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Colleges / Union College

Union College

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

Union College Admissions

If you are applying to Union College, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $60.

Students who apply to Union College for fall should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Union College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Union College's admissions stats.

Union College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 57%
Mean SAT Score 1380
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 89%
Waitlist Yes

Union College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Union College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 8
Early Action Yes November 1 December 21
Regular Decision Yes January 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Union College?

Union College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 8.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Union College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 21.

The early decision acceptance rate at Union College is 61%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 47%.

Union College accepts about 62% of early action applicants and 47% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Union College admitted 176 of the 289 students who applied early decision. Last year, Union College admitted 1,632 of the 2,62 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early in hopes that it will boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➑️ See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Union College Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Union College?

Getting into Union College is very difficult. Union College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Union College accepted 47% of all applicants, around 3,513 from 7,470 applicants.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Union College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

For applicants who are not residents of New York, getting into Union College is very difficult.

Transferring to Union College

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Union College

In 2022, Union College waitlisted 541 students and 218 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 15 eventually got in.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Union College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Union College

Wondering what factors are considered by Union College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered

Make sure to check with Union College for more information on admission factors.

Union College Application Requirements

To apply to Union College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Union College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview √
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement √
Transcript of High School Record √

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Union College?

Students admitted to Union College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At Union College 57% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 86% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Union College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 12.21%
3.75 and 3.99 22.83%
3.50 and 3.74 23.01%
3.25 and 3.49 17.7%
3.00 and 3.24 13.1%
2.50 and 2.9 10.09%
2.00 and 2.49 1.06%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Union College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Union College considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Union College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not. 89% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Union College?

To be competitive with other Union College applicants, you should strive to score between 1270 and 1450 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Union College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1450 and 25% of scored lower than 1270, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Union College student is 1380.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Union College students scored 740 or higher and 75% of students scored 630 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Union College students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 630 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Union College?

To be most competitive at Union College, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Union College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Union College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Union College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Union College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Union College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

Union College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Union College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Union College.

Does Union College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Union College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Union College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Union College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Union College?

❌ No, Union College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Union College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Union College is 47%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Union College?

βœ… Union College's early decision acceptance rate was 61% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Union College?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Union College was 62% in 2021.

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Union College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Union College? Union College is a very selective institution. The Union College acceptance rate is 47%. This means that the institution accepts 47 out of every 100 applicants.


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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Union College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.5. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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