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Candidates for admission to the University of New England may be surprised to discover that we spend as much time and effort helping them to evaluate the University as we do in evaluating their own credentials. We are interested in establishing a good match between the applicant's needs and goals and the University's ability to meet them.

Campus Tours and Information Sessions

Prospective students, their friends, and families have an open invitation to visit the University's two campuses. The pleasant drive to scenic Maine and the opportunity to meet the University's students, faculty, and admissions staff results in a day that is both interesting and informative.

Biddeford Campus tours and information sessions may be scheduled by contacting the Admissions Office, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Prospective students are encouraged to visit on a weekday if at all possible. Saturday tours with information sessions are offered on the Biddeford campus during the months of October, November, December, January, February, March, and April. Please call in advance, (800) 477-4863, extension 2297.  You can also register online.

Admissions Criteria

To determine an applicant's qualifications as a candidate for admission to the undergraduate programs of the University of New England, we carefully consider the following criteria:

  • The secondary school program.
  • The secondary school grades and class standing.
  • The SAT1 or ACT scores.
  • Extracurricular involvement.
  • The essay or personal statement.
  • The two recommendations
  • Qualified students with equivalency certificates are also considered for admission.

Students interested in applying to the health science programs (Dental Hygiene and Nursing) should refer to those sections in this catalog for additional admissions requirements.

The University of New England supports the efforts of secondary school officials and governing bodies to have their schools achieve regional accredited status in order to provide reliable assurance of the quality of the educational preparation of applicants for admission.

Nursing Students

Students interested in the following programs should apply online using The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS):

  • Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor (A-BSN) Program
  • Registered Nurse Bachelor Completion (RN-BSN) Program

All other first-year applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A Common Application with the $40 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT results.
  • Official copy of high school transcript, with 1st semester senior grades.

Admissions Deadlines


Early Action- December 1

We offer an Early Action Application deadline for undergraduate applicants who desire early notification of their admission status.  Applicants wishing to be considered for Early Action admission will need to submit their completed application by December 1.  Students submitting all application materials on or before December 1 will receive notification of their admissions decision prior to December 31.

Regular Decision - February 15

Freshman:  Freshman applicants wishing to be considered for Regular admission must submit their completed application by February 15.


All applicants wishing to be considered for the spring semester must submit their completed application by December 1.

Reservation Agreement

Once accepted, students are required to submit a $500 deposit that will guarantee their place in the entering class. In order to give accepted students enough time to hear from all colleges to which they have applied and to eliminate any undue pressure that may affect their final decision, the reservation deposit is refundable through May 1st for students entering the fall semester. After this date, the deposit is either credited toward the expense of the first semester's tuition (and room for residential students) or forfeited for those students withdrawing.  

Early Admissions

Qualified applicants who display exceptional ability and maturity are admitted to the University of New England upon successful completion of the third year of their secondary school program. Early admission applicants must have the consent and cooperation of secondary school officials. A personal interview is required.

Physical Examination and Immunization

The University requires all entering students to have a physical examination prior to enrollment. The necessary form, along with an immunization record, will be sent to all entering students following admission and receipt of the reservation fee. The forms must be completed by an approved health care provider and returned to the University Health Center prior to matriculation. Maine State Law requires all students born after 1956, who wish to register and matriculate for seven or more credits, to produce proof of immunization against those diseases listed on the immunization record form. The University of New England requires additional immunizations, over and above state mandates, for health profession students. That information will also be available on the health forms.

Advanced Placement and CLEP

The University of New England participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey. Both of these examinations provide academic credit for students qualified for advanced standing. The CAS and CHP undergraduate programs may accept courses toward graduation via these two types of examinations in accordance with the tables which follow.

To receive academic credit from the University of New England through the CLEP and advanced placement examinations, the student must be admitted to the University, and must provide UNE with official transcripts from the organization(s).

Advanced Placement Equivalencies

Qualifying scores necessary to receive credit for advanced placement are recommended by the academic departments and are approved by the University Registrar. They are treated as transfer credit in accordance with the following table.

AP Exam Title Minimum Score Course Equivalent Credit Earned
Biology 4 BIO 105 or MAR 105 or BIO 104 and
BIO 106
Calculus AB 4 MAT 190 4
Calculus BC 3 MAT 190 4
Calculus BC 4 MAT 190 and MAT 195 8
Chemistry 3 CHE 110 4
Chemistry 4 CHE 110 and CHE 111 8
Chinese Language and Culture 3 ENG 199 - Exploration 3
English Language and Composition 4 ENG 110 4
English Literature and Composition 4 ENG 199 - Exploration 3
Environmental Science 3 ENV 104 3
European History 3 HIS 231 - Exploration 3
French Language 3 FRE 100 - Exploration 3
German Language 3 ENG 199 - Exploration 3
Government and Politics: Comparative 3 PSC 204 - Exploration 3
Government and Politics: United States 3 PSC 101 - Exploration 3
Japanese Language and Culture 3 ENG 199 - Exploration 3
Latin: Vergil 3 ENG 198 - Exploration 3
Macroeconomics 3 BUEC 203 3
Microeconomics 3 BUEC 204 3
Music Theory 3 MUS 101 3
Physics B 3 PHY 110 4
Physics B 4 PHY 110 and PHY 111 8
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHY 110 4
Physics C: Mechanics 4 PHY 210 4
Psychology 4 PSY 105 3
Spanish Language 3 SPA 101 - Exploration 3
Statistics 3 MAT 120 3
Studio Art: 2-D Design 4 ART 106 3
Studio Art: 3-D Design 4 ART 113 3
Studio Art: Drawing 3 ART 100 - Exploration 3
United States History 3 HIS 199 - Exploration 3

If an advanced placement examination has been taken on a subject not listed in the table above, the student should contact the Registration Services at

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) minimum score standard for each examination, and its UNE equivalent course, is individually determined by the Department in which the course is offered.

CLEP - General Exams Minimum Score Course Equivalent Credit Earned
English Composition w/ Essay 50 ENG 110 4
English Composition 50 ENG 110 4
Social Sciences and History 50 Explorations (2) 6
Natural Sciences 50 Clear with Department  
Humanities 50 Explorations (2) 6
Mathematics   No Equivalency  
American Government 50 PSC 199 3
American Literature 50 ENG 200 3
Analyzing and Interpreting of Literature 50 ENG 199 3
Algebra, College 50 LAC 021 (non-degree) 3
Algebra - Trigonometry, College 50 MAT 180 3
English Literature 50 ENG 199 3
General Chemistry 50 CHE 110 4
General Chemistry 65 CHE 110 and CHE 111 8
Psychology, Introduction 50 PSY 105 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSY 220 or PSY 270 3
Principles of Management 50 BUMG 200 3
Accounting, Introduction 50 BUAC 201 3
Business Law, Introduction 50 BUMG 326 3
Principles of Marketing 50 BUMK 200 3
Trigonometry   No Equivalency  
Macroeconomics, Introduction 50 BUEC 203 3
Microeconomics, Introduction 50 BUEC 204 3
Sociology, Introduction 50 SOC 150 3
French: 2 Semesters 50 FRE 100 3
French: 4 Semesters 50 FRE 100 and 101 6
German: 2 Semesters 50 Exploration (1) 3
German: 4 Semesters 50 Explorations (2) 6
Spanish: 2 Semesters 50 SPA 101 3
Spanish: 4 Semesters 50 SPA 101 and 102 6
Calculus w/ Elementary Functions 50 MAT 190 4
General Biology 50 BIO 105 or MAR 105 4
Biology 50 BIO 100 4
U.S. History I 50 HIS 201 3
U.S. History II 50 HIS 202 3
Western Civilization I 50 LIL 201 3
Western Civilization II 50 LIL 202 3
Educational Psychology, Introduction   Clear with Department  
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 CITM 100 3
Freshman College Composition 50 ENG 110 4

If a CLEP examination has been taken on a subject not listed in the table above, the student should contact Registration Services at 


DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) provide an opportunity for people to obtain college credit for what they have learned in non-traditional ways. The DSST Program is made available by The Chauncey Group International® and is used by adult education programs, the United States Department of Defense, and two and four-year colleges. Designed originally for the military, DSSTs are available to civilian students and adult learners as well. The DSST program is used by colleges and universities to award college credit to those who demonstrate that they have knowledge comparable to someone who completed the classroom course in the subject.

Recommended credits and minimum scores are based on evaluation by qualified individuals in the American Council on Education (ACE). The symbol B signifies credit to be awarded at the bachelor's level; the symbol BU signifies recommended credit at the upper division (3rd and 4th year) level.

DANTES Exam Title Minimum Score (ACE) Course Equivalent Credit Earned
Fundamentals of College Algebra 3B/47 LAC 021 (non-degree) 3
Principles of Statistics 3B/48 MAT 120 3
Art of the Western World 3B/48 ARH 270 3
Contemporary Western Europe: 1946 - 1990 3B/48 HIS 199 3
Introduction to the Middle east 3B/44 PSC 199 3
Human/Cultural Geography 3B/48 HIS 334 3
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 3BU/45 HIS 199 3
History of the Vietnam War 3B/49 HIS 199 3
Civil War and Reconstruction 3BU/47 HIS 199 3
Foundations of Education 3B/46 EDU 105 3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3B/46 PSY 220 3
General Anthropology 3B/47 ANT 101 3
Drug and Alcohol Abuse 3BU/49 General Elective 3
Introduction to Law Enforcement 3B/45 General Electitve 3
Criminal Justice 3B/49 General Elective 3
Fundamentals of Counseling 3B/45 General Elective 3
Principles of Finance 3BU/46 BUMG 315 3
Principles of Financial Accounting 3B/49 BUAC 201 3
Human Resource Management 3B/48 BUMG 302 3
Organizational Behavior 3B/48 BUMG 301 3
Principles of Supervision 3B/46 BUMG 199 3
Business Law II 3BU/52 BUMG 325 3
Introduction to Computing 3B/47 CITM 100 3
Introduction to Business 3B/46 BUMG 199 3
Money and Banking 3BU/48 BUMG 199 3
Personal Finance 3B/46 BUFI 199 3
Management Information Systems 3BU/46 CITM 100 3
Business Mathematics 3B/48 General Elective 3
Astronomy 3B/48 General Elective 3
Here's to Your Health 3B/48 HSM 199 3
Environment and Humanity:Race to Save the Planet 3B/46 ENV 104 3
Principles of Physical Science I 3B/47 CHE 125 4
Physical Geology 3B/46 GEO 200 3
Technical Writing 3B/46 ENG 199 - Exploration 3
Ethics in America 3B/46 PHI 199 3
Introduction to World Religions 3B/49 REL 200 3
Principles of Public Speaking 3B/47 SPC 100 3

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams (CAPE)

The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam minimum score standard for each examination, and its UNE equivalent course, is individually determined by the Department in which the course is offered.

CAPE Exam Title Accepted  Score Course Equivalent Credit Earned
Accounting Unit I 1 or 2 BUAC 201 3
Biology Unit I 1 or 2 BIO 106 4
Biology Unit II 1 or 2 BIO 105 4
Caribbean Studies 1 or 2 HIS 199 3
Chemistry Unit 1 or 2 CHE 110 4
Chemistry Unit II 1 or 2 CHE 111 4
Communication Studies Unit I 1 or 2 ENG 110 4
Economics Unit I 1 or 2 BUEC 203 3
Economics Unit II 1 or 2 BUEC 204 3
Environmental Science Unit I 1 or 2 ENV 104 3
Environmental Science Unit II 1 or 2 ENV 104 3
French Unit I 1 or 2 FRE 101 3
Geography Unit I 1 or 2 ELE 199 - Elective 3
Information Technology Unit I 1 or 2 CITM 100 3
Information Technology Unit II 1 or 2 CITM 102 3
Law Unit II 1 or 2 BUMG 325 3
Literatures in English Unit I 1 or 2 ENG 199 3
Literatures in English Unit II 1 or 2 ENG 198 3
Management of Business Unit I 1 or 2 BUMG 200 or 302 3
Management of Business Unit II 1 or 2 BUMG 312 3
Pure Mathematics Unit I 1 or 2 MAT 180 and 190 7
Pure Mathematics Unit II 1 or 2 MAT 195 4
Physics Unit I 1 or 2 PHY 110 4
Physics Unit II 1 or 2 PHY 111 4
Psychology Unit I 1 or 2 PSY 105 3
Psychology Unit II 1 or2 PSY 105 3
Sociology Unit I 1 or 2 SOC 150 3
Sociology Unit II 1 or 2 SOC 170 3

International Baccalaureate (IB) & International Examination

Students are eligible to receive a minimum of 3 credits for each Higher Level (HL) courses with a score of 5 or higher.  No credit is awarded for Standard Level (SL) exams. The university will determine the number and equivalence of actual transfer credits after evaluating the applicant's individual program of studies. Students must have an official IB transcript sent to the Office of Admissions along with a course syllabus for each course being considered for transfer credit.

Note: Credit may be awarded for Advanced Placement examinations, International Baccalaureate HL courses, Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams, some foreign diploma programs and/or college level courses completed while in high school.  If students choose to take one or more courses at the University of New England which covers substantially the same material as any of these exams or courses the credit from the transferred course or exam will be forfeited.  Students may not receive credit twice for the same material.

International Student Admission


Transfer Admissions

Students applying for transfer admission are required to forward the completed application form and application fee of $40, and official college transcripts of ALL academic work to the Admissions Office. College Board scores, secondary school records, and an interview may also be requested by the Director of Admissions.

All undergraduate students accepted to the University will be expected to fulfill both the University and program requirements prior to being awarded a degree from the University of New England. Transfer students will be individually advised by the Registration Services of all such requirements left outstanding after the evaluation of transfer credit has been completed prior to registration. A transfer student's grade point average (GPA) is based only on grades received at the University of New England.

Transfer students are evaluated on the basis of their collegiate records according to the following guidelines:

  • All students who have earned an associate degree in a program of study from an accredited institution that is parallel or related to the academic offerings at the University of New England are eligible for admission to the University. The student will receive credit for all courses therein, up to a total of 65 credits. However, not all of those credits will necessarily apply towards core or degree requirements.
  • Students who have earned less than an associate degree will be granted transfer credit for those courses completed at an accredited institution that parallel or relate to courses offered by the University with a grade of C- or higher. Some restrictions may apply. Refer to program descriptions for further information.
  • All eligible students with a grade point average of at least 2.5 will be considered for admission to the University; students with a grade point average below 2.5 are considered on an individual basis.
  • Class standing is determined by the University Registrar.
  • Transfer credit is given for courses graded C- or higher. Some restrictions may apply. Refer to program descriptions for further information.
  • While credits may transfer in based on the criteria above, grades and/or grade points do not transfer into the student's UNE academic record. Grades for accepted transfer courses are identified on the UNE transcript with a "TR" symbol in the grade column, which denotes credit accepted but no GPA calculation value.

Note: Matriculated UNE students who wish to have college-level credits transferred back (for course work taken at institutions away from UNE) must follow policy identified under the Academic Policy section of this catalog.

Portfolio Assessment Credit for Prior Experiential Learning

The University of New England will consider, for credit equivalency, prior experiential learning which a matriculated student might possess, which is considered by the faculty to be college-level learning. It is imperative that the experience relate directly to specific course work in the student's program of study and has occurred within five years of the student's matriculation at UNE. Experience gathered after matriculation at UNE will not be considered under this policy. A maximum of eight credits, not to exceed two courses, can be awarded for prior experiential learning, which will be documented from an approved portfolio initiated and prepared by the student. An individual portfolio must be submitted for each course equivalency. Individual departments may designate courses exempt from this policy. There is a $50 processing fee for each portfolio assessment.

Note: Nursing students should contact the Department of Nursing and Health Services Management for further information concerning this area of assessment credit.

Portfolio Assessment Application Procedure Outline

The student is responsible for the following procedure of portfolio assessment.

  • Portfolio assessment packets are available from the Registration Services on both the Biddeford and the Portland Campus.
  • A request for credit equivalency, and the subsequent portfolio submission, must occur during your first two semesters at UNE.
  • Secure a faculty sponsor from UNE or within the Greater Portland Alliance of Colleges and Universities. The faculty sponsor will provide guidance in the preparation of the portfolio.
  • Complete the portfolio per the Guidelines for Portfolio Assessment document available in Registration Services.
  • Submit portfolio to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The dean will notify Student Accounts that the request for experiential learning has been submitted and the student will be billed for a $50.00 non-refundable portfolio assessment fee. The dean will forward the portfolio to the chair of the department in which the course is offered. The chair of the department will select a faculty member to review the portfolio. Faculty selected must have either taught the course for which credit is requested or have proper qualifications to teach the course if/when it is offered at UNE. The faculty reviewer may interview or test the student, or request further information from the student, in order to assess if course objectives have been met. The faculty reviewer will then make a decision and forward it to the chair of the department and the dean for approval or rejection of the credit equivalency request, or may return the portfolio to the student for suggested revision.
  • The decision of the faculty reviewer is final. A reconsideration for the same course equivalency may not be made.
  • If approved, the Registrar records course equivalency as prior experiential learning credits.
  • Course equivalency credit approval for an individual course does not result in a waiver or equivalency credit for any prerequisites of that course. A separate portfolio must be submitted if credit equivalency is requested for the prerequisite.
  • Student is billed by Student Accounts for portfolio assessment, regardless of the decision rendered by the faculty reviewer.


Programs of the University of New England have been approved for persons eligible for Veterans Administration Benefits by the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans' Education Programs. The University encourages active and retired military, National Guard and reservists, as well as veterans, to become matriculated students. For further information concerning veterans admissions and benefits, please contact:

Judi Brewer
Enrollment Specialist
716 Stevens Ave
Portland ME  04103
Phone: (207) 221-4246
Fax: (207) 221-4898

Applicants who are requesting Veterans Administration educational benefits are required to have all previous postsecondary education and training evaluated for transfer credit.
Applicants with military service should send a copy of an Army/ACE Registry Transcript Service (AARTS) or a SMART (Sailor/ Marine Corps American Council on Education Registry Transcript) to Registration Services for credit evaluation.

More information on veterans benefits is available on the Veteran Education Benefits website.