Union College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Wold Center at Union College
Wold Center at Union College (more photos). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Union College Description:

Founded in 1795, Union College is a private liberal arts college located in Schenectady, New York, northwest of Albany. It was the first college chartered by the Board of Regents in New York State. Union students come from 38 states and 34 countries, and they can choose from 30 degree programs. Union has a 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and upper-level classes average 15 students (20 students for introductory courses).

Union's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Student life is active with more than 100 clubs and activities, 17 fraternities and sororities, 12 theme houses, and seven "Minerva Houses" (centers for academic and social activities). In athletics, the Union College Dutchmen compete in the NCAA Division III Liberty League (Hockey is in the Division I ECAC Conference Hockey League).

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Admissions Data (2015):

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,269 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 54% Male / 46% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

Union College Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 84%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 82%
    • Loans: 48%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,741
    • Loans: $7,951

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 82%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 88%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Swimming, Track and Field, Baseball, Rowing
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Basketball, Field Hockey

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics and the Union College Website

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Union College Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.union.edu/about/mission/index.php

"Union College, founded in 1795, is a scholarly community dedicated to shaping the future and to understanding the past. Faculty, staff, and administrators welcome diverse and talented students into our community, work closely with them to provide a broad and deep education, and guide them in finding and cultivating their passions. We do this with a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in the liberal arts and engineering, as well as academic, athletic, cultural, and social activities, including opportunities to study abroad and to participate in undergraduate research and community service.

We develop in our students the analytic and reflective abilities needed to become engaged, innovative, and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global, and technologically complex society."