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Union University

Learn about Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Union University

Union University is a private 4-year school located in Jackson, Tennessee. Founded in 1823, it's the oldest Southern Baptist-affiliated college in the country. It currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduates annually, both at its main campus in Jackson and its extension campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville, Tennessee.


Union University's academic programs include several undergraduate majors in fields like biology, Christian studies, communication arts and intercultural studies. Students enrolled in its nursing and education programs can take advantage of resources like conferences, service-learning opportunities and academic forums offered through the Center for Excellence in Health Care Practice and the Center for Educational Practice.

Union University also offers graduate and professional programs in such areas as pharmacy, social work, nursing and business. A Doctor of Ministry is available through its School of Theology and Missions. Additionally, Union University features a low student-faculty ratio, and more than 80% of the school's faculty have terminal degrees.


Students seeking admission to Union University as undergraduates should submit the school's admissions application along with the $25 application fee. They will also need to have official high school transcripts and standardized test scores sent to the Office of Admissions. Minimum requirements include a composite SAT score of 930 or an ACT score of 20.

Union University accepts applications on a rolling basis, but encourages students to apply early. In the fall of 2011, almost 2,000 students applied to the university; more than three-quarters were accepted.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2011-2012 academic year, tuition for full-time undergraduate students was $11,665 per semester. The costs for room and board varied by facility. Students living on campus could expect to pay up to $3,620 per semester, while meal plans could set them back another $1,985.

Students who need financial aid should complete the Union University Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarship Assistance Application along with the FAFSA. Union University offers the Scholars of Excellence award to applicants with high standardized test scores or GPAs. Merit-based and non-merit based scholarships and grants as well as tuition waiver programs are also available. In the 2010-2011 academic year, all first-time students at Union University received some type of financial aid, and 90% qualified for these types of institutional scholarships or grants.

School Type 4-year; private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; undergraduate and graduate certificates*
Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 4,007 students (2,875 undergraduates) in fall 2011*
Student Housing 5 apartment-style housing complexes**
Schools 6 colleges and schools, 2 institutes**
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Multi/interdisciplinary studies, other (134)
Master's: Education, general (162)
Doctorate: Educational leadership and administration, general (13), nursing practice (13)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 50% in 4 years, 61% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 77% in fall 2011*
Entering Class Size Around 500 students in fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 94% for full-time students and 96% for part-time students*
Middle 50% ACT Score of Admitted Students 23-28 composite scores in fall 2011*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Rolling admissions; applications for early decision accepted until November 15th for the fall semester**
Decision Notification Date Applicants for early decision are notified beginning December 1st**
Tuition (2011-2012) $24,030*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (38%), state and local government grants or scholarships (56%), institutional grants or scholarships (90%), student loans (57%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 100%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Union University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Union University, 1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, TN 38305
  • Phone: (800) 338-6466
  • Website: www.uu.edu

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