Unity College, Unity, Maine


America's Environmental College; We Train Professionals in Sustainability Science

Here at Unity College, we’re giving students the tools to become environmental professionals. We’re focused on the imperative of sustainability—in the classroom and in the real world. Unity provides students with an exceptional education that meets the demands of an earth and an economy in crisis.

Our emphasis on experiential learning is rooted in a framework of sustainability science. No matter what your major, you’ll learn to consider all of the angles through our transdisciplinary approach to education. At our college of environmental science, we pride ourselves on turning our students into the problem solvers of tomorrow.

We Are Future-Oriented

Unity was founded in 1965, so we have the history, experience, and foundation to know what we’re doing. However, we are still progressive and forward-facing, focused on the future. We inspire and support students to enact the solutions that can help renew civilization. From 225 wooded acres of farmland overlooking Unity Pond in the tranquil village of Unity, Maine, we make our considerable mark on the world. Roughly 600 passionate, adventuresome students study here with nearly 40 dedicated, outdoor-loving faculty members. The whole state of Maine is our hands-on learning laboratory.

We Empower Students

Our close-knit, inclusive campus community is full of active learners—both students and teachers—who create adventures that help you grow personally and professionally. At Unity College, you learn by doing, balancing theory and practice. Live your passion while learning how to do what Thomas Berry has called “the great work” of our time. Our cutting-edge, science-based curriculum will ensure that you know how to communicate persuasively and effectively, while empowering you to move knowledge from a variety of disciplines into action. You’ll get the skills you need for your career, for living, and for life in the 21st century.

Unity College's unique location makes environmental experiental learning easy, which is why we are America's Environmental College. We are in the middle of it all: outdoor summer and winter sports are within easy access to the college, while major metropolitan areas and airports are just a few hours away. Canada is just a four hour drive north, and New York City an easy day's drive south. 

Nearly 70% of Unity students live on campus, forming a close-knit and inclusive community. Our residence halls are relaxed and welcoming, with more doors open than closed. Diverse outlooks and backgrounds make life so much more interesting. Our campus community offers six residence halls with comfortable double and single rooms connected by common areas. Living on campus makes it easy to roll out of bed and get to class on time. It’s a snap to get to the library, dining center, and all of the great places to play.

The time for small thinking is over. Come join us!

Study at Unity College

The mission of Unity College has never been more relevant or necessary. We know that our students will face a world of converging environmental and economic crises. Through a curriculum emphasizing sustainability science, we are committed to providing students with the capacity to address these looming global changes successfully.

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Beyond the Classroom

Sometimes, traditional academic programs overlook the fact that learning is essentially experiential. Our hands-on approach, combined with our small class sizes, means that at Unity field work is the rule rather than the exception. On any given day, your classroom might be a whale-watching expedition, an animal shelter, a hunter check station, or the top of a mountain. Your lab time might include farming, camping, animal handling, ropes work, building, rock climbing, first aid, or any number of other activities.

In addition, our core Environmental Citizen Curriculum connects all students and degree tracks together with a science-based liberal arts foundation. Which means you will learn to read deeply, write and speak effectively—and think.

Our dedicated faculty members are proven professionals in their respective fields, with hands-on experience in the subjects they teach. Their activities and experience include the following:

  • Running immersion semesters at Outward Bound
  • Evaluating sites for wind power
  • Testifying at state legislative hearings on utilities and energy
  • Giving public presentations on the science of climate change
  • Collaborating with students on research presented at national conferences
  • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Creating renewable-energy demonstrations
  • Restructuring a chemistry lab to reduce toxic waste
  • Directing undergraduate research and developing sustainable energy projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Environmental Citizen Curriculum

Our distinctive Environmental Citizen Curriculum ensures students have the skills needed for success in a changing world. This curriculum brings together students' learning in the classroom together with their values, goals, and desires to make a difference in the world around them.

Major Fields of Study

Unity College programs prepare students for a world in which the environment as well as the job market will be rapidly changing. All areas of study at Unity blend academic rigor, field experience, and service learning within the synthesizing framework of Sustainability Science, with the goal of teaching students to translate knowledge into action. Our core Environmental Citizen Curriculum provides a solid liberal arts foundation, giving students the skills and habits of inquiry, analysis, and communication necessary to succeed in any profession. On this base, students build specialization in their chosen fields.

Baccalaureate Programs

Bachelor of Arts

  • Art and Environment; Environmental Writing and Media Studies

Bachelor of Science

  • Adventure-Based Environmental Education; Adventure Therapy; Biology; Captive Wildlife Care and Education; Conservation Law Enforcement; Earth and Environmental Science; Environmental Policy, Law, and Society
  • Marine Biology; Parks and Forest Resources; Secondary Education; Sustainable Agriculture; Sustainable Energy Management; Wildlife Biology; Wildlife and Fisheries Management

Associate Programs: Associate of Arts; Liberal Studies

Associate of Science: Environmental Science

2014/15 Academic Year Costs

US $ 24,620 Tuition (eligible for up to $ 11,000 tuition waiver*)
US$   1,200 Fees
US$   9,330 Room/board
US$      500 Books
US$      600 Personal Expenses
US$      710 Travel
US $ 36,960 Total Annual Cost ($ 25,960 with the tuition waiver*)

*Tuition waiver only if applying through StudyUnitedStates EU

More information via info@studyunitedstates.eu