Union College

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Union College is a private, liberal arts college located in the upstate NY city of Schenectady. The picturesque campus is home to just over 2,000 students. The small campus combined with its competitive academics makes Union a magnet for students who are searching for the feel of a tight knit community. It is the oldest planned college campus in the United States and is known by most for its unique 16-sided Nott Memorial building.


Visitor Information: Tour Union College

Stay: Glen Sanders Mansion, a historic inn located along the Mohawk River, is just a couple miles from campus and the best option when visiting Union.Further away in Albany, book a room at  The Morgan State House Inn, an elegantly restored 19th century brownstone, or the more conventional Renaissance Albany Hotel.

Coffee: Start your morning at Ambition Bistro on Jay Street. The quaint storefront and vintage decor make it a great spot to relax with a cup of coffee before you begin your day.

Breakfast: Most students will tell you that Peter Pause has the best breakfast in Schenectady. This informal eatery located in a quaint home is both delicious and reasonably priced, making it a go to for both students and locals alike. Don’t be surprised when you see regulars greeted by name upon arrival. Perreca’s Bakery is a great option for homemade pastries and bread.

Lunch: Head to Katie Obyrnes, an Irish Pub where the classic American menu items charmingly have Irish names. Located just off of Jay Street, Pizza King is a good option for pizza - dine in or order to go. If you are really hungry, head to Bombers Burrito Bar for huge burritos and margaritas. La Gioia is the go to sub shop, Clinton’s Ditch is perfect if you are looking for an outdoor patio, offering pizza, burgers and steaks.



Casual: Most of the lunch spots Schenectady has to offer are equally as good for dinner. Looking for a fun experience, don’t miss Centre Street Public House and Beer Garden where you can choose from many draft craft beers and enjoy live music at the outdoor bar. Wolff’s Biergarten is a more recent addition to the city, offering German beer and food. For the international soccer fans out there, this is the place to be!


A Step Up: When parents are in town reservations are hard to come by at Angelo’s Tavolo, book your table in advance.

Late Night Snacks: You’ll find most of the student body at the Rathskellar, open late night on Fridays and Saturdays. The subterranean snackbar and casual hangout is located right on campus just below the Old Chapel.

Local Attractions: Do not leave Schenectady without visiting Jay Street. This hot-spot is full of restaurants, art, culture, and more. Great for a night out or a day of shopping and entertainment, Plan your visit on a Thursday during the summer months and enjoy Jazz on Jay. Also noteworthy is Proctors Theater, a former vaudeville house where many famous artists have performed in the past. Check its calendar to find exciting shows, excellent educational programming, and community events.

Why Union?


The trimester schedule is very unique as it gives you the opportunity to really focus on your specific classes. If you can handle quick trimesters then it is very cool educational experience
— Zach






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Acceptance Rate

36% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision









Admissions Office

807 Union Street
Schenetady, NY 12308

(p) (518) 388-6112

Ann Fleming Brown, Director of Admission

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Chester A. Arthur

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