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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Union College is a highly rated private college located in Schenectady, New York in the Albany Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,176 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Union College acceptance rate is 37%. Popular majors include Economics, Mechanical Engineering, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 85% of students, Union College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $49,900.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League
Address
807 Union St
Schenectady, NY 12308
Website

Union College - New York Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
37%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1220-1400
ACT Range
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$37,080/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,135/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.32 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.36 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.36 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,176Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
91
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
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  • Work hard play hard
    42%
  • Drunk moron
    12%
  • Studious
    12%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Passionate
    8%
  • Sheltered, immature, closed-minded
    8%
  • Outgoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
71%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.49 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.49 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Tight-knit community
    23%
  • It's what you decide to make of it
    19%
  • Small but comfortable
    19%
  • Small
    15%
  • Homogeneous culture
    12%
  • Dope
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$65,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.20 responses
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Union is a very special and unique place! One of the things I've treasured most about my experience were the professors. Not only are they impressive researchers, they are able to establish great rapport among students, and are a great support system both personally and academically. The career center is also great; they helped beginning first year with my resume, then later to secure internships (I even got a grant for $3500 for an unpaid internship at a non-profit), and finally to apply to grad school. On campus, there are plenty of things to do, from parties to Minerva events to free food. Off campus, Schenectady has tons to offer, and is becoming more revitalized every year. While there are plenty of the "typical" liberal arts college students (white, wealthy, Northeasterners), there is also a large international and diverse community to engage with. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I always felt safe, and built my own chosen family of fellow queer individuals over the years.
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The academics are amazing. Ask the upperclassmen which professors generally are open to research- it will help in the long run for graduate studies and internships. Research is very plentiful and many professors are willing to help out. This is the chance to work with large equipment and get your name on a published paper.

The students are another story. About 85% of the campus are privileged rich white students without the understanding of real world struggles. The other 15% of the campus population are the down-to-earth people. These are the ones that make Union a unique place to be. Many seclude themselves from Greek Life and create their own niches. Find like-minded people to make the experience your own. Change social scenes. Meet new people. NOT ALL Greek students embody the stereotypical Union student, so look for them!

It's easy to feel like an outsider, but faking to be a part of the 85% is harder than it sounds and can be lonesome.
The actual best four years of my LIFE! Def had to learn to work and in order to play hard, but worth it. Get into things and clubs and the community and you will have an amazing time too.
When people transfer, I think they often times haven't tried hard enough to get involved.
LOVE upper dining hall and west breakfast on sundays. Everyone loves those, if anything DUTCH is the worst place for food...