial aid

  • $55 million in Union College scholarships and grants are awarded each year
  • More than 50% of Union students receive need-based financial scholarship assistance to attend Union and over 25% receive merit scholarships.
  • Average need-based scholarship is $43,800; average merit scholarship is $20,000
  • Making U Possible grants offer aid to families who otherwise might not qualify or would qualify for only minimal amounts


  • Leaders in all fields, including arts, medicine, science, engineering, media, entertainment, law and politics
  • Nobel Prize and Academy Award winners, a National Book Award winner and a MacArthur Fellow, an Olympic Gold medalist, seven Cabinet secretaries, a secretary of state, 13 governors, 200 judges, 90 college presidents and the 21st president of the United States (to note just a few)

School color

  • Garnet

You're invited to watch this 10-minute video introduction to Union featuring Matt Malatesta '91, VP for Admissions and Financial Aid, and Michael Moore, Associate Dean of Admissions.