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Location
Schenectady, NY
Undergrads
2,209
Tuition
$45,219
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I don't really have much to say on this topic. It'll be the same anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People don't dress as preppy as everyone makes it seem. There are a lot of good looking girls. Everybody is typically really nice, I haven't really met anybody who is just a mean person. You can find many different types of people through different friend cliques, its quite interesting. Although there are some people I see in school and I just can't help but wonder how they got in...

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Union students can sometimes have a hard outer shell and it may seem that most of them are stuck-up because of the money their parents have and the clothes they wear. Even though this may be true about some of the student body, most of the students (no matter what group they may be categorized into) are nice and willing to meet new people. At the end of the day most of the students are nerds and care about their grades and extracurriculars even though they may not seem that way on the outside or by the people they hang out with. I truly believe that if more people had an open mind and were more willing to meet new people and were a little less self-obsessed that anyone that attends union can find a group of people who are just like them.

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College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Essentially all of the guys I met were total "partybros."

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's a small school so..

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Hottest Guys
  • 43rd
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 60th
    Hottest Girls
  • 98th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 118th
    Friendliest Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cassandra Skoufalos
Hometown
Greenwich, CT
Major
Political Science/Spanish
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The girls here are very good looking, in general. They are polished and well dressed on the whole, but they can also be very prim as well, although there are exceptions to that statement. The guys at Union are a mixed bag. You'll get a polo-wearing jock, a few pop-punk rockers, and many laid-back, wear-what-doesn't-smell-bad dressers. The guy/girl ratios are pretty equal at Union, too. Plus, add the fact that Union is a small school, and you could be in for a great four years at Union.

Hooking up is a big part of the social scene, but it will be not matter what college you attend. Until you become an upperclassman (or are a particularly cool underclassman) and start attending house parties with friends, the social scene at Union is very much alcohol-driven and hormone-laden. Quality is always an issue, but if you're going to a party to meet people, chances are you're not going to be looking for an A+ personality. The best way to meet people is through friends, class, and quieter parties. If you are going to party at Union, learn how to dance and keep up with the top 10 songs on the radio. The frats can seem like a meat market, but if you're just looking for a good time, then you can find it. Relationships at Union happen, but this is definitely not a couples' school.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
46%
Male Undergrads
54%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
It is available at the Health Center on campus and at Planned Parenthood on Union Street.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The "U" (50-yard line of the football field)
  2. Frat parties
  3. Empty rooms in the library
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Frat and house parties
  2. Reamer Campus Center
  3. In class
  4. Dress Code
Social Scene
The students here are very outgoing. In general, everyone is pretty nice. People hold the doors for other students and are pretty willing to make small talk with strangers. When it comes to the party scene, Union students often cite the mantra, "work hard, play hard," which is very accurate since the academics are tough, it only makes sense to play hard as well. Students spend their social time by going to frat parties, the bars, and house parties. Once the kinks between the frats and the Minerva Houses get ironed out, great parties should become the norm at the Minerva Houses. Don't forget that Union is a pretty small place, and after a few years, everyone knows everyone else. So if you can handle seeing the same group of people at the type of parties that you like to go to, this is the place for you. If you're more about meeting new people every weekend, you're probably better off looking for a larger school.
Hookups or Relationships?
There are lots of random hookups, but many freshmen and drunken hookups lead to relationships here at Union. Students everywhere seem to be struggling with knowing exactly what they want in terms of either hooking up or a relationship. Again, it's a small school, so don't think you can casually spend the night without people knowing the moment you take the "walk of shame" back to your dorm.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Students meet people in the Campus Center, but the best places are at the bars, frats, and house parties. Another great place to meet people is in class. Students take academics very serious here, and most people are willing to form study groups with other students or just help each other out at any time during the term. Student Activities also makes it easy to meet people. They set up concerts, comedians, speakers, and a whole host of other fun and interesting activities on campus where kids can meet each another. Also, friends study in groups at the library, so if you set out to cram with a friend who happens to know a cute blond, meet at the library and take a break to get a cup of coffee at the campus center.
Did You Know?
Guys and girls alike dress pretty preppy here, but there are those select few who have an outrageous fashion sense and flaunt it, too. Sure, they stick out among the Polo T-shirts and Seven jeans, but students appreciate that streak of color in a pool of uniformity.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 19 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 28 responses

  • 31% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 22% Casual dating at your school
  • 13% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 9% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 9% Long-distance relationship
  • 7% None
  • 4% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 7% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 32% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 61% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

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