Early College Coastal Marine Ecology (CME) Program

July 12-24, 2015

Earn 3 college credits
Open to high school students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2015

  • Attend an accelerated Marine Biology/Environmental Studies program
  • Experience college life on the scenic Maine coast this summer
  • Gain an overview of the Marine Sciences and Environmental Studies majors at UNE and meet our faculty

Marine Sciences is one of the most popular majors at UNE, and with good reason. Our faculty is engaged in cutting-edge research in the field. Our Marine Science Center provides state-of-the-art facilities. Our graduates go on to work in aquaculture, aquariums and other marine environments and have attended prestigious graduate schools such as Scripps Institute of Oceanography. UNE's Biddeford Campus is ideally situated on the Saco River Estuary between Portland, a major seaport and center of commercial fishing, and Kennebunkport, a classic Maine village, as well as a center for lobstering, fin fishing and whale watching.

“What will I learn in the CME Program?”

You will study marine habitats: salt marshes, barrier beaches, rocky coastlines and open ocean. You will discuss important topics of ecological concern, such as local endangered species and pollution. You will learn about marine ecosystems in the field and in the lab. You will take a close look at everything from the microscopic phytoplankton to the mighty whale. You will become familiar with the type of laboratory, field and research skills required of any science major. Through the program, you have the opportunity to take exciting trips, meet new people and make lasting friendships. You emerge ready to begin your college career.

Field Trips & Research Activities

  • Cruise the Saco River Estuary on a research vessel
  • Participate in a plankton tow
  • Complete biological surveys at the rocky intertidal
  • Join a whale watching boat out of Kennebunkport
  • Observe seals and birds native to Southern Maine
  • Collect and identify marine and freshwater specimens
  • Browse the Portland Waterfront and historic Old Port            

Dorms and UNE Life

UNE's dorms are close to your classes and to our dining hall. This will be a good opportunity for you to experience dorm life and living with a roommate. Your room will include two desks and two beds. A dorm counselor/teaching assistant will be in residence with you.

Much of your weekday evenings will be spent with homework and working on projects, but there will be plenty of opportunities to socialize and explore the area. You will have access to UNE's sports and recreational facilities, including our six-lane pool, basketball and volleyball courts, and sandy beach! Other leisure activities include movies, campfires and cookouts.

Tuition and Related Fees

Tuition: $1330 (for the two week program)
Includes instruction and lab, field trips and extra-curricular activities

Room and Board
Two Weeks/Double room (w/meals): $788

Commuter Lunches
Two Weeks: $180

Total Cost
Resident: $2118 (Two Weeks) 
Commuter: $1510 (Two Weeks)

If accepted into the program, you will be required to make a deposit of $100 by May 15 to reserve your place in class. The balance is due June 1, 2015.

Merit Scholarships

A limited number of highly competitive merit scholarships are available for qualifying students. You should note on your application that you wish to be considered for a merit scholarship, and may add a short statement explaining your need for support, but awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and achievement.

How Do I Apply?

Students entering their junior or senior year in high school in Fall 2015 may apply to the Coastal Marine Ecology Program, as well as those entering their freshman year of college in the fall. Fill out the UNE Early College application, and mail it by May 1, 2015, with the $25 non-refundable application fee to:

Attn: UNE Early College Program
University of New England, Decary 123 
11 Hills Beach Road Biddeford, ME 04005 
Phone: (207) 602-2050 Fax: (207) 602-5909