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What's Next?
Sign Up for New Student Orientation
UNE’s New Student Orientation provides the opportunity for you to prepare for the academic, social, and personal aspects of university life. Orientation is mandatory for new undergraduate students.

If you have any questions, please contact
the Orientation Advisors at (207) 602-2885.

At orientation you will:

  • Meet with an academic advisor from your department and register for courses
  • Have a Residential Education experience and prepare for your move
  • Learn about university services
  • Take placement exams (if needed)
  • Make connections and socialize with other incoming UNE students, current UNE students, faculty and staff
  • Become familiar with our beautiful, ocean-front campus
  • Become immersed in the intellectual, social and cultural climate of UNE
  • Leave campus as a Nor'easter!

Watch Our Trailblazer Video!


The Trailblazer experiences are for students to engage in the community before orientation. Students can choose a Trailblazer  to:

  • Connect through Community Service with Students, Staff, and Community
  • Experience Maine's great outdoors : Kayaking, Sailing etc.
Apply for Housing and a Meal Plan
If you have any questions, please contact
Residential Education & Housing
 at (207) 602-2272. 


A student's residential experience is an important aspect to the University experience, therefore there is a three year residency requirement.  Beginning on Experience UNE Days, deposited students will have the opportunity to complete a Housing and Dining Service Application and Contract.

  • Housing & Dining Contracts are due for full consideration by June 27th
  • Roommate Requests are accepted until June 27th
  • Housing Assignments will be available July 15th
Important Housing Dates are helpful to have on hand over the summer and through out the academic year to know when halls open/close or for holiday breaks.

Meal Plan

A meal plan is assigned to all residential students. The plan includes:

  • A set number of meals per week in our dining hall
  • Flexible spending dollars for on campus dining
  • Nor'easter Dollars for select off campus area restaurants

If you like, you can change your meal plan during the beginning of the semester.

For more information about the dining facilities and details on meal plans and options please visit Dining Services.

Submit Your Immunization Records & Secure Health Insurance


As a new student, you are required by the state of Maine and UNE to complete and submit the following:

All of these forms are due by July 1.

If you have questions, please contact Student Health Services at (207) 602-2358.

Health Insurance

All UNE Students are required to have health insurance. Students have the option to:

For more information visit Student Health Insurance.

Choose A Way to Get Around
Worried about getting around while on campus? Don’t be! The following options are available to first-year students at UNE:
Regardless of which of the option you choose, the Nor'Easter Shuttle  runs through campus every half hour, seven days a week and is FREE with your student ID!
  • Saco train station
  • Downtown Biddeford & Saco
  • Biddeford Crossing (restaurants/shops)
Interested in visiting the Portland Campus?  Take advantage of UNE's new shuttle from the Biddeford Campus to the Portland Campus!


UNE offers two all wheel drive Zipcars that can be rented online by the hour. First-year residential students, over the age of 18 who opt not to bring a car to campus and become Zipcar members, receive an electronic gift card for free hours. 

After you become a member, contact UNE Safety and Security for your free hours. 


A select number of incoming students will receive a free bicycle, lock, and a helmet. This bike is yours to keep, even after you graduate!

How do you know if you will receive a free bicycle?
Safety & Security will contact students directly who have been selected.

Parking Permit

If you opt out of the free Zipcar hours or the free bike program,
you are eligible to register for a parking permit beginning
August 1st through