Schenectady, NY
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Reviews 574 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Senior

Parking: There are rarely any spots besides the freshman dorms and campo tickets frequently.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Minorities are seen with minorities. We are always associated with financial need scholarships.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few places a student can afford a decent dinner. The places around are expensive and close early.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have nine other individuals who knows me and I know them. It makes me feel more comfortable in a college that is far from home. It makes ma not feel alone at college and have support from those who have at least one thing in common with me. Being a Posse Scholar is an amazing experience.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a Posse Scholar and it felt amazing to be chosen by college officials during the process of becoming a scholar and knowing I was accepted into the school at such an early stage of my senior year of high school.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a science and language double major. I have a heavy workload. The term goes fast, but we do no have breaks to look forward to. There are many resources to help students in finding and applying to internships for winter and summer. There are also many resources for job opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have buses that pass by everyday in different areas of campus. We have free transportation to walmart and the mall twice a week and on weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are many clubs and organization on campus which provide many different activities to students. There are many restaurants around the area.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are very few minority fraternities and sororities on campus.

College Sophomore

Weather: If there are any extreme conditions such as hurricanes, students will stay in their dorms for safety reasons. If there is snowing or raining, students will still be able to make it to class as well as professors who live close.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Most professors have a a point deduction penalty for any unexcused absences. Resident advisors and residential life staff are always enforcing the drinking, drug and noise violations. Drinking and drugs are not tolerated. For quizzes and exams and any other assignment, students have sign the honor code. If students are to violate the honor code, they will go through a process which will indicate the consequence from such violation.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety officers are always driving around at night. They are always willing to help students. Once they are called to a situation they evaluate the emergency of each and attend to the most needed first but nonetheless, the others are resolved as well.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's average. The drinking and transportation varies throughout the terms. The party scene is okay.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is good. Different residence houses with spacious rooms and an opportunity to create a new friend by having roommates and resources to resolve any sudden roommate issues. The rooms are carpeted which is a bad side for me because I am allergic to dust mites and the carpets make me miserable throughout the year. For the cost, the residence halls are not of equal rating which is not fare for the equal pay there is.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: the school makes it difficult

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Union is a big party school!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The psychology department is wonderful.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: hard to have a car as a freshman

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Seeing how I know almost nothing about greek life, I can simply say that Greek life is huge on campus and there are fraternity specific houses on campus especially along frat row.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from New England, I am accustomed to the snow, but in the morning,especially near the Nott Memorial, the winds are gruesome! They attack your face and make us all related to Rudolph, but it doesn't bother me much besides the fact that during the winter term, you won't want to leave your room as often.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I've used the shuttle that goes to Walmart twice a week and Crossgates Mall in Albany twice a week. I do wish they stayed for 30 minutes instead of simply 15 though.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't been pressured into drinking. Living in the substance-free dorm, I am not exposed to it as much anyways, but 95% of my friends don't live here so I've just learned to say no. Drinking isn't the only way to bond with peers.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: On campus, there isn't too much ethnic/racial diversity, however I think that if you truly converse with many students, you'll realize that economic background, religion and sexual orientation vary throughout campus. In my experiences during my first month and a half, I've realized that students are generally pretty accepting of each other's values and beliefs. As a Seventh-Day Adventist, I didn't know how my peers would react to the fact that I'm not immersed in Union's nightlife, but I still have a balanced life on campus and am very sociable. I love the Office of Multicultural Affairs because they celebrate the various cultures that are here and attempt to hold events for every holiday, both religious and cultural. I admire how the students actively participate in the events on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I attend Union College through the Posse Full Tuition Leadership Scholarship; if it wasn't for that I would not be here at all. However, I love how I'm able to find work on campus since I wasn't eligible for work-study which definitely helps.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Network reliability and speed aren't bad for the most part; sometimes my phone will become disconnected, but printing on campus is 5 cents a page which is great in my opinion because that's $1 for 20 pages you know? I think a personal laptop is a necessity because the library is not opened 24/7 and if you're up doing work late at night, you most likely will need a computer. The printer isn't exactly necessary, but if you don't want to pay for the pages or won't have time to stop at the library, then go for it!


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Cassandra Skoufalos
Greenwich, CT
Political Science/Spanish
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Sure, Schenectady isn’t what you would call an “ideal college town,” but that doesn’t seem to affect the students’ overall experience here at Union. Sure, the food gets old after awhile, but that seems to happen at every school. And students party hard at Union, too. So, what makes Union different? Three things: 1) Incredible academics. There are very small class sizes and incredibly devoted professors with long office hours. Furthermore, it’s easy to have an interdisciplinary major or to design your own major. 2) Funding. Although students are into doing their “own thing,” funding is available for just about anything. Want to start a club? Get 10 people and write a budget. Want to organize a protest in DC? Get an IEG (Intellectual Enrichment Grant) and/or a SEG (Social Enrichment Grant) or find funding from a particular department. 3) The Minerva System. No one knows where exactly the house system will take Union (the fraternities aren’t quite in love with the fact that they’ve lost their housing), but it has the potential to add a lot to the campus.

First-year students at Union seem to be split into two groups: those who hate it and those that love it. One can make a reasonable argument for both cases. Those who hate it see a homogenous student body with a lot of money to spend and little motivation. There’s a lot of drinking on campus for someone who never drank in high school, and the fraternities are not the kind of places that draw the shy, hippie, or particularly mature student. Those first-year students who love Union have either fallen in love with the party scene or have fallen in love with the fact that the school is at their finger tips academically. Socially, it takes a bit to adjust to Union if you’re not the outgoing type and not willing to jump on the academic bandwagon. But eventually, people really do find their niche at Union and seem generally happy.

Lastly, students at Union “do their own thing.” They are motivated, career-oriented, and looking to have a good time. It is difficult to categorize the ideal student for Union, as students work hard to find a place for themselves here. In general, freshmen who arrive from small urban towns away from New York City or Boston grow a tough skin after a few terms. They learn how to deal with a small environment where people seem to have a culture of high socio-economic means. What is amazing about Union is that even the students who really don’t feel like they fit in find their niche and grow to love the place. Stereotypes are made the first week of school and shattered by the end of the year. Warning: if you’re overly sensitive, absolutely hate the cold, or have a tendency to overindulge in alcohol, don’t come to Union. Otherwise, this is a great college that will toughen your skin, focus you academically, and ship you off into the professional world.

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