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Institutional Research

Union County College

First Time, First Year Admission



The number of degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled (full- or part-time) in Fall 2020.

First-time, first year

Applied 3,913
Admitted 3,913
Enrolled 1,580

Policy of placing students on a waiting list: None


Admission to Union County College is open to all high school graduates, those holding high school equivalency certificates, or those persons eighteen years of age or older.


Home-schooled applicants must provide a signed form by the parent who conducted the home-schooled education. In the case of home-schooled applicants, who are affiliated with a local high school, the form will be signed by the Principal.


Candidates for programs leading to an Associate degree are advised to complete 19 units of high school credit distributed as follows:

 Area of study Units
English 4
Lab Science* 2
Mathematics** 3
History 3
Foreign Language*** 2
Electives**** 5
Total academic units recommended 19




Special notes on the distribution of high school units:

* Engineering and physical science students should include physics and chemistry; health technologies students should include biology and chemistry.

** Candidates for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs are expected to have taken elementary and intermediate algebra, plane geometry, and pre-calculus.

*** The foreign language requirement is optional for students entering programs other than liberal arts.

**** Chosen from foreign languages, social studies, science or mathematics. If a student does not have these high school units, non-credit prerequisite courses offered by the College may be required by the selected program of study.

Allied Health and Nursing program applicants must apply by the required program deadline date.

JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder School applicants must apply directly to the JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder Schools; all academic processing will be handled through the Schools. The Trinitas School of Nursing application for admission must be submitted directly to the Student Services Center at any of the three campuses.

Union County College has an open admission policy under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications.


It is recommended that applicants to all degree programs take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Acceptance to Union County College programs are not based on SAT scores. Certain SAT scores will exempt students from the placement test and may be required to qualify for selected scholarships at the College.

After admission to the College and before enrolling in classes, students must take the College Placement Test or meet exemption criteria. The College Placement Test covers English and mathematics and is used to determine whether students are prepared for college-level coursework. While the results of the College Placement Test will not affect admission to the College, it may indicate the need for required developmental courses which must be completed before enrolling in certain college-level coursework.

Students whose native language is not English or who did not attend grammar school or high school in the United States may have to take the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) Test in lieu of the College Placement Test.

Does your institution have an application fee?   No

Does your institution have an application closing date?  No, Admission is on a rolling basis.

Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the fall?  Yes

Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission?  Yes

Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, first-time, first-year students one year or more before high school graduation?  No, however high school juniors and seniors may apply for the Bridge Program to earn college credits while still in high school. Permission of their high school advisor and parent/guardian is required. Bridge applicants must have a ‘B’ high school average.


Union County College has implemented an English Proficiency Requirement for those applying for the Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for F-I Nonimmigrant Student Status.

Prospective students applying from abroad must submit an official TOEFL score report to the College. A minimum TOEFL score of 30 on the Internet Based Test is required, or a minimum score of 380 on the Paper Based Test or 3.5 on the IELTS exam is required. The test must have been taken within one year immediately preceding the requested semester of admission. Applicants currently in the United States may take the College’s free ESL placement test administered on campus.

All admitted students who have achieved the required TOEFL score may be required to complete the College’s ESL placement test after arriving on campus and before they enroll in their first semester at Union County College.

The application submission deadline for international students is June 1 for the Fall term, and November 1 for the Spring term. International students must take a minimum of 12 credits during the regular semester. International advisors and ESL programs are available on campus.  There is also a special international student orientation program.