UNE in top tier of U.S. News & World Report 2014 rankings of region's best colleges and universities

September 10, 2013

The University of New England is ranked one of the "Best Universities" in the North that offer "a full range of undergraduate and master's programs" in the 2014 edition of "America's Best Colleges," U.S. News & World Report announced today. UNE rose seven spots in the top tier of this category.

"UNE continues to focus on delivering quality education together with unique experiences that provide meaningful and proven value to our students," stated UNE President Danielle N. Ripich, Ph.D. "We are pleased that US News & World Report recognizes that, and our 2014 Best Colleges listing reflects UNE’s commitment to delivering an outstanding return on investment."

A recent survey of the UNE Class of 2013 six months after graduation confirmed that 89 percent of UNE graduate respondents were either employed in their field or had been accepted into graduate school (6 percent were awaiting graduate school admission).

The US News ranking follows other recent national accolades for UNE.

Forbes' America's Top Colleges

Forbes named UNE to its 2013 list of America's Top Colleges, a list based on "output" and "return on investment." Forbes ranked UNE number 319 of the 650 colleges and universities that made the list. There are about 4,500 degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S.


Payscale.com, a national firm providing data and insights about salary and careers, lists UNE as the number-one Maine institution for 20-year return on investment in its 2014 Payscale College ROI Report.  The listing includes both public and private institutions in Maine. 

Nationally, UNE placed #188 of the 1,310 schools ranked, placing it in the top 15 percent of public and private higher education institutions in the country.

In 2013, Payscale.com cited the University of New England as second in the nation for alumni reporting high job-meaning. “Schools with large healthcare and education programs also are represented well when looking at the percentage of alumni reporting high job meaning post-graduation. The top three schools for high job meaning were Thomas Jefferson University (84 percent), University of New England (82 percent) and Trident University International (81 percent).” - Huffington Post, Oct. 8, 2013.

Other Rankings

Affordable Colleges Online, a website reporting on higher education affordability, recently ranked UNE second in student return on investment among 43 public and private colleges and universities in Maine.

UNE Graduate Programs Recognized

UNE is the largest educator of health care professionals for the state of Maine, and its outstanding programs in medicine and the health sciences have also been recognized in US News 2015 “Best Graduate Schools” listings. UNE's College of Osteopathic Medicine was noted for its national leadership in primary care training and rural medicine.

In addition, UNE's Westbrook College of Health Professions' graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nurse anesthesia and physician assistant are all recognized by US News as among the best in the nation.

About University of New England

UNE is an innovative health sciences university grounded in the liberal arts, with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses and a campus in Tangier, Morocco, opening in 2014. UNE has internationally recognized scholars in the sciences, health, medicine and humanities; offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs; and is home to Maine's only medical and dental schools. It is one of a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health education mission including medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing and an array of allied health professions. UNE's interprofessional education initiatives prepare future healthcare professionals to practice comprehensive and collaborative team-based care. Both graduate and undergraduate students engage in research and scholarship alongside dedicated faculty who are committed to their academic and professional success.