About the University of New England

Comprehensive healthcare and liberal arts programs, student research, internships and global experiences

Innovative and diverse education opportunities

The University of New England is an innovative health sciences university grounded in the liberal arts, with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, unique study abroad opportunities and an array of top-rated online learning 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.

Preparing future healthcare professionals

From its College of Osteopathic Medicine and Westbrook College of Health Professions to its recently established College of Pharmacy and College of Dental Medicine, UNE is recognized as a leading educator of healthcare professionals. It 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. UNE’s interprofessional education initiatives prepare future healthcare professionals to practice comprehensive and collaborative team-based care.

Comprehensive liberal arts education

In addition, UNE offers a comprehensive liberal arts education, with more than 30 undergraduate majors in its College of Arts & Sciences, such as environmental science, marine science, English, history, business, communication and education.

We create knowledge

All UNE students engage in research and scholarship alongside dedicated faculty who are committed to their academic and professional success. Our 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.

Three physical campuses, online worldwide

UNE’s Biddeford Campus is located on a beautiful oceanfront site where the Saco River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The Portland Campus is just 20 minutes north, and designated as a national historic district. The campus is quintessential New England, with a central green surrounded by classic brick buildings. The Morocco campus is our newest edition, and provides UNE students an opportunity to study abroad while staying on track with their majors. And of course our accredited College of Graduate and Professional Studies is online, worldwide. More about the UNE Campuses.


NEASC accredited

The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC CIHE). NEASC is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high levels of education, from pre-kindergarten through the higher education doctoral level. Accreditation is the review of the quality of educational institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that the public knows that an institution or program provides a high quality education.
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Best colleges universities north 2015 US News and World Report

The University of New England is included among the “Best Universities” in the North that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” listing. UNE rose 15 spots in the top tier of this category, and is now ranked higher than it has ever been previously.
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University of New England graduates enjoy one of the greatest lifetime returns on investment in Maine, according to Affordable Colleges Online, a website reporting on higher education affordability. The website ranked UNE second in student return on investment (ROI) among 43 public and private colleges and universities in Maine, including four-year, degree-granting, fully accredited non-profit institutions.
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Forbes Magazine Top Colleges 2014

The University of New England has been named to Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges for 2014, a list that Forbes says is based on “output” and “return on investment.” Forbes ranked UNE number 433 of the 650 colleges and universities that made the list. There are about 4,500 degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S., and Forbes explains that “…what sets our calculation of colleges and universities apart from other rankings is our firm belief in “output” over “input.” 
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The Chronicle of Higher Education listed the University of New England as the 9th fastest growing private, nonprofit master’s institution in the nation. Data for this ranking are based on a total fall head count of full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students.
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