Situated in Unity, Waldo County in the state of Maine, Unity College is a private liberal arts college with a focus on natural resource or environmental studies. The institution was established in 1968, originally as the Unity Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Accreditation for Unity College was granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Unity College is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best Colleges in its rankings. Other recognition include being named to the eighteen leading green colleges listed by the Princeton Review, ranking in the top 30 college rankings of Washington Monthly, and the 2010 Community Engagement Classification selection by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The academic programs at Unity College are unified by the Sustainability Science framework, combining academic rigor, service learning, and field experience in the training of students for a rapidly evolving job market and environmental science field. The college offers Baccalaureate Programs in Environmental Writing and Media Studies, Art and Environment, Adventure Therapy, Captive Wildlife Care and Education, Conservation Law Enforcement, Biology, Adventure-Based Environmental Education, Earth and Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Law, and Society, Marine Biology, Secondary Education, Parks and Forest Resources, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Energy Management, Wildlife Biology, and Wildlife and Fisheries Management.
Associate Programs in Liberal Studies and Environmental Science are also offered. In addition to the major areas of study, minor concentrations available to students of Unity College are Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Botany, Ecology, Environmental Interpretation and Education, Zoology, and Psychology.
A big part of the student experience at Unity College is Community-Based Learning. Beyond classroom instruction and theories, students are trained to become active, engaged citizens and leaders in environmental and community-related issues. Unity College maintains several co-curricular programs that provide students opportunities to become involved first-hand with environmental and social issues, such as the NorthStar Leadership Program, and the Project C.O.O.L: College Outreach for Ocean Literacy.
About 70 percent of the student body at Unity College live on campus. Campus residence halls allow students to live close to where they attend class and hang out with their friends. Six residence halls with double and single accomodations are offered, and residences are comfortable, safe and secure, and equipped with modern conveniences and amenities.
Among the many recreational activities one can enjoy at Unity College, the Outdoor Adventure Center is one of the most popular among students. The Outdoor Adventure Center is the hub of outdoor recreation opportunities at the college. A challenge course with various activities involving cables, ropes and logs in a wooded area is offered to participants (instructors are present). If climbing is more your thing, the Willard Climbing Wall is a 30-plus foot wall with bouldering routes, seven top ropes, unique curved surface geometry, natural rock texture and feel, and trained instructors.
Campus dining locations include the Wyman Dining Commons, with all-you-can-eat meal selections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the Student Center for to-go meals, snacks, and baked goodies. Campus dining services at Unity College value sustainability and prioritize recycling efforts, composting, and other environment-friendly practices and processes.