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Union at a Glance

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York was founded as a Presbyterian seminary in 1836 and established in lower Manhattan. In 1892, the Seminary became non-denominational, and continues as the oldest independent, non-denominational seminary in the U.S. In 1910, Union took occupancy of the newly constructed buildings where the Seminary still stands in Morningside Heights, between Broadway and Claremont Avenues, and 120th and 122nd Streets, along with McGiffert Hall, the adjacent residence building.


Faculty, Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers 50
Artists and Scholars in Residence 4
Faculty books published 2010 - 11 3
Areas of Expertise Biblical studies, theology & the arts, systematic theology, church history, social ethics, psychology & religion, empire-critical theology, liberation theology, womanist and feminist theology, theology of religion.


Total living graduates 5, 477
United States 5,128
International 349
Union alumni/ae participation in fundraising 29.5%, versus 11.6% at other schools of higher education nationwide.

Vocation Pursuits after Graduation

    • Church Ministry
    • Denominational leadership (local, national and international)
    • Chaplaincy in hospitals, hospices, prisons, and higher education settings
    • Lay leadership and liturgical planning in churches
    • Psychotherapy and pastoral counseling
    • Academic professorship and administration
    • Religious education and teaching in K-12 institutes
    • Leadership in social service and advocacy organizations
    • Business, law, medicine and journalism


Union’s academic excellence coupled with its focus on social justice attracts a student body that excels in scholarship and is rich in diversity.


Total Candidates for All Degrees 231
Master of Divinity (including M.Div. and M.S.S.W.) 138
Master of Arts 48
Master of Sacred Theology 9
Doctor of Philosophy 36
Non-degree 4
Enrolled from other schools 34
Auditor and Visiting Scholars 18
Total number of registered 287


International (including Canada, Egypt, Ghana, India, Japan, Nepal, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) 11
African American 53
Asian American 12
Caucasian 125
Latino/a 23
Multiracial 8


20 - 24 42
25 - 29 53
30 - 34 40
35 - 39 35
40 - 49 27
50 - 64 34
65 + 4


Male 137
Female 150

Religious Affiliation

44 Different Denominations/Religious Affiliations

African Methodist Episcopal Zion 2
Assoc. Vineyard  Churches 1
Baptist 20
Buddhist 2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ 3
Christian Scientist 1
Church of the Nazarene 1
Disciples of Christ 1
Episcopal Church 33
Friends (Quakers)/Brethren/Mennonite 4
Hindu 1
Interdenominational/Multidenominational 5
Jewish 2
Lutheran 9
Methodist 17
Non-denominational 18
Orthodox (Coptic, Eastern, Greek, Russian) 3
Other 10
Pagan 1
Pentecostal/Apostolic/Assemblies of God/Church of God/Four-Square 9
Presbyterian 18
Reformed Church in America 1
Roman Catholic 14
Seventh Day Adventist 1
Unitarian Universalist 23
United Church of Christ 15
Undeclared or Unaffiliated 20

Areas of Interest

Union Students serve in over 90 social agencies and faith communities in New York City, including prison and church ministry, teaching, justice work and more.

Student Organizations

There are 22 student organizations, including Peace & Justice, LGBTQ, Ecology, Reproductive Justice, Interfaith, Arts, Black, Latina/o, Sports, Women. Read More>>

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York admits students, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, transgender/gender non-conforming, religious affiliation, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability, to all the rights, privileges, and programs generally accorded or made available to students at the Seminary. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of these in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, or other programs administered by the Seminary.

Burke Library

The Burke Library, which is the largest theological library in the western hemisphere, contains rich collections for theological study and research. With holdings of over 700,000 items, the Library is recognized as one of the premier libraries in its field and includes extensive holdings of unique and special materials. Read More>>

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