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Student Support Services

The Office of Student Support Services offers personal and friendly services that are designed to meet your ever changing collegiate needs. 

These services are offered free of charge to all Student Support Services students and are designed to support all their academic needs, allowing them to thrive both personally and academically.

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

We offer personal, career, and academic counseling in addition to tutoring and Supplemental Instruction via the Academic Resource Center. 

Union College Experience

The Union College Experience (UCE) is a required course for incoming freshmen that provides students with the opportunity to adjust to the college environment, meet faculty and staff, as well as bond with their freshmen cohort before upper classmen return to campus and traditional courses begin. UCE begins with a two-week period before school starts and continues throughout the fall semester with weekly class sessions, advising, and mentoring. The goal of UCE is not only to give freshmen the chance to adjust to a new environment, but also to the boost the school’s retention rate and increase the number of college graduates in the region. Another goal of UCE is to provide assistance to low-income, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities.


“The Union College Experience is all about new freshmen. We identified a need to help our new students, many of them first generation, acclimate to campus life and college work before the semester begins. With UCE, they gain confidence and a sense of ownership to their education goals, and they come to understand their responsibilities as members of a community of learners.” – Dr. Marcia Hawkins, President Union College.

The Office of Career Planning and Placement

The Office of Career Planning and Placement supports efforts of career planning, job searches, internships, graduate school preparation, resumes, cover letters, etiquette, and all other career necessities.

 **Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program. The grant is made possible by the United States Department of Education. The SSS program at Union College serves students who are first-generation, low-income, disabled, or a combination of the three. 

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Ms. Danae Phillips
Coor Career Plan/SSS Counselor
Ms. Stephanie Smith
Associate Dean of Student Success
Mrs. Kristie Warren
Education and Retention Specialist