Timeline

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Some milestones:

1795

At a time when the classical curriculum continued to be the most widely accepted field of study, Union introduces a bachelor's degree with greater emphasis on history, science, modern languages and mathematics.

1845

The College becomes the first liberal arts college to offer engineering. Union was also one of the first to offer course work in American history and constitutional government.

1970

Union adopts co-education and welcomes the first 125 women into its incoming class, along with two dozen female transfer students.

Jackson's Garden

View of Jackson's Garden from near Henle Dance Pavillion

Begun in the 1830s by Professor Isaac Jackson of the Mathematics Department, Jackson's Garden comprises eight acres of formal gardens and woodlands. Sited where Ramee’s original plans called for a garden, it drew the admiration of esteemed visitors such as John James Audubon, and evolved into a sweeping retreat for both students and faculty and remains a favorite campus spot to this day.

2004

Union introduces the Minerva Houses to enhance campus life and broaden the educational experience for students, faculty and staff.

2011

The Peter Irving Wold Center, a $22 million, three-story, 35,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research and education facility is dedicated.

2014

The Union's Men's Hockey Team captured their first national championship title by defeating the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, 7-4.

2017

The College begins construction on a new science and engineering complex. The $100 million building project is the most ambitious and largest in the school’s history.

2018

Union celebrates 50 years of study abroad programs.