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UNE Facts


  • studentslawnTotal 12-month student enrollment at the University of New England for the 2012-2013 Academic Year was 9,681, which includes all degree and non-degree seeking, full-time and part-time, and online students.

    That includes 5,834 undergraduate students; 2,751 graduate students; and 1,067 professional students in D.O., Pharm.D., and D.P.T. programs.

  • U.S. News & World Report  has recognized UNE as one of the top tier universities in the North that offer “a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs."  Additionally, the College of Osteopathic Medicine is recognized for its educational excellence in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and rural medicine.

  • UNE educates more Maine students in the health professions than any other institution in the state.

  • The University of New England includes Maine's only:

    • Master of science-physician assistant program.

    • Master of science-nurse anesthesia program

  • UNE's College of Osteopathic Medicine:

    • medicine2More than 60% of its graduates practice in primary care disciplines (Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics & Gynecology).

    • State of Maine:  10% of practicing physicians are UNECOM graduates, comprising 15% of Maine’s primary care physician workforce.

    • 25% of UNECOM graduates practicing in Maine serve in rural areas.

    • New England:  17% of UNECOM graduates are practicing in medically underserved areas.

  • The UNE College of Dental Medicine, which will enroll its first class in Fall 2013, is the only college of dental medicine in Northern New England.

Economic Impact

  • totalimpact2UNE in 2012-13 was the 26th largest employer in Maine and the 7th largest employer in York County, employing a total of 1,059 people. From 2009 to 2012, UNE added 179 new jobs, a 20.3 percent increase.

  • UNE’s total economic impact on Maine in 2012-13 was $738 million.

    • UNE has an operating budget of  $145 million a year and a quarter century of continuous growth.

    • UNE's total purchases from Maine vendors was $31.9 million.

    • UNE provides $133 million in income to Maine households.

    • UNE student spending in Maine drives $33 million in sales per year to Maine businesses. Over 15,000 visitors to UNE each year generate $11.5 million in sales for local businesses.

    • 1,039 UNE students provided 370,000 clinical hours of care to Mainers in 2011-12 valued at $21.2 million.
  • The University receives grants from a number of prestigious national sources including NASA, National Science Foundation, US Department of Health and Human Services,  the National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • neuro-edit_3In FY11-12 the University brought in at total $11.7 million of external funding for supported research and training projects. During the current FY12-13, the University has received the largest grant in its history, a $10 million award from the National Institutes of Health to establish the UNE Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function.

  • In 2010, the University received the largest foundation gift in its history, a commitment from the Harold Alfond Foundation of $10 million to create the  $20 million state-of-the-art Harold Alfond Forum, which opened fall 2012 on the University of Biddeford Campus, combined with an investment in interprofessional healthcare workforce education.

  • From 2007-2012, the University raised more than $37,410,000 in philanthropic giving.

Environmental, Community, Cultural Impact

  • conservationThe University has preserved 190 acres of university land, including 38 vernal pools, with conservation easements in perpetuity. This conserved area continues to serve as a natural laboratory for UNE researchers and science and environmental studies classes, as well as benefitting the community as a whole.

  • UNE students, faculty and staff contribute thousands of hours of community service each year through the volunteer work and service learning.

  • About 40 medical students each year volunteer hundreds of hours at the Biddeford Free Clinic.

  • The University contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of the community through dozens of events and programs each year open to the community.

  • dh2tThe Dental Hygiene Clinic, a learning laboratory for students in the Dental Hygiene Program at the Westbrook College Campus in Portland, provides low-cost oral health services to more than 5,000 Portland-area residents each year.

  • It is estimated that in FY 2013, UNE students volunteered approximatedly 10,000 hours of community service to more than 150 community agencies, organizations and many schools in a multitude of school districts. Many of these hours were  part of the University's senior-year Core Curriculum Citizenship Seminar requirement.

  • The Maine Women Writers Collection, Abplanalp Library, Westbrook College Campus of the University of New England, is a pre-eminent special collection of published and non-published literary, cultural and social history sources, by and about women authors, either native or residents of Maine. The Maine Women Writers Collection was dedicated as a national Literary Landmark on June 20, 1998, by the Friends of Libraries USA.

  • The UNE Art Gallery on the Portland Campus and the Campus Center on the Biddeford Campus host a series of art exhibitions and programs throughout the year.

  • cgh2The Center for Global Humanities sponsors a series of public lectures by internationally renowned scholars and authors throughout the academic year. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Services holds public diversity events thoughout the academic year, as well as a number of events in January commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.  The College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum also hosts a series of lectures featuring national and international scholars that are open to the public. Many other colleges and departments, such as the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, the Marine Science Center and College of Pharmacy, also welcome the public to their many events and programs.