#11 Best Private Colleges in New York

Union College

Schenectady, New York

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Union College overview
Location Schenectady, New York
Online union.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Union College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Union College, established in 1795 and nestled in Schenectady, New York, stands as a historic institution within the small city atmosphere just a short drive from the state's capital, Albany. Characterized by its distinctive Georgian architecture, Union's campus is home to an intimate undergraduate population. The school is historically recognized for creating the Union Plan, which emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, integrating the humanities and social sciences with science and engineering. Union offers a variety of majors, with economics, political science, and engineering being particularly notable. The college's application process is known for being highly selective, attracting students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Union also provides a residential experience, with over 90% of students living on campus in residence halls, theme houses, Minerva Houses, and apartment-style accommodations. Union College does participate in intercollegiate athletics, competing in the NCAA Division III Liberty League, but it is not primarily known for its athletic programs.

In the most recent statistical year 8,458 prospective students applied, and 3,934 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 575 enrolled in the school.  2,092 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 15 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $63,603 plus fees of $351. Union College is ranked 76 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Union College is rated within the top 18% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Union College overview
SAT 1310/1490
ACT 29/33
GPA 3.5

Applications Accepted

Union College overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Union College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$351
Room and Board $15,768
Budget for Other Expenses$498
Total One Year Cost$81,720

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$74,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

86% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Union College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 25%
Biology 14%
Engineering 12%
Psychology 9%
Physical Sciences 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=196866 IPEDS survey data for Union College.

Current students may use the Union College GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.