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4 College Freshman

Facilities: There is something to do every week on Wednesday plus there is a cafe when you don't want to eat in the cafeteria. There are also ping pong tables, pool tables, and Foosball tables through campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are funny activities to do on campus thanks to our Raider Programming Board who come up with something to do every week and sometimes even multiple times a week. Thanks to them some students were able to go to Kalahari for a day for $8 a person.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I think this campus spoils their students with the facilities provided. The athletic center is amazing and provides a lot of space and machines for the students to get the exercise they need. The library has a 24 hour area with classrooms and desk everywhere. The campus has a big space right in the middle and students tend to throw a ball around or try to get a tan in during the sunny days of the year. The campus is always providing activities to relieve stress or to even meet new people.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everyone is very friendly; it is very easily to make connections with others. Each academic program focuses on their students. I love going to sporting events because our teams are really good. Greek life is wonderful too; I did expect greek life to be as it really is.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Small close knit community. Old Looking but beautiful. Close to big cities and lots to do. Affordable movie theatre down the road


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 188th
    Best Library
  • 297th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1088th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1235th
    Best Performance Venues

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Stephanie Monsanty
Doylestown, OH
English Literature & History
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One of the things that almost everyone loves about Mount Union is its facilities. The University is constantly building, renovating, and adding on, and the efforts don't go unnoticed. Students rave about the modern buildings like KHIC and the MAAC, but also appreciate the charm and history behind older buildings like Chapman Hall. They also like the fact that the school is incorporating green practices like solar power into all new construction projects. There are some buildings that students say could use renovations or updates (like Cope Music Hall and Eells Art Center), and many wish that the Hoover-Price Campus Center had more to offer. However, nothing on campus is derelict or falling down.

Students appreciate the fact that Mount Union makes an effort to keep up with maintenance and renovations, and most love the architecture of the buildings and the overall appearance of the campus. But the buildings don't just look good—what's inside of them is also great. The MAAC houses state-of-the-art workout equipment, while Bracy Hall features various labs, a greenhouse, and an observatory. In terms of technology, KHIC is home to resources like computer labs and multimedia classrooms. It's clear that Mount Union takes pride in its facilities, and the result is a campus full of up-to-date, environmentally-friendly buildings where students can live, learn, work, and play.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
115 acres
Student Centers
Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (KHIC)
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Grounds/B&B Café
  • Campus Lakes
  • McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (the MAAC)
  • The quad
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Campus Grounds, also known as the B&B Café, serves Starbucks coffee and is located in Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC).
Movie Theater on Campus
The Mount Union Theatre shows free movies on the weekends. The featured films are usually no longer in theaters but not yet released on DVD.
"Green" Initiatives
Make no mistake-Mount Union bleeds green as well as purple. There has been a variety of new green initiatives on campus in recent years, including a recycling program, environmental print policy, overall shift from paper to electronic documents, and green updates to existing buildings, including the addition of solar panels. Mount Union's most visible example of its green policies is the Gartner Welcome Center, completed in October 2009. The Welcome Center was the first structure in Alliance to be certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building and received a LEED rating of gold, the second highest possible.
School Slang
  • ANGEL: A Web site where professors can post assignments, grades, and other supplemental course materials. Online courses are usually conducted through ANGEL.
  • AVI: Short for AVI Foodsystems Inc., Mount Union's food service provider
  • Bica: Nickname of Bica-Ross Hall, an upperclassman residence hall
  • Campus Grounds/B&B Café: Campus Grounds is the campus coffeehouse, located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC). It is also known as the B&B Café.
  • CE: A Community Educator, the Mount Union equivalent of a resident assistant or RA. CEs are assigned to a specific floor or house.
  • C-Ham: A nickname for Cunningham Hall, one of two FYE (First Year Experience) residence halls
  • Convo Hour: Short for Convocation Hour. Convo Hour is every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:35 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. LS 100, convocation lectures, meetings, and other events are regularly scheduled during this time.
  • The Dynamo: Mount Union's campus newspaper, published every Wednesday
  • FYE: First Year Experience, a residential program for first-year students
  • FYE Advocate: First Year Experience Advocates, usually sophomore students, who act as peer mentors for FYE participants
  • FYH: First Year in Honors, an honors program for freshmen
  • HP: Nickname for Hoiles-Peterson Hall, an upperclassman residence hall
  • HPCC: Hoover-Price Campus Center, which houses the cafeteria, Campus Grounds, and various offices
  • iRaider: Mount Union's intranet site, accessible with a campus e-mail username and password
  • KHIC: Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center-a jazzed-up library building featuring classrooms, faculty offices, computer labs, group study rooms, and other resources (as well as books)
  • Late Night: Abbreviation for "Late Night Snack," served Sunday through Thursday at 10 p.m. in the dining hall
  • LS 100: The course abbreviation for the Liberal Arts Experience, a one-credit course required for all incoming students
  • The MAAC: Stands for the McPherson Academic and Athletic Center, the major athletic facility on campus. The MAAC houses the departments of exercise science, sports business, physical training, and physical education, as well as workout equipment and facilities like the Hammond Natatorium and Sweeney Gymnasium.
  • The Mezzanine: A floor in the new section of the library, located between the second and third floors
  • MUC/UMU: MUC (pronounced "muck") stands for Mount Union College. UMU (pronounced "oo-moo") stands for University of Mount Union, the school's official name as of August 2010.
  • MUcaw: Mount Union's mascot, a purple macaw parrot
  • P&O: An abbreviation for Preview and Orientation, mandatory for all freshmen. Preview occurs over the summer and Orientation takes place in the fall, just before classes begin.
  • PA: Stands for Program Administrator. PAs are student employees responsible for planning community activities for a certain residential area (usually one or two residence halls).
  • Purple Plus: Student ID card that serves as a dorm key, meal plan card, and as a debit card
  • The Purple Suits: A group of male students who attend Mount Union football games wearing suits that have been dyed purple
  • RD: An abbreviation for Resident Director. RDs are professional staff members who live on campus. An RD is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • RPB: The Raider Programming Board, a student organization responsible for planning campus-wide events like Little Sibs Weekend, Family Day, and Homecoming
  • SCE: Senior Culminating Experience, a project all students must complete in their major(s) in order to graduate
  • SCHOLAR Day: Stands for "Student Celebration Honoring Our Latest Academic Research." Held each spring, SCHOLAR Day features formal and poster presentations by selected students. The whole campus has the day off from class to attend.
  • Self-Service: Short for "PowerCAMPUS Self-Service Course Registration," a site used to register for classes, check grades, and receive financial information
  • T&H: Tolerton and Hood Hall, an academic building housing the departments of math, psychology, and sociology
  • WRMU: Mount Union's student-run radio station, which airs on 91.1 FM
  • De-Stress Fest: An annual event put on by CHOICES in conjunction with other campus organizations just before finals week. The De-Stress Fest features relaxing activities like coloring, board games, Play-Doh, and a chocolate fountain!
  • Greek Week: Greek Week is an annual Greek life event in which fraternities and sororities team up in pairs to compete and volunteer. Greek Week traditionally features a day of community service, Greek Olympics, and Greek Sing, the grand finale in which Greeks sing and dance on stage for their peers.
  • International Dinner: The International Dinner is sponsored each year by the Association of International Students. The dinner includes a variety of foods and entertainment from around the globe.
  • Midnight Breakfast: Midnight Breakfast is held each semester just before finals, featuring breakfast foods like eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, and pancakes. You'll also find professors serving up waffles and omelets. And the best part? You don't need a meal plan to get in-just show your Purple Plus card at the door, and it's completely free!
  • Mr. MUC: An all-male beauty paegant that occurs each year during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. Contestants compete in categories such as men's and women's formal wear, swimwear, talent, and a question-and-answer session.
  • Relay for Life: Relay is one of the biggest events on campus. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the Alliance community come together each spring to stay up all night and raise money to cure cancer. It's a great time for a great cause!
Urban Legends
  • Chapman Hall is Mount's oldest building and used to house a museum featuring stuffed exotic animals. According to legend, the building is haunted by ghosts of the animals and past students and staff.
  • It's said that couples who kiss on the bridge over the campus lakes will one day get married.
  • Legend has it that if you step on the Mount Union seal embedded on the first floor of Chapman Hall, you will fail your next test.
Favorite Things To Do
There is almost always something fun happening on campus. During the day, you'll see students playing ultimate Frisbee on the quad, relaxing by the lakes, studying in Campus Grounds, or working out at the MAAC. At night, you can catch school-sponsored performances like concerts and comedy acts, participate in intramural sports, hit up Late Night Snack, or attend other events sponsored by student organizations.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Dynamo
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Involvement is a key part of campus life for Mount Union students, and most become involved in at least one organization, if not several. With more than 80 student organizations on campus, it's not hard to find something to get excited about. These include academic groups and honorary societies, religious groups, service-oriented groups, fraternities and sororities, groups devoted to a special interest, and governing organizations. Some of the largest and most visible groups on campus include Student Senate, Greek organizations, Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), the Dynamo, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and the Raider Programming Board (RPB). And if the organization you're looking for doesn't exist, start a new one! Proposed organizations must obtain the approval of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, the Campus Life Committee, and the full faculty to be recognized by the University.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • No building on Mount Union's campus can be taller than Chapman Hall.
  • Student organizations have access to the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL), a resource center located in the basement of the Health Center.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 68 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 98 responses

  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 34% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 41% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 21% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 55 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 31% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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