Union College
MottoWhere Higher Education is One to One
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist Church
PresidentMarcia Hawkins, Ph.D.
LocationBarbourville, Kentucky, USA
ColorsOrange and Black

Union College is a four-year private college located in Barbourville, Kentucky. The college, founded in 1879, is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Union College is a small liberal arts college in the Appalachian Mountains. Barbourville was a thriving and progressive town of 450 citizens and three brick buildings at the time of the college's establishment.

Union's approximately 1200 undergraduate and graduate students represent 23 states and many countries. The College's academic program fulfills the goal of a liberal arts education.. The undergraduate liberal arts curriculum makes available a body of knowledge drawn from the applied sciences, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Majors and areas of study in pre-professional, technical and skills-oriented fields enhance postgraduate employment opportunities.

Union's 100-acre (0.40 km2) campus is in southeastern Kentucky. The newest of the College's 20 buildings include a state-of-the-art technology center, academic center and student apartment building. Approximately 44 percent of the students live in three residence halls and the apartments on campus. Dozens of student organizations offer many opportunities for participation in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Union's full-time campus minister organizes various religious activities, including weekly voluntary chapel services. Union's teams are known as the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. The college offers 21 varsity sports as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Location[edit | edit source]

Just 17 miles (27 km) east of Interstate 75, the town of Barbourville sits in the Appalachian Mountains surrounded by four state parks filled with falls, lakes and streams. The campus itself includes more than 100 gently rolling acres covered in overhanging elms, mountain laurel and Georgian architecture. The famous Wilderness Road spans the east side of the campus, and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is just 30 miles (48 km) away.

Majors and degrees[edit | edit source]

Union College offers the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. Majors are available in accounting, biology, business administration, chemistry, Christian ministry, criminal justice, education (elementary, middles grades, physical, secondary and special), English/communication, health, history, history/political science, mathematics, psychology, recreation management, religious studies, sociology and sports management.[1]

In addition to majors in the pure disciplines of biology, chemistry, mathematics and their education counterparts, Union has programs in place for professional and health science careers. These programs combine the advantages of the small private college and those of the large university and include dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, law and veterinary medicine.

The college also offers Master of Arts in Psychology and Education. The Department of Psychology offers master of arts degrees in General, in both traditional and online formats, Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology. The Graduate Education Program offers the Master of Arts degrees in Elementary Education P-5, Health/PE P-12, LBD (Special Education) P-12, Middle School 5-9, Principalship, Reading and Writing Endorsement P12, Secondary 8-12 and Rank I degrees in Elementary Education P-5, LBD (Special Education) P-12, Middle School 5-9, Reading and Writing Endorsement P-12, Supervisor of Instruction P-12.

Academic program[edit | edit source]

Upon admission to the College, students begin a process whereby career counselors and academic advisors help them articulate career goals, select academic courses of study appropriate to those goals, and achieve suitable placement upon completion of their studies.

The College operates on a two-semester calendar, with a May interim session and two summer terms. Students must successfully complete a total of 128 semester hours to earn a bachelor's degree, including 43 hours of required core classes from the four major divisions of study.[2]

Off-campus arrangements[edit | edit source]

Union College is a cooperating member of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). The College joins with a number of other Kentucky colleges and universities to provide summer study opportunities in ten different locations. The programs in Argentina, France, Spain, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Italy and Ecuador are open to all Union College students, who may earn credits toward their degree at Union.

Academic facilities[edit | edit source]

The Weeks-Townsend Memorial Library contains more than 160,000 books, periodicals, government documents, media materials and on-line reference and full-text databases.[3] Library functions, including the public catalog access (OPAC), circulation and reserves are fully automated through the Sirsi Unicorn Collection Management System. The 20-seat computer lab is the center of campus access to the Internet, including email and the World Wide Web. The College also has a variety of computers accessible to students. The library and Centennial computer labs each contain 20 workstations and a laser printer connected to the campus network. A third lab, the Hensley lab, provides the same type of access with 17 computers. The labs are open a variety of hours each week to support the academic programs and provide student access to the campus network.

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides free services to Union College students in several academic support areas.[4] Individual tutoring is available in a variety of subject areas in both upper and lower division classes. Students may work with a tutor to review for classes, refresh study skills, or prepare for professional examinations such as GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE and NTE. Each semester, courses that have been deemed academically challenging are selected for Supplemental Instruction (SI). Students attend group study sessions, which are held a minimum of three times a week with a student leader who has already excelled in that particular course. The SI leaders model good study strategies and encourage collaborative learning.

Costs[edit | edit source]

Tuition for the 2010 - 2011 academic year is $20,004.00; room and board is $6,000. Books and supplies are estimated at $900 per year.

Financial aid[edit | edit source]

In 2003-04, 98% of Union's undergraduate students received financial assistance. Students wishing to be considered for aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15. The Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study programs of the federal government are sources of aid. Non-need-based academic scholarships range from $1,000 to full tuition. Kentucky residents may apply for the Kentucky State Tuition Grant.

Faculty[edit | edit source]

The faculty-to-student ratio 12:1.[5]

Athletics[edit | edit source]

Union College teams are known as the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC), while competing in the Mid-South Conference for football. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, track & field and volleyball; coed sports include cheerleading, cycling, and dance. Intramural sports vary according to student request. The college recently completed new tennis courts, a softball field, and refurbished the baseball, soccer and football fields.

Notable alumni[edit | edit source]

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