I had never heard of Union University (UU) until I moved to West Tennessee. Once here, it still just remained, to me, one of the many schools in Tennessee for higher education. As we became more involved in the homeschool community, Union University often came up as the college where many of those students pursued their education after high school. On Friday, September 14, Union University is holding Homeschool Day at the U to share why it is one of the top choices of universities by homeschool students.
“We really wanted to do this because we felt like homeschoolers don’t really understand the huge opportunity Union provides students who want a top-ranked education in a safe, Christian environment,” said Greg Shawgo, who is a Union University Undergraduate Admissions Enrollment Counselor.
Just a few facts about Union University, which was founded in 1823:
- The Student body is less than 3,500 students.
- There are more than 100 programs of study.
- The ratio of student to faculty is 10:1.
- One hundred percent of the incoming freshman are financial aid recipients.
Another fact to consider is more than 80 percent of the faculty has earned the highest degree that is possible in their field.
Homeschool Day at the U is a full campus, all-day experience for high school, homeschooled students and their families. Everything will be provided and is free including the meals (ex: breakfast, lunch, etc.) for all families attending with their high school aged student.
“Everything being done is being organized with the homeschooler in mind,” said Shawgo. “The panel is comprised of homeschool students and faculty with extra faculty/staff being used in areas that seem to be important to the typical homeschool family.”
Students and their parents will also learn about the honors program, resident life and attend a chapel service, which is required by all enrolled UU students.
Enrollment counselors will also be available to answer questions about the various academic programs, admissions process and financial aid opportunities.
“Union is a school that is very friendly to the admissions process for homeschoolers. There aren’t any extra steps families have to jump through,” said Shawgo. “We have the same admissions requirement for a homeschooler and a public school student.”
Homeschool Day at the U Schedule
9 a.m. – Check-in and welcome in Grant Events Center
10 a.m. – Chapel
11 a.m. – Parent and student panel
12 p.m. – Lunch for the family and enrollment session
1 p.m. – Department visit
2 p.m. – Campus tour
3:15 p.m. – Wrap-up
“We are excited to welcome the homeschool community to the Union campus, as they continue to be an integral part of campus life at Union University,” said Shawgo.
If you have any questions, call (800) 33 UNION (86766) for more information.
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