University of New England: Narrative Description

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Hills Beach Rd.
Biddeford, ME 04005-9526
Tel: (207)283-0171
Free: 800-477-4UNE
Admissions: (207)283-0170
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1831. Setting: 410-acre small town campus. Endowment: $20.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8976 per student. Total enrollment: 3,327. Faculty: 271 (134 full-time, 137 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,717 applied, 91% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 1,414 students, 77% women, 23% men. Part-time: 281 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 3 other countries, 57% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 13% 25 or older, 61% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; biological/life sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Greater Portland Alliance of Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $29,070 includes full-time tuition ($20,225), mandatory fees ($690), and college room and board ($8155). Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $725 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 44 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government, Outing Club, Campus Programming Board, Earth's Eco, Dance Team. Major annual events: homecoming, Jam Fest, Winter Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 881 students; 909 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Ketchum Library plus 1 other with 142,181 books, 6,281 microform titles, 2,443 serials, 9,879 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.6 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

On the Saco River, the University of New England is located outside the small City of Biddeford (pop. 25,000) on the coast of Southern Maine, two hours from Boston and 25 minutes from Portland, Maine's largest city. Part-time work is available for students. Biddeford city services include hospital, churches, library, and Chamber of commerce. Recreational facilities good, with beaches of Biddeford Pool, Kennebunk, and Old Orchard; golf, fishing, swimming, skiing, are within easy reach.