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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.

2023–2024 Campus Tours and Information Sessions

Prospective students, their friends, and their families have an open invitation to visit the University. The pleasant drive to scenic Maine and the opportunity to meet the University's students 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 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Prospective students are encouraged to visit on a weekday if at all possible. Daily tours and information sessions are offered during the school year, school breaks, and throughout the summer multiple times during the day. Saturday tours with information sessions are offered on the Biddeford campus during the fall and spring semesters. Please call in advance, 1 (800) 477-4863. You can also register online at

2023–2024 Admissions Criteria

To determine a first-year applicant's qualifications as a candidate for admission to the undergraduate programs of the University of New England, we carefully consider many different criteria.

UNE does not require submission of ACT/SAT scores to apply for undergraduate admission with the following exceptions where students are able to apply test optional:

  • Applicants for the Nursing program
  • Applicants for Medical Biology/Pre-Dental Medicine 3+4 or Medical Biology/Pre-Medicine 3+4 D.O.
  • Homeschooled applicants
  • Applicants with unweighted GPAs less than 2.5 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Applicants with narrative or non-letter grade transcripts
  • Some International Applicants

The above applicants are able to submit official standardized test scores as part of their test optional application to UNE. For more information about the test blind and test-optional policies please see

Students applying for undergraduate admission will be required to submit a completed application, an official secondary school transcript, and a $40 application fee. Students are also highly recommended to submit the following:

  • Extracurricular involvement.
  • The essay or personal statement.
  • The two recommendations
  • Qualified students with equivalency certificates are also considered for admission.

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

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

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

Students interested in the Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor (ABSN) Program should apply online using The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS).

Please note that external transfers are unable to apply for the undergraduate 4-year nursing program.

Home-Schooled Students

The University of New England welcomes applications from qualified home-schooled students and we review each applicant with careful attention.
UNE requires that students enrolling at UNE have completed home schooling at the secondary level as defined by their home state law. Please check with your state to make sure you are following their guidelines and send us any necessary supporting materials.


Your high school transcript from grades 9–12

If you have taken any courses at a school, college, online, or by correspondence, please be sure to have official transcripts sent directly to us. Detailed performance evaluations and materials such as course bibliographies or syllabi are also helpful, but not required.

SAT or ACT scores (Optional)

Home-schooled students have the option to submit official SAT or ACT results if they choose.

Two letters of recommendation

At least one letter must be from someone who can assess your academic ability. The second letter may be from someone who can further assess your academic ability and/or level of co-curricular involvement.

2023–2024 Admissions Deadlines


Early Action: November 15

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 November 15.

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 January 6.

2023–2024 Reservation Agreement

Once accepted, students are required to submit a $500 deposit for on campus or $300 if living off campus, which 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.

2023–2024 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.

2023–2024 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).

2023–2024 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 TitleMinimum ScoreCourse EquivalentCredit Earned
Art History3ARH 210 or ARH 2113
Biology4BIO 1044
Calculus AB4MAT 1904
Calculus BC3MAT 1904
Calculus BC4MAT 190 and MAT 1958
Chemistry3CHE 1104
Chemistry4CHE 110 and CHE 1118
Chinese Language and Culture3ENG 199 - Exploration3
Computer Science A3MAT 2253
English Language and Composition4ENG 1104
English Literature and Composition4ENG 199 - Exploration3
Environmental Science3ENV 1043
European History4HIS 231 - Exploration3
French Language3FRE 100 - Exploration3
French Language5FRE 101 and FRE 1996
German Language3ENG 199 - Exploration3
Government and Politics: Comparative3PSC 204 - Exploration3
Government and Politics: United States3PSC 101 - Exploration3
Human Geography4ENV 2003
Japanese Language and Culture3ENG 199 - Exploration3
Latin: Vergil3ENG 198 - Exploration3
Macroeconomics3BUEC 2033
Microeconomics3BUEC 2043
Music Theory3MUS 1013
Physics 13PHY 1104
Physics 23PHY 1114
Physics 1 and 23PHY 110 and PHY 1118
Physics C: Mechanics3PHY 1104
Physics C: Mechanics4PHY 2104
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism3PHY 1114
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism4PHY 2114
Psychology4PSY 1053
Spanish Language3SPA 101 - Exploration3
Spanish Language5SPA 101 and SPA 2016
Statistics3MAT 1203
Studio Art: 2-D Design4ART 1063
Studio Art: 3-D Design4ART 1133
Studio Art: Drawing4ART 1183
United States History4HIS 199 - Exploration3
World History4HIS 276 or HIS 2783

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

2023–2024 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 ExamsMinimum ScoreCourse EquivalentCredit Earned
English Composition with Essay50ENG 1104
English Composition50ENG 1104
Social Sciences and History50Explorations (1)3
Natural Sciences50Clear with DepartmentVaries
Humanities50Explorations (2)6
MathematicsN/ANo EquivalencyN/A
American Government50PSC 1013
American Literature50ENG 2003
Analyzing and Interpreting of Literature50ENG 1993
Algebra, College50SAS 022 (non-degree)3
PreCalculus50MAT 1803
English Literature50ENG 1993
General Chemistry50CHE 1104
General Chemistry65CHE 110 and CHE 1118
Psychology, Introduction50PSY 1053
Human Growth and Development50PSY 2503
Principles of Management50BUMG 2003
Accounting, Introduction50BUAC 2013
Business Law, Introduction50BUMG 3263
Principles of Marketing50BUMK 2003
TrigonometryN/ANo EquivalencyN/A
Macroeconomics, Introduction50BUEC 2033
Microeconomics, Introduction50BUEC 2043
Introductory Sociology50SOC 1503
French: 2 Semesters50FRE 1003
French: 4 Semesters50FRE 100 and 1016
German: 2 Semesters50Exploration (1)3
German: 4 Semesters50Explorations (2)6
Spanish: 2 Semesters50SPA 1013
Spanish: 4 Semesters50SPA 101 and 1026
Calculus50MAT 1904
General Biology50BIO 105 or MAR 1054
Biology56BIO 1044
U.S. History I50HIS 2013
U.S. History II50HIS 2023
Western Civilization I50HIS 1993
Western Civilization II50HIS 1993
Educational Psychology, IntroductionVariesClear with SSBSVaries
Information Systems and Computer Applications50CMM 1003
Freshman College Composition50ENG 1104

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

2023–2024 DANTES

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 TitleMinimum Score (ACE)Course EquivalentCredit Earned
Fundamentals of College Algebra3B/47SAS 021 (non-degree)3
Principles of Statistics3B/48MAT 1203
Art of the Western World3B/48ARH 2703
Contemporary Western Europe: 1946 - 19903B/48HIS 1993
Introduction to the Middle east3B/44PSC 1993
Human/Cultural Geography3B/48HIS 3343
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union3BU/45HIS 1993
History of the Vietnam War3B/49HIS 1993
Civil War and Reconstruction3BU/47HIS 1993
Foundations of Education3B/46EDU 1053
Lifespan Developmental Psychology3B/46PSY 2203
General Anthropology3B/47ANT 1013
Drug and Alcohol Abuse3BU/49General Elective3
Introduction to Law Enforcement3B/45General Elective3
Criminal Justice3B/49General Elective3
Fundamentals of Counseling3B/45General Elective3
Principles of Finance3BU/46BUMG 3153
Principles of Financial Accounting3B/49BUAC 2013
Human Resource Management3B/48BUMG 3023
Organizational Behavior3B/48BUMG 3013
Principles of Supervision3B/46BUMG 1993
Business Law II3BU/52BUMG 3253
Introduction to Computing3B/47CMM 1003
Introduction to Business3B/46BUMG 1993
Money and Banking3BU/48BUMG 1993
Personal Finance3B/46BUFI 1993
Management Information Systems3BU/46CMM 1003
Business Mathematics3B/48General Elective3
Astronomy3B/48General Elective3
Here's to Your Health3B/48HSM 1993
Environment and Humanity:Race to Save the Planet3B/46ENV 1043
Principles of Physical Science I3B/47CHE 1254
Physical Geology3B/46ENV 2303
Technical Writing3B/46ENG 199 - Exploration3
Ethics in America3B/46PHI 1993
Introduction to World Religions3B/49REL 2003
Principles of Public Speaking3B/47SPC 1003

2023–2024 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 TitleAccepted ScoreCourse EquivalentCredit Earned
Accounting Unit I1 or 2BUAC 2013
Biology Unit I1 or 2BIO 1064
Biology Unit II1 or 2BIO 1054
Caribbean Studies1 or 2HIS 1993
Chemistry Unit1 or 2CHE 1104
Chemistry Unit II1 or 2CHE 1114
Communication Studies Unit I1 or 2ENG 1104
Economics Unit I1 or 2BUEC 2033
Economics Unit II1 or 2BUEC 2043
Environmental Science Unit I1 or 2ENV 1043
Environmental Science Unit II1 or 2ENV 1043
French Unit I1 or 2FRE 1013
Geography Unit I1 or 2ELE 199 - Elective3
Information Technology Unit I1 or 2CMM 1003
Information Technology Unit II1 or 2CMM 1023
Law Unit II1 or 2BUMG 3253
Literatures in English Unit I1 or 2ENG 1993
Literatures in English Unit II1 or 2ENG 1983
Management of Business Unit I1 or 2BUMG 200 or 3023
Management of Business Unit II1 or 2BUMG 3123
Pure Mathematics Unit I1 or 2MAT 180 and 1907
Pure Mathematics Unit II1 or 2MAT 1954
Physics Unit I1 or 2PHY 1104
Physics Unit II1 or 2PHY 1114
Psychology Unit I1 or 2PSY 1053
Psychology Unit II1 or 2PSY 1053
Sociology Unit I1 or 2SOC 1503
Sociology Unit II1 or 2SOC 1703

2023–2024 International Baccalaureate (IB) and International Examination

To receive academic credit from the University of New England through the IB examinations, the student must be admitted to the University, and must provide UNE with official IB transcripts.

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

IB Course TitleLevelMinimum ScoreUNE Course EquivalencyUNE Credits
Language A: LiteratureHL5ENG 199 English Electives3
Language A: Literature and LanguageHL5ENG 199 English Electives3

Group 2: Language Acquisition

IB Course TitleLevelMinimum ScoreUNE Course EquivalencyUNE Credits
Language B: FrenchHL5FRE 101 Basic French3
Language B: SpanishHL5SPA 101 Basic Spanish3

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

IB Course TitleLevelMinimum ScoreUNE Course EquivalencyUNE Credits
Business and ManagementHL5BUMG 200 Management or Business Elective3
EconomicsHL5BUEC 204 Microeconomics or Business Elective3
HistoryHL5HIS 199 Explorations3
PhilosophyHL5PHI 110 Problems of Knowledge3
PsychologyHL5PSY 105 Intro to Psychology3
Social and Cultural AnthropologyHL5ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology3
Environmental Systems and SocietiesSL5ENV 104 Intro to Environmental Issues or ENV 100 and 101 GLC: Intro to Environmental Issues3
Global PoliticsHL5PSC 1XX Political Science Explorations3

Group 4: Sciences

IB Course TitleLevelMinimum ScoreUNE Course EquivalencyUNE Credits
BiologyHL5BIO 104 General Biology or BIO 105 Biology I and 106 Biology II4 or 8
ChemistryHL5 or 6CHE 110 General Chemistry I4
ChemistryHL7CHE 110 General Chemistry I and CHE 111 General Chemistry II8
PhysicsHL5 or 6PHY 110 Physics I4
PhysicsHL7PHY 110 Physics I and PHY 111 Physics II8
Design TechnologyHL5Business Elective3

Group 5: Mathematics

IB Course TitleLevelMinimum ScoreUNE Course EquivalencyUNE Credits
Further MathematicsHL4MAT 180 Precalculus3
Further MathematicsHL5, 6, 7MAT 190 Calculus I4
MathematicsHL4MAT 180 Precalculus3
MathematicsHL5, 6, 7MAT 190 Calculus I4

Group 6: The Arts

IB Course TitleLevelMinimum ScoreUNE Course EquivalencyUNE Credits
MusicHL5MUS 101 Intro to Music or MUS 115 Music Appreciation3
Visual ArtsHL5ART 106 Two-Dimensional Design3
FilmHL5ART 199 Topics in Art3

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.

2023–2024 International Student Admission

The University of New England (UNE) welcomes applications from students from around the world.

UNE is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security to enroll international students and issue student and/or exchange visitor visa-qualifying documents (I-20/DS-2019). We comply with all regulations of the U.S. Government pertaining to the enrollment and tracking of international students under the SEVIS Program.

At UNE, an international student is someone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. (holder of a “Green Card”). Prospective international students must meet the same admissions criteria required of all other applicants. In accordance with federal and state law, the University will consider all qualified students for admission, regardless of citizenship status.

Applicants to online programs are not eligible for a student visa.

UNE requires that the student submits ONE of the following tests: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test OR PTE Academic. However, international students who have attended a regionally accredited U.S. high school or U.S. Department of Defense school overseas for at least three years, or have received an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, will be eligible to apply without standardized test scores (i.e. SAT, ACT, TOEFL, ITELS). Additionally, international students who are taking an IB Curriculum or IB Diploma program are also eligible to apply without standardized test scores.

In some cases, an international student may be required to submit standardized test scores. The following applicants are required to submit official SAT or ACT test scores as part of their application to UNE.

  • Applicants for the Nursing program
  • Applicants for Medical Biology/Pre-Dental Medicine 3+4 or Medical Biology/Pre-Medicine 3+4 D.O.
  • Homeschooled applicants
  • Applicants with unweighted GPAs less than 2.5 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Applicants with narrative or non-letter grade transcripts

Admissions Requirements For

An international applicant (not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who will require a visa to study in the U.S.)


An applicant with international degrees or coursework (a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who has been educated outside of the U.S. and will not require a visa to study in the U.S.)

General admissions criteria for the University and its academic programs can be found by accessing the undergraduate or graduate admissions catalogs or the individual program or major.

In addition to the general University admissions criteria, and program-specific criteria, international students must also meet the following:

English Language Proficiency

  • International applicants must be able to understand and communicate in English to gain full admission to the University of New England. If English is not your native language, you will need to submit documentation that indicates your level of English proficiency (please see above for testing policy for International applicants.)
  • UNE accepts several methods of English proficiency including the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), as well as others. If standardized tests are required, students will meet the minimum standards for English proficiency at UNE by demonstrating one of the following:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)550 (paper-based)
213 (computer-based)
79 (internet-based)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)Overall Band 6.0 or higher
IB (International Baccalaureate)Grade 5 or higher HL
SAT (Critical Reading and Writing Sections)500 or higher
GRE (Analytical Writing Section)4.0 or higher
AP English Language and Composition ExamsScore of 4 or higher with college transfer credit received
One year of English composition, taken at a U.S. institution, which counts as transfer credit at UNE (not ESL)Grade of "C" or higher
Duolingo English Test105 or Higher

Additional Methods

  • UNE also waives the English proficiency requirement for students who graduated from a regionally accredited school in other English-speaking countries: Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Guyana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caico Isle, United Kingdom, the Virgin Islands, and others.
  • Passing scores on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification (with submission of photocopy of ECFMG certification to UNE Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions).

Verification of Financial Support

Federal law requires that we document how you will finance your education in the U.S., prior to issuing the appropriate student visa application form. In addition to the application for admission to your program of interest, all international applicants must:

International Transcripts

English Translation of Transcript
  • Official transcripts from ALL schools attended must be submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions as a part of the application process.
  • All official scholastic records submitted in support of your application must be in English or include English translations.
  • English translations should be literal (word-for-word, not interpretive) translations.
  • For specific procedures and admission criteria for each of our academic programs, please check the program website.
Evaluation of Transcripts
  • UNE requires all international applicants and all U.S. students with international degrees or coursework to have international transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited institution within the U.S. (Any exceptions to this policy will be noted in specific program admissions requirements.)
  • UNE will accept transcript evaluations from World Education Services (WES) only. Evaluations must be for grade and degree equivalency. Please order the WES ICAP service to ensure that copies of your transcripts will be included with the evaluation report.
  • Undergraduate international applicants only may also be permitted to use The Center for Educational Documentation. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for further details.
  • International medical school graduates only: If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. you must have the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) submit review and verification of the equivalency of your medical degree to that of one earned at a regionally accredited U.S. medical school. The ECFMG review and verification of the student’s International Medical Degree will be accepted as an official evaluation of the degree.
  • Official transcripts from Canadian Medical Schools that are approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) do not require external evaluation. There is joint accreditation between LCME and Canada adding 17 more schools to the LCME list. Any school on this LCME list can be considered as offering a valid Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Please note: Official transcripts from ALL schools that the student has attended, U.S. or International, must be submitted to the Office Admissions as a part of the application process. Concerns regarding your ability to provide official transcripts should be directed to your admissions counselor.

Seek Assistance in Your Home Country
For further assistance with securing official documents and information from your country, please contact your local U.S. Embassy/U.S. Consulate/Office of Public Affairs for referral to an overseas educational advising center near you, or consult the list available on the U.S. State Department website.

2023–2024 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 Undergraduate Admissions Office. If the student has less than 30 college credits at the time of application the application must also include their secondary school records.

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 Undergraduate Admissions Office 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 could receive credit for all courses therein, up to a total of 63 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 programs impose even higher grade cutoffs and/or time restrictions on the age of coursework which can be transferred. This information can be found on the individual catalog page related to a program. An exception to this policy will be made for classes taken on a pass/fail basis during Spring 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Any class earning a grade of “Pass” for Spring 2020 will be accepted for transfer. Please note that some graduate programs do not accept pass/fail grades for pre-requisite coursework (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics). Any student who aspires to future graduate school study in select disciplines may discover the award of “Pass” does not support their candidacy for admission and might be guided to repeat the course to earn a standard letter grade.
  • 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.
  • Courses previously completed at another regionally accredited college may be transferrable to a UNE degree program. Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents. Otherwise, they may transfer as general electives. All Science/Math courses previously completed must be no older than five years to be transferrable. Other options and restrictions may apply.
  • 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.

2023–2024 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 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 for further information concerning this area of assessment credit.

2023–2024 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 email

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.