Early College Coastal Marine Ecology (CME) Program

Earn 3 college credits

Open to high school students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2018

Summer 2018 Dates: July 8–July 20

  • 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

Coastal Marine Ecology

lab workMarine 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.


I would say that my time at UNE's Coastal Marine Ecology program was the best two weeks of my life! I made amazing friends- learned a lot that I didn't know, and made amazing memories. It was an eye opening experience! I had a great time. – Diana Whitman, 2016 participant


Field Trips & Research Activities may include

  • Cruise the Saco River Estuary on a research vessel
  • Participate in a plankton tow
  • Complete biological surveys at the rocky intertidal
  • Observe seals and birds native to Southern Maine
  • Collect and identify marine and freshwater specimens
  • Browse the surrounding beaches and waterfronts

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
    • $1420
  • Room and board
    • Housing and Meals: $825
    • Optional Linen Package: $10
    • Commuter Lunches: $185 *Please note, it is mandatory for commuters to dine with the group at lunch. 

Application Process

  • Apply
  • Letters of Recommendation submission
  • Along with the online application and two letters of recommendation, we require: 
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Non-refundable application fee of $25 payable to the University of New England (if accepted, this will be deducted from tuition)
  • Send all materials to:
    Early College Program
    University of New England
    Decary 144
    11 Hills Beach Road 
    Biddeford, Maine 04005

Questions? Email or call us at earlycollege@une.edu or (207) 602-2050.