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Union College New York Overview

Union College New York is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Schenectady, New York. Schenectady is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Union College New York Known For?

542 Undergraduate Awards
$51,737 Avg Cost After Aid
41% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Union College may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • Students at Union College have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Union College is the bachelor's degree.
  • For the 2019-2020 academic year, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Union College makes roughly $71,055 a year. This is 74% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Union College student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Union College New York Rankings

Union College landed the #111 spot in our 2023 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,018 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #11 out of 128 schools in New York.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Union College has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#117 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Union College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Biological Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Geological & Earth Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Physics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Biochemistry & Biophysics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Union College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#25 Best Humanities Schools College Factual
#35 Best Liberal Arts Schools College Factual
#41 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools College Factual
#43 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools College Factual
#60 Highest Paid General Biology Graduates College Factual
#94 Highest Paid Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Graduates College Factual

Where Is Union College New York?


Contact details for Union College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 807 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308-2311
Phone: 518-388-6000

How Do I Get Into Union College?

You can apply to Union College online at:

Admission Requirements for Union College

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Union College?

41% Acceptance Rate
47% Of Accepted Are Women
52% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to Union College. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 41%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 53% of accepted students are men and 47% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 42%, and the acceptance rate for women is 40%.

Average Test Scores

About 52% of students accepted to Union College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 610 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Union College New York  ( 600 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Union College New York  ( 610 to 720 )
Union College received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 27 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 31. Composite scores were between 28 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Union College New York  ( 27 to 34 )
ACT Math Scores for Union College New York  ( 26 to 31 )
ACT Composite Scores for Union College New York  ( 28 to 33 )

Can I Afford Union College New York?

$51,737 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Union College is $51,737. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Union College, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $9,410 a year. That adds up to $37,640 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Union College is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Union College New York Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,030 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,047 undergraduate students at Union College, with 2,030 being full-time and 17 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,030 full-time undergraduates at Union College, 53% are male and 47% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Union College New York students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 121
Black or African American 92
Hispanic or Latino 193
White 1,388
International Students 164
Other Races/Ethnicities 72

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Union College New York. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 48 countries are represented at Union College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Union College New York

320 Took All Classes Online
2,047 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2019-2020, 2,047 students took at least one online class at the school.

Union College New York Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Political Science & Government 63 63
Economics 43 43
Mechanical Engineering 38 38
Child Development & Psychology 38 38
Liberal Arts General Studies 30 30
General Biology 29 29
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 26 26
Biomedical Engineering 23 23
History 22 22
Mathematics 20 20
Computer Information Systems 19 19
Business/Managerial Economics 18 18
General English Literature 18 18
Sociology 15 15
Natural Resources Conservation 14 14
Anthropology 13 13
Electrical Engineering 11 11
Physics 11 11
Romance Languages 10 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 10
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 9 9
Fine & Studio Arts 9 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 8 8
Computer Engineering 6 6
Philosophy 6 6
Area Studies 5 5
East Asian Languages 5 5
Chemistry 5 5
General Social Sciences 5 5
Classical Languages & Literature 3 3
Drama & Theater Arts 3 3
Germanic Languages 2 2
Ethnic Studies 1 1
Systems Theory 1 1
Religious Studies 1 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 1 1
Music 1 1
Information Science 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0
TOTAL 542 542


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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