Ramée’s final design has an immense courtyard, open toward the west. In the center is a domed Pantheon-like building. At the eastern end is the President’s House, connected by a semicircular arcade to two identical buildings. At the western end of the court are North and South Colleges, where professors and students lived and dined together. The whole is surrounded by a series of formal gardens with many paths leading to woodland areas and informal gardens.
Art historian Louis Reau, author of L'Arte Francais aux Etats Unis, classified Ramée’s work for Union College (along with New York’s City Hall and the 1791 L'Enfant plan for the future of Washington, D.C.), as among the finest work by French architects and city planners in America.