Union has more than 100 campus clubs, including performance and arts clubs; cultural groups; the student newspaper, Concordiensis, and radio station, WRUC; sports clubs; 10 residential Greek organizations; 13 theme houses (from cooking to sustainability to technology); academic societies; and service and political interest groups. Cultural events include concerts, theater, dance, film and exhibits. Union’s comprehensive athletics program offers 26 varsity intercollegiate sports, organized intramurals, club sports, and recreational and fitness activities. Union is a member of the NCAA, Liberty League and ECAC Hockey. Men's and women's ice hockey compete in NCAA Division I programs; other teams are Division III. Union triumphed in the Frozen Four to capture the national hockey title in 2014.
The first planned campus in America, Union was designed by noted French architect Joseph Ramée and includes the 16-sided Nott Memorial, a historic landmark, and Jackson's Garden, a certified natural wildlife habitat. Union is located on 130 acres in the revitalized city of Schenectady, part of Upstate New York's Capital Region. Along with Albany and Troy, Schenectady is among "The 20 Best Small Cities for College Students" (as reported by The Huffington Post). Steps from campus, the city has a mix of shops, restaurants, the Sunday greenmarket, movies, professional theater and more. The region's rich cultural heritage and thriving high-tech industry offer opportunities for student/faculty research, internships and jobs. A 15-minute drive from Albany International Airport, Union is within easy reach of New York City and Boston (three hours), Montreal (four hours), and rural and wilderness areas, including the Adirondack Mountains (one-to-two hours).