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Union at a Glance

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York was founded as a Presbyterian seminary in 1836 and established in lower Manhattan. In 1892, the Seminary became non-denominational, and continues as the oldest independent, non-denominational seminary in the U.S. In 1910, Union took occupancy of the newly constructed buildings where the Seminary still stands in Morningside Heights, between Broadway and Claremont Avenues, and 120th and 122nd Streets, along with McGiffert Hall, the adjacent residence building.


Faculty, Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers 50
Artists and Scholars in Residence 4
Faculty books published 2010 - 11 3
Areas of Expertise Biblical studies, theology & the arts, systematic theology, church history, social ethics, psychology & religion, empire-critical theology, liberation theology, womanist and feminist theology, theology of religion.


Total living graduates 5, 477
United States 5,128
International 349
Union alumni/ae participation in fundraising 29.5%, versus 11.6% at other schools of higher education nationwide.

Vocation Pursuits after Graduation

    • Church Ministry
    • Denominational leadership (local, national and international)
    • Chaplaincy in hospitals, hospices, prisons, and higher education settings
    • Lay leadership and liturgical planning in churches
    • Psychotherapy and pastoral counseling
    • Academic professorship and administration
    • Religious education and teaching in K-12 institutes
    • Leadership in social service and advocacy organizations
    • Business, law, medicine and journalism


Union’s academic excellence coupled with its focus on social justice attracts a student body that excels in scholarship and is rich in diversity.


Total Candidates for All Degrees 254
Master of Divinity (including M.Div. and M.S.S.W.) 145
Master of Arts 40
Master of Sacred Theology 13
Doctor of Philosophy 47
Non-degree 9
Enrolled from other schools 18
Auditor and Visiting Scholars 17
Total number of registered 289


International (including Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, and South Korea) 10
African American 51
Asian American 9
Caucasian 162
Latino/a 11
Multiracial 8
Unknown 3


20 - 24 34
25 - 29 65
30 - 34 57
35 - 39 24
40 - 49 36
50 - 64 36
65 + 2


Male 115
Female 139

Religious Affiliation

44 Different Denominations/Religious Affiliations

African Methodist Episcopal/Zion 2
Baptist 24
Christian/Church of Christ 5
Christian Scientist 1
Disciples of Christ 3
Episcopal/Anglican 22
Friends (Quakers)/Brethren/Mennonite 7
Hindu 1
Jewish 4
Lutheran 12
Methodist 20
Metropolitan Community Church 2
Non-denominational 14
Orthodox 6
Other 12
Pentecostal/Apostolic/Assemblies of God/Church of God/Four-Square 10
Presbyterian 18
Reformed Church in America 3
Roman Catholic 17
Unitarian Universalist 25
United Church of Christ 15
Undeclared or Unaffiliated 31

Areas of Interest

Union Students serve in over 90 social agencies and faith communities in New York City, including prison and church ministry, teaching, justice work and more.

Student Organizations

There are 22 student organizations, including Peace & Justice, LGBTQ, Ecology, Reproductive Justice, Interfaith, Arts, Black, Latina/o, Sports, Women. Read More>>

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York admits students, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, transgender/gender non-conforming, religious affiliation, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability, to all the rights, privileges, and programs generally accorded or made available to students at the Seminary. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of these in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, or other programs administered by the Seminary.

Burke Library

The Burke Library, which is the largest theological library in the western hemisphere, contains rich collections for theological study and research. With holdings of over 700,000 items, the Library is recognized as one of the premier libraries in its field and includes extensive holdings of unique and special materials. Read More>>

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