Parents & Families

A View from the Nott - February 2020

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Founders Day speaker: Union will celebrate its 225th birthday during Founders Day Thursday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. Union Board of Trustees member Kelly Williams ’86, a prominent asset management CEO, will deliver the keynote address. Her talk comes during a yearlong celebration of co-education at Union.

Class of 2020 Commencement: Commencement will be held Sunday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. The Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place Saturday, June 13, at 4 p.m. A letter from the Dean of the Faculty will be sent to parents in March. For information and updates, please visit the Commencement website.

Save the date: Steinmetz Symposium, our annual campus-wide celebration of student research, is set for Friday, May 8. Prize Day, honoring student achievement in academics, research, service and governance, is Saturday, May 9. Mark your calendars now.

Going greener: The latest round of Presidential Green Grants will fund everything from reusable bags to an educational campaign to preserve the Hans Groot’s Kill.

Fulbright awards: For the fourth time in five years, Union has been recognized among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Students. The College produced five Fulbright Student award winners in 2019-20.

Value recognized: This month, Princeton Review selected Union as a Best Value College for 2020, placing it among top schools that offer the best ROI based on academic quality, affordability and career preparation.


Summer service internships: Is your Union student interested in gaining experience in a non-profit? Through the Making U Possible Program, the College has increased its support for undergraduate students in summer community service internships. This year we have funds to support 14 students. Encourage your student to apply for funding. The application deadline is April 6, 5 p.m. Get information and application materials now, or contact Rochelle Caruso with questions. In previous years, students have interned at the National Organization for Women, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Regional Food Bank, School on Wheels, Joan Nicole Prince Home, St. Francis House in Boston and other organizations.


Time to reapply for aid: Please check your student’s specific list of financial aid application requirements in WebAdvising. As the financial aid application renewal deadline approaches, students and parents can monitor the status of required information and view current award letters. The Returning Students page of our website lists the general financial aid application requirements, plus links to forms and online applications. The deadline to submit financial aid application materials is April 1, 2020. We ask that families send the required documents only once. It is also recommended that families use our secure Dropbox, mail or fax to submit these application materials. Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office at (518) 388-6123 or Mailing address: Office of Financial Aid, Union College, 807 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308. Fax: (518) 388-8052


Acceptance letters: Letters go out Feb. 14 to those students selected for 2020 summer and fall programs. These include the National Health Systems summer full term; summer mini-terms (Holocaust History, the Adirondacks, Italy and Russia), and full term fall programs in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Turkey and Vietnam.


Winter realities: Encourage your students to take full advantage of activities in their residence halls and across campus this winter. Cabin fever is common this time of year, as are roommate conflicts. Res Life is here to help. Students should feel free to contact the staff to talk about any problems. Here is a staff listing.

Room selection reminder: The room selection process for fall 2020 is quickly approaching. Students will receive information about the housing options this month and throughout the term. Room selection is set for April, with the process conducted entirely online.


1098T: The Bursar’s office is required by the I.R.S. to annually provide a 1098T tax statement for every domestic student enrolled at Union. 1098T tax statements were mailed Jan. 31 to the home address on file. Students only can access 1098T tax information in WebAdvising. Parents who would like a copy of a student’s 1098T should request one from their student. Copy requests sent to the Bursar's office should be emailed to Phone requests for tax information cannot be honored. Only students or persons granted access by the student in WebAdvising can request a copy of a 1098T.

Billing: The spring comprehensive billing will be processed on Feb. 27 with a due date of March 27. Please note: On Feb. 7, pre-registration holds were placed on student accounts with outstanding balances. Email notifications of the holds were sent to students and parents with WebAdvising access. A financial hold can only be released once payment in full has been received.

Questions? Email or call (518) 388-6106. Find more information and links to billing and payment information here.


Nutrition support: Students can sign up for group nutrition appointments, offered every other Wednesday during Common Lunch.


  • Feb. 20: Founders Day
  • Feb. 21: Campaign Launch
  • March 13: Last day of winter term classes
  • March 16: Winter term exams begin
  • March 20: Residence halls and houses close​
  • March 29: Residence halls and houses open
  • March 30: Spring term classes begin
  • May 8: Steinmetz Symposium
  • May 9: Prize Day
  • May 29-31: ReUnion Weekend
  • June 5: Spring term classes end
  • June 8: Spring term exams begin
  • June 12: Residence halls and houses close
  • June 14: Commencement


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Honoring your graduate: Are you the parent of a member of the Class of 2020? Now is the perfect time to join the Parents Circle and make a gift in celebration of your graduating student’s Union experience. Gifts can be made in honor of an influential professor and mentor or in support of your student’s particular interests. Please contact Noelle Beach Marchaj ’05, director of Parent and Family Philanthropy, at, to learn more.

Greeting first-year families: Planning has begun for our Summer Welcome Receptions for the Class of 2024. Contact Noelle if you are interested in hosting or getting involved in these events. It's a wonderful way to meet Union families in your community.


Join our Official Parent and Family Page and keep up with what's happening on campus. From the moment your student enrolls at Union, you are part of our family. The goal of the Official Union College Parent and Family Facebook Group is to connect and engage families with the Union community. We highlight campus events, activities and programs to help you stay informed about unique opportunities. Together, we will encourage students to explore their passions, broaden their horizons and discover themselves.