From the School

The University of New England is a private, top-ranked university offering flagship programs in the health and life sciences, as well as degrees in business, education, the social sciences and the liberal arts. UNE’s three beautiful campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine, and Tangier, Morocco, are home to an active and close-knit student community engaged in rigorous academic experiences.

Innovation drives the University each day. In state-of-the-art facilities in Maine, Morocco and beyond, hands-on learning, interdisciplinary engagement and global awareness empower the next generation of leaders for New England and the world.


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 the International Student Supplemental Application.

The undergraduate admission application deadline is February 15. Applications received after that 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 University of New England at an open house or for an information session and tour. Information sessions and tours are held daily Monday through Friday; Saturday tours are also available on select weekends throughout the year. Prospective students can register for a tour at


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 580

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 600

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action — December 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

An education at UNE goes beyond training and beyond traditional. Professors include world-class researchers, authors and scholars who help students reach further, working side-by-side with them in the lab, in the field and across the globe.

UNE offers more than 40 undergraduate and 32 graduate/professional academic programs in needed, fascinating fields. UNE 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. In addition to health sciences disciplines, the full range of liberal arts classes and majors makes UNE a unique participatory, educational environment.

Majors and Degrees Offered

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.

Bachelor’s 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/middle education, english, environmental science, environmental studies, global studies, health, wellness and occupational studies, history, interdisciplinary studies in the humanities (including pre-law), laboratory science, marine affairs, marine entrepreneurship, marine sciences, medical biology (pre-dental medicine, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre–physician assistant, and pre–veterinary medicine), neuroscience, nursing, nutrition, political science, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, psychology, public health, secondary education, social work, sociology, sport and recreation management, and sustainability and business.

Master’s degrees are offered in applied nutrition, athletic training, biological sciences, education, health informatics, marine sciences, medical education leadership, nurse anesthesia, occupational therapy, physician assistant, public health, and social work.

Doctorates 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
10 - 19
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
  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • 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
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Nutrition

  • 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
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • 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-Physical Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Public Health
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Public Health, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

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

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

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

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management

  • 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
  • Social Work

  • Science Technologies/Technicians

  • Chemical Technology/Technician

  • Social Sciences

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

Students Say

With its prime location on the southern coast of Maine, the University of New England is known for preparing students for careers in healthcare and the sciences and for "creating socially, environmentally, and intellectually aware students to effectively change the world around them through liberal arts education." A small school with less than 5,000 undergraduates (roughly 75 percent of the student body is female), students say that around UNE, things are mostly "studious, not too many party animals around here." Despite the university's continued growth in recent years, students still appreciate small class sizes when they can get them, with one student saying that "the class sizes are small enough to have one-on-one interaction with your professor, but they are not too small." With "high-intensity courses to prepare you for the future" and "internships, research, and job [opportunities]," students praise the connections they develop at UNE. The school's location is a boon for marine biology and other similar science majors, with one student noting that the "location of campus with all ecosystems available" was a key reason for choosing UNE. Professors at UNE "truly care about their students and their dreams to succeed;" they are "enthusiastic about teaching and excited to teach." Some students do note that "the higher-level classes are more meaningful," and some "professors are rarely available out of the classroom."


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


Notable Faculty

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


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition: $35,240
Required Fees: $1,290
On Campus Room & Board: $13,580
Total: $50,110

Financial Aid

98 percent of all full-time undergraduate students receive merit-based gift aid of up to $20,000.


Application Deadlines

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

UNE offers a variety of cultural and social events and encourages students to become involved in activities, clubs and sports. Popular interests include scuba diving, skiing, hiking, biking, varsity and intramural sports, swimming, surfing, music, theater, community service and student leadership development programs.

UNE athletes — called Nor’easters after one of the nastiest storms in Mother Nature’s arsenal —strive for success on and off the field. With 11 conference championships in the last five years, student athletes at UNE have a cumulative grade point average of 3.37. Our intercollegiate teams compete at the Division III level in men’s basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse and soccer. Football will see its first varsity action beginning in 2018. Varsity women’s sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball.

The personal attention students receive from faculty both in and out of class, and the quality of faculty as experts in their fields are key strengths of the UNE experience. Students appreciate their faculty members as mentors and trust them as accomplished scholars who impact their fields. From designing coastal trails and restoring wetlands on campus to caring for patients in need, UNE faculty members work side-by-side with their students and are recognized by their peers and other leaders for their expertise. UNE faculty members are national award recipients, Fulbright scholars, authors and world-class researchers, and they share their knowledge unselfishly with their students.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


75% female
25% male
70% are out of state
56% are full time
44% are part time

Students Say

As one student puts it, "UNE is definitely a melting pot. People of all races, ethnicities, genders, [and] personalities" come together in a single school. Not all students agree with this assessment, though, seeing their peers as "mostly white [and] mostly upper-middle class." UNE students generally are "super friendly and supportive," while still being "very driven students who put academics before anything else." The school "foster[s] a student body that tends to be passionate about the environment," which makes sense for a university that, as one student describes it, is "mostly science majors." One student sums up the atmosphere on campus by explaining, "Every university has students that come to college for athletics or the social atmosphere, although at UNE many of the students are academics first and student involvement second." Even so, the prevailing opinion of UNE students is that "everyone is extremely friendly and always willing to help you out no matter what."


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UNE’s waterfront campus in Biddeford, Maine, offers more than 4,000 feet of scenic shoreline where the Saco River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The local area has a long history as a coastal vacation destination. Within its 540 acres, the Biddeford Campus is the hub of undergraduate student life from its vibrant campus clubs and athletics teams, to its innovative study and living spaces.

A rustic brick port sets the stage for a thriving buy-local economy and hip cultural scene —with outdoor adventure all around. UNE’s Portland Campus, a classic, century-old New England quad just a short drive from the waterfront, anchors UNE’s tight-knit, engaged community within this exciting city.

UNE set a new study abroad standard with its Tangier, Morocco campus, which features state-of-the-art labs and modern accommodations, as well as easy access to beaches, downtown and cultural attractions. Students can enjoy a semester abroad at our Morocco campus or with partner universities in Spain, France and Iceland for about the same cost as a semester in Maine.

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, several research facilities are on campus, including the Arthur P. Girard 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. The Biddeford Campus includes undergraduate student housing, graduate and undergraduate classrooms, labs and a makerspace; cafés and innovative study and gathering spaces in the new Danielle N. Ripich Commons; and various athletic facilities and fields, including an NHL-size hockey arena, blue turf field, basketball arena, and much more.

The Portland Campus houses Maine's only College of Dental Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and the Westbrook College of Health Professions, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs in several allied health fields. The 41-acre campus also includes the Center for Global Humanities, Art Gallery and Maine Women Writers Collection. The Blewett Science Center, home to UNE’s nursing program, consists of science labs and classrooms. UNE’s Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center, which provides customized training and education for students and health professionals, is also on the Portland Campus.

Off-Campus Opportunities

On any given weekend at UNE, thrilling adventures await. Students can ride countless miles of mountain bike trails and scenic rural roads, kayak and sail on Casco Bay, camp and hike at hundreds of great parks, or just take in some sun at UNE’s own Freddy Beach. With more than 90 clubs and organizations on UNE’s campuses, students discover many opportunities to get involved. Whether an academic club, an arts club, student government, a cultural organization or an outdoor recreation group, like-minded people are ready to welcome new students aboard

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

While there are school-sponsored events on campus, such as the popular Bingo Night, many students gripe that UNE "is not a very lively campus" and that there's "not much to do here in terms of fun" unless there's an athletic event going on. "Most people focus mainly on their studies," students agree, and the vibe is "definitely focused on academics as opposed to partying, though there are definite social offerings as well." Those students with cars often make the twenty-minute drive to nearby Portland "for shopping and restaurants" and in general "spending time in Portland and at the beach is common." Sports are a big draw, both playing and watching, and "a lot of people participate in Division III sports." Even so, some students feel as though their peers "seem primarily focused on school and then leave on the weekends." As the school continues to expand, parking needs grow, too, as do the need for more dorm space.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Hahna Patterson

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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

21% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Nor'Easters)
6 Sports

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

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNH


School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

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 Perron
Staff Assistant

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



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Marine Science 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: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

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
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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. Concord 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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