Being part of the UNE community means being involved. There are plenty of ways to get involved on the Biddeford Campus. From playing on one of the University’s 15 athletic teams, to joining one of the many available clubs and organizations, to attending campuswide events and lectures, your involvement in campus life can be as extensive as you want it to be.
Clubs and Organizations
Meeting with students and faculty outside of the classroom is part of what makes a college experience personally meaningful. With more than 60 clubs and organizations from which to choose, you’re sure to find a place where you belong. Whatever your interest—whether it is academics or theater, community-based service or LGBTQ issues, student government or club sports, figure skating or surfing—you’re sure to find like-minded students and faculty eager to share in your passion.
UNE’s Biddeford Campus is home to 15 sports teams, including basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, golf and cross-country running. Our Alfond Forum boasts state-of-the-art athletic facilities and is located next to the “Big Blue Turf”—our blue, synthetic turf field—one of just four of its kind in existence on college campuses!
If you have strong leadership abilities or wish to develop them, the ULead Student Leadership Program offers the training and education you need to be the best leader you can be throughout your college career and beyond. You not only enhance your college experience, but you build the confidence, skills, and know-how to become a leader in whatever avenues you pursue in the future. ULead Students are encouraged to explore options such as the Annual Fall Leadership Retreat, the Orientation Leader Program, and Personal Involvement Planning.
From the ringing of the UNE bell during an autumn sunset over the Saco River on First Night, to the Reduce, Reuse, Rockout annual outdoor concert and carnival in the spring, events on campus mark the passage of time and lend a sense of continuity and community to life at UNE. Harvest Fest and the 50-plus year tradition of a faculty- and staff-served Thanksgiving Dinner are some of the events you can look forward to in the first semester. In the spring, you can have a blast at the nightlong “Lock-In,” the Doc Samuel’s Variety Show, and the Spring Semi-Formal Dance.
You can’t perform your best in the classroom if you’re not feeling your best physically. UNE’s Biddeford Campus makes it easy to stay on top of your game. Our many playing fields provide space for sport, while nearby outdoor recreation venues allow for swimming, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, and more. Prefer to get your exercise indoors? Fitness centers, courts, tracks, a pool, and an ice arena provide the workout space you need to stay fit. And if you’re the type who needs to work out with others, the Cardio Club provides several group exercise classes, such as yoga, ballet, boot camp, hip-hop, Zumba, and Pilates.
The Biddeford Campus celebrates multicultural life and diversity in many ways. Our Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity promotes annual events, such as the UNE Diversity Lecture Series, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and the Trailblazer Intercultural Excursion. Located in the Cultural Exchange Lounge, the office also holds trainings—such as the UNE Safe Space training, designed to educate students about the challenges facing the LGBTQ community—and offers a Diversity Leadership Certificate.
Our Global Education Program is another means by which UNE fosters a spirit of multicultural exploration, offering semester programs in Tangier, Morocco, and Seville, Spain, as well as many short-term travel courses that can take you anywhere from the Galapagos Islands to the mountains of Iceland.
The Department of Campus Center and Student Involvement is ready to help you get involved on the Biddeford Campus. Visit our website to read more about what's going on, call us at (207) 602-2447, or drop in to our office in the Campus Center.