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Union College

Schenectady, NYhttps://www.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. Alumni include comedian Ben Schwartz, Olympian Nikki Stone, and former President Chester Arthur.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Freshmen at Union College will be taking both in-person and online classes this fall. The rest of the students will be able to choose whether they want to attend physical, hybrid, or remote classes.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$72,400
% of students who get any grants
78%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$41,300
Average price for low-income students
$12,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
39%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
2,180
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
31%
Average merit grant
$12,950
student success
Graduation rate
88%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$26,870
Average salary within 5 years
$56,900
% earning more than $28,000
90%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Freshmen at Union College will be taking both in-person and online classes this fall. The rest of the students will be able to choose whether they want to attend physical, hybrid, or remote classes.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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