Union County College is a public comprehensive community college. The college operates major campuses in Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield and Scotch Plains. Union enrolls almost 40,000 credit, non-credit, and continuing education students and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Union has had the largest non-credit enrollment among the nineteen New Jersey County Colleges.
Known for excellence among regional colleges and universities, programs at Union lead to the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science degrees, and Certificates and Diplomas. Students who complete two-year programs may transfer to four-year institutions for their junior and senior years or seek employment in their fields of study. Union is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse county colleges in New Jersey. The Institute for Intensive English is a National model for teaching English as a second language. Each year over 2,000 students representing over 80 countries and speaking 40 different languages enroll in ESL classes on the Elizabeth campus. Professor Elmer Wolf Engineering Program has been preparing students for transfer to prestigious colleges and universities throughout the country for decades. Graduates of Union's renowned American Sign Language Program are sought after for employment and transfer to baccalaureate programs.
Union County College is the largest educator of the undergraduate allied healthcare professionals in New Jersey, offering degrees and certificates in nursing and licensed practical nursing, physical therapy, emergency medical services, radiography, and nuclear medicine technology. Union County College is the partner in cooperative programs with Trinitas School of Nursing, Elizabeth, New Jersey, the Muhlenberg School of Nursing, Plainfield, and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in Scotch Plains.