Founded in 1795 as the first planned campus in the United States, Union College 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., including eight acres of formal gardens and woodland known as Jackson's Garden, Union is within easy reach.
Union College, founded in 1795, is a scholarly community dedicated to shaping the future and 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.
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The following Academic Help Centers are available to assist students throughout the term. Contact the individual departments for more information:
As a residential college, Union offers many places and spaces to hang your hat (or cap, handbag, book bag, laundry bag or iPod). Some students live in the Minervas; others choose residence halls, fraternity or sorority residences or theme houses, or College Park Hall, a spacious, renovated hotel (with a bathroom in every room). All are just steps away from everything you'll need on campus—classrooms, labs, library, Reamer Campus Center, the Yulman Theater, studios, fitness center, dining halls and athletic fields.
Schaffer Library is a teaching library. We provide access to information resources that support the educational mission of Union College and we teach the critical and analytical skills necessary for the intelligent use of those resources.
Union College has partnered with Apogee to provide high-speed internet access through the residential network with 24/7 customer support. Union College and Apogee are committed to providing students with state of the art wireless and wired access. Residents receive 10 Mbps download speed and the ability to connect four additional devices.
The Health Center is located on the lower level of the Wicker Wellness Center, and plays a key role in helping students maintain a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle here at Union.
Connect socially, locally and globally to broaden your thinking. Engage in community outreach and meaningful volunteer work. Lead an organization or club, or start your own. Experiences like these are what make Union students stand out to prospective employers and develop the kinds of leadership skills that create great careers, and great lives.
A significant number of students play varsity sports here at Union: 600. That’s more than a quarter, and I’m sure other liberal arts colleges see similar numbers. This level of participation would be unheard-of at larger schools, where only a minute percentage of students have the opportunity to play top-tier sports. That’s not to say our teams aren’t competitive – they definitely are. And the high number of students immersed in a rigorous daily athletic regimen creates a certain culture.
Some of the Organisations available are: