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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

THRIVE UNION.EDU

AT UNION


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THE NOT T MEMORIAL >>


A TRADITION OF

EXCELLENCE Union College, chartered by the state of New York in 1795, is one of America’s oldest and most distinguished liberal arts colleges. In 1845, we became the nation’s first college to integrate engineering into a liberal arts curriculum. Today we are one of the few leading the way in the intersection of disciplines. A private, residential college located in Schenectady, N.Y., we offer a rigorous academic program embracing faculty-student collaboration through small classes, research in all disciplines, interdisciplinary study and dynamic term abroad programs. Our 2,200 full-time undergraduates come from 39 U.S. states and 42 countries. International students are a vital part of the campus community, participating in scholarly and social activities, and sharing their cultural perspectives. The Office of Student Support Services plans an orientation for incoming international students and also helps with federal visa requirements. And throughout four years here, students receive guidance and practical assistance from our international student adviser, helping to ensure their success on campus and beyond.

#38: Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

#10: Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges

(U.S. News & World Report, 2017)

(PayScale 2017 College ROI Report)

#5: Top STEM Schools for Women

#10: Best Science Lab Facilities 

(USA Today College Guide 2017) 

(The Princeton Review, 2017)

#6: Most Popular Study Abroad Programs

#17: Best Alumni Network

(The Princeton Review, 2017)

(The Princeton Review, 2017)

TOP 25: National Undergraduate 

TOP 20: Liberal Arts Colleges

Engineering Programs accredited by ABET (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)

Where Grads Earn the Most (Money Magazine, 2016)

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HOW WE RANK:


SO WHAT INTRIGUES

YOU?

At Union, you’ll learn in an intimate community where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking are encouraged. You’ll gain deep knowledge within your major and also experience insights from multiple disciplines. You’ll thrive in small classes with faculty who are active scholars, researchers and artists; who are committed to teaching; and who are genuinely interested in getting to know the real you—and challenging you to be and do your best.

213 full-time faculty 98% of faculty with Ph.D.s or the highest degree in their field 10:1 student-faculty ratio 21 students in average introductory course 14 students in average upper-level course

DEGREES AND DEGREE PROGRAMS Union offers undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in 57 majors and minors. Students may choose double majors; combine majors and minors; or pursue interdepartmental and multidisciplinary programs, such as ethnic and cultural studies. Some students design their own Organizing Theme major.

UNION ALSO OFFERS THESE JOINT PROGRAMS: 3+3 Accelerated Law program (B.A. and J.D.) 5-year Business/Management program (B.A. or B.S., and M.B.A.) 4+1 Master of Science with degree options in Bioethics, Energy Systems and Electrical or Mechanical Engineering (B.S. and M.S.)


<< ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING CL ASS

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

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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‡ * majors only ‡ minors only

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Africana Studies American Studies Anthropology Art History Asian Studies Astronomy Astrophysics‡ Biochemistry* Bioengineering Biological Sciences Chemistry Chinese Classics Computational Methods‡ Computer Engineering Computer Science Dance‡


WHERE A UNION EDUCATION

CAN TAKE YOU Within a year of graduation:

98%

OF UNION GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED FULL-TIME, ENROLLED IN GRADUATE SCHOOL OR PURSUING POST-GRADUATE EXPERIENCES

71%

FULL-TIME JOB

20%

GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL

7%

FELLOWSHIP, TRAVEL, MILITARY SERVICE OR VOLUNTEER WORK

ALUMNI WENT TO WORK HERE ABC News, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Apple, Boston Museum of Fine Art, 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

THEY CONTINUED THEIR STUDIES HERE 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

INTERNSHIPS THAT HELPED GET THEM WHERE THEY ARE

Ameriprise Financial, Black Entertainment Television, The Clinton Foundation, The Cloisters, The Colbert Report, Condé 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

<< CAREER FAIR


Ana Paola Mikler Celis ’12

Dani Liu ’15

Aman Adil ’16

>> FROM

>> FROM

>> FROM

Bogota, Colombia

Chengdu, China

Gurgaon, India

>> CURRENTLY

>> CURRENTLY

>> CURRENTLY

Ph.D. Candidate Argelander Institute for Astronomy/ Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy Bonn, Germany

Junior Controls Engineer Hallam-ICS Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Operations Analyst Uber Technologies Chicago, Ill.

>> STUDIED

>> STUDIED

Electrical Engineering (major) + Music (minor)

Mathematics + Economics

>> STUDIED

>> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

>> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

>> THE UNION DIFFERENCE

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.

>> BEST UNION EXPERIENCE

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.

Engineering Ambassador

Student Investment Fund; math, economics and entrepreneurship clubs >> WHY UNION EXCELS

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. UNION.EDU

Physics (major) + Astronomy and Chinese (minors)

>> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES


HUNDREDS

HOLI, THE HINDU FESTIVAL OF COLOR >>


OF WAYS 100+ STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING:

TO FIND YOUR NICHE

13 THEME HOUSES, DEVOTED TO: Arts, civil liberties, community

Baja SAE Club, Concordiensis (student

service, cooking, East Asian culture,

newspaper), Economics Club,

the LGBTQ community, literature,

Ethics Bowl, Model United Nations,

the maker culture, multiculturalism,

Robotics Club, Union Pride, Women’s

political discourse, religious diversity,

Union, and many other academic,

sustainability and technology

community service, international, political interest and religious groups

26 VARSITY TEAMS, FEATURING:

7 INNOVATIVE MINERVA HOUSES,

24 athletic teams in Division III, and

SPONSORING SUCH ACTIVITIES AS:

both men’s and women’s ice hockey in Division I

Barbecues, book clubs, chess nights, current events discussions, dinners with professors, film series, jam sessions and language tables

51 INTRAMURALS AND CLUB SPORTS, INCLUDING:

Badminton, bowling, equestrian,

18 ARTS GROUPS, INCLUDING:

fly fishing, golf, ice hockey, karate,

A capella clubs; Anime Club; African,

soccer and Ultimate Frisbee

paintball, rock climbing, rugby, skiing,

Asian, Bhangra, ballroom and break dance clubs; classical, early music, jazz and world music ensembles; Film Committee; Heavenly Voices

30+ STUDENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS, INCLUDING:

Gospel Choir; Idol literary magazine;

Amnesty International, Best Buddies,

College and Community Orchestra;

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Campus

Mountebanks drama society;

Kitchens, Colleges Against

and Pep Band

Cancer, Empty Bowls Project, Engineering Ambassadors Network,

44 STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS IN:

Habitat for Humanity, Junior Science,

29 countries, from Argentina and

Red Cross Club and U-CARE Carnival

MEDLIFE, Reach Out and Read,

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Germany to Russia and Vietnam


Akshay Kashyap ’18

OUR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS COME FROM: >> FROM

>> COMPETITIONS

AUSTRALIA

MAURITIUS

Bangalore, India

CQA Investment Challenge; HackRPI

CANADA

MOROCCO

CHILE

MYANMAR

CHINA

NEPAL

You can get to know students,

CZECH REPUBLIC

NIGERIA

faculty and alumni on a

EGYPT

personal level. It’s easy to

ENGLAND

PALESTINIAN TERRITORY

FINLAND

PHILIPPINES

FRANCE

POLAND

GEORGIA

PORTUGAL

GERMANY

ROMANIA

help you need. My summer

GHANA

RUSSIA

internship in an IBM research

GREECE

RWANDA

lab is the perfect example.

INDIA

SOUTH KOREA

This Union program lets me

JAPAN

SPAIN

get the experience I want

JORDAN

SWEDEN

in a different country and

KAZAKHSTAN

THAILAND

global context.

KENYA

TURKEY

LITHUANIA

VENEZUELA

MACEDONIA

VIETNAM

MALAWI

ZIMBABWE

>> MAJOR

Computer Science >> MINOR

Mathematics >> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

World Around U; Hackathon Team

>> WHY UNION

expand your circle and connect with so many successful people and opportunities. And if you’re passionate about something,

>> INTERNSHIP

Union College IBM-Zurich summer research intern >> RESEARCH PRESENTED

Convolutional Neural Networks for User Simulation in Spoken Dialogue Systems

you can get the resources and

PAKISTAN

<< A TERM ABROAD IN AUSTRALIA


Beryl Isiji ’18

Pyae Sone (Patrick) Aung ’19

Nam Bui ’19

>> FROM

>> FROM

>> FROM

Nairobi, Kenya

Yangon, Myanmar

Hanoi, Vietnam

>> MAJORS

MAJOR

>> MAJOR

Economics + Environmental Science and Policy

Computer Engineering

Computer Science

>> MINOR

>> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Economics

Sorum House co-chair; research assistant; volunteer, homework program for local schoolchildren

African Student Association; Entrepreneurship Club; Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir; Resident Adviser; Kenney Community Center afterschool program; World Around U >> WHAT’S SPECIAL

>> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Union Robotics Crew; recreational soccer

>> HOW UNION INSPIRES >> INTERNSHIP

Silicon Valley Summer Internship in Innovation and Creativity

ABOUT UNION

The alumni connection is very strong. Alumni are ready to guide you, encourage you and engage with you. They always take time out of their busy schedules to talk about their jobs, careers and even books they think you should read. They give you a real-world view about work and life.

>> 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

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.

environments. UNION.EDU

>> CAMPUS ACTIVITIES


SMALL CITY,

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. Many taxi and rideshare services provide local transport, and both Greyhound and Megabus offer regional bus transportation to and from metropolitan locations.

SCHENECTADY AT A GLANCE

66,000 metro population (and 850,000

HEALTH AND SAFETY CAMPUS RESOURCES Our gym, fitness center and dance pavilion offer everything from ballet to Zumba classes.

total Capital Region population)

The Wicker Wellness Center provides a

45 restaurants within 3km 1 of the region’s best farmer’s markets  family-owned bakeries 4 1 km from campus to Proctors theater,

comprehensive array of services run by a medical staff and individual counselors. Union’s own safety personnel patrol the campus 24/7. Students have access to an emergency blue

which specializes in Broadway blockbusters,

light system, keypad locks, trolley service and

and Bowtie Cinema, which features

walking escorts.

first-run movies Within 20km of 3 major shopping malls

Everyone is linked to a campus-wide emergency notification system.


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Average seasonal temperatures in Schenectady, N.Y. FALL

16.1C

WINTER .06C SPRING

13.9C

SUMMER

27.8C

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ADMISSIONS PROCESS

APPLICATION DEADLINES EARLY DECISION I: NOV. 15 // EARLY DECISION II: JAN. 15 // REGULAR DECISION: JAN. 15

All materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked by these dates.

INTERVIEWS

REQUIRED ADMISSIONS MATERIALS Common Application or Coalition Application Official secondary school transcript(s) and official exam scores, where applicable

Interviews with a Union College representative are strongly recommended for all applicants. For Chinese

Personal essay

citizens, interviews are required. Options include

Counselor letter of recommendation

InitialView Interview,

Teacher letter of recommendation CSS Profile and supporting financial documents, if applicable

Duolingo Test or Vericant. Skype interviews are offered

Even though Union has an SAT-optional policy, we highly

after application has been

encourage international applicants to submit the SAT I or the

submitted.

ACT if English is not your first language. Our school code for the SAT is 2920; our code for the ACT is 2970.

$66,609

TOEFL or IELTS is required if English is not your first or primary

Comprehensive fee for

language. There are no strict cutoffs for the exams, but typically

2017-2018 includes tuition,

we expect TOEFL internet-based scores of at least 90 and

room, board and mandatory

IELTS scores of 7 or higher.

activity fees.

All documents in a language other than English must include a certified English translation.

CLASS OF 2021 6,675

1,578

28-31

TOTAL APPLICATIONS

INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS FROM

ACT MIDDLE 50%

2,484 STUDENTS ADMITTED

118 COUNTRIES

1250-1420 SAT MIDDLE 50%


<< IN THE CERAMICS STUDIO

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID CSS profile is required if applying for need-based financial aid. Union College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need 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. Applicants who can contribute $30,000 or more per year will be most competitive for admission. A large percentage of our financial aid is awarded in our two early decision rounds. Financial aid packages typically consist of a grant and workstudy opportunity. Merit scholarships are awarded to a select few international students each year and are valued at $10,000-$20,000 per year. No separate applications are required. 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

$2 MILLION

16%

IN NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID OFFERED TO ADMITTED INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

OF INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS ARE INTERNATIONAL, DUAL CITIZENS OR RESIDENT ALIENS

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