Step 1

Attend New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation prepares you for the academic, social, and personal aspects of university life. We are working diligently to update our Orientation experience to help you succeed in your transition to college during these challenging times.

At Orientation you will:

  • Meet with academic advisors and faculty from your department
  • Review your class schedule and receive assistance to make necessary changes
  • Prepare for your UNE career
  • Learn about University services
  • 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
  • Learn what it means to be a Nor'easter!

Orientation is mandatory for new undergraduate students.

This page will be updated if the information changes.

If you have questions email us at


Our Fall Orientation program will be from August 27 through August 30 for residential students (living on campus) and August 30 for commuter students (living off campus).

Fall New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation begins with move-in on Saturday, August 27, and goes until Tuesday, August 30. 

Register for New Student Orientation

Fall Transfer Student Orientation

Movin-in for residential transfer students is Saturday, August 27, 2022.

Residential transfer students will attend the full orientation program which starts on Saturday, August 27, and runs until Tuesday, August 30

Commuter transfer students will attend the orientation program on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

Register for Transfer Student Orientation

Spring Orientation
  • Residential Students: January 17 and January 18
  • Commuting Students: January 18

Register for Spring Orientation


To help you prepare for your college experience UNE is offering additional orientation opportunities this summer.

Summer Orientation Opportunities
Nuts and Bolts Summer Orientation Program

During the summer we host a series of one-day sessions for new students and parents.

This is an opportunity for new students to come to Biddeford and familiarize themselves with campus, meet professional staff members, meet with an academic advisor, and receive important information prior to fall orientation.

Special sessions for parents will be provided on topics such as financial aid and student support services. Lunch is provided for all attendees.

Nuts and Bolts Sessions:

  • June 17
  • June 24
  • July 15
  • July 22
  • July 29

Register for a Nuts and Bolts Session

Trailblazer Summer Orientation Trips

Transitioning to college life can be exhilarating and challenging all at the same time. Start yourself off on the best foot possible by signing up for a Trailblazer trip. Through these four-day, off-campus activities you will meet friends, faculty, current students, and professional staff in a smaller group setting well before school begins. We offer a variety of programs for all interests. 

Trailblazer Trips:

  • June 19–23
  • July 10–14
  • July 17–21
  • July 24–28
  • July 31–August 4

Register for a Trailblazer Trip

Additional Events
Academic Advising

You will have a one-on-one Zoom appointment or phone call with your academic advisor to understand your courses, curriculum, and placement options.

Online Orientation Content

Beginning June 1, 2022 we will launch online videos, learning modules, and more.

For additional information see our FAQ

If you have any questions, please contact us at (207) 602-2447.

Step 2

Apply for a Housing and Meal Plan


Living in a residential community in the first years of college is an important contributor to your success. UNE has a three-year residency requirement which creates a vibrant on-campus experience and we are excited to welcome you.

If you are a deposited student, you can complete a Housing and Dining Service Application and Contract.

Spring 2022
Fall 2022
  • Housing and Dining Contracts are due by July 1 for full consideration
  • Housing Assignments will be available July 18
  • Contact the Office of Housing and Residential/Commuter Life at or (207) 602-2272 for further information

Important housing dates will be distributed during move-in weekend so that you will know when the halls open and close around holidays and breaks.

Check out our FAQ on housing assignments, rooms, and more, to know what to bring in the fall — and be sure to coordinate with your roommate so you don’t end up with duplicates.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Housing and Residential/Commuter Life at or (207) 602-2272.

Meal Plan

As a residential student, you are assigned a meal plan. 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 restaurants in the area

You can change your meal plan at the beginning of the semester.

For more information about the dining facilities and meal plans visit Dining Services.

Step 3

Submit Your Immunization Records and Get Health Insurance


As a new student, you are required by the State of Maine and UNE to complete and submit the following all found at the Student Health Center website:

  • Health History
  • Immunization Form for Arts and Sciences Students
  • Immunization Form for Health Professions Students
  • Physical Form
  • A photocopy of your health insurance card

All of these are due by July 1 for Traditional First-Year Summer Orientation. If you have questions, or are participating in an Orientation after this deadline, contact Student Health Services at (207) 602-2358 or visit the Student Health Center website.


For information about COVID-19 and the University’s response, visit our COVID-19 response website for the most up to date information.

Health Insurance

As a UNE student, you are required to have health insurance. You have the option to:

  • Purchase health insurance through UNE
  • Waive the UNE plan, if you are already insured
Step 4

Choose a Way to Get Around

Worried about getting around while on campus? Don’t be! The following options are available to you as a first-year or transfer student on our Biddeford campus.


You are encouraged to bring a bike to our easily navigable campus that includes bike racks outside of all academic and recreational buildings. 

Nor'Easter Bike Share

No bike, no problem — UNE’s Nor’easter Bike Share is designed to make your life on campus more mobile and enjoyable. Whether you want to ride across campus or to the beach, this opportunity was made for you. It’s free for students to use and bikes are available at three locations, Campus Center, Alfond Forum, and Padua Residence Hall.

Learn more about Bike Share

Parking Permits

All permit decals are sold online at (Enter “UNE” as your destination). The cost of a University parking permit is a flat fee based on the permit type and is non-negotiable or refundable. The cost must be paid online by credit card or electronic check or billed to the student account (must have a valid PRN).

Beginning Friday, August 5 at noon first-year residential students will be eligible to purchase a permit for $350 (limited number available).

*UNE offers three financial incentives for first-year and transfer students who commit to not bringing a vehicle to campus during their first year. These financial incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and available enrollment is capped at 250 students per academic year.

Get more information about parking at UNE

Nor'easter Express

Offering a regular schedule seven days a week, the Nor'easter Shuttle transports UNE faculty, professional staff, and students to and from the University and Saco Train Station. From there, passengers can switch to a local bus to provide more flexibility for your commute. You just need to present a UNE ID card. Visit the Shuttlebus-Zoom website for routes and schedules.

Zoom Express

The Zoom Turnpike Express offers weekday service from the Biddeford and Saco turnpike exits to downtown Portland. Other Shuttlebus services provide stops in Old Orchard Beach, the Maine Mall, and Portland. Visit the Shuttlebus-Zoom website for rates, routes, and schedules.

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