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Union College: Narrative Description


807 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12308-2311
Tel: (518)388-6000; Admissions: (518)388-6112; Fax: (518)388-6986; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1795. Setting: 100-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $246.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $1.8 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $9500 per student. Total enrollment: 2,174. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 4,159 applied, 44% were admitted. 58% from top 10% of their high school class, 82% from top quarter, 97% from top half. Full-time: 2,154 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 20 students, 35% women, 65% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 17 other countries, 55% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 0% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 93% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: trimesters. ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT I or ACT, 3 SAT II Subject Tests (including SAT II: Writing Test). Recommended: inter-view. Required for some: SAT II: Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $36,005 includes full-time tuition ($28,608), mandatory fees ($320), and college room and board ($7077). College room only: $3882. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $3180 per course.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 95 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities, theme houses; 36% of eligible men and 37% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: U-Program (Programming Board), student radio station, student newspaper, Concert Committee. Major annual events: Spring Fest, Parents' Weekend, Party in the Garden. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, awareness programs, bicycle patrol, shuttle service. 1,625 college housing spaces available; 1,568 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Schaffer Library with 301,101 books, 816,829 microform titles, 1,988 serials, 8,450 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $3.3 million. 435 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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