About Orientation


New Student Orientation at the University of New England seeks to prepare incoming students for academic and co-curricular success, through a holistic and ongoing process throughout the first-year experience. Student leaders, faculty, and professional staff partner to ensure a welcoming, informative, and enjoyable experience for students and their families, through which they will make meaningful connections and become integrated into our University's particular intellectual, social, and cultural climate. New Student Orientation also seeks to provide a shared experience for all new students, while allowing each student to make the experience personal based on his or her needs, wants, and goals as they transition to our University.

Core Values

New Student Orientation at the University of New England values a holistic and ongoing approach to Orientation that is collaborative, student-centered, diverse, innovative, and genuine. We are guided by the following values, essential to the culture of the UNE community.

Student Centeredness 

We put the aspirations, needs, and success of our students at the center of all we do.

Diversity, Inclusion, Connection 

We believe the benefits of a richly varied campus community arise not only from the diversity of its people but also from a sense of belonging and the context this creates to explore and celebrate differences in backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, underpinned by a sense of cultural humility and a commitment to ethical ideals.

Relentless Inquiry

We take nothing for granted and view thoughtful — even uncomfortable — questioning as essential to the pursuit of knowledge, contribution to society, and a life worth living. Our commitment to University-wide academic freedom is fundamental to this value.

Boundary Crossing

Solutions to the complex and varied challenges we face in our personal and professional lives, our communities, and society will not be found in any single discipline, college, physical location, or individual. Thus, our ability to move easily across such boundaries in order to collaborate with colleagues makes us better problem solvers and more likely to succeed in whatever ventures we undertake.

Learning Everywhere

We believe that teaching and learning should occur beyond traditional classrooms and laboratories — in any place ripe for inquiry and experimentation, including clinics, environmental and field-study sites, online forums, libraries, museums, theaters, and places of civic engagement, among many others.

Progressive Change

We are not afraid to take thoughtful risks in the pursuit of our shared goals.

Stewardship of Our Planet

We recognize that the health of individuals, communities, and the natural environment is essential to the survival of the planet and its inhabitants and to a well-functioning society.

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