Redefining liberal education for the 21st century

Founded in 1795, Union College was the first college chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. We are a small, residential, independent liberal arts college committed to integrating the humanities and social sciences with science and engineering in new and exciting ways. Union's rigorous academics take place in a diverse, welcoming campus environment that supports your personal growth, provides you with a wealth of opportunities to find and pursue your passions, and inspires you to engage with the local and global community through meaningful projects and volunteer work.


Programs: 58 majors and minors, plus joint graduate programs in business, education, law & public policy and medicine. Many students complete two majors, bring together two or more disciplines in an interdepartmental major or self-design an Organizing Theme major. 

Faculty: 211 full-time faculty; 97% have earned a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. Professors teach all classes and lead research projects with students in all disciplines. Our student-faculty ratio is 10:1, average introductory class size is 21, and average upper level class size is 14.

Curriculum: You’ve got lots of interests, so why choose only one? Our curriculum stresses an interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts. Our trimester system with three 10-week terms offers flexibility for classes, internships and international programs.

Advising: Work closely with academic advisers to discover what matters to you – courses, activities and your future career.

Research: Roughly 80% of students conduct original research or complete a creative project with faculty on campus. And, for one day each May, some 450 students show off their research and creativity in all fields before faculty, family and friends at our own Steinmetz Symposium.  This one-of-a-kind event includes oral presentations, a poster showcase, art exhibits, a film festival, music and dance concerts, and engineering projects.

Study abroad: Go global with more than 40 programs in 30 countries on six continents. Nearly 60% of students travel abroad, one of the highest percentages among U.S. liberal arts colleges. 

Residential and Student Life

Housing: 96% of students live on campus.

Minerva House Program: A unique way of blending academic, social and residential interests. All students and faculty are assigned to one of the seven houses. Many professors teach first-year classes in their Minerva Houses, and some upperclass students live on the residential floors above the common areas. With a generous programming budget, the Minervas host over 500 hundred events each year, created and run by student house leaders.

Athletics: 26 intervarsity and collegiate sports: Div. III sports teams (Liberty League), with Div. I men’s and women’s ice hockey (ECAC Hockey), as well as intramural and recreational options.

Student clubs and organizations:  100+, from the Anime and Fly Fishing clubs to Women's Union.

Community Service: The Kenney Community Center connects students with Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, tutoring programs and many civic projects. Some 1200 students each year are involved in more than 30 service programs.

Greek life: 20 Greek organizations of which 9 have college-owned campus housing. Students may join fraternities and sororities beginning in the sophomore year.

Theme houses: 13, catering to the arts, gender and religious diversity, sustainability and more. Students live together and connect through these common interests, which they share with the campus community.

Admissions Website

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 Application Deadlines

  • Early Action: Nov 1
  • Early Decision I: Nov 1
  • Early Decision II: Jan 15
  • Regular Decision: Jan 15
  • Leadership in Medicine Program: Nov 1 (Early Action)
  • 3+3 Accelerated Law Program: Jan 15 (Regular Decision)
  • Winter Term Transfer: Nov 1
  • Spring Term Transfer: Feb 1
  • Fall Term Transfer: April 15

Required Application Materials (First-Year Applicants)

  • Coalition Application or Common Application
  • Personal essay
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Teacher letter of recommendation

Non-Required Application Materials (First-Year Applicants)

  • Standardized Test Scores*
  • Interview
  • Financial Aid Forms

*Standardized Testing is optional (except for homeschooled students and those applying for the Leadership in Medicine Program or the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program). For applicants who select to have their SAT or ACT scores considered during the review process, the supplemental essay/writing section is not required.

Financial Aid

We believe that a Union education is an attainable goal and a worthwhile investment for your future. Union has a longstanding commitment to admitting an economically diverse student body. We meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.

Over $53 million is awarded annually to Union students in the form of grants and scholarships - outright awards that do not need to be repaid. Students who demonstrate financial need are offered a financial aid package that generally consists of a grant, loan and work opportunity. In addition, first-year applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to our top applicants each year based on academic credentials.

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  • Students receiving financial assistance: 60%
  • Average Union grant: $37,600
  • Average need-based financial aid package: $46,200
  • Merit award range: $10,000-$25,000

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Additional Application Information

Visit Information

The Office of Admissions is open to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are also open on selected Saturdays.

  • Information Sessions and Tours: Get all of your questions answered by Admissions deans and Union students. Both virtual programs and campus visits are available. 
  • Interviews: Let's talk. Prepare for an enjoyable conversation about your academic career, interests and personal goals. Interviews are recommended because they allow us to get to know you better, adding another dimension to your admissions application. 

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