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Union lauded for access and opportunity to underserved students

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 23, 2008 – Union University is one of four institutions in Tennessee included in the new “College Access and Opportunity Guide” that highlights colleges and universities committed to academic rigor and accessibility.

The book includes profiles of 220 colleges “committed to serving and supporting today’s first-generation, low-income and traditionally underserved college-bound students,” writes Matt Rubinoff, executive director of the Center for Student Opportunity, which produced the guide, in the introduction.

“You will see some familiar names and others that are not-so-familiar,” Rubinoff continues. “But what bonds these institutions are the outreach efforts, scholarship and financial aid opportunities and support and retention services that each has to offer.”

Other Tennessee colleges included are Vanderbilt, Rhodes and Belmont.

“We are extremely thankful for the recognition of Union University among the 220 top colleges in the United States emphasizing access and opportunity,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “To be listed among Vanderbilt, Rhodes and Belmont as one of only four outstanding institutions in the state of Tennessee is remarkable.

“The recognition underscores our commitment to top-flight academics for an ever-widening constituency of students.”

The inclusion in the “College Access and Opportunity Guide” follows other recent recognitions for Union. U.S.News & World Report ranked Union in the top tier universities in the South for the 12th straight year, and named Union one of the top “schools to watch” in its annual rankings.

The Princeton Review listed Union as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges, and Union was included for the second straight year in the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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