Union College

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3800 S. 48th Street

Lincoln, NE 68506

Phone: (402) 486-2600
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#43 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Union College is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 795, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 22 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Union College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 43. Its tuition and fees are $20,470 (2013-14).

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

Union College offers active learning in a vibrant Christian atmosphere where students are empowered to lead. With a focus on undergraduate education, Union's nurturing environment offers students a safe place to grow and prepare for careers of service and leadership. Union offers a traditional liberal arts education combined with practical experiences such as internships, academic and career counseling, study abroad and volunteer opportunities. In the comfortable campus atmosphere where professors, not graduate students, teach classes, Union students can choose from more than 50 majors or a personalized degree. Union's newest academic option, international rescue and relief, is the only known bachelor's program of its kind. This high-energy major prepares students for careers of humanitarian service, mission work or disaster response around the world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation Seventh-day Adventist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $13,985,363


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 18. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 45 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 45.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 18

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Union College is 10:1, and the school has 70.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Union College include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; International Public Health/International Health; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 26%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 24%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
International Public Health/International Health 10%
Elementary Education and Teaching 7%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6%

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Student Life

Union College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 795, with a gender distribution of 41.1 percent male students and 58.9 percent female students. At this school, 62 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 38 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 881
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 N/A

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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 student patrols. Of the students at Union College, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Union College.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Union College, 72.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,938.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $20,470 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,370 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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