Sustainability and experiential learning

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The Unity College Bear Study gives students the chance to tag, tattoo and radio collar bears to collect data and monitor activity. Here, faculty mentor George Matula and Jonah '14, are tracking a Maine black bear.
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Students work alongside professors doing research in the field and lab.

Sustainability and experiential learning are at the core of a Unity College education.

Unity’s unique, integrative learning experience prepares students to be resourceful in finding practical, innovative solutions to global environmental issues. We achieve this through a transdisciplinary approach to learning and a vibrant, supportive culture focused on the environment, community, and personal goals.

Environmental Citizen Curriculum

At the heart of Unity’s academics is our Environmental Citizen Curriculum. This program of study is the foundation for learning at Unity College—it equips students with a solid liberal arts education, ensuring they have the skills and habits of inquiry, analysis, and communication necessary to succeed in any environmental profession. 

Community-Based Learning

For Unity students, learning is not limited to classrooms and labs. A community-based experiential learning component engages students in service opportunities and civic responsibility, allowing them to apply classroom learning to real-life situations. 

Community-Based Learning takes place through courses, clubs, special programs, and extracurricular opportunities throughout the year and is an integral part of the Unity learning experience.

Nova Orientation

Incoming students engage in Unity’s distinctive learning experience during their Nova Orientation trip, which is required for all students. Nova trips encourage personal growth, build social connections, and promote environmental stewardship. 

See our distinctive approach to learning at work through these unique, hands-on opportunities: