Union University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts-based university. Located in suburban Jackson, Tennessee, Union’s main campus is situated 80 miles east of Memphis and 120 miles west of Nashville; the university also operates two extension campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville, TN. A distinctly Christian university, Union is based on the four core values of being excellence-driven, Christ-centered, people-focused, and future-directed. Established in 1823, Union is the oldest institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Union holds its charter in affiliation with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and trustees are elected by the Convention who have ultimate responsibility for the University.
Academic ProgramsNamed the 14th Best Regional University in the South by the U.S. News & World Report, Union holds its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and offers over 100 programs of study. The main areas of undergraduate study include art; biology; business administration; chemistry; communication arts; computer science; education; engineering; English; history; international & intercultural studies; language; mathematics; music; nursing; pharmacy; physical education, wellness, and sport; physics; political science; pre-professional studies; psychology; social work; sociology & family studies; and theology & missions.
Union also offers fourteen graduate-level degrees in several areas of study including business administration; education; intercultural studies; nursing; pharmacy; social work; and theology & missions. Most of Union’s graduate-level classes meet one night per week or are offered either fully online or in a blended format which mixes face-to-face teaching with online classes. Union’s online classes are ideal for busy professionals whose schedules prevent regular class attendance, or for individuals who wish to pursue graduate work at a Christian university but do not have that option where they live.
Student LifeUnion has a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students, approximately half of which are undergraduate students. Nearly all 50 states and over thirty foreign countries are represented in the student body and 100% of incoming freshmen receive some type of financial aid. Union’s on-campus housing has been ranked third in the nation – each student has a private bedroom that shares a common living space with other roommates and washer and dryer units are located in every apartment. The campus is home to approximately 60 student groups and organizations and at least six national fraternities and sororities exist at Union.
Union boasts nearly a dozen varsity teams, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s soccer as well as a variety of intramural sports programs. Nicknamed the Bulldogs, Union’s athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division II level and the school is a member of the Gulf South Conference.