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About Union College

Union College is a private, nonprofit school that was founded in 1795. It is very difficult to get into Union College. Union College enrolls 2,046 undergrads and no graduate students.

Union College offers early action and offers early decision.

Union College Acceptance Rate 2021

The acceptance rate at Union College is 41%. Union College admits 62% of students that apply early action. Out of 7,622 applications received in 2021, 3,145 students were offered admission .

Union College Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply regular decision to Union College for Fall 2022 is January 1. All regular decision applicants will be notified by April 1.

Early Admissions at Union College

Union College offers early decision. Union College offers early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Trimester
Overall Acceptance Rate 41%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 62%
Average GPA 3.5
Mean ACT score 30
Mean SAT score 1340
Tuition $61,308

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Union College.

Financial Aid at Union College

Union College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Union College full-time are awarded $48,910 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Dorms at Union College

The majority of Union College students live on campus.

Spring Fest, large scale lectures, and and large concerts are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Union College.

GPA and Test Scores for Union College

Union College is considered very difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1340. The mean ACT scores is 30.

Does Union College Require the ACT or SAT?

Union College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 52% submitted the SAT. 29% submitted the ACT.

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Union College Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 708 applicants were waitlisted and 120 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Union College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Union College

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Union College, around 88% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 570 students who started at Union College as first-time freshman, 455 graduate within four years.

Around 86% of students who started at Union College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $36,408 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Union College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Union College a good school for you?

What is Union College's Endowment?

Union College's endowment was valued at $478,000,000 in 2021. The school spends $21,862 for each full-time student enrolled.

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Where is Union College?

Union College is located in the urban setting of Schenectady, New York.

If you want to see Union College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to Schenectady, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Albany County.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Union College and Schenectady are like without leaving home.

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College Info

807 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12308-2311

Campus Setting: Urban

Union College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Union College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Union College is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Union College ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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33 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Union College is 30. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Union College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 28 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Union College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1210 - 1400


Math SAT Range

610 - 720


Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

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Estimated Chance

1400 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Union College students is 1340. Applicants with SAT scores of 1400 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Union College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1210 to 1400 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1210 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Union College.

Union College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Union College is like? There are approximately 2,046 students enrolled at Union College. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 35% percent are from NY and 65% percent of students are from other states.


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