By Jill Radwin
Accepted students for the class of 2015 have until May 1 to commit to joining the Union community.
According to Vice President for Admissions, Matt Malatesta, Union anticipates a class of about 575 students, 230 of which have already committed by applying early decision. The target class size would be slightly larger than in past years. This year is the second time in Union’s history that the applicant pool exceeded 5,000 with 5,064 students applying for a spot in the freshman class.
Union’s campus is open for tours Monday through Saturday. The college has also hosted four Admitted Students Days this term to give accepted students a taste of what Union has to offer. The first Accepted Students Day on April 8 brought about 200 students to campus.
[pullquote]The Wold Center is obviously a beautiful building, which provides a nice ‘wow’ factor to our recruitment efforts. It highlights some great examples of the cross-disciplinary work that happens at Union… I’m hopeful it will encourage more students to consider and choose Union.
Matt Malatesta ‘91 Vice President for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment[/pullquote]
This past Saturday kicked off the Represent U weekend in which multicultural students were invited to stay overnight with host students. Accepted students had dinner together in the evening and were invited to attend a party in Old Chapel at night.
Those accepted into the Union Scholar’s program were also invited to visit Sunday through Monday. Sunday’s activities featured student and faculty panels, as well as dinner with alumni, student leaders, and the Admissions staff in College Park Hall.
“The goal is for the accepted students have an opportunity to speak with current students and alumni to really get a sense of the Union College experience,” said Assistant Dean of Admissions Aaron Ray.
In addition to the panels, Admissions featured a “Union’s Got Talent” competition between groups on campus. The evening continued with Minerva events and the campus movie in Reamer Auditorium. Monday attracted the highest number of visiting accepted students for the final Open House of the term.
Students who join the class of 2015 will benefit from increased building space on campus with the completion of the Peter Irving Wold Center as well as renovations to the Social Sciences building, which will be renamed Lippman Hall.
The renovated building will feature “smart classrooms” for professors to teach using a variety of different media. In addition, the Center for Neuroscience will move to the third floor of Butterfield Hall and will offer five research laboratories and other department space.