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Reviews 645 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I personally am not happy at this school. The academics are great, but the people are not.....................

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are complete dbags-think of fratty guys who like wearing hats. There are usually only two types of guys-the nerds and the dbags. Many of the guys use Tinder, which shows you how much of a hook-up culture there is on campus. The nerds go for the less attractive girls and are usually in a relationship. I guess the nerds are really intimidated by many of the pretty girls because they feel like they are stuck up so they settle for less. The frat guys choose not to be in a relationship so that they can hook up with as many girls as possible before they graduate. Some of the girls can be really full of themselves. In my opinion, there is not a good variety of people to pick from in terms of dating. There is literally no middle ground. Your best bet is to find someone off campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I personally like all of the options. I think that people are just really picky and don't really know how to diversify there eating habits. West personally is best for breakfast, where you can get custom made eggs in the morning. They may not always the best lunch options, it tends to be an awkward selection of meats and honestly sometimes I don't even know. For lunch just go to dutch. But dinner West would be the option if you have swipes to use for the week as a freshman. But upperclassmen just go to Upper which is supposed to be a better version of west. But the choice seems to be for most people to go to Dutch but I find that many people will just end up going and using up all of their declining balance too fast so be careful. Dutch is convientment because it is open most of the time, while there are set times for the dining halls

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Every option for housing will have it's ups and down. For example I thought that I did end up in the worst freshmen dorm. The four major dorms are Richmond, West, Davidson, and Webster. I lived in Richmond freshman year, but I really wanted West. That was mostly because there is a dining hall on the bottom floor. While convenient the people in the dorms in West can be pretty loud and disturbing to the quieter residents. Richmond to my surprise ended up being one of the better dorms because it is relatively cleaner than the other dorms, also the people that I lived with on my floor were great and turned it into a place that was fun and exciting. One thing about the school that is great is that every dorm is pretty close to each other. Even the farthest dorms in distance (Richmond --> Webster) would only be a ten minute walk at most. Every dorm building will have its sets of negatives and positives between, size, community, distance from classes. A lot of things that need to be taken into consideration, but after freshmen year a bunch even more options for housing on campus become available.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everyone knows each so there is a great since of community on campus. If something happens that shouldn't the administration as well as the student makes sure that someone is held accountable.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you are into going out and forming life long friendships then joining a frat is a good idea. The parties are great and it is usually pretty easy to get in.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The hockey team is the only division 1 program. The rest of the athletic programs are solid though.

5 College Freshman

Administration: They let us do what we want as long as it doesn't get out of hand and even then there usually is just a warning.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are opportunities to go out 4-5 times a week

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Union is expensive - no ifs, ands or buts. However, if you work hard and maintain your GPA, you will likely receive the presidential scholarship. I am still currently paying off my loans, however, I only owe half a years worth of tuition (aka I'm paying 10% of the 200,000 that I would have owed).

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The best part about the night life at Union is getting to see familiar faces and spend time getting to know people from all over the country (even world). Being such a small campus, its a great feeling to get to know people on an academic level AND a social level. The best parties were always at Old Chapel (reggae, hip hop, bachata, salsa), TDX (Pop, Rap, 90's, Hits, House) and Ozone (EDM, Electronic). I was never a big drinker and I still had a lot of fun going out and dancing, catching up with friends. The only downfall that I would say Union has for nightlife is that since it is small, there does come a brief point where you get a little bored with going out all the time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food is not AMAZING every day, all day. However, there is always a ton of variety. Whether your vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose intolerant, etc. there is food for you! I always found that as long as you stayed creative, mixing different condiments, sides, etc., the food was always good. You are also not limited to the dining hall - there are several "restaurants" on campus including Rathskellar (pub food), O3 (vegetarian, fresh veggies), ozone cafe (members of ozone house serve vegetarian-friendly meals... common to see professors eating with students/other professors as well as serving you food!).

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I loved living on campus so much that I did it for all four years! The first year I lived in West Hall, a first year dorm, and, despite being an old building, my roommate and I had a blast and loved being right above the first year dining hall. The housing options became better every year as more options became available as an upperclassman. I lived in my Minerva for two years, Sorum House (represent!), and it was totally awesome. I lived with the same roommate from freshman year during my sophmore year and we had a big, spacious room with tall ceilings and access to an updated kitchen and living room. Though I am not one to cook, the couch space down stairs was certainly nice when studying came around. My third year I lived in a single and still loved Sorum, despite getting a rather small room. I ended up traveling to Italy in the spring for a term abroad and the Minerva was a very convenient place to move in and out of during my third year for this reason. Lastly, the by far BEST living option was in an on-campus apartment during my senior year. I lived with my two closest friends from college during my senior year and it was the best experience I will probably ever have living with two phenomenal women. We had a large, bright apartment with a front and back porch, rear parking lot, right next to campus with only a 10 minute walk to the complete other side (Bailey field). Not to mention my other friends that lived upstairs (there are two floors per house) that I would chat with all hours of the day.

I should mention that I was also relatively local to Schenectady and I decided to live on campus all four years for the experience and convenience of having other students nearby, going through the similar situations. I love my parents but I would not have learned nearly as much as I did during college had I not stayed on campus and learned how to deal with (slight) roommate conflict, clubs/events, and balancing a boyfriend and balancing social activities w/ school

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not dealt with off-campus housing

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Only a few going on at a time with a lot of walking around to find them.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There are many options for students, but I wish that the school pride was stronger.

4 College Junior

Academics: With the trimester system teachers assume that because we only have three classes we can read so much more and they hen all assign too much reading that is impossible to finish.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Union does a good job at keeping us safe while letting the student body party safely.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The worst part about off campus housing is the inability to get off campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The support that Union gives to sexual assault victims is really good and helpful.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I did not receive any financial aid when I should.

2 College Junior

Local Area: Schenectady is a very rough area, but right off campus there are some nice restaurants.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: There is not enough housing for the amount of students on campus and it makes the housing process very stressful.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Union is a great and safe place to party which gives it an open atmosphere.

4 College Junior

Majors: The workload is really hard but rewarding.


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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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