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Category: Unity News

February 09, 2024

Melik’s Memo: February 2024

We are off to an exciting start in 2024. Unity Environmental University has been named Maine’s largest university. We now enroll over 7,500 students from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 21 countries. This milestone reflects the institution’s innovative approach to education and commitment to affordability and accessibility! I am also quite proud of the… Read more »


An aerial image of the Pineland Farms campus that houses Unity Environmental University.

February 08, 2024

Unity Environmental University Announces New Strategic Partnerships with Mission-Aligned Preferred Employers

Unity Environmental University announces a significant expansion of its Preferred Employer Program, welcoming over two dozen new organizations into its network. These mission-aligned partners represent a diverse array of opportunities for our students and graduates, embodying Unity’s vision of nurturing professionals dedicated to ecological and societal sustainability. These organizations span across the nation, resonating with… Read more »


A white building with the sign for the Unity Performing Arts Center in front of it.

February 05, 2024

Nearly $1 Million Dollar UCCA Property Gifted to Ecology Learning Center by Unity Environmental University

Unity Environmental University in collaboration with the Unity Foundation proudly announces the donation of the Unity Center of the Arts (UCCA), valued at nearly $1,000,000, to the Ecology Learning Center, a landmark decision that reflects the University’s commitment to community engagement and environmental stewardship. The UCCA, known for its rich blend of cultural and educational… Read more »


This infographic shows the increase of diversity and first-generation leaners at Unity.

January 22, 2024

Unity Environmental University Named Maine’s Largest University

University Ranks #1 in 2023 Social Mobility Index Report Unity Environmental University has been recognized as Maine’s largest university, enrolling over 7,500 students from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 21 countries. This milestone reflects the institution’s innovative approach to education and commitment to affordability and accessibility. This significant growth can be attributed to the… Read more »


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December 29, 2023

Unity Environmental University’s Top 5 2024 New Year’s Resolutions

As Unity Environmental University ushers in the New Year, we reflect on our achievements from the previous year and set our resolutions to continue this momentum of growth and innovation. Our New Year’s resolutions for 2024 are inspired by the successes and lessons of 2023, and they are aimed at furthering our commitment to environmental… Read more »


A large log cabin-style lodge sits behind a wooden moose sculpture in the grass.

December 20, 2023

Unity Environmental University Spearheads Sustainable-Tourism Education Programming

Unity Environmental University, a pioneering institution in environmental education, announces the launch of two new baccalaureate programs within its Distance Education arm: B.S. in Tourism Destination Management and B.S. in Regenerative Hotel Management.


Students smile at the camera in their caps and gowns during Commencement.

December 11, 2023

Melik’s Memo – December 2023

As we embrace the festive spirit of the holiday season and reflect on the achievements of this year, I am thrilled to update you on some of the major happenings going on at Unity Environmental University.  Amidst the festive cheer, we are eagerly anticipating a landmark event in our university’s history—our first-ever December Commencement at… Read more »


A scenic overlook of a lake around a mountain with the overlaying text, "How Regenerative Travel Can Make An Impact."

December 06, 2023

Introducing Regenerative Travel

It is important for travelers and non-travelers alike to understand the pressing environmental, social and economic issues associated with tourism. Could regenerative travel practices be the solution?


November 16, 2023

Unity Environmental University Distance Education Welcomes Five New Academic Hires to Lead Curriculum Innovation and Expansion

Unity Environmental University announces the appointment of five academic hires within our Distance Education subsidiary who will play a pivotal role in the institution’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence, curriculum innovation, and expansion. These hires include three new Associate Deans, two at the baccalaureate level and one at the graduate level, to help Unity continue… Read more »


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November 07, 2023

Two Maine Colleges among 13 Institutions Receiving $3.275 Million to Tackle Student Mental Health

Unity Environmental University and College of the Atlantic to receive capacity grant designed as a precursor to a total of $8.5 million toward students’ wellbeing. To address what the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recognizes as “the defining public health crisis of our time,” Unity Environmental University and College of the Atlantic are among thirteen… Read more »


The well lit interior of the TIEP building called Freeport Hall.

October 05, 2023

Unity Environmental University and Metro Institute Partner to Open Full-Service Testing Center

Unity Environmental University announces a partnership with Metro Institute, a leading national provider of online computer-based testing services, to establish a full-service testing center on our Pineland campus. The testing center, which is located at Unity’s Freeport Hall, is set to open its doors on October 9. Metro Institute has a track record in providing… Read more »


October 04, 2023

Pioneering AI in Education: Unity Environmental University’s Team Shines at Teach with AI Conference

As technology rapidly evolves, Unity Environmental University remains at the forefront, pioneering the future of AI in higher education. Recently, a Unity team comprised of Dr. Kelly Boyer Ontl, Dean of Graduate Studies; Chris Malmberg, Director of Learning Experience Design; and Donovan Montoya, XR Simulation Developer, participated in and presented at the inaugural Teaching &… Read more »


September 27, 2023

Renowned Conservationist Inspires Unity Students with Insights on Wildlife Care in Africa

Professor Wouter Van Hoven’s Visit Highlights the Vital Role of Environmental Wellbeing in Safeguarding Africa’s Wildlife and Communities Prominent wildlife conservationist, Professor Wouter Van Hoven, recently visited Unity Environmental University’s Pineland Campus to present his insights on “Wildlife Care in Southern Africa: Environmental Wellbeing, the Key to Wildlife Wellbeing in Africa.” The event, attended by… Read more »


September 22, 2023

Unity Environmental University Announces Winner of the Fall 2023 Nicholas Holt Challenge Scholarship

Unity Environmental University is thrilled to announce Nevan Burns as the distinguished recipient of the Fall 2023 Holt Challenge Award. This scholarship, worth more than $3,000, is generously provided by the Holt family in honor of the late Nicholas Holt, and is awarded to outstanding Unity students who display a passion for experiential learning, research… Read more »


September 07, 2023

Unity Environmental University Announces Key Hires in Support of Continued Institutional Growth

Unity Strengthens its Enterprise Ranks with Accomplished Industry Experts Unity Environmental University announces the appointment of four highly accomplished professionals to key Enterprise-level positions within the organization. These strategic hires represent a significant step forward in enhancing the university’s capacity to drive innovation, excellence, and sustainable impact in the field of environmental studies. “These talented… Read more »


September 05, 2023

Unity Environmental University Introduces AI Chatbot “Spruce” – Your On-Demand Academic Support Companion

Answers are a Text Away with Spruce, the 24/7 AI Chatbot for Students’ Success Unity Environmental University Distance Education is proud to announce the launch of its latest innovation in student support: Spruce, the official AI chatbot of Unity. With a commitment to empowering students throughout their academic journey, Spruce offers instant assistance, proactive outreach,… Read more »


July 27, 2023

Unity Environmental University Introduces Two New Programs to Address Pressing Environmental Challenges

Unity’s New Offerings Will Help Meet National Demand for More Environmental-Based Programming Unity Environmental University is proud to announce the launch of two innovative programs aimed at addressing critical environmental issues. The University’s commitment to providing cutting-edge education and training to its students is reflected in these new offerings: the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in… Read more »


An aerial image of the Pineland Farms campus that houses Unity Environmental University.

July 20, 2023

Unity Environmental University Announces Largest Ever Incoming Class After Embracing Innovative Model

University On Track to Exceed 10,000 Fulltime Students By 2025 Over the past five years, Unity Environmental University has proactively embraced the transformative potential of low-residency and place-bound education, leading to remarkable success and a significant surge in student enrollment. Currently, the university proudly hosts over 7,500 full-time students, an exceptional increase from the historical… Read more »


June 02, 2023

Unity Environmental University Establishes National and International Partnerships to Enhance Experiential Learning

Unity is the First and only Higher Education Institution with whom ACE has a Formalized Partnership Unity Environmental University announces the signing of two new partnerships with the American Conservation Experience (ACE) and International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ). These complimentary programs offer our students and graduates opportunities to develop professional experience both nationally and abroad. At… Read more »


An aerial image of the Pineland Farms campus that houses Unity Environmental University.

May 15, 2023

Unity Welcomes Three New Members to the Board of Trustees

New Members Eagerly Join University as it Evolves into a Thriving Institution After a year-long process of vetting a competitive pool of candidates, the Board Governance Task Force of Unity Environmental University is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Elizabeth Dahlen, Jacqueline M. Sturdivant, and Holly J.… Read more »