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Union College is a small, spirited, independent liberal arts college in the Appalachian Mountain range. The College, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, was founded in 1879 - a time when simple survival, not higher education, was the top priority of most of the country. But for the citizens of Barbourville, a town of 450 souls and three brick buildings, establishing a college for their children was essential. The name they chose reflected the unity of purpose they felt: To a man (and woman), they believed education was the path to leadership.

Union's 600-plus undergraduates and over 1,000 graduate students represent 24 states and 14 countries. The College's academic program fulfills the goal of a liberal arts education. It also provides students with the skills necessary to complete in a diverse job market. The undergraduate liberal arts curriculum makes available a body of knowledge drawn from the applied sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Majors and areas of study in pre-professional, technical, and skills-oriented fields enhance postgraduate employment opportunities. The graduate program, celebrating its 45th year, offers advanced degrees in education and psychology.

Union's 100-acre campus is on the edge of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in southeastern Kentucky. The newest of the College's 20 buildings include a state-of-the-art technology center, academic center, and student apartment building. Approximately one-half of Unionís undergraduate students live in three residence halls and the apartments on campus. Dozens of student organizations offer many opportunities for participation in a wide range of extracurricular activities.

Intercollegiate sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, cycling, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track & field for men and women. Womenís sports include softball and volleyball. Baseball and football are additional menís sports. Union has a coed varsity cheerleading squad, as well as junior varsity teams for baseball, menís and womenís basketball, and menís soccer. Intramural sports vary according to student request. The College recently added new tennis courts and a softball field, refurbished the baseball and soccer fields, updated facilities in Robsion Arena, home to menís and womenís basketball and volleyball. Synthetic turf has been installed Burch/Nau Field. This turf has changed campus and it allows several athletic programs to take advantage of the field.

Just 17 miles east of Interstate 75, the town of Barbourville sits in the Appalachian Mountains surrounded by four state parks filled with falls, lakes, and streams. The campus itself includes more than 100 gently rolling acres covered in overhanging elms, mountain laurel, and Georgian architecture. The famous Wilderness Road spans the east side of the campus, and Cumberland Gap National Historic Park is just 30 miles away. The air is clean and fresh, and the people are friendly and down to earth.

Majors and Degrees
Union College offers the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. Majors are available in accounting, biology, business administration, chemistry, Christian ministries, computer information technology, criminal justice, education (elementary, middles grades, and secondary), educational studies (non-teaching), English/communication, health, history, history/political science, human performance, management, marketing, mathematics, physical education, psychology, recreation management, religious studies, sociology, social work, special education, sports management, and theatre.

Students who have an interest in professional programs or allied health fields such as dentistry, forensics, law, medical technology, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or veterinary medicine may fulfill entrance requirements for these schools while pursuing a bachelorís degree at Union. Since admission requirements to professional schools vary considerably, students having interest in these fields work with their advisor, who assists with the admission process into professional school and helps select an appropriate program of study.