Learn About Union

Union College is an independent, co-educational, four-year college offering degrees in the liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1891, Union is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Union enrolls 903 students from over 42 states and 36 countries. Union's size makes it easy to find friends, mentors and leadership opportunities.

Union's student satisfaction has consistently and substantially exceeded nation norms of four-year colleges and universities (Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey).

The percentage of Union's alumni support exceeds that of any other Adventist college. Alumni contributions place Union near the top of all United States colleges in the same classification.

Faculty/Student Statistics (2015-2016 academic year)

Full-time faculty 58
Part-time faculty 73
Full-time faculty holding doctorates/terminal degrees 50%
Student/teacher ratio 10:1
Student enrollment 903
Current age range of students 16-74
Current average age of students 21
Women 62%
Men 38%
New students enrolled 289
Student body represents 42 states
36 countries

President's Council

  • Vinita Sauder, president
  • Malcolm Russell, vice president for Academic Administration
  • Jeff Leeper, vice president for Financial Administration
  • Rich Carlson, vice president for Spiritual Life
  • LuAnn Davis, vice president for Advancement
  • Nadine Nelson, vice president for Enrollment and Student Financial Services
  • Linda Becker, vice president for Student Services

Union's nursing graduates have consistently higher NCLEX-RN passing rates than the state and national norms.

Nursing majors do their clinical rotations in several area hospitals, providing broad nursing experience.

During the last three years, 100 percent of Physician Assistant graduates passed the national PANCE exam on the first try.

Photo of Vinita Sauder presenting student with diplomaUnion guarantees its degrees. Graduates may return for a second degree, tuition-free, two years after graduation.*

For education majors, Nebraska is one of the best states to be certified in due to its rigorous academic standards. Union's program is NCATE and NCA accredited, meaning that you don't have to be re-certified if you teach elsewhere - certification extends to every NCATE recognized state in the United States. Stringent requirements ensure a better education and job for you.

Graduates include entrepreneurs, CEOs, professional athletes, Emmy and Peabody Award winners, New York investment bank executives, Broadway and opera singers, nationally recognized artists and award-winning photographers and designers.

Union received the highest level of accreditation for the maximum period at the most recent review (Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association). Union is accredited by: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist schools, Colleges and Universities, Inc.

It's easy to get financial aid at Union. Every student is eligible for consideration for incoming scholarships, and many are eligible for federal and state funds. In the 2010-11 school year, the average financial aid per full-time student totaled $9,683. Union's moderate costs, considerable financial aid and high regional and national rankings make it a great choice.

Photo of graduating students at graduation.Union maintains a low student-teacher ratio of 10 to one. Real professors, not graduate students, teach classes and labs.

The Baccalaureate Bonus Program allows four-year college graduates from any accredited school in the United States to study at Union for half-tuition. Students from abroad may petition to be included in the program.*

Union Scholars (honors program) offers unique interdisciplinary courses that address complex issues and a coursework abroad opportunity. A minimum high school GPA of 3.33 and an ACT score of 24 or higher are required.

Best of Both Worlds allows students to pursue areas of study not offered or not entirely available at Union. Students may live, eat, take classes and make friends at Union while completing course work at nearby universities.**

The Teaching Learning Center provides academic assistance for students with disabilities, students on academic probation, first-year freshman with low GPA or test scores, and struggling students who desire personal assistance. Services include academic coaching/advising, study skills training, time management and organization assistance, and reasonable accommodations for students with verified disabilities.

Union's personalized degrees are custom made by students and professors to meet unique career goals. An individualized curriculum includes courses from Union and cooperating universities, with the degree granted by Union College.**


The Career Center provides career advice, assistance with resumes, grad school help, testing, and career fairs in most academic areas. The Career Center also coordinates student employment on campus and internship opportunities in every field of work.

* Excludes physician assistant, nursing, and international rescue and relief programs - may have limited availability.

** Must be prearranged with a Union academic advisor.

Photo of students celebrating during class games.


With more than 100 species of trees, Union College is a site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

Union's varsity sports include men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball and men's golf. Intramurals include soccer, floor hockey, flag football, slow-pitch softball, volleyball, and basketball. Other available activities include swimming, jogging, gymnastics, weight training, wind surfing, tennis and badminton.

Union Market, newly renovated in 2004, offers a wide variety of vegetarian food options with flexible hours. In addition, more than 60 tasty restaurants are within 10 minutes of campus.

Larson Lifestyle Center offers a 25-meter indoor swimming pool and hot tub, weight room, and outside tennis courts. Courses include golf, tennis, aerobics, scuba diving and windsurfing.

Ethernet capabilities and wireless connectivity are available in the dormitories and most other facilities on campus. There are six computer laboratories located across campus.

Photo of students during project impact.Good Morning Union is a daily e-mail devotional sent to students and employees offering an ongoing worship experience. Anyone can access the daily devotional from the college's homepage or by clicking here.

Union has a strong student missionary and task force program, which enables students to take a year out of school and offer voluntary service in America and overseas.

Union recently celebrated the 29th anniversary of its annual community service day, called Project Impact. At the beginning of every school year, faculty, staff and students take a day away from classes and work to serve the Lincoln area. Average participation rate is nearly 90 percent of the campus family. More than 770 students and staff participated in 2010.

Union College's campus covers 50 acres in southeast Lincoln, Neb. Downtown Lincoln is only seven minutes away. Lincoln is also home to two other universities: Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lincoln has more parks per capita than any other United States city and is within easy driving distance to many lakes. Holmes Lake and Pioneers Park are favorites of Union students; other options include Pawnee Lake, Branched Oak Lake and Blue Stem Lake.

The Lincoln area is home to more than 128 miles of bike trails, as well as many off-trail paths.

Lincoln offers outdoor and indoor malls, shopping centers and a factory outlet center within 30 minutes. Lincoln's Haymarket district is a renovated historical site filled with charming shops, restaurants and an old railway station. In addition, downtown Omaha is less than an hour away.

Lincoln offers many cultural opportunities. The Lied Center is acclaimed as one of the top United States performing arts centers, hosting symphonies, ballets, Broadway shows and more. There are several museums and art galleries, including the Sheldon Art Gallery, which houses a strong collection of 20th century American Art of more than 12,000 pieces. The Lentz Asian Cultural Center has 500 pieces in its permanent collection, and the changing exhibition brings different displays of art and photography. Both Lincoln and Omaha are stops for national concert tours, and three community playhouses round out the list of activities.

The Nebraska State Capitol is the tallest building in the state of Nebraska and the tallest of all Unites States capitol buildings. The 14th floor observation deck offers a great place to explore on Saturday afternoon.

Union is located in the center of the nation with easy access to Lincoln, Omaha and Kansas City airports. Lincoln is only a one-hour flight from Denver or Chicago.