Welcome Fall 2021 Admits!
Now that you have been admitted, you can accept your offer by submitting your non-refundable $250 enrollment deposit.
When we have received your deposit, you will be assigned a University ID (UNI) and Union Theological Seminary email address. These two important credentials will provide you access to key university services and allow you to move forward in the enrollment process. You can expect to receive this approximately two weeks after your deposit is submitted.
Consider one of the following options:
- Contact the Admissions Office to be matched with a current student or alum in your area
- Explore student life at Union and learn more about our Student Senate and Caucus
- Learn more about life after Union, by checking out our Alumni Profiles
Upcoming Events for Admitted Students
In light of evolving information about COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, our in-person Admitted Student Day event will be replaced it with several virtual options. All upcoming events will be listed below. If you can’t attend the live stream, webinars will be recorded and available for viewing on this site.
Tuesday, March 23
Buddhism & Interreligious Engagement at Union | 2:30 – 3:30 pm EST
BIE students are invited to meet Kosen Gregory Snyder, Senior Director and Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies, and Peace Twesigye, Program Manager for Buddhist Studies to learn what you can expect from the program and how to prepare.
Dharma and Justice: Vow To Not Burn Out | 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST
Join us for this last conversation in the Dharma and Justice Dialogues for this academic year with Mushim Ikeda and Rev. Kosen Greg Snyder on Tuesday, . In this conversation, Mushim Ikeda and Rev. Kosen Greg Snyder will explore the questions: How many of us who have devoted ourselves to the liberation of all beings are on a path toward burnout? How do we not fall into cynicism and despair? By what means do we maintain the energy for our own spiritual lives?
Wednesday, March 24
Knowledge & Nourishment: The Diverse Experience of Women in Sacred Spaces | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Union President Serene Jones will be joined by Dean of EDS at Union Kelly Brown Douglas, and nationally-recognized human-rights activist and public theologian Ruby Nell Sales. In this conversation, they will discuss the challenges and celebrations present in both the multiple and universal experiences of women in the church.
EDS at Union | 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST
Anglican students are invited to meet EDS’s Dean, Kelly Brown Douglas and EDS’s Executive Director, Miguel Escobar and learn what you can expect and how to prepare for EDS at Union.
Affording the Call: Funding My Education | 2:30 – 3:30 pm EST
Meet our Director of Financial Aid, Melissa Desravines, and learn how to prepare financially for graduate study. We will also explain the nuts and bolts of financial aid at Union.
Against the Hounds of Hell: A Life of Howard Thurman | 6:00 pm EST
A virtual book launch for Against the Hounds of Hell: A Life of Howard Thurman (UVA Press, 2021). Join Dr. Sarah Azaransky and author Peter Eisenstadt in conversation with Union’s Dean Kelly Brown Douglas and Dr. Timothy Adkins-Jones as they explore the life and work of the great Howard Thurman. The event will probe the intersections of black theology, innovative liturgy, and social justice.
Thursday, March 25
Affording the Call: Making It Work | 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST
Meet some current Union students as they share their diverse journeys to and through Union. Hear about the tips and tricks that have helped them to make it work.
Writing Center/Burke Library | 2:30 – 3:30 pm EST
Meet the Director of The Writing Center, Dr. Amy Meverden and The Burke Library’s Public Services Librarian, Carolyn Bratnober to learn about the services and resources that will help you excel at Union.
Social Justice Social | 5:00 – 6:00 pm EST
Join us for a social hour on Instagram Live. DJ D’mascus will be spinning some tunes and you never know who might pop in.
EDS Spanish Language Film Screening | 6:30 pm EST
Inscríbanse hoy por este evento de EDS at Union, El legado de monseñor Óscar Romero. Este evento incluirá selecciones del documental El último viaje de Óscar Romero seguida por una conversación con el Revdo. Dr. Luis Barrios, Dra. Sandra Montes, y el Revdo. Canónigo Victor Conrado sobre la importancia, el impacto, y el legado de monseñor Romero para la iglesia y mundo de hoy.
Register today for this Spanish-language event from EDS at Union on the legacy of Oscar Romero. This event will include selections from the documentary The Last Journey of Monseñor Romero, followed by a conversation with the Rev. Dr. Luis Barrios, Dr. Sandra Montes, and the Rev. Canon Victor Conrado on the importance, impact, and legacy of Romero on the church and world today.
Friday, March 26
Union Faculty Panel | 10:30 – 11:30 am EST
Join us for a Live panel event with Union faculty and staff members, Dr. John Thatamanil, Associate Professor of Theology and World Religions, Dr. Julia Kelto Lillis, Assistant Professor of Early Church History, and Rev. Dr. Timothy Levi Adkins-Jones, Assistant Professor of Homiletics.
Housing at Union | 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST
Worried about moving to New York City? Learn more about the below-market housing options available at Union, as well as support available to our residential and commuter students.
Saturday, March 27
Union Community Roundtables | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm EST
Join us to have the opportunity to meet and engage with Union Alumni/ae from 11:00 am to 11:45 am. Following the Alumni’ae meet and greet, from 12:00 – 12:45 pm current Union students will join the conversation to help you learn more about the many student caucuses and activities on campus.
Tuesday, March 30
NEXT STEPS: Admissions Q&A | 6:00 pm EST
Still have questions? Join the Admissions team as we take you questions during a live 60 min virtual office hour.
This a great opportunity for MDiv students to learn more about the required Field Education program and vocation opportunities, such as chaplaincy, church ministry or nonprofit leadership. Registration coming soon!
Both merit and need-based scholarships are available to new and continuing full-time students enrolled in a qualifying degree program. Over 90% of Union students receive some form of financial assistance, with the average award covering 50% of tuition or more. Please refer to your Funding Letter for more information about your award.
To be considered for financial aid, you will be required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or via the myStudentAid app on IOS or Android. Please use G02890 as your school code.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees at Union are determined based on your degree program and whether you are enrolled in full or part-time study. View Union’s tuition and fee schedule for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. We will be posting 2021 – 2022 tuition and fees shortly, we do not anticipate many changes for the upcoming year.
Estimated Cost of Attendance
The expenses of individual students will vary considerably. Below provides a reasonable picture of a student’s fixed and discretionary costs for MDiv, MA, and STM degrees, and will be used as the standard for financial aid purposes at Union. Please click here for a more detailed breakdown of Union’s Tuition and Fees.
|Student Activity Fee||$200|
|Health Program Fee||$1,220|
|Books and Supplies||$1,600|
Federal Financial Aid & Student Loans
The following Federal Financial Aid programs are available at Union
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Offer up to $20,500 of funding per academic year. Amounts borrowed are subject to interest and a loan origination fee. You are not required to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this program. This program is subject to a $138,000 lifetime borrowing limit
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans: Pay for expenses not covered by other financial aid. Graduate PLUS loans typically carry a higher interest rate than other federal loan programs and you must not have an adverse credit history (a credit check will be conducted). You are not required to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this program. You can borrow up to the full cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received.
Federal Work-Study: Union has a limited number of part-time on-campus and off-campus jobs available under the federal work-study program. This is a form of financial aid that does not need to be paid back.
Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit, review the following pages to learn how to prepare for the start of classes.
- Login to your Union Gmail and check it frequently, as all Getting Started forms and instructions will be sent here. You can expect to receive your log-in credentials approximately two weeks after your deposit is submitted.
- International Students should review the following page to learn more about the F-1 visa process.
- Complete all required Action Items before you arrive of campus for Union Orientation.