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Rank: 58

Union College

Schenectady, NYwww.union.edu/
Union College offers a wide liberal arts curriculum alongside majors like mechanical engineering, neuroscience, and geology. Greek life has historically played an important role on the central New York campus -- six national fraternities were founded at Union between 1825 and 1847. In a bid to introduce a new social system that included all students, the private college created Minerva Houses a few years ago. As freshmen, students are assigned to one of the seven houses, which serve mainly as lounges. But each house also has its own governing council and hosts social events. Professors often teach first-year discussion sessions there, and upperclassmen can live above the common areas. The student-faculty ratio is 10:1 at Union, which operates on a trimester system with three 10-week terms plus a winter break. Students say Union has high academic standards and high-quality professors to match -- faculty members are often happy to help and available to chat. Some 85% of Union students graduate within six years, and recent grads report earning an average $60,900 -- which puts Union well above similar schools in MONEY's rankings. Alumni include comedian Ben Schwartz, Olympian Nikki Stone, and former President Chester Arthur.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$71,700
% of students who get any grants
77%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$39,600
Average price for low-income students
$9,570
admissions
Acceptance rate
37%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
2,167
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
29%
Average merit grant
$11,741
student success
Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$25,830
Average salary within 3 years
$60,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
45%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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