The University of New England (UNE) is a private and independent, coeducational university with its main campus located in Biddeford, Maine and a branch campus in Portland. Founded in 1939, the university traces its beginnings to the establishment of a boys-only high school and junior college called the College Séraphique by Fr. Decarry and a Franciscan friar of St. Andre's parish. In 1952, the school began granting bachelor’s degrees after changing its name to St. Francis College. The high school program was eventually phased out in 1961 and the college received accreditation in 1966. In 1967, it became fully coeducational. In 1978, the college merged with the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and renamed itself University of New England.
Today, UNE remains a non-profit, environmentally-friendly university with over 6,800 students. It offers certificates, doctoral degrees in medical fields, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees both on-campus and online. Ranked by the U.S. News and World Reports as one of the best regional universities in the Northeast, UNE grants degrees in osteopathic medicine, health sciences, natural sciences, human services, management, education, and liberal arts.
In addition to its onsite classes, UNE has also made online education an important part of its education mix. It remains as committed to its distance-learning student community as it is to its students attending traditional classes in both its campuses in Maine. Online programs offered include College of Osteopathic Medicine Online Education; Graduate Programs in Public Health; Graduate Programs in Medical Education Leadership; Online Master of Science in Education; Online Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study; Online Master of Social Work; and Post Professional Doctor of Phyisical Therapy.
Tuition costs vary depending on the academic program. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.