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Union University


Union University -- Renewing Minds

Founded in 1823, Union University is a private, Christian, 4-year, liberal-arts based university in Jackson, Tennessee. Union is committed to integrating top-tier academics and Christian faith in all 100 programs of study.

Since 1997, "U.S. News and World Report" has ranked Union one of the best universities in the South (13th among regional universities this year). For the 6th straight year, Union ranked as one of only 61 Up and- Coming Schools in the nation that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty members, student life, campus, or facilities. Union is also an A-Plus School for B Students.

"Kiplinger's Personal Finance" has included Union University on its list of the country's best values in private colleges.

Stellar Faculty

Union faculty members excel as scholars and authors. They are committed to classroom teaching, mentoring, and the highest levels of Christian scholarship. The student-faculty member ratio is a low 11 to 1. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate students.

Worldwide opportunities

Union students come from more than 40 states and 30 countries. They participate in internships with regional and national companies and study abroad in places such as England, Jordan, and Italy. Many Union students also go on short-term mission trips throughout the world.

Student life

Union offers about 50 student-produced music and theater events each year. Students host a live daily television news program and publish an award-winning student newspaper and literary journal. They compete in men's and women's varsity sports and a wide range of intramural sports. Union is in year 3, or the provisional year, of NCAA Division II membership. Union has also been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 7 years in a row.

Private bedroom for every student

Union residence halls are constructed apartment style: 4 bedrooms, kitchen, living room, and 1 or 2 bathrooms. Residents have their own private bedrooms, while sharing apartments with 3 other students.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Diplomas, Associate, Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Doctoral, Post-Master&Apos;S, And First Professional Certificates
Biological And Biomedical Sciencesbiology/Biological Sciencesbusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Business/Managerial Economics; Finance; Marketing/Marketing Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsadvertising; Broadcast Journalism; Journalism; Mass Communication/Media; Public Relations/Image Management; Radio And Televisioncomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer Science; Information Science/Studieseducationart Teacher Education; Business Teacher Education; Education; Elementary Education; English As A Second/Foreign Language (Teaching); Kindergarten/Preschool Education; Music Teacher Education; Physical Education Teaching And Coaching; Science Teacher Education; Secondary Education; Special Educationenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglish; Rhetoric And Compositionfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciencesfamily And Community Servicesforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticsancient Near Eastern And Biblical Languages; Foreign Languages And Literatures; French; Spanishhealth Professions And Related Programsathletic Training; Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology; Pre-Dentistry Studies; Pre-Medical Studies; Pre-Pharmacy Studies; Registered Nursing/Registered Nursehistoryhistorylegal Professions And Studiespre-Law Studiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematicsmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesbiological And Physical Sciencesparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studieskinesiology And Exercise Science; Parks, Recreation And Leisure Facilities Management; Sport And Fitness Administration/Managementphilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophy; Philosophy And Religious Studies Related; Religious Studiesphysical Scienceschemistry; Physicspsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionssocial Worksocial Scienceseconomics; Political Science And Government; Sociologytheology And Religious Vocationsbiblical Studies; Religious/Sacred Music; Theology; Theology And Religious Vocations Relatedvisual And Performing Artsart; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Keyboard Instruments; Music; Music Management; Music Performance; Voice And Opera


Admission: 1,930 applied; 1,432 admitted; 550 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.67

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred entrance
Application fee: $35
Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 GPA
Required for some: 3 letters of recommendation
Recommended: essay or personal statement, interview
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous until 8/15 (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
2,829 Undergraduate Students, 61% Women, 39% Men, 3% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
14% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 1% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Hispanic/Latino, 0.1% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.0% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
2% Representing 36 Other Countries
Housing Info
65% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required Through Junior Year
Men-Only, Women-Only, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Applicants Given Priority For College Housing
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Choral Group, Campus Ministries, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), National Fraternities, National Sororities
Most popular organizations
Campus Ministries, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (C)School Calendar: 4-1-4


Member:NCAA, Nccaadivision:All NCAA Division II


Total: 244Full-Time: 98% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 11 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$35,310 includes full-time tuition ($26,160), mandatory fees ($720), and room and board ($8430). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, degree level, location, and program. Part-time tuition: $880 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, degree level, location, and program
Required fees:$295 per term part-time
Room and board:Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility
Payment plans:installment, deferred payment
Waivers:children of alumni and employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,1,872 applied for aid, 1,644 were judged to have need, 268 had their need fully met. 112 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $1642). 203 state and other part-time jobs (averaging $1814)
In 2013,315 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:63%
Average financial aid package:$18,303
Average need-based loan:$4448
Average need-based gift aid:$6000
Average non-need-based aid:$7347
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$26,656




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