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On Site: Union College


At a Glance

Schenectady, New York

Undergraduate Students: 2,047

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Acceptance Rate: 41%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 85%

Freshman Retention Rate: 91%

Notable Majors/Programs: Engineering, Geology, Computer Science, English, History, Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Neuroscience


The Feel

  • Union College was founded in 1795 as an engineering school. Since then, they have evolved into a liberal arts college while still maintaining their strong commitment to engineering. The college is also one of the oldest non-religious affiliated schools in the country.

  • Union college follows the unique trimester system with each term lasting 10-weeks long and students taking only 3 classes per term.

  • Two academic strengths at Union are interdisciplinary opportunities and study abroad. They offer a number of majors combining two different fields, and their 3-week study abroad trips in December are quite popular.

  • A majority of students live on campus all 4 years and 40% of their student population are involved in Greek life, which is very high for the northeast.


Standout Points

  • They just built a brand new, state-of-the-art, $100 million dollar science and engineering complex

  • All students will conduct a senior thesis or fellowship in order to graduate from Union

  • Every student at Union will be a member of one of 7 Minerva Houses, which offer another level of community for students. Each house offers their own traditions, planned events and even living space.

  • Union is in the NCAA Division III for all sports except hockey, where they stand in Division I. Hockey and football have strong traditions here.


Fun Fact

  • They consider themselves “The Mother of Fraternities” in light of their very strong traditions in Greek life since their beginning.


Bottom Line Fit: Great option for students wanting a small, liberal arts environment, but with very strong STEM programs, particularly in engineering. Union's strong Greek life presence and Minerva Houses offer more than ample opportunities to get connected on campus.



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