UNE Graduates Thrive
In a world of constant change, UNE graduates are achieving tangible success. Their success is reflected in high graduate employment rates, impressive licensure exam pass rates, and boosted lifelong earnings — as well as in UNE’s prominent national rankings and accolades.
When our talented students experience UNE’s signature approach to learning, special things happen. At UNE, you’ll be well prepared to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving job market, acquiring the skills of your chosen path or profession as well as the critical thinking and life skills that employers covet.
Our Approach: Career Skills and Life Skills
From the first day of classes, UNE faculty prepare students with skills and knowledge for their chosen field. Our curriculum is also designed to foster broad skills that support long-term career flexibility: critical thinking and lifelong learning habits, collaboration and communication skills, and a foundation of professionalism.
As a UNE student, you’ll also have access to high-impact learning such as research projects, internships, and experiential learning on and off campus — the kinds of experiences that are proven to enhance academic success and career readiness.
President Herbert: Ensuring a Strong Return on Investment
Recognized for Academic Quality
Positioning You For Professional Success
The value of a UNE education is apparent in a very tangible measurement: pass rates and test scores for professional licensure exams. From nursing to physical therapy to medicine, UNE’s graduates consistently perform above the national average. This speaks volumes to the quality of our students, professors, and programs.
Commitment to Access and Value
We believe everyone should have access to higher education. While tuition is rising around the country, UNE has kept tuition below the national average and 16% below the average for private universities in New England.
We also provide generous financial aid packages, including roughly $47 million per year in scholarships. We work with every family and student to make their education as affordable as possible. Giving more people access to UNE education makes our community more inclusive and vibrant.
President Herbert: UNE’s Commitment to Access and Value
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Supporting Your Career Development
Career mentorship is built into UNE’s educational approach. Our Career Advising office is available to support you as an undergraduate or graduate student, recent grad, or mid-career alumnus. You’ll have access to career coaching, resume assistance, employment search guidance, career fairs, and more.
As a graduate, you’ll benefit from UNE’s status as Maine’s largest private university and the #1 provider of health professionals in Maine. You’ll be connected to an extensive alumni network, with contacts in communities across the region and country to help you along every step of your career pathway.
Financial Stability for the Future
UNE is proud to have had its A+ credit rating extended by Fitch Rating in 2023, one of three credit reporting agencies in the U.S. covering the higher education sector. In the same year, Moody's Investor Service elevated UNE’s credit rating to A2, citing “excellent operating performance and diverse academic offering[s] within high-demand disciplines” that “reflects expectations of continued strong operating performance.”
These ratings reflect UNE’s position as a lasting institution that is managed under prudent financial practices. Of course, our growth plans are central to our prudence. We’re actively investing through strategic capital campaigns to make our student’s experience richer and even more rewarding.
Proving the Value of Higher Education
Looking beyond UNE, evidence consistently shows that a college degree is worth the investment.
- U.S. adults with a college degree earn about $1 million more during their careers than those without a degree.
- Graduates are less likely to face unemployment and more likely to report high job satisfaction.
- Having a college education correlates with living a healthier, happier life across more than 50 different metrics, such as increased likelihood to do work that fits one’s natural interests, voting participation, and volunteerism.
UNE’s unique approach — career-focused training on a foundation of life-skills mentorship — ensures that our graduate outcomes meet and exceed the established benefits of a college education.