As of July 1, 2022, Union County College will be known as “Union College.”
On July 1, 2022, Union County College changed its name to “Union College of Union County, New Jersey.” The change was approved by both the college’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors at the May 24, 2022 meeting.
Why Union College?
“Adopting the name of Union College moves us into the future, to showcase our academic excellence and national recognition. However, it also connects us to our history. It acknowledges our commitment to our county and the community we serve. We are excited about this change and look forward to introducing everyone to the new Union College.”Union College President – Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin
The shortening of the college’s name supports our mission and recognizes the college’s national prominence.
During the 2020-21 academic year, the Union College celebrated the largest graduating class in its history conferring 1,760 degrees and certificates. Union College’s on-time graduation has more than quintupled over the past decade, now exceeding both the state and national average.
Haven’t we changed names before?
Yes! This is our 5th name in the college’s nearly 90-year history.
The college was established in 1933 as Union County Junior College by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as an “emergency junior college” through the federal Works Project Administration to provide jobs for unemployed teachers and professors. By the 1940s, the College was Union Junior College and then in 1967 it became Union College. In 1982, Union College was consolidated with Union County Technical Institute (UCTI) to become Union County College, the public, two-year college serving Union County. Now, 40 years later, it will once again become Union College.
Are we still a community college?
Yes! Union College remains a public, comprehensive community college.
The college remains committed to providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs to the greater Union County region.