Union College Schenectady

Union College Schenectady

Union College, located in Schenectady, New York, traces its roots back to 1779. In 1845, it became the first liberal arts college that offered engineering programs. It became a co-educational institute in 1970. Union College offers a wide variety of degrees and programs including those in mechanical engineering, interdisciplinary studies, biological sciences, religious studies, electrical and computer engineering.

Union College's sports teams compete in the Liberty League. They also participate in sports like cross country, ice hockey, football, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, and swimming. Students can also join groups like the Entrepreneurship Club, the Spanish Club, the Middle Eastern Civilization and Culture Association, the Ballroom Dancing Club, and the National Society of Black Engineers.

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Contacting Union College

Union College
807 Union St
Schenectady , NY 12308-2311
General Phone: (518) 388-6000

Union College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts248American studies, foreign language and literature, Classical languages, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, social services, anthropology, economics, ...
Science72biology, biochemistry, biological and biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics
Engineering50civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Therapy and Counseling49psychology
Fine Arts13fine arts
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science, information science
Business and Management0managerial economics

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree47331

Union College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Union College had a total enrollment of 2,177 students (2,002 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 3%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 6%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 45%
20-21 45%
22-24 6%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

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

New York36%
New Jersey10%
(International Students)3%
New Hampshire2%
Rhode Island1%

Union College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %

Union College Room and Board (2007)

Union College offers campus housing for 1,950 of its 2,002 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Schenectady, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Union College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Union College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
Books and supplies $ 450
Other expenses $ 1,058

Financial Aid:
Union College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 288900)

Union College Faculty

Union College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1919
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1727

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year49$112,08220$102,589
Associate professoracademic year34$81,50223$72,674
Assistant professoracademic year26$62,01133$60,860
Instructoracademic year2*2*
Lectureracademic year7$59,29711$58,559
All faculty totalacademic year118$88,28289$72,879

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

Union College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Track Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

Union College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Managerial Economics

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

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General


Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Union College Apart:

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