From the School

The University of New England is an innovative health sciences university grounded in the liberal arts, with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses and unique study abroad opportunities. UNE has internationally recognized scholars in the sciences, health, medicine and humanities; offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs; and is home to Maine's only medical school and the only college of dental medicine in Northern New England. UNE is one of a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health education mission including medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing and an array of allied health professions. Academic programs ensure that students have plenty of opportunities for extensive fieldwork, clinical experiences, research, internships and global experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

UNE's 6,429 students are enrolled in a wide variety of academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels in six colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, the Westbrook College of Health Professions, and the online College of Graduate and Professional Studies. At the undergraduate level, UNE has approximately 2,749 students enrolled from 35 different states and several foreign countries in more than 40 undergraduate degree programs. UNE traces its history to 1831 with the founding of Westbrook College, one of Maine's oldest institutions of learning. Today's University represents the joining of three unique higher education institutions through the combining of St. Francis College and the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1978, and Westbrook College in 1996.


From The School

Students applying for admission should submit a completed application, a $40 nonrefundable application fee, transcripts of all academic work (high school and college), and scores on either the ACT or SAT. Students who do not use English as their primary language must submit TOEFL scores. Students applying for admission should have completed a curriculum that includes English, mathematics, science, and social sciences. International students must also complete an International Student Supplemental Application.

The undergraduate freshman admission application deadline is February 15. Applications received after this date are reviewed on a space-available basis. There is a nonbinding December 1 early action application deadline with a December 31 notification date. Applications for the spring term are accepted through December 1.

All prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the campuses of the University of New England for an information session and tour. Tours are held daily Monday through Friday, and Saturday tours are also available. For more information about visiting UNE, visit


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 590


Early Action
December 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Academic Programs

UNE's academic programs ensure that students have plenty of opportunities for extensive fieldwork, clinical experiences, research, internships and global experiences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All undergraduate programs at UNE have a core curriculum as a common thread. Designed to provide a foundation in the liberal arts, the core reflects the values of the University and is designed to prepare students for living informed, thoughtful, and active lives in a complex and changing society.

UNE's Student Academic Success Center provides a wide range of services to assist students with health, academic support, educational and career planning, and equal opportunities during their academic experience. The Office of Career Services provides academic and career exploration assistance, assistance in applying to graduate schools, self-assessment and personal interest exploration, resume help, and information and access to job listings and job fairs.

Majors and Degrees Offered

UNE offers highly competitive undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of areas.

Bachelor degrees are offered in animal behavior, applied exercise science, applied mathematics, applied social and cultural studies, aquaculture and aquarium science, art and design media, art education, athletic training, biochemistry, biological sciences, business, chemistry, communications, dental hygiene, elementary education, English, environmental science, environmental studies, health, wellness and occupational studies, history, laboratory science, liberal studies, marine sciences, medical biology (pre-dental, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre–physician assistant studies, and pre–veterinary science), neuroscience, nursing, ocean studies and marine affairs, political science (including pre-law), pre-pharmacy, pre–physical therapy, psychology, public health, secondary education, sociology, and sport and recreation management.

Master's degrees are offered in biological sciences, education, marine sciences, medical education leadership, nurse anesthesia studies, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, public health, and social work.

Doctoral degrees offered include dental medicine (D.M.D.), education leadership (Ed.D.), osteopathic medicine (D.O.), pharmacy (Pharm.D.), and physical therapy (D.P.T.).

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Animal Sciences
  • Animal Sciences, Other
  • Aquaculture

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Clinical/Medical Social Work
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other
  • Health Services Administration
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (DO)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Public Health, Other

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biopsychology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Outdoor Education
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Science Technologies/Technicians

  • Chemical Technology/Technician

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

Students Say

With its stellar track record in the health sciences and liberal arts, “small classes,” and “fantastic location” on the waterfront of southern Maine, it’s easy to see the allure of the University of New England. Undergrads here certainly value the school’s “small” size, which helps to create a “welcoming community.” And they also appreciate that UNE frequently awards “great financial aid package[s].” Academically, the university is hailed for its “strong” science programs which focus on “clinical experiences” and offer “very good research opportunities.” Indeed, UNE really places an emphasis on “individualized, hands-on experience.” Students here are pleased to discover that the majority of their professors are “really passionate about their subjects” and bring “innovative and inspiring” teaching methods to the classroom. It’s also quite evident that “professors at UNE are here for the students.” As a grateful athletic training major shares, “[Teachers are often] willing to meet outside of the classroom not only during office hours but hours that work with your schedule.” All in all, as an elementary education major simply sums up, “it’s a really amazing educational environment.”


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Steve Shannon, D.O.
President, AACOM (Am. Assoc. Coll. of Osteo. Med.)

Peter Makuck

Marjorie Sharmat Weinman
Children's Book Author

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For 2014-2015, full-time (12 to 18 credits) undergraduate comprehensive annual costs are $46,750. This includes: Full-time tuition $32,880
Room and Board $12,670 (traditional double occupancy)
General Services Fee $1,200

Financial Aid

Approximately 98% percent of full-time undergraduate students received some form of financial assistance. The average package was $26,000, including scholarships, grants, loans and employment. The University of New England has an extensive academic scholarship program with awards ranging from $3,000 to $18,000 per year. The Office of Financial Services uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as its primary application for institutional, federal, and state aid programs.


Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


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Financial aid provided to international students

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Required Fees
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Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



71% female
29% male
67% are out of state
80% are full time
20% are part time

Students Say

University of New England tends to attract “hard working” and “driven” students, many of whom seem to have an eye towards pursuing graduate school. In addition to a studious nature, you’ll also discover a “friendly” student body that’s “always willing to lend a hand.” As a pre-occupational therapy major explains, “Everyone is comfortable with being who they are and the students here accept each person as an individual. It’s not cliquey like high school sometimes is.” And a marine biology major quickly concurs stating, “I will walk by a stranger and we will say hi and ask how each other is doing. Random people will sit with you at lunch or dinner and you will be able to have a nice conversation.” Of course, some students do complain about the “disproportionate male-to-female ratio;” females at University of New England far outnumber the males. Many of these undergrads also tend to be “Caucasian,” come from “middle class families” and “small Maine towns.” A lot of UNE students strive to be “eco-friendly.” Although there is “little racial diversity” here, undergrads stress that there’s “no discrimination.” Additionally, “there is a major LGBT community on campus that create events that welcome everyone.” In the end, an elementary education major promises that “everyone finds their friends and many people seem very happy with it all.”


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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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female

Students Say

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.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Susan McDevitt Church

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational/Neuropsychological evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychoeducational/Neuropsychological evaluation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Nor'Easters)
6 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Women's Sports (Nor'Easters)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups:

Minority Support Groups:

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNH


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Lisa Peron
Staff Assistant

Admissions Office
11 Hills Beach Rd.
Biddeford, ME 04005-9599



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Marine Science and Research Center
Alfond Health Science Center
UNE Beach (on Atlantic Ocean and Saco River)
The Point Picnic Area
Harold Alfond Forum (Athletics)
A virtual tour of our campus is available:

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Portland City Old Port - Shops and Entertainment
Portland/Cumberland Civic Center
Maine Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday. Open selected Saturdays.
8.30 - 4.30

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am-1pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Portland International Jetport is 17 miles from campus. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport. The Amtrak Downeaster operates four round-trips daily between Portland (POR) and Boston North Station (BON), serving 8 communities in between. Corcord Trailways, Greyhound, New England Transit and Maine Lines buses serve Biddeford and Portland.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-95 (the Maine Tpke.), take Exit 32(Biddeford) and turn left at the end of the toll gates onto Rte. 111. Follow Rte. 111 (Alfred St.) through the intersection with U.S. Rte. 1, and at the next light turn right onto Rte. 9/208 (Pool St.). Follow Pool St. approximately 4 miles to the university on the left.

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