College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:57:13Z
The computers available are usually top of the lines macs and pcs and the school keeps expanding and renovating, so the stuff is pretty new.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:55:13Z
College food is college food and I know I shouldn't be complaining in the least because we have a sushi bar and late night munchie options, but it still gets old. The dining halls are awful and the staff is really nice. The healthy food is overpriced at our really nice salad bar O3, which makes you lose your declining balance faster. Altogether the food is good and I am happy to have so many options.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:52:25Z
I am really happy with my major and I don't know what I want to do at all with economics but I am planning on trying a few internships suggested by the school so that I can find where I want to pursue a career.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:50:39Z
Union for myself has provided me with everything that I wanted in my college experience so far. I have been able to be independent because I live in a house, yet I know if I ever need anything that nothing is more than a phone call away. Union gives you to opportunity to be part of so many different things; whether is a sport, greek life, or a club. You can always find something that suits your personality or even the ability to look toward your future. My favorite experiences of far have to be springfest, alumni weekend, and joining my sorority. Everyone tries to explain the beautiful of spring term, but it really can be understood until you experience it for yourself. Springfest is where 100,000 dollars are spent on a few artists and the students hang out in the lawn all days and enjoy the music while frats are throwing parties all day and alumni weekend is just pure bliss. All of these events and opportunities are ones that I have found are very unique to union and I am so happy that I chose this school.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:44:10Z
Union provides students with the ability to live in different places that suit their specific desires; there are Minervas (which are quitter and really nice) Webster (which is substance free) suite style living, and theme houses (there are many different themes and there is even the ability to propose a new theme if yours hasn't been started). Union is a very small campus so the walk to class, even though everyone complains about it, isn't more than 10 minutes. Every student belongs to a Minerva and this gives students access to a kitchen whenever they want and students have the choice in most dorms if they want to be social or not.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:38:34Z
Guys & Girls:
Union students can sometimes have a hard outer shell and it may seem that most of them are stuck-up because of the money their parents have and the clothes they wear. Even though this may be true about some of the student body, most of the students (no matter what group they may be categorized into) are nice and willing to meet new people. At the end of the day most of the students are nerds and care about their grades and extracurriculars even though they may not seem that way on the outside or by the people they hang out with. I truly believe that if more people had an open mind and were more willing to meet new people and were a little less self-obsessed that anyone that attends union can find a group of people who are just like them.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:31:43Z
I am an economics major and an american studies minor and I have found that the workload isn't too bad if you put the time in and stay focused, which I know can be hard. There is an economics liaison group at our school who provide advice and guidance for underclassmen students, so that they can ask about certain professors and classes that teachers personally haven't experienced or have a biased view on. Internships are pretty easy to find because of the career center and they are always willing to help, also a lot of alumnus are willing to help and provide feedback to students.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:31:43Z
The registration process can be very stressful because of the demand for certain classes and sometimes it feels like the school is just running like a business instead of trying to provide an education. The professors for the most part are really good and always willing to meet with students for extra help.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:25:17Z
Many students in their upperclassmen years look to live off-campus or in an on campus house. I currently live in an on campus house and the ability to get into these houses isn't too difficult and the quality of the house is nice. I know a lot of people who actually rent houses and because you aren't paying for room and board to the college anymore the price difference doesn't really make a difference, if anything you are saving money. Many students live off campus and the surrounding neighbors are usually other students or residents who aren't too picky about the noise levels or living next to college students.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:21:40Z
Without the Union College Men's Hockey team I don't know where the school spirit for vanity sports would lie. With only having one D1 sport for both men and women and with our mens hockey team being highly nationally ranked and recently in the frozen four, it definitely attracts a huge crowd. Other sports like football, soccer, and lacrosse are somewhat attended because many students like to cheer on their friends or just enjoy an ice cold beer on the lawn and watch some lacrosse in the warm spring weather. Intramurals are easily accessible for anyone who wants to join them and so are fitness class, the gym is small but the equipment is good.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:17:44Z
Health & Safety:
Everywhere you go at Union there are always campus safety officers or blue lights to make sure that your walks are safe. There is some violence around the parameters of campus and occasionally the open campus of union can bring in some unwelcome visitors, but I have taken may 2am walks home from the library and with the proper precautions it is a safe walk. I can only recall one time where I felt unsafe walking home, but with a quick phone call to my friends I was picked up and brought home even though there really wasn't any true threats. Altogether union is a safe campus and all the resources to be safe are available to all students 24/7. The student health center, Wicker Wellness, is newly renovated and it is easy to get an appointment.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:11:00Z
The Union trolley is an amazing thing. In fifteen minutes it covers every area of campus and it's going all day and night. Every wednesday there are trips to walmart all through the night so that students can get whatever they need and on the weekends there are trips to the mall and shopping plazas, all free. If this isn't enough campus safety is always available to bring you places farther off campus, such as the hospital or close-by meetings. Sometimes the trolley can by hard to locate, but it is definitely a very positive thing to utilize on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:07:33Z
The winters are brutal and because the campus is designed to be a wind tunnel for the nice spring breeze, this makes for a freezing walk to class in the winter months. Even though this can be miserable, with the trimester system the school year doesn't end until mid-June. This time frame gives students the perfect opportunity to enjoy the spring and beginning of the summer months, which is a beautiful time on campus and students are out on the grass playing sports or sun tanning. Spring term makes up for the cold winter 100%/
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:04:29Z
Schenectady usually gets a bad reputation, but there are many restaurants and stores around campus that provides students with a wide variety of options and prices. The food is really good when going to the right places and there are many choices to be able to choose your craving. Dennys is very popular on the weekend for is 24 hour dining and its is only a couple hundred feet off campus.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T15:01:17Z
Union College has a very open campus and I think by giving students the opportunities to explore all of their options without being watched or kept restricted really helps students develop as individuals. Even though under-age drinking and drug use is illegal, by having a campus safety that tolerates it until you become a danger to yourself or others gives students the ability to have these experiences without having to leave campus or sneak around, which usually leads to more dangerous situations. Union gives students the ability to pursue the things that they enjoy and the opportunities to start new clubs or sports that are of interest to themselves and the campus community.
College Sophomore 2013-12-05T14:54:53Z
The cost to get a permit is really cheap and even though sometimes finding a close parking spot can be a hassle, you can definitely find one around. Campus safety is pretty lenient on tickets and if you only have the car for the weekend it is pretty easy to get a temporary permit.
College Freshman 2013-12-01T20:35:46Z
Guys & Girls:
Essentially all of the guys I met were total "partybros."
College Freshman 2013-12-01T20:33:13Z
Student Activities can be very difficult to deal with.
College Freshman 2013-12-01T20:31:47Z
Union leans left, but there are some very outspoken conservatives on campus. We're not a very politically involved campus.
College Freshman 2013-12-01T20:30:36Z
The Greeks are a huge part of the problems on campus- anyone who read the recent Cosmo article about Union's Sigma Delta Tau chapter knows what I mean.
College Freshman 2013-12-01T20:29:23Z
I plan to transfer. Though Union's academics are great, the overall culture of the school is one of entitlement, snobbishness, and partying.
College Freshman 2013-12-01T20:28:43Z
Lots of bars nearby! Sometimes difficult to get to, though. No idea how much they card.
College Freshman 2013-12-01T20:27:28Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Safety works hard; health center's great. Open campus sometimes makes me nervous.
College Freshman 2013-12-01T20:26:03Z
People party way too hard. Binge drinking is everywhere.
College Freshman 2013-12-01T20:25:17Z
The Union Financial Aid dpt. is very helpful.
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