Atlantic Union College

Atlantic Union College

Atlantic Union College, AUC, was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1882 as That New England School. The name was changed to South Lancaster Academy in 1883, and it was renamed Lancaster Junior College in 1918. The institute was finally christened Atlantic Union College in 1922. This coeducational, liberal arts college is located in South Lancaster, Massachusetts.

Atlantic Union College grants associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees, as well as certifications in various areas of study. Degree programs are available in arts, fine arts, science, music, and education, while certificate and pre-professional courses are provided in culinary arts, evangelism, medical technology, law, and veterinary medicine.

Atlantic Union College is home to the W. G. Nelson Recreation Center which offers facilities for participation in sports like basketball, handball, tennis, and weight training. Students also compete in football, softball, soccer, and swimming. In addition, they are involved in on-campus organizations such as the Student Association.

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Contacting Atlantic Union

Atlantic Union College
338 Main St
South Lancaster , MA 01561-1000
General Phone: (978) 368-2000

Atlantic Union Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine47registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling14behavioral sciences, psychology, art therapy
Religion and Philosophy13religion, theology, pastoral counseling and ministries, theology and religious vocations
Family and Social Work12social work
Liberal Arts11women's studies, foreign language and literature, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, humanities, social studies, ...
Business and Management9business management, accounting
Science8biology, biochemistry, biological and biomedical sciences
Education and Teaching6curriculum and instruction, educational administration, elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, early childhood education, music teaching
Cooking and Culinary Arts5chef training
Music2music, music performance
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science, computer science
Art Studies1art studies, arts management
Medical Support and Technology1health service and sciences
Medical Administration0medical illustrator
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0exercise science
Law0legal assistant
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies, environmental science
Media0communication studies
Design0interior design
Fine Arts0fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for Atlantic Union in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree8741
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years126
Associate's degree3410
Master's degree63
Postbaccalaureate certificate02

Atlantic Union Student Body

In 2007-2008, Atlantic Union had a total enrollment of 562 students (464 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 93%
Graduate 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 24%
Black 47%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 12%
20-21 24%
22-24 27%
25-29 16%
30-34 8%
35-39 3%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)41%
New York13%
New Hampshire5%
Rhode Island2%
New Jersey1%

Atlantic Union Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 12 %

Atlantic Union Room and Board (2007)

Atlantic Union offers campus housing for 56 of its 464 (full-time) students.

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Atlantic Union Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 16,570
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,570
Room and board $ 5,000
Room charge $ 2,600
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,400
Books and supplies $ 960
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Atlantic Union participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 211900)

Atlantic Union Faculty

Atlantic Union has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$49,4153$37,504
Associate professorcalendar year2*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$46,5805$42,265
All faculty totalcalendar year12$47,90010$42,777

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Atlantic Union Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General


Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Behavioral Sciences
Psychology, General

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What Sets Atlantic Union Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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% of degrees in music
(vs. all colleges)
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Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 7%Atlantic Union Number of degree programs
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 8%Atlantic Union % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 14%Atlantic Union Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Atlantic Union % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Atlantic Union Minority % of student body
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Atlantic Union Dorm rooms per full-time student

checked Seventh Day Adventists affiliation
checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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