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Why Union?

Why Union

In 1836, nine Presbyterian ministers unanimously decided to establish an urban seminary in the midst of what they recognized as “the greatest and most growing community in America.” Such a bold step was the first of many intrepid moves that characterize Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

Union has never been seminary as usual.

Since our founding, a prolific legacy of scholarship has sprung forth. Union students are imaginative, outside-the-box thinkers who are committed and compassionate. They come to New York City for an education from renowned faculty here at Union and at our partner institutions, including Columbia University, JTS, Manhattan School of Music, Fordham, and Drew Theological School.

Union students come here to wrestle, to discern, and to transform our world. Faithful, entrepreneurial, and justice-minded, at Union we grapple with the complex issues of our day—not just in our classrooms, but outside these walls, too. We let our feet pray on Wall Street, down 125th Street in Harlem, in Ferguson, MO, and on Staten Island. Whether in the classroom, in field education placements, or through the programming of our institutes and initiatives, we endeavor to demonstrate revolutionary love in all that we do.

This is where you come in. Consider yourself invited to partner with us as we continue to reimagine the work of justice in the church, in the academy, and in the world. Give our admissions office a call at 212-280-1556 or drop us an email at

We look forward to hearing from you!