Union College

Schenectady, New York

#100 National Colleges

42.92% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

2,161 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, small, highly residential

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Union College is a private liberal arts college in Schenectady, New York. Founded in 1795, it was the first institution of higher learning chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, and second in the state of New York, after Columbia University. In the 19th century, it became known as the "Mother of Fraternities", as three of the earliest Greek letter societies were established there. The school was once referred to as one of the "Big Four" alongside Harvard University, Yale University and Princeton University.

Union began enrolling women in 1970, after 175 years as an all-male institution. The college offers a liberal arts curriculum across 21 academic departments, as well as opportunities for interdepartmental majors and self-designed organizing theme majors. It offers a wide array of courses in the humanities, social sciences, arts, sciences, literature, and foreign languages. The school is distinguished among liberal arts colleges by also offering ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees in computer engineering, bioengineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. About 60% of Union students engage in some form of international study or study abroad.

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Schenectady, New York

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City: Small (population less than 100,000)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Bachelor's degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 24.1%
Engineering 21.9%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 15.3%
Psychology 6.8%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 5.8%
Physical Sciences 5.4%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 3.3%
English Language And Literature/Letters 3.1%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2.7%
Natural Resources And Conservation 2.5%
Mathematics And Statistics 1.9%
History 1.8%
Visual And Performing Arts 1.8%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1.8%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1.0%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.8%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1333 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 740 680 620
Verbal 680 640 600

ACT Scores

30 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 31 29 26
English 35 31 27