Early College Programs

What are the Early College programs UNE offers over the summer?

Every summer, UNE offers high school juniors and seniors from across the country the opportunity to earn 3 college credits in two or three weeks by studying a field that interests them. As an Early College student, you may live in a dorm or commute from home during your course of study. Each program includes exciting academic and recreational field trips. See the UNE Early College Program Brochure.

  • As an Early College Coastal Marine Ecology student, you get an overview of the Marine Sciences and Environmental Studies, work in a state-of-the-art research facility, and study marine ecosystems in the lab and in the field.
  • As an Early College Neuroscience student, you learn from top UNE neuroscientists who open up their laboratories and provide lectures in this highly competitive program. You study such topics as cellular anatomy and function, drug effects and pharmacology, animal behavior, and philosophical implications of neuroscience research.
  • As an Early College Nature Writing in Maine student, you focus on writing poetry, as you refine your poetic style and build a writing portfolio with UNE English faculty and guest writers. Recent visiting writers included Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair and Director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Joshua Bodwell.
  • As an Early College Pre-Law/Trial Advocacy student, you enroll in a unique pre-law program that introduces the American legal system through the study of case law and through the use of a mock trial. You take on roles of attorneys and witnesses and present your case in front of practicing attorneys.
  • As an Early College Discrete Mathematics & Game Theory student, you will learn the fundamentals of Graph Theory through real-world applications of networks, and study both classical and combinatorial Game Theory through hands-on activities. Students will develop a final project around a topic of their choice involving the applications of discrete mathematics.
  • As an Early College Outdoor Environmental Studies student, you will learn about nature by immersing yourself in the environment. You will study the ecology along with the environmental history, ethics and policy of the outdoors. Students learn how all of these topics are intertwined.