University of New England (United States)

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University of New England
University of New England, Maine logo.png
MottoConnections. For Life.
Established1939; 75 years ago (1939) [1]
TypePrivate, non-profit
PresidentDanielle N. Ripich
ProvostJames J. Koelbl
Academic staff254 full-time[2]
198 part time
Admin. staff495
Students8,085[3]
Undergraduates4,753
Postgraduates2,346
Doctoral students986
LocationBiddeford, Maine
Portland, Maine
,
 United States

43°27′30″N 70°23′15″W / 43.45833°N 70.38750°W / 43.45833; -70.38750Coordinates: 43°27′30″N 70°23′15″W / 43.45833°N 70.38750°W / 43.45833; -70.38750
CampusRural
Former namesCollege Séraphique (1939–1952)
St. Francis College (1952–1978)
ColorsBlue and white         
AthleticsNCAA Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference and ECAC
NicknameNor'easters
AffiliationsNEASC (accreditation) [4]
Websiteune.edu
 
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University of New England
University of New England, Maine logo.png
MottoConnections. For Life.
Established1939; 75 years ago (1939) [1]
TypePrivate, non-profit
PresidentDanielle N. Ripich
ProvostJames J. Koelbl
Academic staff254 full-time[2]
198 part time
Admin. staff495
Students8,085[3]
Undergraduates4,753
Postgraduates2,346
Doctoral students986
LocationBiddeford, Maine
Portland, Maine
,
 United States

43°27′30″N 70°23′15″W / 43.45833°N 70.38750°W / 43.45833; -70.38750Coordinates: 43°27′30″N 70°23′15″W / 43.45833°N 70.38750°W / 43.45833; -70.38750
CampusRural
Former namesCollege Séraphique (1939–1952)
St. Francis College (1952–1978)
ColorsBlue and white         
AthleticsNCAA Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference and ECAC
NicknameNor'easters
AffiliationsNEASC (accreditation) [4]
Websiteune.edu

The University of New England (UNE) is an independent, non-profit, coeducational university founded in 1939, with campuses in Biddeford, Maine, Portland, Maine, and Tangier, Morocco.[5] The Biddeford campus sits on 540 acres, the Portland campus is 40 acres, and the Tangier Campus is 3.7 acres. During the 2012-3 academic year, a total of 8,085 students were enrolled at UNE, of which 4,753 were undergraduate and 2,346 were graduate students. In 1977, UNE opened a medical school, the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is currently the only medical school in the state of Maine. In 2013, UNE opened the College of Dental Medicine, currently the only dental school in northern New England.[6]

The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[4] The medical school, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, is also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

History[edit]

In 1939, a boys-only high school and junior college called the College Séraphique was founded in Biddeford by Father Decary and the Franciscan friar of St. Andre's parish.[7]

In 1952, the school changed its name to St. Francis College and began granting bachelor's degrees with state approval in 1953.[7] The high school program was phased out by 1961, and the college was first accredited in 1966.[7][8]

The school became co-educational for the first time in 1967 and the Franciscans finally withdrew from the administration of the college in 1974.[7]

To survive dropping enrollment, St. Francis College entered into an agreement with the New England Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine to establish the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine on the same campus, and in 1978 the two merged under the new name of the "University of New England".[7] In 1996, Westbrook College merged with the University of New England. The merger took place under the terms of the original 1831 Westbrook charter, and the combined institutions became Westbrook College before changing the name back to the University of New England.[9] The campus of the former Westbrook College is now known as the UNE Portland Campus.

In December 2010, the university received the largest gift in its history -- $10 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation to build the Harold Alfond Forum on the Biddeford Campus, and to support interprofessional healthcare workforce education.

The Alfond Forum, which opened fall 2012, includes a 105,000-square-foot (9,800 m2) athletics complex featuring an ice hockey rink with 900 seats; a basketball court with 1,200 seats; classroom space; a fitness center; and multi-purpose indoor practice courts that can also be used for performances and other events, with a combined seating capacity of 3,000.

This provides the largest gathering space on both the Biddeford and Portland campuses. The complex is located between UNE’s new synthetic blue turf field and Sokokis Hall.

In March 2014, UNE launched its $60M “Moving Forward Campaign,” the largest in UNE history.[10]

Campus[edit]

Biddeford Campus[edit]

The Biddeford Campus covers 539 acres (2.2 km²), with 0.75 mile (1.2 km) of ocean frontage. The 26 buildings on the campus include the Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences, the Pickus Center for Biomedical Research, and the Marine Science Education and Research Center, which houses the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Clinic. The Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences houses Maine's only medical school, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.[11]

UNE’s Biddeford Campus is also home to the George and Barbara Bush Center and Legacy Collection, which houses material anchoring the Bush legacy in Maine, including memorabilia on loan from the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A & M University.

A transit service called the Nor'easter Express provides transportation from University Campus to downtown Biddeford and Saco, as well as the Saco train station and the park & ride lot near the Biddeford turnpike exit.[12]

College of Pharmacy, Portland campus.

Portland Campus[edit]

Ludcke Auditorium, Portland campus.

The 41-acre (170,000-m²) Portland Campus (43°40′59″N 70°17′44″W / 43.68306°N 70.29556°W / 43.68306; -70.29556 (Westbrook College campus, UNE)) is designated a national historic district. It is the home of the Westbrook College of Health Professions, the College of Pharmacy, the Art Gallery, the Maine Women Writers Collection, and the Dental Hygiene Clinic. The new College of Dental Medicine, housed in the $14.5 million Oral Health Center, enrolled its first class in 2013. Also available is an Online Masters in Social Work.[13]

Morocco Campus[edit]

In January of 2014, UNE opened a campus in Tangier, Morocco, within the campus of the American School of Tangier, the oldest American school in Morocco. The campus consists of two buildings—one for academic programming and the other for student and staff housing. Undergraduates take courses in the sciences, humanities, and languages and have the option of living on campus or with host families. [5]

Academics[edit]

The University of New England is an innovative health sciences university grounded in the liberal arts, with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses and unique study abroad opportunities, including programs in Seville, Spain, and UNE's campus in Tangier, Morocco. 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 and dental school.

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. Both graduate and undergraduate students engage in research and scholarship alongside dedicated faculty who are committed to their academic and professional success.[14]

The university offers certificates, Bachelor's degrees in various fields, Master's degrees both on-site and online, and Doctoral degrees. The university comprises five colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and College of Dental Medicine.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine is Maine's only medical school; its graduates constitute 25 percent of primary care physicians practicing in rural parts of Maine, and 10 percent of practicing physicians in the state.[11][15]

Centers of Excellence for Research and Scholarship[edit]

The University of New England has four centers of excellence for research and scholarship.[16] These university-wide centers build on existing programs in marine science and neuroscience, humanities and interprofessional education.

The centers are designed to provide opportunities for collaborative research and scholarship programs for interdisciplinary, multi-investigator and multi-institutional awards. The centers are also designed to expand undergraduate research at UNE and explore opportunities for future doctoral programs, and include:

Athletics[edit]

The University of New England teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Nor'easters are a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving and volleyball. There are also many club sports and intramural sports.

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