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Who Needs to submit the above application?
Short answer is almost everyone!
Submitting your Online Application to Union College is the first step for most first time prospective students. It’s also required for re-admitted students (previously admitted students who haven’t attended in 2 or more semesters). It is not required for non-credit continuing education students. For more details:
View the enrollment steps for detailed instructions for your student type by clicking on the type of student that best describes you.
- High School Graduates
- GED Completer
- American Honors
- Transfer Students
- Former Students
- Veterans and Active Military
- International Students
- Current High School Students – Bridge Program
- Visiting Students
- Emergency Health Science – Paramedic Program Application
- Practical Nursing Program Application
- Online Learning
Students are required to submit the following upon applying for admission to the college:
- Official high school diploma/G.E.D.
- Official college transcript, if applicable.
- Scholastic Aptitude Test, if available.
Official Documents Should Be Mailed to the Following Address:
Office of Admissions
1033 Springfield Ave
Cranford, NJ 07016
It is recommended that applicants to all degree programs take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The SAT is a test given by collegeboard.com. Acceptance to Union 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 Union College. It is the student’s responsibility to register for the SAT exam and have the final scores provided to Union College. Students may visit www.collegeboard.com directly to review registration information. (Union College CEEB Code is 2921).
- Immunization Records: The State of New Jersey requires all full-time students born after December 31, 1956 to be immunized against measles, mumps, Rubella and Hepatitis B, or prove that they meet one of the exemption requirements. Students must bring a copy of a certificate from a doctor or medical center showing proof of inoculations to the Admissions Office on the Cranford, Elizabeth, or Plainfield campus.
- Candidates for programs leading to an associate degree are advised to complete 19 units of high school credit distributed as follows:
a. English 4 units b. Lab Science*** 2 units c. Mathematics* 3 units d. History 3 units e. Foreign Language** 2 units f. Electives**** 5 units
* Candidates for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs are expected to have taken elementary and intermediate algebra, plane geometry, and pre-calculus.
** Optional for students entering programs other than liberal arts.
*** Engineering and physical science students should include physics and chemistry; health technologies students include biology and chemistry.
**** 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 within 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.
- After submission of the Union College application and before enrolling in courses, placement testing in English and Math are required, unless a student meets the exemption criteria. The results of the test will not affect admission to the College (see Placement Testing).
- Applicants with a disability are urged to seek an interview with the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities. The Coordinator is located in the Student Services Center at the Cranford Campus and may be available upon appointment at Plainfield and Elizabeth campuses.
Admission to Health Sciences Programs
- Admission to these programs requires additional criteria for selection and include Practical Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Paramedic, JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder Schools, Trinitas School of Nursing, and Cooperative programs with Rutgers -The State University of New Jersey.
- Students in Health Sciences programs are required to attend an orientation session.
- Distinct grading policies may exist in the nursing and allied health programs which differ from other College courses and programs. Specific information may be found in the course syllabi and/or handouts.
- Health Sciences policies may supercede College policies.
- Clinical agencies require that students complete criminal background checks, which must be completed before entrance into the clinical portion of the nursing and allied health programs. These background checks are completed by an outside vendor and the results will be shared with the school and the clinical agencies. It is the sole discretion of clinical agency personnel to determine if students are able to provide patient care, based upon the results of the criminal background check. Students who are denied clinical placements will be dismissed from the Health Sciences program.
- Clinical agencies also require that students have medical clearance. Students will be informed regarding the specifics of the physical examination, laboratory testing and vaccinations that are to be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner.
- CPR for the Health Care Provider and individual malpractice insurance coverage may be required for clinical patient care experiences. Further information will be provided during program orientations.
Special Admissions Programs
- American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, A.S. Degree
- American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, Certificate
- Educational Interpreter Program, Certificate of Achievement
- Cooperative Programs in Professional Nursing, A.S. Degree
- School of Nursing, A.S. Degree
- Trinitas School of Nursing, A.S. Degree
- Paralegal Studies, Certificate of Achievement
- Practical Nursing, Certificate
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment, A.S. Degree
- Radiography, A.S. Degree
- Respiratory Care Program, A.S. Degree
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography, A.S. Degree
Testing and Placement
The College Placement Test covers basic preparation in English and mathematics and is used to determine whether students are prepared for college-level course work. The results of the test will not affect admission to the College, but may indicate the need for required preparatory courses during the student’s first semester. You must have a College-wide identification number acquired by applying for admission and photo identification to enter the Academic Testing Center for testing.
After admission to the College and before enrolling for classes, placement testing is mandatory to evaluate certain academic skills. This service assists the student in the transition from high school to college. A major goal of the College Placement Test is to identify and remedy weaknesses in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students whose native language is not English must take an English for Speakers of Other Languages test in lieu of the College Placement Test.
Union College requires that the following students take the College Placement Test:
- Full-time and part-time freshmen entering Union College;
- Students who have not already taken the test, but who register for courses that would result in the accumulation of 12 or more credits;
- All transfer students must demonstrate proficiency in basic skills math through prior test scores or satisfactory completion of developmental courses in arithmetic and elementary algebra to receive exemption from the math part of the College Placement Test. Students without proof of math proficiency, but with transfer credit for one semester of college English, must take the math part of the College Placement Test. A student who has declared a Union College program of study which requires the study of mathematics for college credit (for example, Engineering, Business, Biology), must have completed a college-level math course for exemption from the math part of the College Placement Test;
- The College employs additional measures in order to exempt students from developmental coursework:
- Any student who presents SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test from the College Board) scores of at least 540 in the Critical Reading and 530 in Math will be exempt from the College Placement Test.
- A student who graduated with a 3.0 from high school within the last five years and fulfilled the appropriate academic requirements will be exempt from the College Placement Test.
- A student with a previously received bachelor’s degree from an accredited US College will be exempt from the College Placement Test.
- A student who will receive transfer credit from another College for one semester of freshman English and/or freshman Mathematics will be exempt from the appropriate section of the College Placement Test.
- A student who has satisfactorily completed developmental courses in English and/or Elementary Algebra at another College will be exempt from the appropriate section of the College Placement Test.
- A student who has taken the Accuplacer with qualifying test scores at another College in New Jersey within the past year will be exempt from the College Placement Test.
- A student who has demonstrated proficiency in English and/or Math through previous placement test scores will be exempt from the appropriate section of the College Placement Test.
- Transfer students who have successfully completed college level English composition and mathematics with a grade of C or better from an accredited U. S. college may be exempt from the College Placement Test. Students transferring in from a college or university outside the United States may be required to take the College English as a Second Language ESL placement test. English is not transferred from colleges outside the United States.
International Students Applicants
International students are welcome to apply at Union College. Students applying with a valid visa other than a student visa (F-1) must submit copies of the visa with the Union College application. Students applying for a student visa (F-1) must obtain an international student packet from the Admissions Office on any campus.
Application for admission and all required documentation outlined in the student packet must be submitted in its entirety, by the deadline dates. Students currently in the United States with an F-1 Visa from another U.S. institution who wish to attend Union College must follow the same admissions procedure and will be required in addition to provide:
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
- An International Student Advisor Report must be completed and signed by the Designated School Official of the current college/university the student is attending.
No decision will be made until all documents are submitted to the international advisor.
Approval of visa status is done through the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Office through Student Exchange Visitors Service and not through Union College. Students acceptance to the College will be based on Visa approval for all F-1 visa applicants.
Effective fall 2016, Union College will implement an English Proficiency Requirement for applying for the Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for F-I Nonimmigrant Student Status. for prospective students applying from abroad who do not have English as their language, a satisfactory performance on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applying for the Form I-20.
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. Prospective students applying from abroad must submit an official TOEFL score report to the College. The test must have been taken within one year immediately preceding the requested semester of admission. To obtain information on taking the test, visit the following website http://www.toefl.org. The designated Institution code for Union College is 00264300.
Applicants currently in the United States may take the Union 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 College.
Advanced Degrees/College Graduates
Applicants holding advanced degrees may be required to have an official transcript mailed to the Union College Admissions Office, Cranford Campus. Transfer Credit reviews may require an appointment during times of heavy registration. All transfer students must have an official transcript at the time of their review.
Students producing evidence of earning advanced degrees from accredited U.S. or international institutions may be considered for placement testing exemption or transfer credit evaluation if requested. Applicants holding degrees equivalent to or at advanced levels from those offered at Union College will be reviewed under the same criteria. Students may not matriculate in the same program for which they currently hold an approved degree.
Union College celebrates Veterans and encourages admissions and enrollment. Union College participates with the VA provisions of the Federal Laws which entitle veterans to educational benefits. The requirements and services provided for the various programs can be reviewed through the VA website www.gibill.va.gov. To be certified for VA educational assistance, students must apply to the College, matriculate in an eligible degree or certificate program and apply for veteran benefits; proof of VA benefits and documents may be required. Veterans must check in with the Admissions office located on all campuses before registering for classes to ensure all requirements are met.
Bridge Program – Dual Enrollment
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 College developmental placement testing is required. Bridge applicants must test out of all developmental courses to be eligible for registration. Acceptable SAT scores (see Placement Testing) will also exempt students from the college placement test requirement. Bridge Program applications are available in the high school guidance offices or the Recruitment and Admissions, Records, and Registration Offices on any campus. Students will be required to submit a Union College application for admission with the completed Bridge form. Acceptance will be based on the results from the placement test or SAT scores and submission of required documents.
Dual/Joint Admissions Agreements
Union College students who complete their associate degrees in designated programs and who fulfill all the necessary criteria of the dual admission program will be guaranteed admission as juniors to their choice of several undergraduate colleges/universities with which Union College has agreements. For more detailed information, see Dual Admissions Agreements, page 46.
Readmission with Good Standing
A student who has withdrawn from Union College in good standing and has left for a period of at least two consecutive semesters and seeks reinstatement need only to complete an application form. Students who withdraw and intend to re-register for the following semester need only fill out a registration form. When a student returns to Union College under the readmission category, the student must adhere to the program requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
Registration, the process by which an admitted student enrolls and completes payment for their tuition and fees, must be done each semester/session. The registered student receives or may acquire a class schedule and a paid receipt which will verify enrollment in the requested classes.
New freshmen and current students who enroll have access to a member of the advising staff to assist in the scheduling and completion of the registration form. The advisor will assist the student with identifying the approved requirements of their program/major and assist students in the choice of electives.
The process is followed each term thereafter, students submit their registrations for the next semester in accordance with Union College registration instructions. Online registration is available to most students and we recommend students take advantage of Web Services. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the registration, withdrawal refund policy, etc. and have knowledge of graduation requirements of his or her program, to select the correct courses, to accumulate the required number of credits, and to avoid duplication of subjects. A full-time student may carry a minimum of 12 credit hours. Students requesting registration for over 18 credit hours must see an academic advisor for approval. Students registering for over 21 credits must obtain approval from the appropriate Division Dean.
Candidates may register at Union College as full-time students (12 or more credit hours) or as half-time (6-11 credit hours) or as less than half-time or part-time students (1-5 credit hours) each semester/session. Classes are available days, evenings, and weekends.
A current student who wishes to change his/her curriculum must complete a program change form with an advisor and meet all requirements. New students wanting to matriculate (declare a major), and who have not done so at time of application submission must see an academic advisor.
Students who, after having registered, decide not to attend before the beginning of the ensuing semester may drop or add courses through Web Services, or meet with an advisor to complete a drop/add form. All forms must be submitted to the Student Services Center on any of the campuses to be officially processed. Students dropping all courses, with no intentions of returning the following semester, must return any items that belong to the College (such as a current Union College identification card), to the Registration Office. Tuition refunds will be processed through the Student Accounts Office, if applicable.
JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder Schools’ students must consult with their school’s advisor for registration and schedule changes. Registration, drop/add, and withdrawals for all courses must take place through the JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder Schools registration office. Practical Nursing and Allied Health students will receive specific information on the policies and procedures for registration, class schedule changes, and withdrawals. Union College/Rutgers SHRP students must meet with an admissions officer or advisor to discuss pre-requisite courses required for the program. Acceptance is based on approval by the Rutgers SHRP admission committee.
Students who have not settled financial obligations incurred at the College will be prohibited from registering or receiving transcripts or final grades until outstanding debts are paid. There may be a fee incurred for switching sections.
The College reserves the right to cancel any course where there is insufficient enrollment.