Hallmarks of a Union education include student-faculty collaboration, small classes, top-notch undergraduate research, terms abroad, internship experiences, and service and leadership opportunities. Students explore academic fields through inspired combinations of study in 58 majors and minors across arts, engineering, humanities, sciences and social sciences.
The approximately 2,200 full-time undergraduates come from 40 states and 50 countries; 23% of domestic students are from diverse backgrounds. The average introductory class has 21 students; the average upper-level class, 14. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1, with no teaching assistants. Union offers B.A. and B.S. degrees, and joint programs in law and medicine.
Students participate in over 100 clubs, 13 theme houses, 30 volunteer programs, 10 residential Greek organizations, 26 varsity intercollegiate sports and dozens of intramural and club sports. All students belong to one of seven Minerva Houses, part of a unique program that blends academic, residential and social life.
Union's beautiful, historic campus is located on 100 acres in Schenectady, which is part of New York's Capital Region and "Tech Valley." Schenectady is a small city with more than 50 restaurants, shops and boutiques, a movie theater, Proctors (home to touring Broadway productions)...all within walking distance of campus. Our area is also full of outdoor recreational opportunities such as skiing, hiking, mountain biking and more.
Since 1795, Union College has been defining—and continually redefining—what it means to provide a liberal arts education. We've been challenging convention, blurring boundaries and shaking up traditional thinking.
Union is a highly selective, private, residential, liberal arts college with engineering that is consistently ranked among the nation's top colleges. Set on 100 acres in downtown Schenectady, N.Y., Union is within easy reach of New York City, Boston, Montreal and outdoor recreation.
Our 2,150 students choose from 58 majors and minors. They engage with faculty and immerse themselves in research, internships and studying abroad. They create community through 130 student clubs and organizations, 26 varsity athletic teams (Div. III with Div. I men’s and women’s ice hockey), our unique Minerva Program and many service opportunities.
Union College provides a rigorous, holistic, and immersive residential liberal arts education that emphasizes integration, innovation, inclusion, and reflection for every student. We are inspired by a bold, enduring vision: Developing every student to lead with wisdom, empathy and courage, in ways large and small, now and across multiple tomorrows.