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University of New England

University of New England Rating: 4.2/5 (11 votes)

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In the Northeastern-most state of the United States, Maine, a university with a unique history operates two campuses: one in Biddeford and the other in Portland. The history of the University of New England can be traced back to the end of the Depression era, when two leaders in local Maine churches decided to create a high school and junior college facility for male students. They called this institution the College Seraphique. In the 1950s, the school board members opted to change the institution’s name to something more traditional and called it St. Francis College after the Franciscan friars. Gradually, the high school element of the school was eliminated and women were allowed to attend.

The school faced trouble in the 1970s when enrollment in many Maine colleges dropped sharply. To compensate, the school merged with the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and changed its name to the University of New England. Years later, another college, Westbrook College, closed its doors and merged its staff with the University of New England. Westbrook College’s campus became the second campus of the University of New England in Portland, Maine.

With recent donations, the school has expanded once again by building a large athletic and fitness center on its main campus. The new sporting arena will contain a basketball court, a fitness center, classrooms for fitness courses, practice courts for multiple athletic purposes, and an indoor ice hockey rink.


The University of New England offers college-level courses that can be taken either on-campus or using the college’s online education software. Many students choose to forego the commute to the University of New England campus and, instead, pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree from the comfort of their own homes.

The degree programs offered at the University of New England are numerous. Students can choose to complete a bachelor’s degree in several different liberal arts major areas of study, a master’s degree, or a doctorate degree at either of the University of New England’s campuses. Many students choose to simply pursue a career certificate using one of UNE’s many one-year certification programs.

Today, the only medical school in the state of Maine is located on the University of New England’s campus. When the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine merged and became the University of New England, it maintained its high standards of education in the medical field. Roughly a quarter of the graduates from this medical school program become primary care physicians in or near Biddeford, Maine.

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The University of New England has partnered with the Israel College in Israel to offer students the chance to study abroad. Students who attend the Israel College through the University of New England partnership program are mostly nursing students. Students in this program will receive real-life experience treating a wide variety of disorders and diseases.

The University of New England also offers a unique set of certification programs. These programs are designed for students who are incapable of attending school full-time or otherwise incapable of pursuing a bachelor’s degree. The certification programs can often be completed in less than a year. These programs provide concrete, practical knowledge and hone specific skills that can be used in a career. Students who graduate from the career certification programs at University of New England often immediately enter the work force.


The University of New England sees a new student population of over a thousand students each year. In the past decade, total enrollment has surged to well over seven thousand students. Students from across the New England area are applying to the nursing, dental hygienist, medical, and liberal arts programs offered at the University of New England. As such, admission is very competitive.

Students should begin the application process immediately following their Junior year of high school. The application can be completed online. Those who choose not to fill out an online application can apply in person at the school or mail or fax their application to the admissions department. However, these students may be required to supply a processing fee with their application.

The application for admission consists of several parts. Initially, the school requires students to submit their official high school transcripts as well as an official documentation of their SAT or ACT scores. All students must submit these documents to be considered for admission. Students can also submit a personal essay and letters of recommendation from academic and personal advisors and leaders. Including these in the application will give a student a competitive edge in the application process.


Both of the campuses of the University of New England are positioned along the gorgeous United States coastline. Students live in on-campus housing or off-campus in shared student apartments or individual living arrangements. A large portion of the school’s student body consists of on-campus residents; however, many students do choose to make the commute if they are enrolled in courses at both campuses.

Students are very close to important American cities such as Boston and New York City. Proximity to these cities provides students with a unique opportunity to absorb a wide array of cultural, historical and educational experiences. Students often organize weekend trips to the surrounding metropolises to experience big city shopping, dining, and arts.

Students on campus are very actively involved in a wide variety of clubs and organizations. These clubs range from academic societies like the Nursing Club, Dental Hygiene Club and Literary Arts Club to recreational clubs like hiking clubs, camping clubs, and dance clubs. Many students are also involved in social activist groups such as the Gay-Straight Alliance or Habitat for Humanity.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The varsity teams at the University of New England are given the nickname the “Nor’Easters.” The Nor’Easters compete in a variety of college-level athletics. Men can play on varsity teams such as the basketball, soccer, and cross country teams. Women also compete in a variety of sports including field hockey, basketball and lacrosse.

Students may also compete in intramural sports if they do not wish to play on the varsity teams. Intramural sporting tournaments occur throughout both semesters on the main University of New England campus. Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, and Flag Football are all intramural sporting events.


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Information Summary

Ranks 9th in Maine and 987th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.09

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 44 0.21
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 14 0.07
Robbery 21 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 244 1.15
Larceny 908 4.27
Vehicle theft 17 0.08

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 181st for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Biddeford, ME 04005-9599
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population21,951 (16,438 urban / 5,513 rural)
Households8,997 (2.34 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,709
Families5,548 (2.89 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2301

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 254th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $31,980 $31,980 $31,980
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,165 $1,165 $1,165
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,130 $1,130 $1,130
FT Graduate Tuition $19,440 $19,440 $19,440
FT Graduate Required Fees $620 $620 $620
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $810 $810 $810
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $50,295 $50,295 $50,295
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $47,895 $47,895 $47,895
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $38,195 $38,195 $38,195

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $56,950 $56,950
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $12,080 $12,080
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Tuition $50,750 $50,750
Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Required Fees $750 $750
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $35,170 $35,170
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $2,165 $2,165

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $30,500 $31,870 $30,500 $31,870 $30,500 $31,870
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,020 $12,500
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,750(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,700(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,650(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,650(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,231 (1,190 male / 3,041 female)
Admitted 3,632 (1,000 male / 2,632 female)
Admission rate 86%
First-time Enrollment 633 (175 male / 458 female)
FT Enrollment 633 (175 male / 458 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment6,032

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Commonwealth Coast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Commonwealth Coast Conference

ACT Test Admission

503rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 21%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

631st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 950 / 1150

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,519
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 755th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,503 ($84,118 male / $66,502 female)
Number of FT Faculty 219 (97 male / 122 female)
Number of PT Faculty 501
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $7,411,271

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