The Union Institute & University (UI&U) is a non-profit private college that focuses on distance learning for busy adult learners. Its main campus is located in Cincinnati, Ohio but it maintains satellite campuses in Montpelier, Vermont; Brattleboro, Vermont; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles, California; and Sacramento, California.

UI&U traces its beginnings to 1964 with the creation of a consortium of 10 liberal arts colleges who banded together for the purpose of providing educational opportunities for nontraditional students whose educational needs were best served by distance learning. Eventually, however, problems in sourcing funds forced the consortium to declare bankruptcy and in 2001, it renamed itself Union Institute & University and started to operate as an independent private university.

Today, UI&U continues to pursue its noble goal of fulfilling the educational needs of adult learners. It offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Master of Education/Educational Specialist in various concentrations. It also offers a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology.

Its Online Learning Program allows students who are too far away or too busy with work to complete their degrees or pursue higher education. Degree programs offered online include Bachelor of Arts in 10 areas of concentration including teacher licensure; Master of Arts in 7 areas of concentration; and Master of Education which provides opportunities for career and personal advancement.

Tuition cost for Bachelor of Arts courses is US$5,508 per term and for Bachelor of Science, US$459 per credit hour. For the Master of Arts Online degree, tuition cost is US$8,215 per term and for the Master of Education Online degree, US$541 per credit hour. Financial aid is extended by way of grants, loans and work-study arrangements.