#4 Best Private Colleges in Tennessee

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee

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Union University overview
Location Jackson, Tennessee
Online uu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist
Union University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Union University, chartered in 1823 and affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts university situated in Jackson, Tennessee, approximately 80 miles northeast of Memphis. The institution is recognized for its solid academic programs, including pharmacy, nursing, and education, which are among the popular majors at the university. Union's suburban campus is characterized by a blend of contemporary and traditional architecture, with residential facilities that provide on-campus housing options for students. Union University maintains a moderately selective admissions process and is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the McAfee School of Business Administration, and the School of Theology and Missions, among others, all dedicated to integrating top-tier academics with Christian faith.

In the most recent statistical year 2,839 prospective students applied, and 1,492 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 334 enrolled in the school.  1,977 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 754 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $35,500 plus fees of $1,380. Union University is ranked 169 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Union University is rated within the top 28% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Union University overview
SAT 1100/1370
ACT 23/30
GPA 3.8

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $35

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Union University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$1,380
Room and Board $10,740
Budget for Other Expenses$7,220
Total One Year Cost$56,340

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

61% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Union University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 23%
General Studies 19%
Education 14%
Human Services 6%
Business 5%

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