Why Choose UNE?

Academic Excellence

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Whether you're pursuing a graduate or professional degree in medicine, one of the allied health fields, the sciences, education, or any other discipline in which UNE specializes, you benefit from internationally renowned faculty, world-class facilities and innovative programs that utilize the latest instructional methods and technologies.

Our programs enjoy national reputations for excellence. 

Our College of Osteopathic Medicine — Maine's only medical school — is the leading provider of physicians practicing in the state. It has been cited by U.S. News & World Report for its national leadership in primary care training, geriatrics, rural medicine and family medicine.

Our College of Dental Medicine is the only dental school in Northern New England.

Our College of Pharmacy includes the only building in Maine devoted entirely to pharmacy study and research. 

And our graduate programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nurse Anesthesia and Physician Assistant have all been included by U.S. News among the best such programs in the nation.

by the Numbers

  • 800+

    Number of health care professionals UNE educates each year — more than any other college or university in Maine

  • 70+

    Undergraduate, graduate and professional programs

  • 90%

    Number of 2014 graduates* employed or accepted into graduate/ professional programs

* 85% of graduates responded to survey


A downtown city street

The southern Maine coast has a long history as a popular vacation destination. It's a beautiful, stimulating part of the country, where people are welcoming.

On our Biddeford Campus, you find 4,000 feet of ocean frontage. Whether you enjoy surfing, swimming, sunbathing or jogging along the shore, the ocean is never more than a short walk away.

On our Portland Campus, you find opportunities to explore a historic seaside city known for its bustling arts and entertainment offerings, scenic biking and walking trails, and stunning waterfront views. You are also only a two-hour drive from Boston, which makes for an ideal day-trip destination. Most important of all though, Greater Portland is one of Northern New England's most important centers of health care.

by the Numbers

  • 4,000

    Feet of ocean frontage on the Biddeford Campus

  • #14

    Portland - Biddeford
    Small Metros 
    Top 75 College Cities

    American Institute for Economic Research

  • #6

    Portland, Maine, ranking among the "Best Cities for Young Adults"

Return on Investment

Princeton Review's Best 380 CollegesThe University of New England has been included in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s Best 382 Colleges guide. This highly selective list includes only the top 15% of four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. UNE was selected based on its high-quality academic offerings, optimal locations in Maine and Morocco, competitive cost and size.

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Forbes magazine placed UNE in the top 650 American degree-granting institutions that provide the highest investment return — high honors considering there are approximately 4,500 colleges and universities in the nation. Forbes compiled the list based on  the "output" and "return on investment" each institution offers. 

Forbes’ acknowledgment of the value of a UNE degree follows similar recognition by PayScale, which ranks UNE #1 in 2014 student ROI among public and private colleges and universities in Maine and in the top 15% nationally. 


Money magazine badgeIn addition, UNE was named as one of the Best Colleges for Your Money by MONEY magazine. MONEY lists rank schools not on how difficult they are to get into but, rather, on the value of graduating from them. MONEY determined its rankings by giving equal weight to quality of education (including factors like graduation rates and instructor quality), affordability (by examining student debt and loan default rates), and outcomes (which takes into account graduates’ incomes).

by the Numbers

  • #1

    UNE 2014 ranking in 20-year student return on investment (ROI) among public and private colleges and universities in Maine according to PayScale. Nationally, UNE ranked in the top 15%.

  • #11

    In the nation for medical schools turning out the most graduates entering primary care residency programs, according to U.S. News & World Report

  • #2

    In the nation for alumni reporting high "Job Meaning," according to PayScale


Health Care for Today and Tomorrow

Dental students work on mannequins during a clinical simulation UNE is one of a handful of private universities in the United States with a comprehensive health education mission. Our innovative interprofessional approach provides integrated instruction for students preparing for careers in medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing and an array of allied health fields.

Through clinical simulations in our state-of-the-art labs, clinical experiences on campus and in leading health care facilities, and service-learning immersions that take you into medically underserved communities, you learn the intricacies of your discipline while coming to better understand how your work will combine with the work of other health professionals to meet your patients' needs.

by the Numbers

  • 27

    Number of health science programs

  • 76

    Number of patient simulators that allow you to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to realistic clinical situations

  • 32K+

    The number of annual patient care visits expected to be provided by College of Dental Medicine students in 2016-17


Students at work in a science labAt UNE you find some of the best resources in the nation for studying the health professions. Our facilities include the Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences, which offers a human gross anatomy lab for cadaveric and fresh tissue study; the Clinical Simulation Program; and the research resources in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A student reaching into a tank in the Marine Science Center

As a student in the marine sciences you benefit from our revolutionary Marine Science Center, which contains two flow-through teaching seawater labs, a third lab dedicated to aquaculture and marine biology research, and the Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Program, which has seal tanks and diagnostic and medical care labs.

If you're enrolled in one of UNE's online programs or are away from campus on a clinical rotation, you're supported by state-of-the art information technology and online library resources, including more than 80,000 online full-text journal titles and 375,000 electronic books.

by the Numbers

  • 190

    Number of acres UNE has set aside for conservation and education

  • 80K

    Number of online full-text journals available through UNE Library Services

  • 4

    Number of on-campus clinics dedicated to teaching and service

Clinical Experience

A medical student greets a patientUNE's graduate programs ensure that you gain extensive clinical experiences and research opportunities through the University's partnerships with health care facilities in the Greater Portland area, the New England region, and around the nation. As a result, you enter your field confident in your knowledge and ability to meet the challenges you will face.   


A student talks with a professor in front of a computer screenUNE fosters a culture of research and scholarship throughout our graduate programs, providing opportunities for you to work individually and side-by-side with faculty whether you're a student in the marine sciences, the biological sciences, the health professions, pharmaceutical science, or any of our other programs. From 2006 to 2014, external funding for research and scholarship at UNE has grown by more than 200%, so the opportunities to get involved are many. Recent graduate student projects have ranged from research on prostate cancer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, to computer-aided drug design, to the movement patterns of spiny dogfish using satellite tags.

by the Numbers

  • $14M

    Projected external funding for UNE research in FY 2014

  • 100+

    Number of students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2003 that have received competitive research fellowships

  • 146

    Number of UNE faculty and staff peer-reviewed publications in 2013 cited by the Scopus database; a 274% increase over 2003

Global Opportunities

A U N E student treats a young boy in GhanaAs a graduate student at UNE, you have a number of opportunities for short-term study abroad through our Global Education Program, such as two-week health care immersions in Ghana, summer exchanges for College of Pharmacy students at the University of Granada in Spain, and social work practice in the Caribbean.

by the Numbers

  • 3,000+

     Number of people that have received direct and/or related health care services through our Ghana Immersion

  • 148+

    Number of students that have participated in the Ghana Immersion Program including Nursing, PA, OT, PT, Pharmacy, Dental Hygiene, Social Work, Athletic Training, Medical Biology, Education, Osteopathic Medicine and Public Health students

  • 55

    Number of Global Humanities lectures from accomplished medical professionals and other scholars over the last five years who have interacted with students

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