Union College


Union College is an accredited, comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Union College offers active learning in a vibrant Christian atmosphere enrolling students from over 40 states and 30 countries. With a focus on undergraduate students, the nurturing environment at Union College gives you a traditional liberal arts education. We combine this with practical experiences, such as internships, academic and career counseling, and volunteer opportunities. An honors program challenges high academic achievers. Our Teaching Learning Center helps students of all academic abilities achieve their full potential.

In the comfortable campus atmosphere where professors – not graduate students – teach classes, you can choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors. Union’s newest academic option, International Rescue and Relief, is the only Bachelor’s program of its kind in the United States. This high-energy major prepares students for careers in humanitarian service or disaster response around the world. Located in the capital city of Lincoln, Nebraska, Union College is in the center of the United States. Lincoln provides easy access to the Omaha and Kansas City airports – a one-hour flight from Denver or Chicago. Our arboretum campus offers billowing trees in a sprawling, park-like setting. Founded in 1891, the 50-acre Union College campus blends the ivy and brick of collegiate tradition with modern facilities, a landmark clock tower and a throng of aggressively friendly squirrels. Discover your strengths at Union College – academic, athletic, artistic, social and spiritual. Our supportive environment allows you to explore your potential for leadership, scholarship and service. At Union College, you can create your own unique educational experience.


On a bleak January day in 1890, a caravan of sleighs found their way to the crest of a hill near Lincoln. The group sought a central location for a Seventh-day Adventist college in the Midwest. Even though the weather didn’t give a warm welcome to the locating committee, generous incentives offered by the city of Lincoln swayed church leaders to choose the blustery Nebraska knoll over possible sites in several neighboring states. While visiting the future college site L.A. Hoopes, the locating committee secretary, planted his heel in the snow and exclaimed, “Here is where the southwest corner of the College Building should be.” His prophetic wisdom was fulfilled to the letter; it marked almost the exact spot where the administration building was later built, opening for classes on Sept. 30, 1891.

Since the 1970s, the 100-foot clock tower on front campus has been a feature landmark in the Lincoln area.


Union College is located in Lincoln, capital of the state of Nebraska. In this central region of the United States you will experience a purer English language, without an accent. Lincoln has approximately 250,000 people and is a city characterized by its safety and hospitality. You will enjoy cultural diversity and many options for recreation, such as parks, museums, art galleries, international cuisine, and cultural presentations.

Lincoln has more parks per capita than any other United States city and is within easy driving distance to many lakes. Holmes Lake and Pioneers Park are favorites of Union students. The Lincoln area is home to more than 128 miles of bike trails, as well as many off-trail paths.

Lincoln offers outdoor and indoor malls, shopping centers and a factory outlet center within 30 minutes. Lincoln’s Haymarket district is a renovated historical site filled with charming shops, restaurants and an old railway station. In addition, downtown Omaha is less than an hour away.


Union College offers bachelor’s (four-year) and associate’s (two-year) degrees as well as a Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Students choose from a variety of academic routes with more than 50 majors, emphases and minors in 27 fields of study or fulfill individual educational goals through with a personalized degree. Other academic opportunities include English as a Second Language and the Union Scholars honors program. Here are the main academic areas:

  • Business and Computer Science
    • Business
      • Accounting (A.S.)
      • Business Administration (A.S.)
      • Business Administration:
      • Accounting (B.S.)
        • Finance (B.S.)
        • Management (B.S.)
        • Marketing (B.S.)
        • Science (B.S.)
        • Small Business Management (B.S.)
    • Computing
      • Computing (A.S.)
      • Computing: Business Emphasis (B.S.)
      • Computing: Computer Information Systems Emphasis (B.S.)
      • Computing: Computer Science Emphasis (B.S.)
      • Computing: Graphic Design Emphasis (B.S.)
  • Emergency Management and Exercise Science
    • Health and Human Performance
      • Exercise Science (B.S.)
      • Health and Human Performance: Business/Sport Management (B.S.)
      • Physical Education (B.S.)
      • Pre-Allied Health (A.S.)
    • International Rescue and Relief
      • International Rescue and Relief:
        • Expeditionary Leadership (B.S.)
        • Firefighter (B.S.)
        • Project Development (B.S.)
        • Paramedic (B.S.)
        • Pre-Medical (B.S.)
      • Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Physical Therapy (B.S.)
  • Fine Arts
    • Music
      • Music (B.A.)
      • Music Education:
        • Instrumental K-12 (B.S.)
        • Vocal K-12 (B.S.)
      • Music Performance
        • Conducting (B.Music)
        • Vocal (B. Music)
    • Visual Arts
      • Art (A.S.)
      • Art Education K-12 (B.S.)
      • Graphic Design (A.S./B.S.)
      • Studio Art (B.A.)
  • Human Development
    • Education
      • Art Education K-12 (B.S.)
      • Biology Education (B.S.)
      • Business Education (B.S.)
      • Chemistry Education (B.S.)
      • Elementary Education (B.S.)
      • English Education (B.S.)
      • History Education (B.S.)
      • Information Technology Education (B.S.)
      • Language Arts Education (B.S.)
      • Math Education (B.S.)
      • Music Education
        • Instrumental K-12 (B.S.)
        • Vocal K-12 (B.S.)
      • Natural Science Education
      • Biology (B.S.)
      • Chemistry (B.S.)
      • Physics (B.S.)
      • Physics Education (B.S.)
      • Religious Education (B.S.)
      • Social Science Education (B.S.)
      • English as a Second Language Endorsement for Education (B.S.)
    • Psychology
      • Psychology (B.S.)
    • Social Work
      • Social Work (B.S.W.)
  • Humanities
    • Communication
      • Communication:
        • Journalism (B.A.)
        • Public Relations (B.A.)
    • English
      • English Education (B.S.)
      • English
        • Literature (B.A.)
        • Writing and Speaking (B.A.)
      • Language Arts Education (B.S.)
    • English as a Second Language
      • English as a Second Language (A.S.)
    • History
      • History (B.A.)
      • History Education (B.S.)
    • Institutional Development
      • Institutional Development (B.S.)
    • International Studies
      • International Studies (B.A., B.S.)
    • Modern Languages
      • French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and other modern languages are offered in cooperation with Adventist Colleges Abroad.
    • Social Science
      • Social Science (B.A.)
      • Social Science Education (B.S.)
    • Nursing
      • Nursing (B.S.N.)
    • Physician Assistant Studies
      • Physician Assistant Studies
      • Undergraduate: Health Science/Pre-PA (B.S.)

        Master’s: Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
  • Religion
    • Religion (B.S.)?
    • Religious Education (B.S.)?
    • Theology (B.A.)?
    • Theology with Youth Ministries Minor (B.A.)
  • Science and Mathematics
    • Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.)
    • Biology (B.A., B.S.)
    • Biology Education (B.S.)
    • Chemistry (B.A.)
    • Chemistry
      • Biochemistry (B.S.)
      • General Chemistry (B.S.)
    • Chemistry Education (B.S.)
    • Engineering (A.S.)
    • Math (B.A., B.S.)
    • Math Education (B.S.)
    • Natural Science Education
      • Biology (B.S.)
      • Chemistry (B.S.)
      • Physics (B.S.)
    • Physics (B.A., B.S.)
    • Physics Education (B.S.)


Academic calendar 2012-2013

Fall Semester 2012

  • August 12-19 – Orientation
  • August 21 – Classes Begin
  • December 13 – Classes End

Spring Semester – 2013

  • January 6 – Orientation
  • January 7 – Classes Begin
  • May 1st – Classes End

Summer Semester – 2013

  • May 6 – Classes Begin
  • Classes end at different dates

Student life

For students living both on or off campus, participation in student activities is one of the many traits that sets Union apart from other colleges. Whether a sporting event, banquet, games or concert, there’s something to do at Union every Saturday night, and many times in between. In fact, surveys of Union students show twice the involvement in on-campus activities than the national average.

The Student Services office is the epicenter of this vibrant campus life, an intersection between the college administration and student government. The responsibilities of Student Services include overseeing varsity athletics, providing student health and counseling services, managing the residence halls, sponsoring Associated Student Body activities, ensuring student safety, and formulating and enforcing institutional policies.


These are the forms to be filled out to start the enrollment process. Follow the steps accordingly:


The non-immigrant visas are intended for citizens of other countries other than the U.S., and that are going to the U.S. temporarily. The visa placed in your passport when issued, allows you to travel to a U.S. port of entry (airport, for example) and request permission from an officer of Customs and Border Protection Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.

For information on obtaining a student visa please visit:



The steps for obtaining a student visa are:

  1. To be accepted academically and financially at Union College
  2. Receive the I-20 from Union College
  3. Schedule a personal interview through the Visa Information Service Department
  4. Pay the interview fee
  5. Pay the visa-processing fee
  6. Attend the interview with the following documents: I-20, DS-160 form online, passport valid for at least 6 months along with your old passport, original receipt of payment at Citibank’s visa application fee, a recent photo (taken within the last six months), 5x5cm (or 5x7cm), colored with white background, documents showing financial position to afford the trip and return to Brazil and that demonstrate the strong ties with the country of the person (e.g. working papers, declaration of income tax of individuals and legal entities, payroll checks, marriage / birth, proof of assets such as car, house or other property, or any other income such as rent, savings, etc..).
  7. Passports are usually returned between three and ten days after the date of the interview, via express delivery service, which is the system used by the Embassy and Consulates.
  8. Schedule airfare


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Being a student from the ESL programme at UC was the best thing I did for myself. I could learn not only English but I also found out that studying in a Christian College that keeps God’s commandments makes all the difference in life when you are living abroad. God is the only way no matter where you are and UC helped me to live that principal. I would do every single thing all over. I recommend UC. It’s still the college of my heart.” – Shirley Lima Vitorino



“I arrived at Union College on a wintery afternoon on Jan 13th 1997. Little did I know at age 17 that Lincoln, NE would become my home for the next 6 years. I was recruited by one of Union College’s International recruiters who flew down to my high school in Brazil trying to recruit students for Union’s ESL (English as a Second Language) program. My goal was just to spend one year in the US to learn English and then come back home to Brazil. However, my goal didn’t go as planned. After spending one year at a foreign country, with a different culture, costumes, environment, language and people, I felt in love with Union College. Since I was still not able to communicate well on that first year I was captivated by people’s warmth, care and love. The teachers, the staff and the people in that community did everything to make us, international students, feel like home.

I graduated in 2002 with a Business administration degree and stayed in the local community for another 2 years after graduation while my wife was working on her degree. I know Union College, in Lincoln Nebraska doest have much to offer compared to the other SDA coastal schools when it comes to entertainment. However, what they do have to offer is an intangible quality that can’t be expressed with words, but must be felt. And after 15 years, I still keep in touch with many of my colleagues and teachers and I do go back to visit them at least once per year. At Union you will have the ability to further develop the set of skills you will need to face the real world, and the ethics behind the education they have to offer is what will give you an edge as you step out into a world full of possibilities.” – Clayton Gonçalves


“In the blink of an eye, my two years at Union College at Lincoln, NE have came to a close. I can’t express how quickly these years have gone by and how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to learn English from such an amazing Christian College. The values and knowledge learned of Union College, specifically the ESL (English as a Second Language Program) has seriously altered the course of my life. From the people in my life to the amazing opportunities that have been given to me I cannot explain how truly grateful I am to have experienced Union College. Education is such an important issue and I am ecstatic to inspire students to reach for opportunities they never knew were possible.” – Marcos Costa


“The English as Second Language Program at Union College made the opportunity to learn English and reach my educational aspirations possible. I was amazed by the ethnic diversity of my classmates and for my teachers’ great instruction and dedication. It was a wonderful experience and I was able to make really good friends!!!” – Leonardo Rocha


















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1. How much do I have to pay in advance, before arriving at Union College?

As an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) student you will be required to make a USD$5000 (5000) advanced payment where USD$4000 (4000) will be applied to your student account immediately and USD$1000 (1000) will be applied to your account upon completion or withdrawal.

2. How much will I spend in books?

Most students spend an average of USD$500 (500) per semester but you don’t have to pay directly to Union College. You can buy your books anywhere.

3. If my parents work for the SDA Church and I qualify for educational allowance, can Union College bill direct to the Conference?

Yes. Union College will bill the specific Conference to receive the payment for educational allowance.

4. Are there any scholarships for EAP students?

Unfortunately since the pricing for EAP is reduced there are no scholarships.

5. Are there any scholarships for undergraduate students?

Yes, students can receive scholarships based on GPA (grade point average) being able to receive up to USD$11,000/year (11000). Students can also qualify for a church matching and literature evangelism matching.

6. Can the residence halls provide any bedding in case I don’t bring any?

Yes, upon request the residence halls at Union College will provide the following bedding items for a fee of USD$75 (75):

  • mattress cover
  • linens
  • comforter
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • hangers
  • towel
  • quarters for laundry
  • pillow

7. Does Union College provide free internet and TV cable access?

Yes, internet and cable, with 50 channels, are included.

8. Does Union College have a health club? How much does it cost per month?

Yes. It doesn’t cost anything since the health club fee is already incorporated in the school fees.

9. At the Student Dining, how many meals do I get per week?

Meals are weighted and it all depends on the student but usually 2 meals per day are covered.

10. Does Union College provide an airport pick up service?

Yes. As long as UC is notified in advanced somebody from Union College will pick you up for free at the airport.

11. Is there family housing in case I decide to bring my family?

Yes, there are several apartments including nice new apartments with washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator, internet and cable. Prices range from USD$375 (375) to USD$860 (860) per month depending on size, amenities and location.

12. If I don’t know any English, can I attend Union College?

Unfortunately at this time only intermediate and advanced level students are accepted into the EAP program. Intermediate students have to score the equivalent to 475 on the Toefl (PBT).

13. What kind of social activities are offered at Union College?

There are many activities during the week and weekend. For example: worships, chapel, vespers, ASB activities, club activities, Saturday night special events including free food, etc.

14. Are all the students at Union College Seventh-day Adventist? Do I have to be SDA to enroll at Union College?

Currently almost 90% of the students are affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church however as long as you agree to a Seventh-day Adventist lifestyle you will be accepted at Union College.

15. Are there a lot of international students on campus?

At the moment international students are part of 10% of the student body.

16. Can I work on campus?

Upon approval international students on a student visa are allowed to work up to 20 hours/week during the academic calendar and up to 40 hours/week during vacation time.

17. In case I’m approved to work on campus and find a job, how much should I expect to earn?

Students start earning USD$7.5 (7.5) per hour and the best-paid jobs are usually found to be in Custodial.