A long tradition of excellence

In 1795 Union College became the first college chartered by the Regents of the State of New York. The history of Engineering at Union began in 1845 when Union became the first liberal arts college to offer engineering. The first engineering department was in Civil Engineering, and was spearheaded by Union’s first engineering faculty member, W. M. Gillespie. In 1895 the Electrical Engineering program was initiated and from 1902 to 1913 it was headed by the ‘electrical wizard’ of the General Electric Company, Charles P. Steinmetz.

Our programs

Union College offers BS degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. All programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Enrollment and graduation data are provided by the Union College Institutional Research Office and posted in response to the ABET APPM Section II.A.6 requirement.

The curriculum begins with the Exploring Engineering course in fall term of your first year, which is common to all engineering majors and provides students with an introduction to the engineering field. During the senior year all engineering students complete a year-long design project. Classes are small, making the atmosphere in class ideal for discussions and questions.

Mission & Educational Objectives

Union’s longstanding engineering programs have the technical depth of most university programs and an unsurpassed international focus along with our historical liberal arts context. We continue to prepare and inspire students to pursue careers that combine their passions, their knowledge of the world, and their technical expertise. If you want to work on innovations that will meet the challenges of the future, a Union engineering education will provide you with those competencies.

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