Union Institute and University Online

Established in 1964, Union Institute and University was originally known as the Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education (UREHE). A consortium of 10 liberal arts colleges, UREHE sought to provide alternative higher education opportunities to adult learners. In 2001, the school changed its name to Union Institute and University to coincide with an expansion in their increased course and degree offerings. Today, the school serves more than 2,000 students a year across the globe.

Union has 400 full-time and part-time faculty with a wealth of experience to share with their students. With more than four decades of experience in distance and alternative education, Union Institute and University is a leader when it comes to offering quality, interactive, and collaborative online programs. In addition, physical learning centers are located in Brattleboro and Montpelier, Vt., Cincinnati, Ohio, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Calif., and Miami, Fla.

Programs Offered

Bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and continuing education courses are all offered through Union Institute and University Online. Students across the globe have the opportunity to study subjects such as education, health and wellness, history, literature, leadership, and psychology. Continuing education courses are also available in areas such as health services, education, and mental health. All of Union’s programs are designed with ultimate flexibility in mind. Working adults and busy parents can work around their personal schedules and still pursue their goals of further education. Students interested in blended learning programs will also find options through Union’s low-residency programs.


Union Institute and University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and nationally accredited the Higher Learning Commission. Both of these agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This status allows eligible students enrolling at Union to apply for federal financial aid.


Union Institute and University has an open admissions policy. Students can submit their applications online as long as they have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED). Incoming students may be eligible to receive credit for previous college coursework or based on their performance on assessments such at the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Admissions counselors are available via phone and email to answer questions about the application process and your financial aid eligibility.

Admissions Contact

Union Institute and University Online
Admissions Office
440 East McMillen Street
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45206

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