America’s Environmental College.
Unity College is a leader in the environmental movement, focused on sustainability in the classroom and in the real world. The friendly campus community is full of active learners-both students and teachers-who collaborate on various academic and research opportunities.
Rigorous coursework and experiential learning opportunities prepare students for 21st century environmental jobs and graduate school degree programs in a number of fields. Unity’s alumni are environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens.
Unity welcomes dedicated, engaged students who want to pursue a liberal arts education emphasizing the environmental sciences, sustainability, natural resource management and communications.
Get to know Unity College
Students at Unity engage in a variety of exciting experiences including a four-day wilderness trip through the Nova orientation program, numerous internship and study abroad opportunities around the world, and several professional certificate programs…
TAKE ROOT AND GROW
All students begin their Unity experience with the Nova Program. Nova trips are four-day wilderness adventures that include community-building, small group discussions and service projects. They are designed to support the transition to college life at Unity by emphasizing personal growth, social connections, and environmental stewardship.
Students can earn several professional certifications, including Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Open Water SCUBA through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Forest Protection Officer with the U.S. Forest Service, Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretive Standards, Teacher Certification for science (grades 7-12), and a Type II law enforcement commission.
NATIONAL OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP SCHOOL
Unity has an articulation agreement with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), enabling students to participate in semester programs and earn credit through the University of Utah.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 1%
White, non-Hispanic: 86%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 2%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 5%
At Unity, students are taught by and collaborate with an environmentally focused faculty and staff at the leading edge of research and professional practice. Students can investigate ecology with a Fulbright Scholar, practice conservation law enforcement with a former chief warden, or argue sustainability issues with the authors of the national debate.
EXPAND YOUR MIND
At Unity, students are always taught by a leading academic; never a separate instructor or teacher’s assistant. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and 80% of courses with 18 students or fewer, students get more one-on-one time and the opportunity to really get to know you professors.
During the spring semester, students have the opportunity to participate in community service trips that are linked to specific course. Students who are interested in service trips can also participate in Alternative Spring Break, an opportunity to travel to a new location to help communities, organizations, and individuals in need. Other travel experiences have included a trip to Nicaragua studying culture, ecology, and environment as well as a trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales to learn more about renewable energy.
By senior year, 80% of students have completed an internship and 88% have participated in community service. Over 50% say the connections made through such experiences led them to employment.
Community at Unity College is diverse, with a wide range of opportunities available to students. From athletics and clubs such as Ultimate Frisbee and Archery, to the Dean’s Cup Tournament, to shows at the Unity College Centre for Performing Arts, there really is something for everyone…
GET OUTDOORS, GET REAL
The Unity College campus, 225 acres of fields and woodlands overlooking Lake Winnecook and the village of Unity, reflects the diversity of the student community. On the main campus, students can find the first and only Passive House Certified student residence hall in the U.S., an organic garden that supplies food to dining service; a student-run recycling program; a Sugar Shack for sap boiling and maple syrup production; and an Adirondack shelter used as an outdoor classroom.
Just a short jaunt down the community trail it the Unity College Centre for Performing Arts, the Field of Dreams, and Unity Pond. Students can kayak or fish, play tennis, run the loop, or take in a musical or theatrical show at the Centre for Performing Arts.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Over 75% of the student body participates in more than 40 different teams, clubs, and organizations. Unity’s intercollegiate sports compete under the guidelines of the USCAA and the YSCC. Two of the most popular clubs include Woodsmen and Diversity and Equality.
For those who like to go on their own outdoor adventures, the Outdoor Activities Center, offers free equipment rental for summer and winter activities.
Every year, students can participate in the Dean’s Cup, a year-long competition among residence halls celebrating diversity and strong community involvement. Events include home-run derbies, chili cook-offs, karaoke contests, laser tag tournaments, and the final event: a Big Wheels race through campus! This program was recently recognized by the Maine Association of Student Affairs Practitioners as their Program of the Year.
USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) and the YSCC (Yankee Small College Conference)
Men’s basketball, cross-country, and soccer
Women’s basketball, cross-country, soccer, and volleyball
Clubs sports: archery, baseball, ice hockey, indoor soccer, lacrosse, softball, ultimate frisbee, and woodsmen.
Unity College is dedicated to the success of its students and graduates. Students take advantage of many opportunities available to them, including the Career Resource Center, internship and study abroad partnerships, and attendance at the largest environmental career fair in New England.
All students are required to participate in an internship, seminar, or thesis as a graduation requirement. Unity currently offers internship opportunities in 50 states and 25 countries. Unity also offers semester internships in Washington, D.C. through a partnership with the Washington Center.
CAREER RESOURCE CENTER
Unity’s Career Resource Center assists students with internship and job searches. The Center also offers multiple events including grad school nights, resume writing workshops, and networking opportunities. Unity hosts the largest environmental career fair in New England each year, with more than 70 businesses and organizations in attendance.
One year after graduation 98% of the 2013 graduates were employed or in graduate school.
Positions held by Unity graduates include:
- Science Teacher, Camden Hills Regional High School
- Conservation Officer, New Hampshire Fish and Game
- Game Warden, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
- Head Logistics Coordinator, Hurricane Outward Bound
- Mammal Keeper, Jacksonville Zoo
- Environmental Director, Pueblo of Tesuque
- Scientific Diver, URS Corporation
- Plant Breeding Technician, Johnny’s Selected Seed
Graduate schools attended by Unity alumni include:
- Antioch New England
- Arizona State University
- Husson College (4+1 partnership)
- New York University
- Texas A&M
- University of Alaska
- University of Connecticut
- University of Rhode Island
- University of Maine, Climate Change Institute
- Nova Southeastern University
- Clemson University
Steps to apply include:
- A complete online application, including a short answer response to one essay.
- Official transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation (one for transfers)
Test scores such as SAT and ACT are optional
An on-campus interview is recommended, but not required
International students are required to complete the Unity College Financial Statement (found online) and submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.) if English is not a native language.
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $10,100
Academic scholarship eligibility is based on students’ high school or college cumulative GPAs (combined with the SAT/ACT for those who submit) and offered at the time of admission. A full list of scholarships is available on the Unity College website.
Trustee’s Scholarship is $48,000: $12,000 each year for 4 years.
Presidential Scholarship is $40,000: $10,000 each year for 4 years.
Dean’s Scholarship is $32,000: $8,000 each year for 4 years.
Transfer-Trustee Scholarship is $40,000: $10,000 each year for 4 years.
Transfer Scholarship is $32,000: $8,000 each year for 4 years.