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Rank: 53

Union College

Schenectady, NYwww.union.edu/
Union College offers a wide liberal arts curriculum, with the most popular of the private college's 44 majors being in the social sciences. But there's also a significant group of students, about a quarter, who study biological sciences or pursue one of the college's three engineering majors. Greek life has historically played an important role on the central New York campus -- six national fraternities were founded at Union between 1825 and 1847. In a bid to introduce a new social system that included all students, the college created Minerva Houses a few years ago. As freshman, students are assigned to one of the seven houses, which serve mainly as lounges. But each house also has its own governing council and hosts social events. Professors often teach first-year discussion sessions there, and upperclassmen can live above the common areas. Some 87% of Union's freshmen graduate within six years, and recent grads report earning an average $58,500 -- of which put Union well above similar schools in MONEY's rankings. Alumni include comedian Ben Schwartz and former U.S. president Chester Arthur.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$70,300
% of students who get any grants
78%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$41,500
Average price for low-income students
$8,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
37%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
2,214
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
30%
Average merit grant
$10,544
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$58,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
45%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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