Propelling the Liberal Arts and Engineering: Curious minds at work

For nearly two centuries, Union College has married a vibrant liberal arts curriculum with dynamic and rigorous instruction in engineering. Supporters of Powering Union contributed over $159 million to enhance the College’s academic programs and faculty leadership across a range of disciplines, securing distinction in teaching, research and mentorship. These investments will provide students with unparalleled resources and opportunities essential to preparing them to address the challenges of an evolving future.


  • Engineering and Computer Science Initiative to strengthen engineering and computer science programs and add degrees in civil and environmental engineering
  • Transformational gift of $51 million from Mary ’80 and Richard Templeton ’80 to establish the Templeton Institute to integrate engineering and the liberal arts more deeply and to engage more women in computer science and engineering
  • Endowed faculty positions in ​Asian Studies, ​computer science​ and engineering
  • Construction of the Integrated Science and Engineering Complex
  • Expanded support for faculty research and travel
  • Faculty development programs to advance excellence in teaching and research
  • Lab and facility enhancements​, academic instrumentation and equipment

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