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Union College Schenectady NY

Bachelor's programmes

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Founded in 1795 as the first planned campus in the United States, Union College is a highly selective, private, residential, liberal arts college with engineering that is consistently ranked among the nation's top colleges. Set on 100 acres in downtown Schenectady, N.Y., including eight acres of formal gardens and woodland known as Jackson's Garden, Union is within easy reach.


Union College, founded in 1795, is a scholarly community dedicated to shaping the future and understanding the past. Faculty, staff, and administrators welcome diverse and talented students into our community, work closely with them to provide a broad and deep education, and guide them in finding and cultivating their passions. We do this with a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in the liberal arts and engineering, as well as academic, athletic, cultural, and social activities, including opportunities to study abroad and to participate in undergraduate research and community service. 


Union College believes in:

  • Educating broadly and deeply
  • Sustaining resources
  • Reflecting personal and diverse views
  • Educating mind, body and spirit
  • Asking questions that matter
  • Furthering a history of innovation
  • Contributing to humanity
  • Thinking locally and globally
  • Integrating thought and action


At Becke Career Center, you will:

  • Align your personal passions with your academic and professional pursuits.
  • Connect with alumni in all fields through the Union Career Advisory Network (UCAN)
  • Write effective cover letters and resumes.
  • Power up your business etiquette, interviewing and job search skills.
  • Meet potential employers at campus career and internship fairs and other employer alumni events.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
901 -100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Student services

The following Academic Help Centers are available to assist students throughout the term.   Contact the individual departments for more information:

  • Biology Backup
  • Calculus Help Center
  • Chemistry Help Desk
  • Computer Science Help Desk
  • Economics Support Center
  • Electrical Engineering Help Desk
  • Mechanical Engineering Help Center
  • Physics Help Center

Housing services

As a residential college, Union offers many places and spaces to hang your hat (or cap, handbag, book bag, laundry bag or iPod). Some students live in the Minervas; others choose residence halls, fraternity or sorority residences or theme houses, or College Park Hall, a spacious, renovated hotel (with a bathroom in every room). All are just steps away from everything you'll need on campus—classrooms, labs, library, Reamer Campus Center, the Yulman Theater, studios, fitness center, dining halls and athletic fields.

Library services

Schaffer Library is a teaching library. We provide access to information resources that support the educational mission of Union College and we teach the critical and analytical skills necessary for the intelligent use of those resources.

ICT services

Union College has partnered with Apogee to provide high-speed internet access through the residential network with 24/7 customer support. Union College and Apogee are committed to providing students with state of the art wireless and wired access. Residents receive 10 Mbps download speed and the ability to connect four additional devices.

Medical services

The Health Center is located on the lower level of the Wicker Wellness Center, and plays a key role in helping students maintain a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle here at Union.

Student Life

Campus life

Connect socially, locally and globally to broaden your thinking. Engage in community outreach and meaningful volunteer work. Lead an organization or club, or start your own. Experiences like these are what make Union students stand out to prospective employers and develop the kinds of leadership skills that create great careers, and great lives.

Sports facilities

A significant number of students play varsity sports here at Union: 600. That’s more than a quarter, and I’m sure other liberal arts colleges see similar numbers. This level of participation would be unheard-of at larger schools, where only a minute percentage of students have the opportunity to play top-tier sports. That’s not to say our teams aren’t competitive – they definitely are. And the high number of students immersed in a rigorous daily athletic regimen creates a certain culture.

Student clubs

Some of the Organisations available are:

  • Association of Humanists, Agnostics and Atheists
  • AUM Hindu Association
  • Buddhist Student Association
  • Campus Protestant Ministry

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