Students Say

At Unity College, each student receives a “sound background in environmental awareness” as well as “first-rate instruction in the major of their choice,” which, by and large, has an environmental focus. In this regard, the school’s “rural location” allows an “emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning” and undergrads love being able to “spend incredible amounts of time in the field.” In addition, “many classes and labs are held outside.”

Overview

Applicants
737
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.27

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
30%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 560
SAT Math
490 - 560
ACT Composite
22 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

At Unity College, each student receives a “sound background in environmental awareness” as well as “first-rate instruction in the major of their choice,” which, by and large, has an environmental focus. In this regard, the school’s “rural location” allows an “emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning” and undergrads love being able to “spend incredible amounts of time in the field.” In addition, “many classes and labs are held outside.” “There are very few strictly lecture classes,” a freshman says. Many here allude to the school’s “personal atmosphere,” in which administrators and professors “aren’t just the people in charge of our education. They are our friends and neighbors who live with us, learn with us, and play with us. By the end of the first week of classes, all students learn to feel comfortable being on a first-name basis with every person they meet on this campus.” Professors here “understand the necessity of getting to know the people in your area of study” and “encourage students to make contacts.” As a whole, undergrads feel that Unity puts them on track to be the “environmental leaders of the future.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.12:1
Total Faculty
68
with Terminal Degree
54

34
Women
34
Men

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
100%

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
88
Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,643

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,423

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,791

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$11,780

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$22,440
Required Fees
$800
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,100
Transportation for Commuters
$620

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Students report two distinct Unity types: “The first group is likely to be seen in boots, camouflage pants, a baseball cap, and a Carhartt jacket. They spend their free time after class and studies hunting or fishing, depending on the season. They likely have a large group of friends who will troop out to the parking lot to see the latest catch and grill up venison steaks, no matter what the weather is like.” In contrast, the second group “is very different, preferring tie-dye and jeans, vegetarian meals, and activities like Frisbee games, rock climbing, and musical entertainment.” “The rest of the student body” falls somewhere between “those two ends of the spectrum.” So where does the unity come from at Unity? A freshman ventures: “The one thing everybody has in common is we all love the outdoors and want to protect it.” Not everyone, however, endorses the same means to that end: “Beliefs on environmental ethics are wide ranging.” Ultimately, though, the school earns its name, as students “are accepting of hunters and vegetarians alike.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
574
Out of State
75%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented

Demographics

1.72%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.20%
African-American
2.07%
Hispanic
93.12%
Caucasian

55% female
45% male
75% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

From The School

The campus of Unity College is 225 acres of fields and woodlands overlooking Unity Pond and the village of Unity, which is located about two hundred miles northeast of Boston. It is within forty miles of Augusta and Bangor; is within fifteen miles of Waterville, and is twenty-five miles from Penobscot Bay and the Atlantic coast. The academic programs of Unity College are enhanced by the rich natural history of the region, from the mountains of western Maine to the rocky eastern coast.

Students Say

Unity students describe their school as “pretty far away from civilization” (a 20-to-30-minute drive, to be precise), but most appreciate the “laid-back” lifestyle and report “lots to do” on campus and in its immediate environs. Oft-mentioned diversions include “bands in the student center every other week,” and “a ton of clubs, such as the outing club, rock-climbing club, martial arts club, [and] indoor soccer.” Rural Maine is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts; a senior defines fun as: “ice fishing, snowmobiling, national toboggan races in Camden in winter, hiking, hunting, [regular] fishing, camping, biking, wildlife watching and photography, traveling, sugar maple-ing, paintball, target shooting, and volunteering year-round.” The college doesn’t feature “a strong nightlife because of the rural area,” though “There’s usually one party that half the school shows up to,” and it usually entails “drinking some beer in someone’s room.” Those looking for something a little more urban often head to “Waterville (about 25 minutes away) to go to bars and clubs.” Nevertheless, students say, “It is a miniscule group of people who show up only for classes and then disappear home. There is too much fun to be had.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
62%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
88

Housing Options

Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
James Horan

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-III

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
0
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
0

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

Men's Sports ()
3 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Women's Sports ()
4 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center

Sustainability

Unity College in Maine goes by the moniker “America’s Environmental College,” and it is well deserved. One hundred percent of the campus grounds are maintained organically, 100 percent of cleaning products are Green Seal-certified, and 100 percent of meals in the dining hall offer vegetarian options, with 38 percent of the food local in origin. The college academic focus is on sustainability science, with majors including Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Energy Management, and outdoor adventure-based Environmental Education. Unity College was the first college in the US to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. Unity’s focus now is on divesting its campus infrastructure from fossil fuels. Unity College is founding member of the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge,” which encourages US colleges to invest a total of $1 billion in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. Unity has a net-zero energy President’s home, a certified passively heated 10 student residence hall that cost $214 to heat last winter, a new carbon neutral 70 student residence hall that is heated with pellets and soon to be fully powered with solar photo-voltaic panels, a solar photovoltaic power purchase agreement on the library that supplies 80 percent of its electricity, and five biomass boilers that eliminate reliance on fossil fuels in three buildings. The college operates the MacKay Agricultural Research Station (MARS), a combined farm and greenhouse with nearly an acre of heated greenhouse space to provide greatly expanded local foods availability for the dining halls and space for local farmers to extend their growing seasons. The college Performing Arts Center is located downtown in a wonderfully restored 1900-era farmhouse and barn and is undergoing an $80,000 grant-funded deep-energy retrofit that will reduce its energy use by 75 percent. These initiatives are part of a comprehensive strategic plan approved by the trustees to become 100 percent carbon-neutral by 2019.

Green Rating
94

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
27%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
7

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Emily Valli
Visit Coordinator

Address
PO Box 532
Unity, ME 04988

Phone
207.948.9275

Email
visituc@unity.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Terra Haus
Student Center
Library
Wyman Commons
Unity Rocks
The Unity House - President's House

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Unity House of Pizza
Spankys Pizza
Field of Dreams / Unity Pond
Cross Trax Restaurant
Unity Raceway

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Summer Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Contact Email Address for Visit
visituc@unity.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Monday thru Thursday Only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle Buses Bangor International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
FROM THE SOUTH: I-95 North to exit 127 (Waterville-Oakland). Follow Route 137 East 10 miles to China. Turn left onto 202 & 9 East and proceed 13 miles to Unity. Turn right at the Unity College sign. FROM THE NORTH: I-95 South to exit 174. Take a left at the end of the exit ramp. Follow Route 69 East 1.5 miles. Turn right at the blinking light on to Routes 202/9. Follow Routes 202/9 South for 22 miles to Unity. In the center of town travel straight through the blinking yellow light, proceed another 1/3 of a mile. Turn left at the Unity College sign (Quaker Hill Road) and proceed up the hill, take the first right onto campus. The Allison M. Hall Welcome Center is the first building on the left.

Local Accommodations
Fireside Inn & Suites Waterville, Main St. 207-873-3335 Comfort Inn - 332 Main Street 207-873-2777 Econo Lodge, Kennedy Memorial Drive 207-872-5577 Hampton Inn - 425 Kennedy Memorial Drive 207-873-0400 Waterville Grand Hotel, Upper Main St. 207-873-0111
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Key Stats

737
Applicants
574
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate
1040
SAT Scores

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