At orientation you will:
- Meet with an academic advisor from your department and register for courses
- Have a three-day experience to prepare you for your college career
- Learn about University services
- Take placement exams (as needed)
- Make connections and socialize with other incoming UNE students, current UNE students, faculty and staff
- Become familiar with our beautiful, ocean-front campus
- Become immersed in the intellectual, social and cultural climate of UNE
- Learn what it means to be a Nor'easter!
UNE’s New Student Orientation provides the opportunity for you to prepare for the academic, social and personal aspects of university life. Orientation is mandatory for new undergraduate students.
TRADITIONAL FIRST YEAR/Transfer
- Dates to be announced
Trailblazer Pre-Orientation Programs
UNE Trailblazer Pre-Orientation Programs are designed to help new students become familiar with campus, make connections and receive relevant information about getting started in college. Our programs provide you with additional opportunities that extend off campus in the areas of community service, outdoor experiences and/or cultural emersion to give you a sense of place while having a lot of fun.
The programs are designed to run anywhere from two to four days prior to Traditional Orientation. Upon completion of the Trailblazer Pre-Orientation Program, students will seamlessly transition directly into Traditional On Campus Orientation where they will participate in academic advising and social activities. In addition, students will have opportunities to meet faculty, staff and current students, while connecting with other new incoming students, and will also receive course schedules for the fall semester.
*Trailblazer Pre-Orientation Programs come at an additional cost.
Trips in this category are designed for students who want to try outdoor adventures, but may not be interested in camping. Students will reside in Residence Halls, eat meals prepared by UNE dining services and enjoy all that our beautiful campus has to offer.
This four-day, three-night community service-based program will work primarily with Habitat for Humanity to connect students with the surrounding area and promote a culture of service right from the very beginning of their college experience.
This three-day, two-night community service program offers participants the opportunity to have a positive impact through projects that revolve around UNE’s coastal environment. Experience the rocky and rugged shores of Maine through service projects at local lighthouses, islands and beach reserves.
This three-day, two-night program is geared toward students interested in intercultural programs and diversity on campus, especially multicultural and LGBTQ issues. Join us for the opportunity to learn more about Biddeford’s cultural heritage and to explore Portland’s Old Port and Arts districts.
This is an entry-level, three-day, two-night adventure experiencing the best of the Biddeford Area. Students will spend their days with introductions to kayaking, hiking and a ropes course. No experience required, but students should be prepared to kayak and to hike a mile or more.
This entry-level, three-day, two-night sailing trip is designed to offer new students the opportunity to connect with peers while touring the scenic coast near UNE. Students will spend their days learning to sail from the UNE campus and discussing life at UNE over a campfire setting. Sailboats and all equipment are provided and no experience is necessary.
Trips in this category are designed for students who want to try outdoor adventures further afield. Students will reside in tents or semi-permanent structures, eat meals prepared by the group and professional guides and enjoy all that our beautiful region has to offer. Bathroom facilities will range from those with running hot and cold water to outhouse style accommodations.
This is a four-day, three-night outdoor learning experience partnering with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Students will be transported to the White Mountains to explore and experience all that the Pinkham Notch region has to offer. Waterfalls, rivers, hikes and more are accessible to students on this trip. Students will work together to prepare meals and carry out community chores. Students should be comfortable hiking and canoeing a mile or more, but no experience is required.
This is a three-day, two-night outdoor learning experience partnering with Rippleffect and focusing on life at UNE. Students will ride the ferry out to scenic Cow Island in historic Casco Bay, where they will spend two nights. During this trip, students will do some entry-level sea kayaking around Cow Island, ride the 400-foot zip line, climb on a climbing wall and enjoy the camaraderie of new friendships around campfires at night. Students will work together to prepare meals and carry out community chores. Students should be comfortable around water and in outdoor situations, but no experience is required.
Trips in this category are designed for students who want to experience outdoor adventures in remote settings. Students will reside in tents or semi permanent structures, eat meals prepared by the group and professional guides and enjoy all that our beautiful region has to offer. Bathroom facilities typically will be outhouse style accommodations.
Are you interested in meeting new friends on a true wilderness camping trip? If so, check out Trailblazer Wild Waters. This is a four- day, three-night outdoor learning experience partnering with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Students will paddle to island campsites, where they will spend the nights camping as a group. While camping, students will engage with their peers and enjoy the time spent outdoors canoeing, sleeping in tents and cooking meals on small camp stoves. Students should be comfortable around water, and some canoeing experience is recommended, though not required.
If you are a hiker, this is the trip for you. This is a four-day, three-night outdoor learning experience partnering with the Appalachian Mountain Club and focusing on life at UNE. Students will hike from campsite to campsite in the historic White Mountains. While camping, students will engage with their peers and enjoy the time spent outdoors, sleeping in tents and cooking meals on small camp stoves. Students should be comfortable hiking 3-5 miles a day over moderate terrain with a backpack. Experience is recommended though not required.
If you have any questions, please contact the Orientation Advisors at email@example.com or (207) 602-2885.
Your residential experience is an important aspect of the university experience, therefore UNE has a three-year residency requirement. If you are a deposited student, beginning on Experience UNE Days, you will have the opportunity to complete a Housing and Dining Service Application and Contract.
- Housing and Dining Contracts are due for full consideration by June 26, 2015
- Roommate Requests are accepted until June 26, 2015
- Housing Assignments will be available July 15, 2015
New students participating in January Orientation should contact the Office of Residential Education and Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 602-2272 for further information.
Important Housing Dates are helpful to have on hand over the summer and throughout the academic year so that you know when the halls open and close around holidays and breaks in the academic schedule.
Not sure what to pack in the fall? Check out this helpful list, and be sure to coordinate with your roommate so you don’t end up with duplicates!
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Residential Education and Housing at email@example.com or (207) 602-2272.
As a residential student, you are assigned a meal plan. The plan includes:
- A set number of meals per week in our dining hall
- Flexible spending dollars for on campus dining
- Nor'easter Dollars for select off campus restaurants in the area
If you like, you can change your meal plan at the beginning of the semester.
For more information about the dining facilities and details on meal plans and different options, please visit Dining Services.
As a new student, you are required by the State of Maine and UNE to complete and submit the following:
- Immunization Form
- Physical Form
- Health History Questionnaire
- A photocopy of your health insurance card
All of these are due by July 1 for Traditional First-Year Summer Orientation. If you have questions, or are participating in an Orientation after this deadline, please contact Student Health Services at (207) 602-2358 or visit their website.
As a UNE student, you are required to have health insurance. You have the option to:
- Purchase health insurance through UNE. ENROLL NOW!
- Waive the UNE plan, if you are already insured. CLICK HERE TO WAIVE.
Worried about getting around while on campus? Don’t be! The following options are available to you as a first-year student at UNE.
UNE offers two all-wheel-drive Zipcars that can be rented online by the hour. As a first-year residential student, over the age of 18 who opts not to bring a car to campus and become a Zipcar member, you receive an electronic gift card for free hours.
After you become a member, contact UNE Safety and Security for your free hours.
A select number of incoming students, determined by your deposit date, will receive a free bicycle, lock and helmet. This bike is yours to keep, even after you graduate!
How do you know if you will receive a free bicycle?
Safety & Security will contact you directly if you are selected.
If you opt out of the free Zipcar hours and the free bike program,
you are eligible to register for a parking permit beginning
August 1st through thepermitstore.com.
Regardless of which of the options you choose, we have the Nor'easter Shuttle that runs through campus every half hour. The shuttle runs from UNE to the local train station in Saco, to the charming downtowns of Biddeford and Saco, as well as to Biddeford Crossing, where you find a variety of restaurants and shops. The shuttle is free to use with your UNE student ID card and runs seven days a week. Check out the schedule in our Campus Center lobby when you arrive on campus or visit our website.
Interested in visiting the Portland Campus? Take advantage of UNE's intercampus shuttle from the Biddeford Campus to the Portland Campus!