First Year


Four-Year Plan

The Four-Year Plan is an integrated four-year career development program focused on preparing students for future success. The plan includes benchmarks and recommended career development programs and activities for each year. The plan includes recommended resources for preparing for experiential opportunities, including internships, global education, volunteer and job shadow experiences. To learn more about the Four-Year Plan, contact the Office of Career Services at

UNE Nor’Easter First Year Experience Program (FYE)

 The UNE Nor’Easter First Year Experience Program is designed to assist first-time college students with their transition to the University. Weekly themes, newsletters and educational programming serve to identify and support you in the development of skills which when applied consistently, promote success. Staff mentors engage with you through a series of weekly gatherings and provide individualized attention through one on one meetings. Finally, social programming aimed specifically at the first-year population provides an opportunity for shared experience and community building.

Introduction to UNE


 An annual event, Convocation is the formal introduction to your academic career at the University of New England. Board of Trustee Members, our President, Dr. James Herbert, faculty, staff and student leaders all gather to welcome you into the academic life of University. The program includes an address by distinguished members of the University community followed by dinner at our Riverview Facility.

Weeks of Welcome

 The energy and excitement of your Orientation experience are carried through the first weeks of the semester. Open houses, educational programs, a club and involvement fair, athletic competitions and lots of social events will keep you both informed and entertained. With much to do, you’ll have lots to report to family and friends at home.

Planning your Journey


MAPWorks is a research-based approach to student success. Pairing demographic information with survey data collected from first year students in the fall and spring semesters, MAPWorks produces individualized reports which coach you on the behaviors that support your achievement. The individualized reports also coach you on the services you should avail yourself of in order to make the most of what the University has to offer.

Personalized Involvement Plan (PIP)

The Personalized Involvement Plan is completed with your First Year Experience Mentor. Through completion of the PIP, you will engage in an exploration of your goals and interests, and develop a plan of action for your initial year on campus. The PIP provides a fantastic opportunity to begin mapping your journey and to learn about the various people and offices that are here to support you.

Global Education

The Global Education Program develops and promotes global educational and research opportunities. It works closely with all colleges of the University by providing support services to students and faculty engaged in global explorations, and by assisting international students, scholars and visitors to UNE. It’s never too early to begin considering a semester away, or perhaps taking a travel course. First year students are encouraged to connect with Global Education early in order to explore the best timing for coursework abroad. 


Each fall the Academic Advising Center hosts a Majors and Minors Fair. A late afternoon event, the fair provides all UNE students with an opportunity to learn more about the majors and minors offered at UNE. Thinking about a double major or interested in declaring a minor? The Majors and Minors Fair is the perfect occasion to discuss your interests with faculty.

Academic Success

Peer Academic Coaches (PACs)

The SASC sponsors peer academic coaches in every first-year residence area and for first-year commuters. PACs are patient listeners who can empathize with you and guide you through many of the challenges that come with transition to college academics. You can meet with the PAC for your area during their weekly office hours in your residence hall or by appointment. Visit and search for Peer Academic Coaching.

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC)

Some first-year courses are tough — get to the SASC to make a strong start. Find tutoring support for general chemistry, biology, statistics, pre-calculus and more. Meet with a learning specialist to create a custom approach to your studies and see a writing consultant to develop your writing. You will find it all at

Joining Communities


 The Emerging Leaders: Leadership Living Learning Community is an opportunity for students who seek a cohort-based approach to their development as leaders. After an exploration of leadership theory, students will identify their own personal leadership philosophy, articulate their personal and academic goals, begin  a Leadership Portfolio, participate in service projects and attend a Living Learning Community Retreat. The Emerging Leaders: Leadership LLC is limited to 22-26 participants.


 Students participating in the Our Beloved UNE: Social Justice Living Learning Community will engage in the exploration of issues relating to social systems and global current affairs. They will actively engage with peers through a series of workshops, contribute to the planning of student-contribution to the Annual MLK Celebration, begin a Leadership Portfolio,  participate in service projects, and a Living Learning Community Retreat. The Our Beloved UNE: Social Justice LLC is limited to 22-26 participants.


 Students participating in the Nor’Easters Thriving: Health and Wellness Living Learning Community work together as an engaged community to cultivate and maintain a healthy lifestyle as it applies to their physical, emotional and spiritual selves. Students will participate in team building and self reflection activities, attend wellness workshops, begin a Leadership Portfolio, participate in service projects and attend a Living Learning Community Retreat. The Nor’Easters Thriving: Health and Wellness LLC is limited to 22-26 participants.



National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

First-year students are invited to participate in NSSE during the spring semester. The questions asked via NSSE encourage students to reflect on the learning activities in which they engage. Data collected from NSSE is utilized by administrators to guide the development and application of initiatives spanning the University.

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