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Why Choose UNE?

Academic Excellence

U S News Best Colleges 2018 badgeUNE's compelling location is matched by its academic rigor. We offer more than 40 undergraduate programs, ranging from Applied Exercise Science to Environmental Studies, Medical Biology, Marine Sciences, Nursing, History and Political Science.

As a student with us, you enjoy small classes and opportunities to work closely with faculty conducting research in our state-of-the-art facilities. You receive not only an expert’s knowledge of your discipline but a thorough grounding in the liberal arts. Through classes in the humanities, campus events that expose you to the leading thinkers in a variety of fields, and the relationships you form with students preparing for all sorts of different careers, you become a well-rounded thinker. 

At UNE, you’re also part of the larger University community that includes students pursuing degrees in our master's, doctoral and professional programs. In our research labs, clinical simulation labs, and service learning programs, you often find yourself working beside graduate and professional students, pursuing a shared passion.   

by the Numbers

  • 4

    Number of undergraduate researchers awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in the past five years

  • 70+

    Undergraduate, graduate and professional programs

  • 92%

    Number of 2015 graduates* employed or accepted into graduate/ professional programs

* 80% of graduates responded to survey


Aerial view of U N E's oceanside campus in Biddeford, MaineThe southern Maine coast has a long history as a popular vacation destination. It is a beautiful, stimulating part of the country, where people are welcoming.

On our Biddeford Campus, you find 4,000 feet of ocean frontage. Whether you enjoy surfing, swimming, sunbathing or jogging along the shore, the ocean is never more than a short walk away.

On our Portland Campus, you find opportunities to explore a historic seaside city known for its bustling arts and entertainment offerings, scenic biking and walking trails, and stunning waterfront views, all while being a mere two-hour drive from Boston.

by the Numbers

  • 4,000

    Feet of ocean frontage on the Biddeford Campus

  • #14

    Portland - Biddeford
    Small Metros 
    Top 75 College Cities

    American Institute for Economic Research

  • 591

    Acres of campus in Southern Maine

Return on Investment

Princeton Review's Best 380 CollegesThe University of New England has been included in the 2020 edition of The Princeton Review’s Best 385 Colleges guide. This highly selective list includes only the top 15% of four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. UNE was selected based on its high-quality academic offerings, optimal locations in Maine and Morocco, competitive cost and size.

Forbes and Affordable Colleges Online logos

Forbes magazine placed UNE in the top 650 American degree-granting institutions that provide the highest investment return—high honors considering there are approximately 4,500 colleges and universities in the nation. Forbes compiled the list based on the output and return on investment (ROI) each institution offers. 

Money magazine badgeIn addition, UNE was named as one of the Best Colleges for Your Money by MONEY magazine. MONEY lists rank schools not on how difficult they are to get into but, rather, on the value of graduating from them. MONEY determined its rankings by giving equal weight to quality of education (including factors like graduation rates and instructor quality), affordability (by examining student debt and loan default rates), and outcomes (which takes into account graduates’ incomes).

by the Numbers

  • #1

    UNE 2014 ranking in 20-year student return on investment (ROI) among public and private colleges and universities in Maine according to PayScale. Nationally, UNE ranked in the top 15%

  • 90%

    Number of 2014 graduates* employed or accepted into graduate/ professional programs

  • #2

    In the nation for alumni reporting high "Job Meaning," according to PayScale

* 85% of graduates responded to survey


Everybody Knows Your Name

UNE is my home away from home. It has such a family feel where everyone knows your name.  There's always a helping hand or a friendly face.

- Tara Connell, Psychology Major

A U N E professor and students share a laugh on campusAt UNE you're more than just a number. You're an individual with the opportunity to play your own special role in the life of the University. 

Within small classes, led by committed faculty who care about your development both inside the classroom and out, you receive the guidance and encouragement you need to thrive.  

Your professors engage you in research projects, help you attain coveted internship positions, and provide invaluable mentoring as you prepare to make the next step, into graduate school or employment in your field.  

by the Numbers

  • 10K

    The approximate number of hours that UNE students contributed in community service to more than 150 agencies in 2013

  • 41%

    Percentage of UNE seniors that have worked with faculty on research projects, compared to 23% at all colleges surveyed by the NSSE

  • 13:1

    Student to Faculty ratio

So Much to Do

Two students kayak on a sunny dayAt UNE, you find more than 90 student clubs, ranging from the Nor’easter News, our student newspaper, to UNE Players, a student theater company. You interact with your peers and professors in the ways that matter most to you.

Meanwhile, you participate in the excitement and zaniness of intercollegiate athletics. When the Nor’easters are vying for a conference championship — and our teams have notched 11 in just the past five years — the entire campus is abuzz.

A male lacrosse player carries the ball on U N E's blue field turf

Whether lining the sidelines of our big blue turf field to cheer on the field hockey or lacrosse teams, packing the ice arena to root for one of the Nor’easter hockey teams, or making some noise for our women's basketball team, which cracked the USA Today Division III Top 25 Poll in 2014, you’re playing your part to support our culture of champions.

You also find opportunities to participate in various club and intramural sports. And you have access to our health and fitness center, weight room, hot tub, sauna, racquetball courts, indoor track, and the open-skate and open-swim periods at our ice arena and pool.

by the Numbers

  • 90+

    Number of student clubs and organizations 

  • 11

    Number of conference championships in the last 5 years

  • 24

    Number of beaches within a 50-mile radius of both campuses

An Innovative Health Sciences University

Nursing students treat a mannequin during a clinical simulation

UNE is one of a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health education mission, including medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing and an array of allied health professions programs.

Our interprofessional approach allows you to master the principles and techniques of your discipline, while coming to better understand the roles played by other members of the health care team. 

Through coursework, clinical simulations, experiences in Maine's leading hospitals, and service learning activities, you gain the knowledge and experience to be a leader in your field.  

by the Numbers

  • 27

    Number of health science programs

  • 76

    Number of patient simulators that provide students the ability apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to realistic clinical situations

  • 5K

    Number of Portland-area residents who receive low-cost oral health services at our Dental Hygiene Clinic, a learning lab for students

Global Opportunities

Four students explore a beautiful foreign cityOur Global Education Program enables you to spend a semester on our campus in Tangier, Morocco, or in Seville, Spain, for the same cost as studying in Maine, or to take shorter faculty-led trips to the coral reefs of Belize, the Galapagos Islands, Latin America, Brazil, Kenya, England, Iceland, and other points of cultural and academic interest around the globe.

At UNE's campus in Tangier, Morocco, which opened in the Spring 2014 semester, you stay on track in your major, taking classes and labs taught in English, while finding time to explore Morocco, Spain, and other foreign cultures.

By the time you graduate, you possess a global worldview and the perspective to succeed in a multitude of cultural settings.

by the Numbers

  • 100%

    Percentage of your financial aid package that applies toward our semester abroad programs in Spain and Morocco

  • 165

    Number of students who received additional Global Education Scholarships in 2013-2014

  • 3x

    UNE undergraduates study abroad at a rate almost three times the national average

Clinicals, Internships and Research

Two female students collect research data from a bird captured on a city street At UNE, we've spent years building relationships with area health care facilities, businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations.

Whether you're a nursing student completing a clinical rotation at Maine Medical Center's Family Birth Center, a political science student interning in U.S. Senator Susan Collins' office, or an environmental studies major weighing a bobolink chick in a Vermont hayfield, you gain hands-on experience and make professional connections in your field.

You also engage in research and scholarship alongside dedicated faculty who are committed to your academic and professional success. From 2006 to 2014, external funding for research and scholarship at UNE has grown by more than 200%, so the opportunities are many.

by the Numbers

  • 30%

    Percentage of the 214 students who completed for-credit internships in the College of Arts and Sciences  who were offered jobs by their internship sites in 2012-13

  • 200+

    Number of undergraduate students who have given presentations at regional and national conferences during the last six years

  • 41%

    Percentage of UNE seniors who have worked with faculty on research projects, compared with 23% at all colleges surveyed by the NSSE

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