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Reviews 491 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school, in every aspect from classes and professors to the overall quality, has definitely pushed me and helped me prepare for life after graduation.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I think our alumni network is great and the value of our degree is definitely high.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: For the most part, the faculty and staff work very hard at my campus to create a safe environment but sometimes the surrounding area becomes an issue.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing process can be difficult sometimes but I have always had a good experience with my living situations and met many of my friends because of where I lived.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely a big part of my school's atmosphere but I think it is part of what brings us all closer together as a community.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Being on a team at my school, I can say that athletics are very important and student athletes as a whole are a great group of people. There are many other students who come out and support because my whole school is close knit.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school has an amazing atmosphere that pushes every student to be the best they can be with an amazing group of faculty and staff so willing to help them get there.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: underclass dorms are old, very small, and show signs of old age

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: as a part of greek life, it is a huge social aspect of campus

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: i am not an athlete, so it is difficult for me to say how the athletics are

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a great environment that fosters close knit relationships between students and faculty.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's rich and elite and dope

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have gotten great selections in the past. Minervas!

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is good. I'm in a sorority.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The hockey team is pretty good. Football not so much.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The campus offers many diverse extra curriculars.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus itself is extremely safe. Don't walk alone at night off campus (in schenectady). Use common sense and you'll be fine. Campus safety is around, not the best people in the world, but they're there and their phone number is on the back of your student ID. There's also an escort service but people don't really use it. The campus is fenced but not locked up, so Schenectady people can come on campus and often walk through to get across. Some weird people but never harmful or anything. Personally I've never felt unsafe walking around campus by myself at any time of day/night.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Your experience with professors will depend on what department you're focusing in, and how much effort you put into those student-professor relationships. The professors are of extremely high quality and have amazing knowledge and background experience in their fields. Some are conceited and arrogant, but if you just stroke their ego you'll get along fine. Office hours are great, and most professors mean it when they say they want you to come visit.

Class sizes are great, very few classes over 50 students, and even in larger classes, the professors make an effort to at least know your name and major. I've been in a class of 80 and a class of 3 (although usually the cutoff minimum is 5 students for a class).

There is a lot of variety in courses offered, and you will be able to get into all the classes you need at some point. There's a petition process which makes registration less stressful: a few weeks before registration, students can petition for specific classes that usually have a high demand to explain why they want to take the course. Professors can accept, waitlist, or deny the students from reading all of the petitions. Declared majors usually get first choice so declare early to get into those competitive classes as soon as you can. Also contacting the professor directly can help streamline registration, because they are more likely to make room for you if they know you and are interested in your academic path (this has happened to me more than once). Just be nice and they are usually willing to make room if they can.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Becker Career Center works well with students to clean up resumes/cover letters etc. There are online job/internship searches and networking sites through the college that students have access to as well. I've used these before and they are actually useful and make applying for summer work much easier.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is the least convenient and has smallest rooms, but it gets better from there. Minervas are awesome upperclassmen living option: big, nice rooms and option for singles.

Housing schedule goes like this. Freshman year = dorm. Sophomore year = minerva, college park hall (converted hotel), fox (suite style party dorm). Junior year = greek house (if greek), minerva & college park hall (not greek/come back from abroad). Senior year = desirable to be released off campus, seward apartments, brand new garnet commons apartment building.

Most students live on campus all four years.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Recruitment/rush happens during fall of sophomore year at the earliest, which is nice because you have plenty of time as a freshman to get to know the scene & different organizations and can decide thoroughly if you want to participate. More than twice as many fraternities as sororities, with a recent increase in female presence. Multicultural organizations are available, as well as Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service fraternity) and Alpha Delta Lambda. Three Panhellenic sororities currently (Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, Sigma Delta Tau), with interest in starting a fourth. Lots of fraternities.

Union is also the mother of the fraternity, with several alpha chapters on campus and many greek organizations in and out over the years.

Administration is historically not a fan of Greek life, which is a shame because any problems we experience here are not nearly to the level of problems at other schools. Greek life is a big thing to be a part of if you want exclusive parties 2-3 times a week, but those parties open to everyone after 11pm anyway so it's not a huge issue if you don't want to be greek but still want to regularly have a good time.

Greek life was one of my only cons when picking Union, and I had very little interest in joining, but by sophomore fall I was more interested and followed along with my friends. I'm happy with my decision, as it was a great way to get to know upperclassmen and network. You get out what you put in, and in each organization there are both people who live only for their house and people who do the bare-minimum or less for the house.

There are also a million non-greek options for social events, including minervas, academic events, U-program, etc. Don't get me wrong, just because they are not sponsored by Greeks doesn't mean greek students don't attend. There is still campus involvement with the organizations.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm passionate about Union. Love the location, campus size, and amazing connections with the professors and other faculty. I chose Union based on merit/financial aid, location, and liberal arts focus, and was pleased with the results. It's great to have the access to a city (Schenectady), and having the haven of the campus to call home. A fair amount of options academically, interdisciplinary studies are commonly taken advantage of (as well as double majors, minors, and Organizing theme).

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a diverse amount of students on campus, but also many preppy-athletic students too.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a girl, I do feel safe walking around campus at night. I would not walk downtown alone at night, but it is safe if you go with a group of friends.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Union for the most part has great professors. They actually want you to do well and they love when you go to office hours. Since the class sizes are small, you actually get to know them and there are no TA's on campus.

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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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