Focused Mission & Values

Mission Statement

To serve the academic needs of a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students in a dynamic, personal environment that promotes intellectual, spiritual, and physical enrichment of students, faculty, and staff and the economic growth and health of our Appalachian region.


Union College is a nationally known community of learners whose graduates are distinguished contributors to the well-being of the individual, the economy and the environment. 



We celebrate the unique gift each brings to our community and the successes of each person. We look for and recognize promise in others, in ourselves, in our region, and in the world.


We strive to do what is right. We promote integrity and collaboration by actively listening, sharing information, and being honest.


We take responsibility for our own success and failure and for our role as global citizens.


We advocate civility in all our interactions. We show respect for each other and hold ourselves and others accountable.

Lifelong Learning

We embrace the love of discovery and foster collaborative, connected, and active lifelong learning.


We promote leadership and service as civic responsibility. We strive to become servant-leaders. We honor and are active participants in the life of our home region and beyond.


We encourage the spiritual quest. We challenge each other to discover, intellectually articulate, and embrace a life-affirming spiritual faith and/or philosophy of life.

Timeline of Union's history

A timeline of Union College's history