While best known for its athletics, the University of Mount Union also prides itself on a strong academic program. Mount Union is a liberal arts college, which means that all students have to take a range of general education courses (affectionately known as "Gen Eds") in addition to courses specific to their majors and minors. Gen Eds cover everything from math and science to cultural studies and fine arts, and students have to meet a certain number of credit hours within each listed category. Mount's students have a love/hate relationship with Gen Eds; while some absolutely love the chance to explore a range of topics, other students feel that there are too many requirements. However, students say that the overall workload is reasonable, and there is usually plenty of flexibility in scheduling the courses you need.
Although Mount Union's small size is sometimes perceived as a setback to students, in terms of academics, it's one of the University's greatest strengths. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13 to 1, and the average class size is 19 students. Small classes give students the opportunity to really get to know their instructors, and at Mount, that's a very good thing. Students say that their professors are knowledgeable, caring, passionate, and often one of the best things about the school. Mount Union has only one relatively new graduate program, so classes will always be taught by faculty members and not teaching assistants. Professors at Mount Union are generally willing to help with any problems students might have, and most love it when students ask questions. Mount's students receive lots of individual attention from professors, and that personal touch is one of the things they love most about their school.