Curriculum Focus: Liberal Arts; Interdisciplinary; Research
Application Deadline: November 15, 2015
Founded in 1795, Union is a small, independent liberal arts college focused exclusively on undergraduates. We are known for outstanding programs in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, arts and engineering, which emphasize the practical application of ideas through experience. We strongly encourage students to explore the intersections between and among disciplines, an approach that challenges students to stretch their thinking and their academic horizons.
Our 2,200 full-time students come from 37 states and 29 countries. With small classes and a student-faculty ratio of 10-1, Union offers them a supportive, welcoming atmosphere in which to work closely with their professors, who champion their success in and out of the classroom.
Research in all disciplines is an essential part of the Union experience. More than 450 students showcase their research and creative and scholarly work in all fields at our Steinmetz Symposium, now in its 25th year. Many students co-author publications with faculty and present at major conferences.
Sixty percent of all Union students participate in terms abroad and mini-term programs in 40 countries, one of the highest percentages among colleges.
Our seven Minerva Houses in the center of campus are a hub of activity and leadership. Students, faculty and staff get together in their Minervas for more than 500 academic, social and cultural activities each year. The student-run programs offer a multitude of ways to engage with the campus community.
Union is located in Schenectady, N.Y., part of Upstate New York’s Capital Region and within easy reach of major East Coast cities and rural and wilderness areas.The region’s rich cultural heritage and thriving high-tech industry offer many opportunities for internships, service, research and jobs.
"The primary objective of The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is to help provide a broad range of services to the student, who because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college, yet has the potential and desire to obtain a college degree. HEOP is sponsored jointly by the State Education Department and the College."
"HEOP is funded jointly by the University and the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and programming activities are supported, in part, by a grant from the New York State Education Department."