A Close Community with a Sense of Purpose

UNE’s vibrant campus community — built around people and purpose — will provide you with countless opportunities to explore, connect, and learn. We offer the resources and facilities of a larger university, yet our campuses still maintain a small-college vibe, and we make it a point to get to know you as an individual.

As a Nor’easter, you’ll be part of a caring and inclusive culture where no one slips through the cracks. Our goal is to make sure that you feel completely at home at UNE and empowered in every aspect of your student experience: academically, personally, and socially.

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Three U N E students at a U N E football game

Get Involved, Get Active

You’ll find your place and your people at UNE. Explore your passions, cultivate your interests, develop healthy habits, and — perhaps most importantly — have fun as part of a campus community committed to experiential learning, inclusion, and support.

Clubs and Activities

The U N E Players performing Clue on stage

With more than 100 clubs and organizations on campus, plus the bounty of outdoor recreation Southern Maine has to offer, UNE offers countless ways for you to do your thing. Whether you’re interested in intramural sports, creative arts, politics, or social activism, you’ll find outside-the-classroom and outside-the-box opportunities that align with your interests.

Dig in to clubs and activities


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Making sure students have effective, accessible physical and mental health resources has never been more important. UNE leads the way with a uniquely holistic approach to student wellness. Visit our gyms, take part in yoga and meditation classes, or reach out for mentorship and support — it’s all available to help you maintain a healthy balance between school, social life, and self-care.

Discover wellness opportunities

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

U N E students sitting during the Scholars of Color Breakfast

You are welcome here! At UNE, we all work together to build and maintain a campus community where everyone feels seen and heard. We are a student-centered university dedicated to providing a homebase where you can be yourself and feel a deep-seated sense of belonging — regardless of your ethnicity, religion, or gender identity.

Learn more about DEI at UNE

Get Involved: Intercultural Student Engagement


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Sustainability is one of UNE’s core values, and it’s woven into everything we do — from classes, to clubs, to the way we build and manage our facilities. Find your voice, get involved, and make a difference for the environment through our shared commitment to a cleaner, healthier planet.

Get Involved: Sustainability

My favorite thing about UNE is the community — it’s very genuine and authentic. Coming here was a breath of fresh air. I thought, ‘Wow, I can be myself.’ It’s a very positive environment.”

— Hannah St. Germain, Neuroscience ’21

Living in Maine

As a UNE student, you’ll get to live where other people come for vacation. Our coastal Biddeford Campus sits on Biddeford Pool, a storied beachside destination. Portland, renowned for its food and culture, can be found on countless “best cities to live in” lists. Nearby, you’ll enjoy Maine’s abundance of sprawling sandy beaches and natural areas for swimming, surfing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor exploits. And when the snow falls, you can head off to nearby peaks for all kinds of alpine adventures.

Several students sitting on the beach and having a bonfire
Three U N E students taking a photo on a snowy mountain during a ski trip

Living on Campus

When you live on UNE’s seaside Biddeford campus, your home will be 540 acres where the Saco River meets the Gulf of Maine — the perfect location for learning, recreation, and exploration. You’ll have the opportunity to experience dorm life in both traditional and suite-style residence halls. Your meal plan provides you with a variety of dining options, including the nautically themed Ripich Dining Commons and the Cinco Cantina at the Forum Cafe.

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Several students studying in the Commons
Students eating in the Ripich Commons dining hall
An aerial shot of the Biddeford Campus
Students playing a board game in their dorm room

Division of Student Affairs

At the Division of Student Affairs, our job is to ensure that you have an exceptional experience as a member of the UNE community. We’ll always be there to help address any problems that may arise and to advance your ideas for positive change. If you have any questions or are looking for guidance, the doors to our office are open 24/7 — and that's not just a figure of speech.