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A TRADITION OF
EXCELLENCE Founded in 1795, Union College was named to reflect the foundersâ€™ desire to create a welcoming academic community open to all religions and nationalities. Union was the first liberal arts college to offer an engineering degree. This academic integration continues today as engineering, sciences, economics, social sciences, humanities and the arts go hand-in-hand. Students merge their interests through creative and innovative research, which is woven into the curriculum. During the annual Steinmetz Symposium, more than 500 students present their research projects. Faculty and student research is funded with more than $12 million in grants for projects and instrumentation. Our students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, including the Feigenbaum Center for the Visual Arts and the brand new $100 million expansion of our Science and Engineering Complex. In addition to conducting vibrant research, Union students think and act locally and globally through fellowships, community service and studying abroad.
HOW WE RANK:
Top STEMÂ Schools for Women
Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges
USA Today College Guide
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs accredited by ABET
U.S. News & World Report
Best National Liberal Arts Colleges U.S. News & World Report union.edu
SO WHAT INTRIGUES
MAJORS AND MINORS
OF STUDENTS STUDY MORE THAN ONE DISCIPLINE
STUDENTS IN AVERAGE INTRODUCTORY COURSE
STUDENTS IN AVERAGE UPPER-LEVEL COURSE
ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees, with options to double major and combine majors and minors Interdepartmental and multidisciplinary programs, such as ethnic and cultural studies
Organizing Theme major: study a theme across multiple disciplines to design your own program Joint programs, including: > 3+3 Accelerated Law program (B.A. plus J.D.) >5 -year Business/Healthcare Management program (B.A. or B.S., plus M.B.A.)
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MAJORS & MINORS Digital Media‡ Economics Electrical Engineering Energy Studies‡ English Environmental Engineering‡ Environmental Policy Environmental Science Film Studies‡ French and Francophone Studies Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Geology German Studies Greek‡ History
Japanese‡ Jewish Studies‡ Latin‡ Latin American and Caribbean Studies Law and Humanities‡ Managerial Economics* Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Music Nanotechnology‡ Neuroscience Organizing Theme Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology
Public History‡ Religious Studies Russian and East European Studies Science, Medicine and Technology in Culture Sociology Spanish and Hispanic Studies Statistics‡ Studio Fine Arts Theater World Musics and Cultures‡
* major only ‡ minor only
Africana Studies American Studies Anthropology Art History Asian Studies Astronomy Astrophysics‡ Biochemistry* Biological Sciences Biomedical Engineering Chemistry Chinese Classics Computer Engineering Computer Science Dance‡ Data Analytics‡
WHERE A UNION EDUCATION
CAN TAKE YOU Within six months of graduation:
OF UNION GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED FULL-TIME, ENROLLED IN GRADUATE SCHOOL OR PURSUING POST-GRADUATE EXPERIENCES
GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL
FELLOWSHIP, TRAVEL, MILITARY SERVICE OR VOLUNTEER WORK
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Where some of our recent grads have headed: EMPLOYMENT ABC News, Amazon, Apple, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Deutsche Bank, Entertainment Tonight, Forbes, General Electric, Global Foundries, Goldman Sachs, Google, Harvard Medical School, IBM, Lego Systems, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Quantac, Smithsonian Institution, Teach for America, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Wall Street Journal GRADUATE PROGRAMS Boston University, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Georgetown, Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NYU, The Ohio State University, Stanford, Tufts, UCLA, University of California-Berkeley, University of Michigan Law School, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt, Yale
UNION STUDENTS INTERN AT MORE THAN COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS WORLDWIDE, INCLUDING: Ameriprise Financial, Black Entertainment Television, The Clinton Foundation, The Cloisters, CondÃ© Nast, FloDesign Wind Turbine, General Dynamics, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Los Angeles School on Wheels, Merrill Lynch, NASA, National Museum of Dance, The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire State House, Penguin Group, Reebok International, U.S. Senate, Warner Music Group, Yale Bioethics Institute
Ana Paola Mikler Celis ’12
Dani Liu ’15
Aman Adil ’16
Ph.D. Candidate Argelander Institute for Astronomy/ Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy Bonn, Germany
Junior Controls Engineer Hallam-ICS Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Operations Manager Uber Freight San Francisco, Calif.
Electrical Engineering (major) + Music (minor)
Mathematics + Economics (majors)
Physics (major) + Astronomy and Chinese (minors)
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>> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
>> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
>> THE UNION DIFFERENCE
Student Investment Fund; math, economics and entrepreneurship clubs
Society of Physics Students treasurer and president; World Around U president
Union is a great school for curious minds. I loved the cross-disciplinary curriculum, creative and inspirational projects, unlimited support from friends and professors, and open discussions about current issues. As an engineering major at a liberal arts school, I enjoyed the best of both worlds. My problem-solving skills came not only from engineering theories and practices, but also from music, history and political science. I was always encouraged to explore beyond convention.
The best of Union was to discover the infinite amount of possibilities the school offers. From doing research while learning American politics on the Washington, D.C., term to taking a self-designed term in Chile to observing and doing research at a state-of-the-art radio telescope (Arecibo, Puerto Rico) as part of my summer research program, Union gave me the opportunity to dream big and speak my mind.
I chose Union for its proficient faculty, low student-to-faculty ratio and small community. My expectations were surpassed. The liberal arts experience was inclusive and research-intensive, with small classes taught exclusively by professors. They fostered intellectual curiosity, communication and teamwork. Professors were easily accessible, so a fair share of learning took place outside the classroom. I still maintain contact with some Union staff, who were determined to make student experiences positive.
>> BEST UNION EXPERIENCE
>> WHY UNION EXCELS
HOLI, THE HINDU FESTIVAL OF COLOR >>
OF WAYS 130 STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING:
Baja SAE Club, Concordiensis (student newspaper), Economics Club, Ethics Bowl, Model United Nations, Robotics Club, Student Investment Fund, Union Pride, Women’s Union, and many other academic, international, political interest and religious groups
7 INNOVATIVE MINERVA HOUSES, SPONSORING SUCH ACTIVITIES AS:
Barbecues, book clubs, chess nights, current events discussions, dinners with professors, film nights, jam sessions and language tables
18 ARTS GROUPS, INCLUDING: A capella clubs; Anime Club; African, Asian, Bhangra, ballroom and break dance clubs; classical, early music, jazz and world music ensembles; Film Committee; Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir; Idol literary magazine; College and Community Orchestra; Mountebanks drama society; and Pep Band
40 STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS IN:
TO FIND YOUR NICHE
13 THEME HOUSES, DEVOTED TO: A balanced lifestyle, arts, Asian culture, civil liberties, community service, the LGBTQ+ community, literature, the maker culture, multiculturalism, political discourse, religious diversity, sustainability and technology
26 VARSITY TEAMS, FEATURING: 24 athletic teams in Division III, and both men’s and women’s ice hockey in Division I
42 INTRAMURALS AND CLUB SPORTS, INCLUDING:
Badminton, bowling, equestrian, fly fishing, golf, ice hockey, karate, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, skiing, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.
30+ STUDENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS, INCLUDING:
Amnesty International, Best Buddies, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Campus Kitchens, Colleges Against Cancer, Empty Bowls Project, Engineering Ambassadors Network, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Science, MEDLIFE, Reach Out and Read, Red Cross Club and U-CARE Carnival
25 countries, from Argentina and Germany to Russia and Vietnam
>> WHY UNION
Union offers engineering and liberal arts—two important parts of my life—so it seemed like the perfect place for me. I also wanted to be a name rather than a number. I wanted to know my professors on a personal level, get involved on campus, have my voice heard and graduate with a class that was truly a community I knew. Union is so special because of all the opportunities it has given me, from serving as the student Trustee and going abroad to making great friendships and meeting dedicated professors who became mentors and role models.
Biomedical Engineering >> INTERNSHIP + EMPLOYMENT
Stanley Black and Decker Hartford, Conn. >> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
Student Trustee; Orientation adviser and mentor; Biomedical Engineering Society; Finance Committee; Table Tennis Club founder and president; Club Soccer; Germany term abroad; Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society
OUR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS COME FROM: ALBANIA
HONG KONG S.A.R.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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Pyae Sone (Patrick) Aung
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>> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
World Around U; Robotics Crew; SAE Aero Club; TEDx Club
Sorum House co-chair; research assistant; volunteer, homework program for local schoolchildren
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Eugene I. Yudis ‘55 Prize, to the student who has produced the best piece of prose fiction >> WHY UNION
Union is the best place to pursue a holistic study of both the liberal arts and sciences. The numerous undergraduate research opportunities along with the wide range of multidisciplinary courses can help students learn beyond their chosen major. Along with this, the close-knit community of students from diverse backgrounds makes it the best place to learn and develop as an individual. I’ve grown as a person and been able to hone my intellect at Union. I honestly can’t imagine myself having gone anywhere else!
Union Robotics Crew; recreational soccer
>> HOW UNION INSPIRES >> INTERNSHIP
Silicon Valley Summer Internship in Innovation and Creativity >> WHY UNION
Union has all the qualities of my ideal college—liberal arts with engineering, innovation, and small city life with a global perspective. Students have the opportunity to explore subjects of various fields and integrate them. In my Arts of China course, I learned how to synthesize and understand elements of various artworks— creative thinking and analysis skills that I can apply in entrepreneurial and engineering environments.
The thing I love best about Union is the academic quality and friendly professors who are always available for me when I seek help. I have also had a chance to learn a lot about American culture from being a part of many organizations, including Greek life (Alpha Delta Phi) and student clubs like the Eliphalets (a capella group), and by getting involved in the community through my Minerva House and the Kenney Community Center.
>> 2019 PRIZE DAY WINNER
BIG OPPORTUNITIES Union is located in Schenectady, part of New York’s Capital Region. T he campus is a short walk to the heart of downtown and close to major ski areas, parks, rivers, and rural and wilderness areas. We are a 3-hour drive from New York City and Boston, and 4 hours from Montreal, Canada. Albany International Airport is 20 minutes away by car and offers connecting or direct flights to all major cities worldwide. An Amtrak station, part of our national railroad system, is a 10-minute walk from campus. any taxi and rideshare services provide local transport, and both Greyhound and Megabus M offer regional bus transportation to and from metropolitan locations.
SCHENECTADY AT A GLANCE
66,000 metro population (and 850,000 total Capital Region population)
45 restaurants within 3km 1 of the region’s best farmer’s markets 7 family-owned bakeries 1 km from campus to Proctors theater, which specializes in Broadway blockbusters, and Bowtie Cinema, which features first-run movies Within 20km of 3 major shopping malls
HEALTH AND SAFETY CAMPUS RESOURCES ur gym, fitness center and dance pavilion O offer everything from ballet to Zumba classes. The Wicker Wellness Center provides a comprehensive array of services run by a medical staff and individual counselors. nion’s own safety personnel patrol the U campus 24/7. Students have access to an emergency blue light system, keypad locks, trolley service and walking escorts. Everyone is linked to a campus-wide emergency notification system.
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Average seasonal temperatures in Schenectady, N.Y. FALL
WINTER .06C SPRING
WHERE TO FIND US
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TORONTO UNION COLLEGE Schenectady, NY DETROIT
APPLICATION DEADLINES EARLY ACTION: NOV. 1 // EARLY DECISION I: NOV. 1 EARLY DECISION II: JAN. 15 // REGULAR DECISION: JAN. 15
All materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked by these dates.
REQUIRED ADMISSIONS MATERIALS Common Application or Coalition Application Official secondary school transcript(s)Â and official exam scores, where applicable Personal essay Counselor letter of recommendation Teacher letter of recommendation CSS Profile and supporting financial documents, if applicable nion is SAT/ACT optional. Our school code for the SAT is 2920. U Our code for the ACT is 2970. TOEFL or IELTS is required for all applicants whose first language is not English. Only in very rare circumstances do we waive this requirement. There is no strict minimum score but typically we expect TOEFL internet-based scores of at least 90 and IELTS scores of 7 or higher. TOEFL at Home and IELTS Indicator will be accepted for those applying for fall 2021 entry if no other option is available.
Interviews are required for all Chinese and Vietnamese citizens and are recommended for all applicants. Union College reviews applications holistically, looking for the best additions to our vibrant community. Interviews allow us to learn more about you and how you will contribute to our campus, which can play an important role in the final admissions decision. Interview options include InitialView, Duolingo and Vericant. Skype interviews are offered after the application has been submitted.
All documents in a language other than English must include
a certified English translation.
Comprehensive fee for 2020-2021 includes tuition, room, board and mandatory activity fees.
CLASS OF 2023 7,625
INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS FROM
ACT MIDDLE 50%
3,156 STUDENTS ADMITTED
1280-1430 SAT MIDDLE 50%
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FINANCIAL AID nion College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need U for admitted students but is need-aware in the admissions process. This means that your financial information is considered along with the other components of your application during the admission evaluation. CSS profile is required if applying for need-based financial aid. Applicants who can contribute $30,000 or more per year will be most competitive for admission. large percentage of our financial aid is awarded in our two A early decision rounds. inancial aid packages typically consist of a grant and workF study opportunity. If you do not apply for financial aid your first year, you will not be eligible for aid during your time at Union unless there have been significant changes in your family’s circumstance.
SCHOLARSHIPS Merit scholarships are awarded to select international students each year and are valued at $10,000-$20,000 per year. No separate applications are required.
IN NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID OFFERED TO ADMITTED INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
OF INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS ARE INTERNATIONAL, DUAL CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
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