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Union University

About Union

About Union

Union University At A Glance

A private, Christian, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts-based university offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

Founded in 1823, Union is the oldest institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Located in Jackson, Tennessee, Union is approximately 80 miles east of Memphis and 120 miles west of Nashville. Union also has extension campuses in Memphis and Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Our Mission: Union University provides Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.

Accreditation Details

Major Recognitions

In recent years, Union has been ranked by:

  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance as one of the nation's top private colleges and universities for academic quality and affordability.
  • Princeton Review among the top schools in the Southeast.
  • U.S. News and World Report as a "top tier" national university
  • as top 5 Best College Dorms in the nation
  • College Choice as one of the Best Colleges in the South
  • College Factual as among the top 5% Best Value for the Money colleges in the nation
2021 Niche Best Colleges
Best Universities of the South
Best Value (with aid)

Alumni Success Stories

Brett Botta

"I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am today without my time at Union. It's not only the coursework and learning, but what I credit so much of it to is the relationships built while at Union, both with professors and with other students at the time."

Brett Botta ('13)
Sport management graduate
Director of the Dean E. Smith Center at the University of North Carolina

Mattanah DeWitt

"Union was definitely the best place for me to grow as a Christ-follower, a confident woman and an academic scholar before being placed in a pressure-filled environment."

Mattanah DeWitt ('19)
Media and Communications Program Coordinator, Passages

Jeremiah Murila

"Union gave me a place to call home when I was far from home and to go during holidays when my family was far away."

Jeremiah Murila ('16)
Architectural Engineering Designer, H&M Construction Co.

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Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Union University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (

The University also has the following discipline-specific accreditation: