Early College Neuroscience Program

July 9-21, 2017

Earn 3 college credits
Open to high school students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2017

Are you looking for a challenging program that will give you valuable college experience? Does spending two weeks living and learning on a college campus on the Maine coast sound exciting? Would you like to earn three college credits before you even enter college? If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, UNE Early College is the program for you.

  • Experience college life on the Maine coast this summer
  • Immerse yourself in a subject that interest you, and work with faculty involved in the latest neuroscience research
  • Get advice about the college application process and how to apply for financial aid
  • Earn three college credits in two weeks

"What will I learn in the Early College Neuroscience Program?"

UNE is nationally recognized for cutting-edge neuroscience research. As an Early College Neuroscience student, you have the opportunity to meet and learn from top neuroscientists who open up their laboratories and provide lectures in this highly competitive program. In the program, you will learn how to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of neuronal structure and function including: electrophysiological phenomena, neurotransmission and the synapse, and cellular structure
  • Identify the major structures of the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as the major functions associated with each
  • Describe sensory and motor pathways, and mechanisms of neural processing of sensory input
  • Describe the biological underpinning of cognitive processes, such as learning, memory and emotion
  • Discuss and predict the effects of nervous system dysfunction
  • Utilize knowledge regarding neuroscience methods to design a research project

Tour our nationally recognized facilities, and work with our world-class faculty members—a select group of dedicated educators who have earned UNE the ranking of “one of the best regional universities in the North,” according to U.S. News & World Report.

You will live in a dorm, enjoy UNE’s many recreational facilities (six-lane swimming pool, soccer fields, volleyball and basketball courts, kayak launch and our very own sandy beach), and explore the scenic coast of Maine. 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 & Events may include

  • View working labs of top Neuroscientists
  • Visit area hospitals 
  • Participate in dissection labs
  • Visit some of New England's most beautiful beaches
  • Go to a Portland Seadogs baseball game
  • Browse the Portland Waterfront and historic Old Port

"The Early College program in neuroscience was probably the most amazing experience of my life. It was exhausting and fast-paced, but so exciting and fun. From the engaging lectures and numerous lab tours and activities, I learned more than I thought I ever could have in three short weeks. I was worried three weeks might be too long, but now I wish that it had never ended! I carry so many fond memories with me. The other students were awesome, and we all got along very well. Almost like we'd known each other forever. Luckily, I live close enough to another student that we're able to get together a few times a month. The resident assistants were super fun, helpful, and kind. In addition to the incredible classes and people, I loved the campus. Plenty of wildlife and it's right on the water; you better believe we took advantage of that! (After our homework was done, of course.) This program also gave me a preview of college. Before, I was very nervous to go, but now I have a better idea of what to expect, and I can't wait for college. Largely due to my stellar experience with the Early College program, I think UNE will be one of my top choices when I get ready to apply next year."
Program Participant, 2012

Dorms and UNE Life

Our dorms are close to the classes and dining hall. This will be a good opportunity for you to experience dorm life and living with a roommate. Rooms include two desks and two beds. A dorm counselor/teaching assistant will be in residence with you. Several of your weekday evenings may be spent with homework and 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


  • $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.

How Do I Apply?

Students entering their junior or senior year in high school in Fall 2017 may apply to the Early College Neuroscience 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 June 5, 2017, with the $25 non-refundable application fee to:

Attn: UNE Early College Program
University of New England, Decary 144 
11 Hills Beach Road Biddeford, ME 04005 
Phone: (207) 602-2050 Fax: (207) 602-5909