The University of New England has two campuses located in picturesque southern Maine communities and a third campus in Tangier, Morocco.
UNE's Biddeford Campus is located on a beautiful site in Biddeford, Maine, where the Saco River meets the Atlantic Ocean. With more than 4,000 feet of water frontage, enjoying the ocean comes naturally to students. The campus is home to the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, which offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. With more than 540 acres, the Biddeford Campus is also home to the Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences, a modern 80,000-square-foot science education facility, the Marine Science Center and the Harold Alfond Forum.
UNE's quintessential historic New England campus in suburban Portland is home to the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and the Westbrook College of Health Professions, which offers undergraduate programs in Dental Hygiene and Nursing and graduate programs in Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Social Work. The College of Dental Medicine, which opened in the fall of 2013, is the only one of its kind in Northern New England and is housed in the state-of-the-art Oral Health Center. The 41-acre Portland Campus is also home to the Center for Global Humanities, the Art Gallery and the Maine Women Writers Collection.
UNE's third campus is in Tangier, Morocco, and offers students the opportunity to spend a semester or academic year abroad, taking English-language classes in their regular courses of study while discovering the culture of Morocco and the city of Tangier at no additional cost. UNE's campus location offers easy access to downtown, the main beach, and the major cultural activities the city has to offer.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Both the Biddeford and Portland Campuses feature buildings with a variety of uses to support the needs of the University community. On the Biddeford Campus, classroom and office spaces are housed in several facilities across campus. Several research facilities are on campus, including the Marine Science Center; the Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences, with biology and chemistry labs as well as lecture halls, classrooms, a gross anatomy lab, and UNE's medical school facilities; the Pickus Center for Biomedical Research, and the Peter and Cécile Morgane Hall, a science center providing additional classrooms and an undergraduate teaching laboratory. The Department of Creative and Fine Arts offers a dedicated building that provides faculty offices and studio space for drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting and photography.
On the Portland Campus, Ludcke Auditorium is used for a variety of academic programs. Coleman Dental Hygiene Building houses classroom, clinic and faculty space. The Blewett Science Center, home to UNE's nursing program, consists of science labs and classrooms, and the Clinical Simulation Program (CSP), which provides customized training and education for students and health professionals. Proctor Hall is also a classroom building and is home to the Proctor Learning and Career Center. The Josephine S. Abplanalp Library houses study space and computer labs, as well as the Maine Women Writers Collection. The College of Pharmacy is a LEED-certified academic and research facility with teaching and research laboratories and a lecture hall. The College of Dental Medicine has its administration offices in historical Goddard Hall, and the Oral Health Center is a teaching clinic and simulation facility.
Both campuses also provide a variety of facilities in support of community life. The 55,000 square-foot Campus Center on the Biddeford Campus houses both a sports complex and student union. The student union provides multipurpose rooms, snack bar, the University bookstore, and offices. The sports complex includes a gymnasium with indoor track, collegiate swimming pool, fully equipped fitness center, racquetball courts and athletic training room. The Harold Alfond Forum, a 106,000 square-foot facility on the Biddeford Campus, features an ice hockey rink, a basketball court, classroom and lab space, a fitness center, and multipurpose rooms and administrative offices. UNE’s Big Blue Turf Field (one of only a few at colleges in the country) is home to UNE’s field hockey and lacrosse teams. The Finley Recreation Center on the Portland Campus also provides a variety of fitness, health, wellness, and recreational programs and includes a gymnasium, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms.
UNE is committed to supplementing the traditional learning process with practical applications. All students are encouraged to participate in cooperative education programs, field placements, and practicums. These experiences are required for graduation by most majors and provide valuable learning situations that increase a student’s exposure to job-related opportunities. Students also have the opportunity for vibrant study-abroad experiences. For the same cost as a semester or academic year on campus in Maine, students can study at UNE’s Tangier, Morocco campus or in Seville, Spain and take courses in Spanish and intercultural communication as well as a variety of courses in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, business, and the arts taught in English by the host university. Faculty-led short-term travel courses offer other exciting opportunities to study abroad. Students and faculty meet throughout the term to prepare for travel academically and practically through readings, lectures and coursework.
Student Organizations & Activities
UNE's campuses offer a variety of cultural and social events and students are encouraged to become involved in activities, clubs and sports. Popular interests include scuba diving, skiing, hiking, biking, swimming, surfing, music, theater, photography, community service, and student leadership development programs.
UNE's Department of Athletics operates an NCAA Division III varsity athletics program. Varsity sports for men are basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse and soccer. Varsity sports for women are basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball.
At the University of New England “life on campus is [still] very active.” To begin with, the college hosts a number of activities such as “bingo nights, dances and comedians.” And there are plenty of “open mics” and “karaoke [events]” to attend as well. Hockey and ice skating are quite popular, and, given that the university is in Maine, you’re guaranteed to find students “play[ing] in the snow” during the winter months. Of course, UNE’s coastal location in Biddleford is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Indeed, from “kayaking on the Saco River [to] taking the bus to skiing with friends on the mountain, learning how to scuba dive in the pool, or going to free skate in the Forum,” it’s quite easy for undergrads to “take advantage of Maine’s natural surroundings.” Moreover, the school’s close proximity to the water allows students to quickly head “down to the beach and hang out.” And for those undergrads who love getting off campus, the student activity board offers a lot of free trips “including apple picking, dog-sledding and cupcake tours,” Lastly, the citiy of Portland with it’s lively Old Port area are roughly thirty minutes away and offer a wide variety of great dining and entertainment options.