The academics here are challenging, which is something Union is very fond of. Since its founding in 1795, Union’s academics have been some of the strongest in the country. It’s evident from the students’ opinions that academics are the priority of the college and of the professors. College is meant to be challenging, and the professors at Union really push you to not only to perform well on tests and to succeed in the classroom, but also to truly to understand the material presented. The professors make themselves available, day or night, often giving out home phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and they are very helpful when students meet with them. Before finals, professors will usually have a few late-night study sessions for their students and extensive office hours. This comes in handy during some of those late-night cramming sessions or just when you’re freaking out before finals. Class sizes are small, which is something that enhances the classroom experience and offers students the opportunity to become more than just a number.
One difficulty is trying to find your major. Each department feels like a tight-knit family, and when you make a connection with a professor in a particular department, you’ll definitely feel some pressure towards staying in that department. Because of the trimester system, however, there isn’t that much time for many electives. Many students will concentrate on their major, and many find that most of their electives fall into one category and choose a minor based on that interest. It is also not uncommon for people to have two minors at Union. The College encourages its students to take many different classes freshman and sophomore year before declaring a major. It's not uncommon for students to have interdepartmental majors, which is combining two majors with a common link.