New Student Orientation

At orientation you will:

  • Meet with an academic advisor from your department and register for courses
  • Prepare for your UNE 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!

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Sign Up for New Student Orientation

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 Summer Orientation

UNE students in front of the Campus Center

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Transfer Orientation

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Traditional first year/Transfer Fall Orientation

Students participate in fall orientation

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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. 

January Orientation with Trailblazer

A winter wonderland adventure awaits in the White Mountains of New Hampshire! You will spend four days and three nights exploring the mountains by snowshoes and sleeping in huts along the trail. This experience is designed for all ability levels and no experience is necessary. We offer this trip in partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club who will facilitate each trip alongside UNE Orientation staff.

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*Trailblazer Pre-Orientation Programs come at an additional cost.

If you have any questions, please contact the Orientation Advisors at or (207) 602-2447.

Apply for Housing and a Meal Plan


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
  • Roommate Requests are accepted until June 26
  • Housing Assignments will be available July 15
  • New students participating in January Orientation should contact the Office of Housing and Residential/Commuter Life at 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.

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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 Housing and Residential/Commuter Life at or (207) 602-2272.

Meal Plan

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.

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Submit Your Immunization Records & Secure Health Insurance


As a new student, you are required by the State of Maine and UNE to complete and submit the following:

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.

Health Insurance

As a UNE student, you are required to have health insurance. You have the option to:

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Choose A Way to Get Around

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. 


You are encouraged to bring a bike to our easily navigable campus that includes bike racks outside of all academic and recreational buildings. 

Parking Permit

You are eligible to register for a parking permit beginning August 1st through

Nor'easter Shuttle

The Nor'easter Shuttle 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 or visit the shuttle website.

Interested in visiting the Portland Campus? Take advantage of UNE's intercampus shuttle from the Biddeford Campus to the Portland Campus!