11 Hills Beach Rd.
Biddeford, ME 04005
Accrediting Agency:New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
The University of New England is a four-year, private, not-for-profit institution with campuses in both Biddeford and Portland, Maine. The university was established as the College Seraphique in 1939 and became St. Francis College in 1952. The University of New England was created in 1978 when St. Francis College combined with the College of Osteopathic Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of New England 94th among Regional Universities (North) in its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The University of New England has a student population of 5,587 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.
The University of New England is composed of the colleges of arts and sciences, dental medicine, health professions, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, education, and medical education. Several areas of study are available through the University of New England, including animal behavior, applied exercise science, dental hygiene, English, environmental science, nursing, political science, psychology, sociology, and sports management. Graduate degree programs are offered in biological science, education, nurse anesthesia, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and social work. The University of New England also provides online education programs through the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Department of Education, and the Maine Geriatric Education Center. Online master’s degree programs are available in medical educational leadership, physical therapy, public health, and social work.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has accredited the University of New England since 1966.
The University of New England sets a fall deadline on December 1 for early action and February 15 for regular decision. Spring applicants must submit their completed application by December 1. The University of New England requires prospective students to submit ACT or SAT scores by August 15. The university also requires a $40 fee with the completed application form. According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of New England had an acceptance rate of 81.6% in fall 2011.