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University of New England

  • Biddeford, ME
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 71%29%
    student ratio
  • 2,653
    total students
  • $32,880 | $32,880
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15
    fall application deadline
  • 85%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 536
    sat math
  • 522
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

Wide-ranging Academics in a Maritime Setting

The University of New England, located in southern Maine, offers liberal arts, allied health programs, and many opportunities for outdoor recreation to its 2,400 undergraduates. Its two campuses enjoy the best of New England's maritime culture -- the 540-acre main campus in Biddeford sits in a spectacular waterfront location where the Saco River meets the Atlantic Ocean, while the 41-acre Portland campus is convenient to that city's hip urban scene.

UNE was recognized by "U.S. News and World Report" as one of the Best Universities in the North that offer "a full range of undergraduate and master's programs."

Marine and Environmental Specialties Plus Traditional Science Majors

The College of Arts and Sciences takes great advantage of its seaside location, providing programs in aquaculture and aquarium science, environmental science, and marine sciences. Additional science-related programs include biochemistry, biochemistry/pre-pharmacy, biological sciences, chemistry, laboratory science, medical biology, medical sciences, medical biology, pre-physician assistant, neuroscience, and pre-pharmacy.

Liberal Arts Majors and Interdisciplinary Options

Other liberal arts majors at the University of New England include art education, business administration, communications, education (art, elementary, or secondary education), English and language studies, environmental studies, history, mathematics, political science, pre-physical therapy, psychology, sociology, and sport management.

Interdisciplinary programs include animal behavior, Latin American studies (minor), liberal studies, neuroscience, psychology and social relations, and women's and gender studies (minor).

In-demand Allied Health Programs

The Westbrook College of Health Professions offers undergraduate programs in such in-demand professions as applied exercise science, athletic training, dental hygiene, nursing, and occupational therapy. The college provides interdisciplinary programming through its Center for Transcultural Health, which focuses on the development of culturally sensitive health care and social service delivery strategies.

Challenging, Comprehensive Core Curriculum

UNE's required "Core Curriculum" spans the entire course of the undergraduate experience, reflecting the school's emphasis on interdisciplinary education and the development of students' intellectual skills.

Each of the 4 academic years focuses on a particular theme. The first year theme, environmental awareness, introduces students to environmental issues and laboratory science; enrollment in humanities and social/behavioral science exploration classes is also required. The second year theme, social and global awareness, focuses on human interaction and growth within cultural, societal, national, and global contexts. The third year theme, critical thinking/human responses to problems and challenges, develops research and problem solving skills. The fourth year theme, citizenship, includes interdisciplinary study and community service.

Undergraduates at the University of New England are also expected to take advanced studies classes outside of their majors, and to participate in a creative arts experience.

Unique School-sponsored Study Abroad Programs

The university strongly promotes study abroad through several venues. UNE faculty lead short term programs to places like Brazil, Ireland, and Kenya, focusing on service-learning, foreign languages, local culture and history, environment, and public health. These programs typically take place during semester breaks. UNE also offers a semester abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Students from the Westbrook College of Health Professions have access to specialized international opportunities, such as the semi-annual UNE trips to the Ghana Health Mission community clinic in Sekondi, Ghana.

Two Honors Tracks

The College of Arts and Science honors program has 2 tracks -- research honors, which requires significant faculty directed research, scholarship, or creative activity along with a limited number of honors courses; and scholastic honors, which requires taking a larger number of honors courses.

Undergraduate Research Encouraged

All undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research. Student entry points include talking to professors about their research and scholarship interests, investigating advertised research projects, taking a research-based course, and attending the undergraduate research symposium.

In further support of student research, UNE has established a number of centers and institutes for research, including the Center for Land-Sea Interactions: Human, River, and Ocean Health; the Center for Excellence in Neuroscience; the Center for Global Humanities; the Center for Community and Public Health; the Marine Science Education and Research Center (the only facility of its kind on any university campus); the Center for Health Policy, Planning, and Research; and the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Studies.

Myriad Outdoor Recreation and Sports Opportunities

Popular recreational interests include intramural and varsity sports, community service programs, photography, swimming, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, and surfing. UNE's NCAA Division III varsity athletics program includes championship teams in women's field hockey and basketball.

Convenient Local and Long Distance Transportation Options

Both of UNE's campuses are served by the Portland International Jetport and by bus and train service with stations in Biddeford/Saco and Portland. The Biddeford campus is located 90 miles north of Boston and 20 miles south of Portland, Maine's largest city.

With an eye towards a sustainable lifestyle, the university offers free bicycles or free Zipcar usage to incoming freshmen who opt to leave their cars at home. There is also a convenient free downtown shuttle service and discounted taxi or limo service.


Location & Contact

11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005-9526
USA

Peter Heeley

Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission

Phone: 800-477-4863
Fax: 207-602-5900
Email: admissions@une.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Aquaculture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Animal Behavior and Ethology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomedical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Corporate Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dental Hygiene
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Occupational Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Psychology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

85% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,231
    • Accepted3,632
    • Acceptance Rate85%
    • Enrolled2,653
    • Female Applicants3,041
    • Females Accepted2,632
    • Female Acceptance Rate86%
    • Male Applicants1,190
    • Males Accepted1,000
    • Male Acceptance Rate84%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.26
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 522 470 570
    • SAT Math 536 480 580
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 24 21 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$32,880
    • Out-of-state tuition *$32,880
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,200.00
    • Room and board *$12,670.00
    • 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 tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,653
    • Male Student Percentage29%
    • Female Student Percentage71%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino.14%
    • Black or African American1.24%
    • White or Caucasian70.28%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.5%
    • Asian2.43%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.23%
    • Two or more races.64%
    • Unknown23.9%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.64% representing 9 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students66% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 65%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • 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 No
    • Most popular organizations student government, Outing Club, Campus Programming Board, Earth's Eco, Dance Team
  • 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 Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Golf No No No
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty501
    • Full-time Percentage52%
    • Part-time Percentage48%
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 2,162 students to 168 faculty


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