Union College, founded in 1795, is one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished liberal arts colleges. Union is known for outstanding programs in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, arts and engineering, and for encouraging students to explore the intersections among disciplines. Its innovative curriculum emphasizes collaboration with students and faculty through small classes, research in all disciplines and international study. The 2,150 full-time undergraduates come from 41 U.S. states and 36 countries. Thirty percent are from diverse or international backgrounds.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Union offers Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision for first-year applicants. We seek students with strong grades, and encourage honors/advanced and AP or IB courses. Secondary school recommendations are also important. Beyond academics, we look for personal responsibility and integrity, and carefully review talents and background. We look for students who can participate enthusiastically and constructively in the life of the College. Standardized testing is optional (except for our combined law and medicine programs, and for home schooled students). Interviews are encouraged.


Successful transfer applicants present a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in at least one semester of full-time academic work in courses comparable to those offered at Union College. Consideration is also given to recommendations and personal qualities. In particular, we look for students who can participate enthusiastically and constructively in the life of the College. If you are able to visit campus, we encourage you to schedule an interview.

Additional Information

Union meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students. More than half of our students receive need-based financial assistance. In addition, Union offers merit scholarships. First-year applicants are automatically considered, and scholarships are awarded to our top applicants each year based on academic credentials. They range from $15,000 to $25,000 and are renewed annually for four years.

Visit us

Whether you can spend an hour, an afternoon or a full day, Union has a visit option for you. We offer Visit Experiences (information session and campus tour) on weekdays and many Saturdays throughout the year. Interviews are available beginning May 1 for high school juniors (continuing through Jan. 31 of senior year) and year-round for transfer students. Union also hosts three Open House programs which take place in the fall, spring and summer.

“Union helped me develop leadership skills and ways to communicate effectively with people. With great academics, and faculty and staff who are so passionate, Union gives students a college experience that’s tough to match.”

Peter Haviland-Eduah, Policy Analyst and Communications Specialist, Class of 2010
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Admissions office

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School location

Union College/Grant Hall, 807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308, United States of America

Phone number

(518) 388-6112