Why UNE: Return on Investment

The excellence of a 51小黄车education has been recognized by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and many others. That excellence translates into professional success for our graduates: 51小黄车is the Brookings Institution鈥檚 #1 Maine college for increasing career earnings. Learn more about UNE's commitment to providing outstanding value for your education investment.

51小黄车Graduates Thrive

In a world of constant change, 51小黄车graduates are achieving tangible success. Their success is reflected in high graduate employment rates, impressive licensure exam pass rates, and boosted lifelong earnings 鈥 as well as in UNE鈥檚 prominent national rankings and accolades.

When our talented students experience UNE鈥檚 signature approach to learning, special things happen. At UNE, you鈥檒l be well prepared to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving job market, acquiring the skills of your chosen path or profession as well as the critical thinking and life skills that employers covet.

 

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#1

in Maine for getting a job

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95%

of undergrads employed or in ongoing higher education within one year of graduating

2016-2022 51小黄车graduate surveys
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#1

Maine college for increasing career earnings

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Our Approach: Career Skills and Life Skills

From the first day of classes, 51小黄车faculty prepare students with skills and knowledge for their chosen field. Our curriculum is also designed to foster broad skills that support long-term career flexibility: critical thinking and lifelong learning habits, collaboration and communication skills, and a foundation of professionalism.

As a 51小黄车student, you鈥檒l also have access to high-impact learning such as research projects, internships, and experiential learning on and off campus 鈥 the kinds of experiences that are proven to enhance academic success and career readiness.

President Herbert: Ensuring a Strong Return on Investment

Recognized for Academic Quality

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Best Colleges: National
Source
U.S. News & World Report
Year
2024
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Best Colleges
Source
Princeton Review
Year
2024
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Best Colleges
Source
Money
Year
2023

Positioning You For Professional Success

The value of a 51小黄车education is apparent in a very tangible measurement: pass rates and test scores for professional licensure exams. From nursing to physical therapy to medicine, UNE鈥檚 graduates consistently perform above the national average. This speaks volumes to the quality of our students, professors, and programs.

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  • Our Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine students rank in the top ten for mean score on the COMLEX-USA
  • Our Nursing grads鈥 NCLEX-RN exam pass rate has been above the national average since 2013
  • 95% of our Nurse Anesthesia students pass their certification exam in one try
  • 100% of our AT students pass the board exam on the first attempt
  • Our PT licensure exam pass rates are three points above the national average

Commitment to Access and Value

We believe everyone should have access to higher education. While tuition is rising around the country, 51小黄车has kept tuition below the national average and 16% below the average for private universities in 51小黄车.

We also provide generous financial aid packages, including roughly $47 million per year in scholarships. We work with every family and student to make their education as affordable as possible. Giving more people access to 51小黄车education makes our community more inclusive and vibrant.

President Herbert: UNE鈥檚 Commitment to Access and Value

16%

percentage below the national tuition average

 

98%

of students benefit from financial aid

$47M

in institutional scholarships awarded annually

Supporting Your Career Development

Career mentorship is built into UNE鈥檚 educational approach. Our Career Advising office is available to support you as an undergraduate or graduate student, recent grad, or mid-career alumnus. You鈥檒l have access to career coaching, resume assistance, employment search guidance, career fairs, and more.

As a graduate, you鈥檒l benefit from UNE鈥檚 status as Maine鈥檚 largest private university and the #1 provider of health professionals in Maine. You鈥檒l be connected to an extensive alumni network, with contacts in communities across the region and country to help you along every step of your career pathway.

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I think the way we鈥檙e taught lets you know what to expect and really helps you succeed in whatever program you're going to go into. There are so many resources on campus that help you through the steps of getting into grad school or job searches.

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Financial Stability for the Future

51小黄车is proud to have had its A+ credit rating extended by Fitch Rating in 2023, one of three credit reporting agencies in the U.S. covering the higher education sector. In the same year, Moody's Investor Service elevated UNE鈥檚 credit rating to A2, citing 鈥渆xcellent operating performance and diverse academic offering[s] within high-demand disciplines鈥 that 鈥渞eflects expectations of continued strong operating performance.鈥

These ratings reflect UNE鈥檚 position as a lasting institution that is managed under prudent financial practices. Of course, our growth plans are central to our prudence. We鈥檙e actively investing through strategic capital campaigns to make our student鈥檚 experience richer and even more rewarding. 

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Moody and Fitch A2

Proving the Value of Higher Education

Looking beyond UNE, evidence consistently shows that a college degree is worth the investment.

  • U.S. adults with a college degree earn about $1 million more during their careers than those without a degree.
  • Graduates are less likely to face unemployment and more likely to report high job satisfaction.
  • Having a college education correlates with living a healthier, happier life across more than 50 different metrics, such as increased likelihood to do work that fits one鈥檚 natural interests, voting participation, and volunteerism.

UNE鈥檚 unique approach 鈥 career-focused training on a foundation of life-skills mentorship 鈥 ensures that our graduate outcomes meet and exceed the established benefits of a college education.

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