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Unity College is a small, private institution with 16 environmentally focused degree programs and...

Unity College

Unity, Maine

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.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
665 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
69% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
44 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Residential college: 75% of students live on campus. Required for first two years.

School Location

Unity, ME

Retention fall 2015

66% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

54% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 1%
White 92%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


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 a small, baccalaureate, liberal arts college dedicated to the environment.

Academic Programs

Adventure-Based Environmental Education; Adventure Therapy; Art and Environment; Biology; Captive Wildlife Care and Education; Conservation Law Enforcement; Earth and Environmental Science; Environmental Writing and Media Studies; Environmental Policy, Law, and Society; Marine Biology; Parks and Forest Resources; Secondary Education; Sustainable Agriculture; Sustainability Energy Management; Wildlife Biology; Wildlife and Fisheries Management.

More Distinctions

  • The first institution of higher learning in the US to divest from fossil fuels.

  • The first college in Maine to achieve a "Gold" rating by the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) of AASHE.

  • Ranked 31st in regional colleges North by US News and World Report 2014.

  • Recognized as one of America's Greenest Colleges in 2011 by the Princeton Review & U.S. Green Building Council

  • Named to Washington Monthly's Top 50 Baccalaureate Colleges in 2010 and 2011.

  • Leader in U.S. sustainable building with the first LEED Platinum President's residence - Unity House - and the first student residence built to Passive House standards - TerraHaus

  • One of two institutions in Maine selected for the Carnegie Foundation's 2010 Community Engagement Classification

  • Named to the 2009 and 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or University can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement

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.

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 11:1 and 80% of courses with 18 students or less, students get more one-on-one time and the opportunity to really get to know you professors.

Service Trips

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 that like to go on their own outdoor adventures, the Outdoor Activities Center, offers free equipment rental for summer and winter activities.

Dean’s Cup

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.

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.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Fast Facts

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



831 Total Applicants 
756 Total Admissions 
198 Total Freshman Enrollment

90.97% of applicants admitted


Steps to apply include:

  1. A complete on-line application, including a short answer response to one essay.
  2. Official transcripts
  3. 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 $25,600
Fees $1,200
Total $26,800
Room and Board (on campus) $9,800
Room Only $5,880
Board Only $3,920
Estimated Total On Campus $36,600


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
86% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$14,716 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,293 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


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.

Gardens and Buying Local Are Source of Pride

It seems odd to mention but important to note that Unity College owns its dining services. In a corporate dining services era of outsourcing when such a move might be seen as the college and...