University of New England Reviews

  • 39 Reviews
  • Biddeford (ME)
  • Annual Tuition: $40,950
88% of 39 students said this degree improved their career prospects
77% of 39 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 10/11/2023
  • Degree: Biology
"I've taken many online classes in my college career but this one was pretty bad. It was supposed to be a self-paced online medical biochemistry class, which wasn't going to help me with any real life job I wanted to pursue in the first place, but I needed the credits for a chemistry class and this was one of the few available options to me. I felt like the professor put forth very little effort in actually teaching this course, the material was all youtube videos and open access online textbooks. I understand it was a self-paced course, but there was pretty much no teaching from a faculty member going on. I also would not receive feedback/grades on my work for multiple weeks at a time. The proctoring site that was required to be used for tests never worked either, this ended up wasting hours of my time just trying to connect to the guardian browser while the proctor took control of my computer. When it came time to transfer this class, UNE made it almost impossible for me to do so as they said they had a piece of personal information recorded incorrectly. This ensued in a two-month process of me trying to get the information changed just so that I could get my transcript released to my current university and officially graduate. The only pro of this class was the fact that it did not have a lab."
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2022
  • Degree: Chemistry
"I enrolled in the Prehealth courses to meet pre-req requirements for graduate degrees, particularly as they offered self-paced online courses that were not offered by community colleges or universities in my area. Unlike prior virtual courses, there was exactly zero education provided. For example, in a prior science course taken asynchronously at a local college, there were lectures that were pre-recorded with several examples per lecture to guide the learning. This allowed the student to cover the material on their own schedule. At UNE, that is not the case. They give excerpts from open access textbooks that make virtually no sense without a lecture portion. They then link to Khan Academy videos, which are supposed to SUPPLEMENT lecture material, not replace it. On top of that, they don't even follow their own syllabus. Likely going to need a lawyer and their accrediting body to sort out the mess they made."
L Thom
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2021
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"I took a UNE class to help with my pre-requisites to PA or PT school. I enrolled before the class officially started and it wasn't more than six days later where I felt like this online, teaching myself chemistry reading a book at home wasn't going to work. So I wanted my money back. Nope. I got less than half the money spent on this class after taking this class for six (6) days. Not kidding. I wouldn't go across the street or recommend my worst enemy to go to this place. Terrible experience. Terrible refund experience after just 6 days of class. UNE is just a bunch a money hungry school looking to prey in the online world."
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2021
  • Degree: Biology
"UNE is a pipeline school. They will give you a degree, and that degree will get you a job. If you pay attention, you will get a good NCLEX or MCAT score. However, you won't know anything outside of that. If you want any sort of academic support or advice, or if you aren't planning on progressing through their plan for you, this isn't the right school for you. They will teach enough to make sure that you pass whatever standardized test lies at the end of your journey, but UNE does not care if you fail. Some people have mentioned that you have to be your own teacher, and to an extent that is true, particularly online. UNE is moving to expand their online course, and fair warning, they are terrible. The online courses are excellent if you need to take one class to fill a pre-requisite, but you will not learn anything. UNE is good if you need a piece of paper to get a job. UNE is not good if you need an education."
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2021
  • Degree: Biology
"I recently signed up for Human Anatomy and Physiology to complete as a prerequisite. To be honest, I am disappointed and frustrated with the lack of transparency and non-linear approach to the course. While UNE advertises that all courses are self paced, there is no indication anywhere that the courses are self-taught. This perspective comes from the fact that the short 15 minute videos have zero instruction and do not really correlate with the assigned chapters or weekly labs.I have already spent countless hours trying to read chapters that were and were not assigned as well as watching additional videos through Khan Academy to help fill in the gaps. In addition, each course does not tell you in advance the cost of the additional lab equipment, camera, etc. that you will need to purchase after registering for the course. I wish I would have read the numerous reviews that reinforce this realization. It is so disappointing that I have spent so much money on a course in which I would be teaching myself. With all this being said, I am withdrawing from the course and continue my journey at a different university."
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2021
  • Degree: Chemistry
"I am currently enrolled in the Chemistry I w/ Lab course, which is part of the Science Prerequisites For Health Professionals. I was astonished to find out in the first week that this course has very short lectures (12 minutes in weeks I and II) and that the students are expected to "self-teach", according to the student advisor, by reading the textbook and doing homework assignments from the textbook. The course plus the lab plus the lab kit are $1,800.00. For that amount of money, a full length lecture should be included, particularly for the type of course that requires substantial problem solving/calculations. I can learn from a textbook for free but I take courses to learn from an expert. Having just completed an online health related graduate degree, I have taken many online courses and have never had one where there was barely a lecture component. It's truly puzzling. In addition, because the learning is primarily from the not very good textbook (that only comes in digital form), I have had to watch numerous YouTube videos to learn the concepts and the weekly time commitment has been about 20-30 hours. The student advisor said that this is what is expected and that one should think of this course as a "part-time job". But the time commitment would be somewhat less if the professor invested more time in teaching the material so that the students don't have to dig for video lectures on YouTube. The work load is also very heavy and you can expect time consuming, detailed assignments with no guidance or instruction. I suspect the exams are going to be difficult as well. And the lab course is considered an entirely separate course so I would be expected to take two sets of final exams. This course is definitely not worth the money given other high quality options out there that offer complete lectures and more interaction with the instructors. If you sign up for this course, be prepared for a putative refund policy (40% in the first week, zero thereafter). Expect to spend 20-30 hours per week on the course and expect not to have much interaction with the professor and no TA support. I am planning to drop the course and take it elsewhere even though I am losing a lot of money by doing so."
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"UNE is egregiously expensive and the educational experience is comparable to community college courses/programs. Their marketing and reputation may sway you to believe UNE has some special reason for holding themselves in high-esteem, but they don't."
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2020
  • Degree: Biology
"I personally believed this course is a waste of time. I took the anatomy class with UNE thinking that this self paced course would have prerecorded lectures about the MATERIAL. No, the way of learning is ONLY by reading the textbooks, no lectures. I personally believe that it is absolutely ridiculous to be paying a teacher (no wait, a professor!) for do nothing! They're job is to TEACH and they are not. And I've even asked to have an assignment relooked, but the teacher (who you'd think is responsible for the grading) says "I have no control over the grade." I'm sorry, I work really hard when a professor is actually teaching the students and not being lazy. I use the book as an additional resource, not the only resource. How is one supposed to remember a 750 page textbook when the teacher is saying every single thing is important."
Daniel Young
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2018
  • Degree: Social Work
"I signed up for the MSW program at UNE in early 2016. The course material was both challenging and interesting. I compare the course work to University of Victoria online that my spouse attended and Walden University that I previously attended to find the quality, quantity and difficulty of the work to be roughly equal. I was really excited about this university (UNE) as their reputation is very good. However, I was somewhat disappointed in the complex and confusing portal to access services. That is, the student services portal, blackboard, the library, the book store, finances and other services all operate independently. I realize this is how Brick and Mortar schools operate... each unit in a different building with its own network system and administrators (a series of small kingdoms)... it does get clunky and obstructive in the online space... that is, I felt continuously like I was burdened but he interface instead of focusing on the material I was learning. I completed 4 courses (all above 90%) but left the UNE for Walden due mostly to feeling like the interface clunkiness was holding me back and causing me undue stress. The faculty of UNE were top notch and the course material first rate, but I just did not feel part of a cohesive system of learning there."
Amy Cormier
  • Reviewed: 4/20/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Attending the University of New England is a smart choice for Nursing students. During my interviews with possible employment managers often compliment me on attending the university. It is an expensive and difficult program, but they prepare you to be a great nurse."
Meghan First
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"The University of New England provided me with the knowledge I now have to further my career, and graduate degree. I have wanted to become an occupational therapist since before I can remember. The health, wellness, and occupational studies major laid out a specific curriculum in which I would be able to succeed. Not only was my program very influential to my success, I have seen similar success in others whom go to UNE. There are many aspects of this university that are available to aid in student success. The professors have very reasonable office hours, as well as the ability to email back in a timely manner. There is the Student Academic Success Center, in which tutors are available to help with the courses students could have difficulty with. The career services office provides students with practice interviews for future jobs or graduate schools, professional clothing, resume building, and a sense of support for the future. Being a transfer to this school, I had always felt welcomed and had a sense of support by my advisors and fellow peers. The University of New England enabled me to prosper, and work to my potential, if not higher. I am fully comfortable with saying that the University of New England is a great college for someone who is looking to be successful and influential in the future. Not to mention the aesthetic quality the college provides being right on the ocean. The University of New England is a top notch school."
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2017
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"One of the best decisions of my life began when I decided to attend the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. I am in the pharmacy program at UNE and have a part-time job at a local pharmacy. The faculty and staff truly care about your learning, and they are not just there to collect a paycheck. Having been recently accredited as a pharmacy school, the program has made leaps and bounds since its accreditation and has some of the highest pass rates for the NAPLEX. Located right on the water in beautiful Biddeford, Maine UNE has truly been a blessing and has allowed to me chase my dream of one day becoming a pharmacist."
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2016
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"UNE is expensive, but I felt it was worth it. The courses are all online which is best for me. I was able to work full time as a teacher and spend time with my family while earning my degree. My advisor was amazing and most of the professors were great. The work was easy for me, but I found that it taught me a lot and provided me with a degree I can be proud of. I was very disappointed that they do not offer a Doctoral degree that would meet my needs. I would have loved to continue my education with them!"
Jennifer Obecny
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2016
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"The DPT program is competitive, challenging, and preparatory. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication, however the education is rewarding and I am confident I will be successful on clinical rotations and in my career. The faculty are easy to get in contact with and very helpful in class and during office hours. The schedule is designed such that classes build on each other and lessons are reflected in other classes. This is reinforces the most important information and provides a stable foundation for a student physical therapist. The only con to this DPT program is the cost. Overall, the program is great!"
Ashley Carlino
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2015
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"My program in Educational Leadership is very attainable for someone working full-time. The online support from the admissions process to coursework is amazing. I would recommend this school to anyone looking to complete a degree or certificate program online."
  • Reviewed: 7/20/2015
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Though it was over priced, I got a fairly good education. The most important thing in college is self motivation. If you have the will to do the work and create your own opportunities, it doesn't matter where you go."
Brianna Bickley
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2015
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"The University of New England does a great job of preparing you for the interprofessional workforce as well as giving you a solid understanding of each respective field."
Lauren Kinnwy
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"This program is very much based on self-teaching and developing long-term learning skills. At first, this is a very hard thing to get used to, as in undergraduate school we were lectured at constantly. In this environment we work in small groups frequently, are tested frequently, and are responsible for knowing the material on our own. We have minimal lecture hours, which can be both good and bad, however it forces us to be independent and take responsibility of our own learning. Depending on the subject, I wish there were more lecture hours because I personally have a challenging time learning from a text book."
Kiana DiBiase
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2015
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"The University of New England has a wonderful Pharmacy program. There are a lot of opportunities offered for my career. There are also many opportunities for research within your desired concentration. The only con I have about the program is that it is a research school, so professors aren't always available when needed. But, they are fairly accessible by email."
Valerie Nye
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2014
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"I feel that the faculty is really invested in our career and are willing to help us in any way!"