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Location: Jackson, Tennessee (area population: 100,000), 80 miles east of Memphis and 120 miles west of Nashville. Forbes magazine recently ranked Jackson as one of America’s top 150 cities for business and careers.

Student Body: More than 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 44 states and 33 countries.

Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Percentage of Faculty with Highest Possible Degree in Field: 84%

Emphasis: A private, four-year, coeducational liberal arts-based university offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

History: Founded in 1823, Union is the oldest institution affiliated with Southern Baptist life.

Technology: Each residence apartment is equipped with filtered Internet and cable service. In addition, wireless network access is available in all University buildings. Students receive a Union e-mail account and other services.

Activities: More than 50 major student-produced music and theatre events each academic year; 60 campus clubs, societies, fraternities, sororities  and other organizations; Cardinal & Cream student newspaper, The Torch literary journal, and "Jackson 24/7" daily television news program.

Campus: Union University’s main campus in Jackson and its extension campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville cover 360 acres. The wooded Jackson campus features pine groves, sycamores, a variety of oaks including Shumardi oaks lining the great lawn, elm, dogwoods, sweet gums and cherry trees.

There are more than 40 major buildings and excellent athletic facilities. More than $120 million in new campus construction has been completed during the past decade, including several new Georgian-Colonial classroom buildings that support state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. Most of Union’s on-campus housing was constructed in 2008. Student-suggested design features were incorporated in each new building; all residence buildings include a private bedroom for each student.

The campus is situated along the U.S. 45 bypass in north Jackson and is adjacent to one of Jackson's largest concentration of retail establishments and restaurants.

Campus Visits: Visit our campus anytime to meet with faculty or visit a class. You are also invited to join us for a Union Preview Day. This year’s Preview Days schedule is found at http://www.uu.edu/campusvisits or call 1.800.33.UNION. Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., first and third Saturdays of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Major Recognitions

U.S.News & World ReportU.S.News & World Report
Union was ranked 12th among regional universities in the South in the 2015 rankings by U.S.News & World Report. The publication has ranked Union as a Top Tier institution each year since 1997 and as a top 20 regional university in the South for eight consecutive years. Editors also identified Union as an "A+ option for serious B students."

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kiplinger's evaluates the nation's private colleges and universities for academic quality alongside affordability. It ranks only 100 such institutions. On the 2015 list, Union is ranked 48th and was among the lowest-priced schools in the listing. This ranking places Union among some of the finest institutions in the U.S. It was one of only four Tennessee schools on the list.

America's 100 Best College BuysAmerica's 100 Best College Buys
An objective and independent research company annually surveys more than a thousand public and private U.S. colleges and universities each year, then analyzes the information to find out which schools offer the best education for the dollar based upon academic performance indicators and comparative costs. Union has been named among the top 100 for nine consecutive years.

First Things
This highly respected publication that focuses on faith and public life, ranks Union as one of the nation's 12 best Protestant schools, and among the nation's top 25 church-related colleges and universities. Before posting these rankings, the magazine surveyed about 700 church-related institutions.

Princeton ReviewPrinceton Review
Princeton Review ranked Union among the top schools in the Southeast. Among four-year colleges and universities, only about one of every four earns this regional recognition.

Union is ranked among the top four universities in Tennessee and 107th among the nation's top 500 private universities. StateUniversity.com bases its rankings on statistical analysis and comparison of student/faculty ratio, student retention, test scores and other critical factors.

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Initiated in 2006, this award recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. Union is among a select group of institutions that has made the list in each of the years the honor roll has been compiled.

Colleges of DistinctionColleges of Distinction
Union and the other schools chosen for inclusion in this guide exhibit four distinctives of superior colleges and universities: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

College Access and Opportunity Guide
Union is listed among 284 U.S. colleges "committed to serving and supporting today's first-generation, low-income and traditionally underserved college-bound students." Union is one of only four Tennessee institutions so honored.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Great Colleges to Work ForChronicle of Higher Education: Great Colleges to Work For
After a survey of 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities, the magazine chose 30 four-year institutions for its honor roll of Great Colleges to Work For. Union not only made that short list, but was also among only three institutions to be recognized in 11 separate rating categories.

Templeton Foundation
Union has been listed in the Foundation's guide entitled Colleges that Encourage Character Development. Schools included in this listing have "exemplary programs, presidents, and colleges and universities that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives."


Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Union University.

Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission's office.

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