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Location
Alliance, OH
Undergrads
2,148
Tuition
$26,650
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Exercise science is the best.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The university has very good facilities and programs. They also many majors to choose from and many ways to get involved.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are helpful and there are smaller class sizes so you are not just a number.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love being in my major. There are only a few students in my major and we work with our professors all day. I have a lot of trust in my professors and I am very open to talking to them if I need help in any situation I am in. The work load is a lot but it was expected. The staff makes sure we gain a lot of experience so we know what to expect once we get out to the big world.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors do care about their students in many aspects. They provide useful curriculum tools that do help us in the future. Registration for classes can be a little hectic because everyone in the same grade registers at the same time which causes wifi to be slow and sometimes crashes. The workload is heavy on the studying but if you put time in your day to study then you will do well in the classes. The library is the most popular study area; it is nice that the area has a 24hr area provided for the students. The library is so big there is a ton of space to find a small, quiet area to focus your studies.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 312nd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 437th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 572nd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 628th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 752nd
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Monsanty
Hometown
Doylestown, OH
Major
English Literature & History
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
129
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
111
Total FT Faculty
129
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$68,087
Full-Time Retention Rate
76%
Graduation Rate
65%
Programs/Majors Offered
53
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 57%
  • 20 to 49 students: 43%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Sport and Fitness Management: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Mount Union offers a small number of online courses, mostly during the summer sessions. These tend to be 100- to 200-level classes that fulfill general education requirements. Lectures are conducted through PowerPoint or video presentations and are delivered through the ANGEL interface. Students use discussion boards, blogs, e-mail, Skype, Twitter, and other technologies to communicate with professors and each other. Online classes aren't as plentiful at Mount as at other schools, but they are gaining popularity because of the increased flexibility they offer. There are also one or two "hybrid" courses, which are taught partially online but also meet in person.
Best Places to Study
  • Campus Grounds/B&B CafĂ©
  • Computer labs
  • Group study rooms in KHIC
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be afraid to approach your professors with a question or concern. At a small school like Mount, most of them will know you by name, and they are usually happy to help.
  • Get involved on campus-whether it's athletics, Student Senate, drama, Greek life, band, intramurals, or other campus organizations. Chances are you'll find something you love and meet some friends along the way.
  • Pay attention in class and study. It's easy to get caught up in everything else happening on campus, but don't forget about academics!
  • Try something new-whether it's a class, a club, a sport, or just meeting new people. Mount students recommend getting out of your comfort zone and being a little adventurous.
  • Utilize campus resources like the Academic Support Center, Writing Center, and tutoring services. They're there for a reason.
Did You Know?
Mount Union has three honors programs: First Year in Honors, Honors in the Major, and Honors in Liberal Arts.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 39 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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