Union College

Brandmark horizontal-Level 1Barbourville, KY

Founded: 1879
President: Dr. Marcia Hawkins

Enrollment: 1,310 (1,095 undergraduate)
Student-faculty ratio: 12 to 1

Our Statement of Purpose

Union College is a private, liberal arts career prep institution founded by a small group of citizens in 1879 as Kentucky’s first college in the mountains. Since our founding, Union has provided students with a personal and engaging academic experience defined by our heritage and a commitment to serve others. Union’s students, staff and community pledge to strengthen our institution through a bond built upon the college’s core values. Those values collectively promote the intellectual, spiritual and physical enrichment of the Union College family as well as the economic growth and health of the communities we serve. Today, Union College supports a unique academic experience for nearly 1200 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, including residential, commuter and online learning opportunities. Our Bulldogs have a passion for their heritage, they commit to serve others and use their educational experience to impact the well-being of their families and communities.

By the numbers 
66% of students call Kentucky home
47% are from Appalachia
57% are first-generation college students
39% of student athletes are honors students
12:1 student to faculty ratio
100% of students receive grants or scholarships
25+ clubs & student organizations
25 varsity teams & 15 sports
More than 30 majors, 20 minors and nine pre-professional programs

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