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Reviews 470 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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

Drug Safety: It's college. People will smoke and drink.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Becker Career Center does a decent job of trying to connect students with internships. They have a special network called "HireU" which is only offered to Union students, where alumni post internships/ jobs every week.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For Freshmen, it's either Davidson (party dorm/suites), West (Doubles/Moderate parties), Richmond (Doubles/Quiet), Webster (Doubles/Super quiet). They are livable, but they are not posh at all. A big plus is that they are only a seven minute walk to classes and about a 10 minute walk to frat row.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big on campus. I did not realize it until I started attending Union. They have multiply parties a weekend, but they tend to get old pretty fast. There are not many off-campus parties and their is not a huge bar scene in the area.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey games are fun to go with on Fridays and Saturdays with friends. However, since Union is a D3 school, not many people attend other sports games.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Union is a great school and I really feel confident in my decision to attend here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Davidson which doesn't have the biggest rooms but has a very social atmosphere to it

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is small but the classes are very interesting and the liberal arts allow you to explore a variety of your personal interests.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Many available options for medical or psychological help on campus, if so required. I have yet to hear of any sexual assaults on campus, but I find that most girls are friends with guys who are generally very protective and ward off creeps. There have been stories about girls being felt up at one of the frats, but none has really been proven correct or not. For the most part, people here are respectful of each others sexuality and avoid inamorate touching and things of that sort.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I have loved my time here at the U. Classes are great, campus is beautiful, and friends are easy to find. Unfortunately there is an abundance of guys here who are spoiled prepsters who love to show off how much cheap beer they can drink and look down on everybody else. They're easy to avoid, but girls seem to love them for whatever reason. The population is generally attractive, although people can be a little standoffish. Union isn't for everyone, but theres enough going on around campus for anyone to grow to love it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Becker Career Center is amazing whether you want advice about a job or graduate school. Starting freshman year they will work with you on interview skills, resumes, and just about anything else you could ever want. Aside from Union being a strong name to have on your degree, the impressive alumni network will certainly give you a leg up if you need it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's nothing special, but after a month or two everybody gets used to their new homes. Avoid Richmond and Webster they're kind of a cult thing

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't listen to the brochures and tour guides, frat life is huge here. Minerva events are usually boring and, when they serve food, it is gone within 5 minutes. Sororities are big here I guess, but they never throw parties or anything so people outside of them are kind of indifferent. The key to enjoying the party scene at Union is to join a frat, know guys in frats, or have lots of girl friends to help get into parties. Aside from frat parties, there are very few parties to go to.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I wish the gym was open later, but the facility itself is nice, it's just usually packed during the daytime hours and some people like to workout late at night.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It takes a term to get used to, but now that I'm settled I absolutely love Union. I meet new people everyday and it's great to live in a small community where theres always a familiar face around.

3 College Junior

Academics: They were a variety of classes

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They throw the best parties, but are unique in all other ways to Greek life in the rest of the country.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not involved in athletics so I don't have much to say. Some games are widely attended but many are not. It all depends on your interest.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the trimesters and with the small class environment it is easy to succeed academically.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are overcrowded and repetitive. If you've been to one, you've been to them all. They are sweaty, packed dance parties to top-40 pop, where everyone is hammered and looking to find a hookup.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We live in an age where there is an unprecedented access to drugs. At Union, alcohol and marijuana use is prevalent and apparent to any observer. For those who look on campus, cocaine, Xanax and psychedelics are also available from dealers. For those who cast an even wider net, the possibilities are endless. There is nothing the administration could ever do to cut off access to drugs. Nor should they. However, more needs to be done to help educate potential users about the risks involved. I've seen a vast majority of students on campus who heavily abuse alcohol, and a troublingly-large minority of drug users who have no conception of the gravity of what they're putting in their bodies. A work hard play hard culture of escapism is not a healthy one. Drugs should never be taken to avoid one's problems. Yet at Union, healthy, moderate usage is uncommon.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: While no one is actively and loudly racist or homophobic, the few minority groups that do exist are fairly isolated from the broader social scene. No one cares if you're different, but they won't necessarily respect you or put in an effort to try and understand your beliefs.

There is very little diversity of thought/action/fashion. Everyone is either rich, white and preppy, or they try to be. At least 90% of the campus wears Vineyard Vines, no exaggeration. If you hold values/beliefs different from the mainstream, or your aesthetic is different, you will definitely feel like an outsider, and you need to be prepared for this. You will absolutely be pigeonholed. It can work if you're very confident about who you are, but if you're still figuring it out, and don't think you necessarily want to be a preppy/traditional frat bro/sorority girl, Union isn't the best place to find your social identity.

6 people found this useful Report
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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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