Union College

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310 College Street

Barbourville, KY 40906

Phone: (606) 546-4151
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#84 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Union College is a private institution that was founded in 1879. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 781, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Union College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 84. Its tuition and fees are $21,025 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Union College is located in Barbourville, Kentucky, near the center of the Southern Highlands of Appalachia. The College's location affords easy access to the region's provinces and their great diversity of landscapes and historical experience, and to regional metropolitan areas, including Lexington, Kentucky and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Union College is dedicated to creating personal, intellectual, and social transformation though the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, service, and spiritual growth. These components are developed through programs designed to create a rich, well-rounded educational experience. The College's core curriculum, rooted in the liberal arts, nurtures intellectual and ethical development and the ability to make meaningful choices and informed decisions. The College sees a special connection between intellectual development, service, and spiritual growth and seeks to cultivate a community which explores the intellectual and social dimensions of Christian faith. This exploration is possible in part through an active Center for Spirituality and Service which houses the following programs: Bonner Scholars, a national scholarship-based service program; Common Partners, the gateway for all service opportunities; and the Office of Spiritual Life, home to a variety of programs for students of all faiths.

Union College's undergraduate program offers the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. In addition to majors in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and applied sciences, majors and areas of study in pre-professional, technical, and skills-oriented fields enhance postgraduate employment opportunities. A newly formed Honors Community nurtures and challenges high-performing students. Academic support services promote the success of each student through well-designed programs and events. A growing Graduate Studies program offers fifth-year Master's Degree opportunities for accomplished students and advanced degree options in Education and Psychology.

Campus facilities enhance learning at Union College. A state-of-the-art technology center offers wireless Internet access, computer labs, multi-media and technology support services, and is one reason Barbourville is listed among the "Best Wired Towns in America" by Yahoo! Internet Life. An audio-visual production studio supports the work of Mass Communications majors and is utilized by the entire campus. Classroom buildings, the library, dormitories, and other facilities include technology supportive of the College's educational goals. Recent projects, including a $4.2 geothermal energy upgrade, create opportunities for students to receive the benefits of and learn about new technologies.

Robust student life, athletic, and special programs further complement learning at Union College, take advantage of the area's unique natural resources, represent the needs and voices of students, and promote social, physical, and intellectual development. Students are provided numerous opportunities to participate in activities which focus on academic and religious issues, wilderness experiences, leadership, service learning, governance, as well as literary, music, and professional clubs and organizations. Study abroad, internships, and service-related travel allow learning connections to happen outside of the classroom. The athletics program features a variety of intercollegiate sports that have proven competitive at regional and national levels. The Appalachian Wilderness Club and UC Outdoors programs take advantage of the majestic Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, the famous Wilderness Road, and four state parks filled with falls, lakes, and streams. Students interested in the outdoors as recreation or as a field of study enjoy kayaking, canoeing, hiking, climbing, camping, caving, and mountain biking in an abundance of nearby wilderness areas.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1879
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Union College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Union College is $10. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Union College is 12:1, and the school has 81 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Union College include: Curriculum and Instruction; Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General; and History, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 55.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Curriculum and Instruction 26%
Business Administration and Management, General 22%
Psychology, General 10%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 6%
History, General 5%

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Student Life

Union College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 781, with a gender distribution of 55.4 percent male students and 44.6 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus. Union College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,194
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Union College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Union College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Union College, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Union College.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $21,025 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,650 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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