Summer Nova

Summer Nova Orientation Program

Summer Nova Program Unity CollegeYour Unity College adventure begins with Nova. All entering students are enrolled in the Unity Experience Course which begins with the Nova adventure-based orientation trip. Summer Nova trips take place in July and August. For information on Nova trip departures and arrivals, please refer to this weekly summer schedule

Nova trips are designed to facilitate the transition to Unity College life by focusing on personal growth, building social connections, and promoting environmental stewardship. Nova trips also benefit new students in becoming full participants in the College and broader communities. Nova trips are small group adventure-based experiences led by well-trained leaders who are Unity College students themselves.

Students that cannot attend the Summer Nova program will be required to make it up during the Winter of 2015. Qualifications for deferment include physical limitations, such as a fracture, sprain, or temporary illness; family obligations; full-time or seasonal employment. Students who defer to Summer Nova must have their application submitted before August 15 for a Deferment Appeal

There are specific types of situations that qualify a student for exemption from the Nova program. These situations include:

  • Physical limitations
  • Long term illness or injury (medical release required)
  • Full-time employment
  • Family obligations
  • Over the age of 24

If you would like to appeal for exemption from the Nova program, please click here.

For all Nova forms, click here.

If you have any questions please contact Jessica Steele, Director of the Outdoor Adventure Center at 207-948-9293 or email