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Union College

Schenectady, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate47%
Acceptance Rate47%

About Union College

Union College Overview

Union College is a private, nonprofit school in the city of Schenectady, New York. Union College was founded in 1795 and enrolls 2,096 undergrads and no graduate students. Union College offers housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! January 15, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

Student Activities at Union College

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Union College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Union College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Union College has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Union College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Union College on the Student Life page.

2022 Union College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Trimester
Overall Acceptance Rate 47%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 61%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 62%
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 62%
Tuition $63,603
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $51,611

Is Union College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how competitive a college is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better idea of what Union College offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Union College

It is very difficult to get into Union College. Around 47% of applicants get into Union College each year. Out of 7,470 applications received in 2022, 3,513 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Union College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 91% of students who start at Union College come back for their second year of college. Around 84% of students who started at Union College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Union College Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Union College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Union College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Union College's endowment was valued at $598.7 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Union College spends about $23,793 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Union College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Union College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $51,611 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $36,408 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. 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 be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Union College.

Based on this information, does Union College seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Union College a good school for you?

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Where is Union College Located?

Union College is located in the city 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

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

Union College ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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32 and Above


28 to 32


28 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Union College is 31. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Union College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 32 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

1270 - 1450


Math SAT Range

640 - 740


Reading SAT Range

630 - 710

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1450 and Above


1270 to 1450


1270 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Union College students is 1380. Applicants with SAT scores of 1450 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Union College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1270 to 1450 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1270 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 2,096 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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