Unity College

Unity College

Unity, ME
location
Private
type
Rural
setting
51%
49%
student ratio
577
total students
$24,620 | $24,620
in-state | out-of-state tuition
June 15
fall application deadline
93%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
504
sat math
512
sat reading
489
sat writing
21
act composite

Overview

Variety and choice at America's Environmental College

Unity College, America's Environmental College, is in the middle of everywhere, making it ideal for experiential, hands-on learning in sustainability science.

Students choose from 16 environmentally focused majors such as Conservation Law Enforcement, Environmental Pre-Law, Captive Wildlife Care, and Adventure Therapy. The 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio affords exemplary attention and support. Undergraduates do real field research, go to professional conferences, participate in publications, and do career-focused internships that help them get and keep jobs. More than 98 percent of Unity graduates work full-time or attend graduate school.

Beyond Unity's pastoral 225-acre campus of fields, farms and research facilities, students explore amazing places within a two-hour drive such as Acadia National Park, the East Coast's only national park; Baxter State Park, with Mt. Katahdin, Maine's highest peak; and dozens more in America's vacationland.

In 2012, the Unity College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to become America's first institution of higher learning to divest its endowment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies, making Unity the standard-bearer for a growing national movement.

Learners with community spirit

Unity is a tight-knit community of learners who value community spirit, and students become environmental leaders partly through on-campus living choices. With 70 percent living on-campus, most students choose to live in one of eight residence halls, including standard dorm room, suite style, or cottage living. Two brand-new residence halls have been built in the past two years: One meets LEED Silver standards for energy efficiency; the other energy-efficient hall was constructed in 2015.

TerraHaus -- the first college residence hall in the US designed to meet the Passive House standard, the highest standard of energy efficiency -- houses 10 students in single and double rooms who monitor the building's energy performance, give tours to students and the public, and become well versed in how to live sustainably.

Unity's renovated dining halls offer a variety of nutritious, delicious meals using many locally sourced ingredients for all types of dietary needs. Wyman Commons serves homemade all-you-care-to-eat meals: breakfast all day, custom stir-fry at the Mongolian Grill, soups and salads, sandwiches and comfort foods. The Student Center offers made-to-order specials in a cozy lodge atmosphere.

Students participate in a variety of varsity, club, and intramural sports, many not offered at schools twice the size. Varsity teams include men's and women's cross-country, soccer, and basketball, and women's volleyball.

The Student Activities Center is a vibrant hub of campus life and houses Tozier Gymnasium, which contains the Willard Rock Wall, a High Ropes Course, and is home to Unity College Rams sports. All-new exercise equipment was installed in the Fitness Center in 2014.

Built in 2008, Unity House is LEED Platinum certified, the first house of any US college president to meet this high standard. The net-zero energy building creates as much energy as it uses, with solar panels on the roof providing excess electricity to the grid.

Resources and support

Koons Hall and Thomashow Learning Labs form the college's science hub, with four prep labs, a dry lab with live animals for teaching animal handling and husbandry, and a clean lab introduced in 2013 for high-end research fields such as genetics. The Salmon Room houses a spectrometer and fluorescent microscopes. A new geology lab was added in 2013.

Half Moon Gardens in Thorndike is a working greenhouse that lets students learn to grow healthful food to protect natural resources, promote community, alleviate hunger, and provide forward-thinking models for feeding a growing population. Commercial ventures help students get experience learning agricultural management skills.

Founders Hall South is home to art and ceramics studios, classrooms, faculty offices, the college bookstore, and the Sustainability Office, where staff plan to make the Unity campus as green as can be.

The Dorothy Webb Quimby Library houses a collection of more than 50,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 400 scholarly and general interest periodicals. Students make use of the computer lab and a GIS media lab with "plotter printer" connectivity. The Learning Resource Center and Writing Center offer peer tutoring and academic workshops. The library gets 80 percent of its annual energy from 144 solar panels while an innovative wood pellet system provides heat.

The Burwell Building houses the Outdoor Adventure Center, Community-Based Learning Programs, Career Services Center and Experiential Programs Office. All students take part in the signature Nova outdoor experience, and also drop by to borrow canoes, kayaks, skis, snowshoes, tents, and bikes for enjoyment, recreation, education and leisure.

Student health and wellness

Student health is fully supported at the on-campus Harrison Aldrich Wellness Center, with counseling, health care delivery, and wellness education in a walk-in clinic.

Student-built Unity College Barn houses college-owned livestock including San Clemente goats, Delaware chickens, Katahdin sheep, and silver fox rabbits. Introduction of new animals allows students to learn animal care, breeding, and husbandry, equipping them for work in pre-veterinary and other animal-related fields.

Clubs and fun

Students spend an abundance of time outdoors. They study and read at the Unity Rocks outdoor theatre. Forests fringe the campus and are used by clubs and classes. The first leg of the 6.3-mile Hills to Sea Trail connects village and campus to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association fairgrounds. Nearby, Unity Pond beckons for a cooling swim.

Social, cultural, and educational clubs at Unity include the archery club, which enjoys a regulation indoor archery range; the sugar-makers club, which makes authentic Maine maple syrup every spring; and many more.

Club sports allow students to compete in leagues that garner regional attention, foster teamwork and promote good health and sportsmanship, including ice hockey, lacrosse, indoor soccer, martial arts, ultimate Frisbee, and the woodsmen's team, which honors Maine's forest heritage and has a long, proud tradition at Unity.

Located in town and built from a 100-year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers music, film, art, lectures, and more to the campus and wider communities. The venue includes an intimate 200-seat theater, classroom space, meeting rooms, and the Leonard R. Craig Gallery, featuring artists in a variety of media.


Location & Contact

90 Quaker Hill Road
Unity, ME 04988
USA

Mr.Joe Saltalamachia

Director of Admissions

Phone: 207-509-7205
Email: jsalty@unity.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Wildlife Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication and Media Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Energy Management and Systems Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Therapeutic Recreation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Outdoor Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

93% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied638
    • Accepted594
    • Acceptance Rate93%
    • Enrolled577
    • Female Applicants370
    • Females Accepted350
    • Female Acceptance Rate94%
    • Male Applicants268
    • Males Accepted244
    • Male Acceptance Rate91%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.25
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen June 15th Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen June 15th Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 15th Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 512 450 570
    • SAT Math 504 450 557
    • SAT Writing 489 432 550
    • ACT Composite 21 19 23
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$24,620
    • Out-of-state tuition *$24,620
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,200
    • Room and board *$9,330
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students577
    • Male Student Percentage49%
    • Female Student Percentage51%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.79%
    • Black or African American.87%
    • White or Caucasian91.29%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.7%
    • Asian1.39%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.17%
    • Two or more races2.61%
    • Unknown.17%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students73% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Male-only housing, Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 70%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Woodsmen Team, Ultimate Frisbee, Outing Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty70
    • Full-time Percentage61%
    • Part-time Percentage39%
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 589 students to 52 faculty


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