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Union offers admission to top students for Class of 2017


(Photo by Matt Milless)
(Photo by Matt Milless)

Union has offered admission to a select group of students from a record 5,717 applicants seeking a coveted spot in the Class of 2017.

The 37 percent admit rate is the lowest in the school's history and includes more than 200 students accepted through early admission.

The expected class size is 570.

Among the high schools that rank their students, 72 percent of the admitted applicants are in the top 10 percent of their class. Union is an SAT/ACT optional school. Of the 75 percent of those admitted who submitted scores, the average ACT was 30, while the average SAT was 1340 on the 1600 scale and 2000 on the 2,400 scale.

Of the students offered admission, 50 percent are women, 8 percent are international and 19 percent are domestic multicultural students.

Admitted students represent 38 states and the District of Columbia and 44 countries.

"The students we have admitted this year are impressive in so many ways," said Matt Malatesta, vice president for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment. "We have seen an increase in both the diversity of our admitted group and the quality of their academic credentials. We know they will have many fine options, so our community is excited to show off the advantages of a Union education."

To help students decide, the College will host the first of several Admitted Student Days on Friday, April 5. Other dates are Monday, April 15; Friday, April 19; and Monday, April 22. The program encourages students and their families to explore the campus, with a number of tours, class visits, campus life panels and academic presentations scheduled. In addition, prospective students can schedule visits with Admissions.

Union is committed to meeting the full financial need of all admitted students. The average need-based scholarship at Union is $29,000, and the average merit scholarship is $10,000.

Students who choose Union will join a campus community that has been honored recently with a series of prestigious academic prizes. Two students were named winners of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and another received a Kathryn Wasserman Davis Projects for Peace award. A Union student also was named a winner of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a national foundation that promotes promising scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

The College is among the country’s leading liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings, the Princeton Review Guide’s annual book, “The Best 371 Colleges,” and the “Fiske Guide to Colleges,” which features 330 of the country's best and most interesting colleges and universities.

Accepted students have until May 1 to commit.