Reasons to Attend Unity College
Looking for reasons to attend Unity College? Here are ten. Unity’s high-quality education and vibrant, supportive culture will put students on a path toward a successful, rewarding future.
1. We are the first college in the nation to base our curriculum on a framework of sustainability science.
We offer environmentally focused majors, each built upon a unique framework of sustainability science. Our transdisciplinary approach provides students with a distinctive education that meets the demands of an earth and environment in crisis. And Unity College is breaking away from the traditional college classroom experience for first- and second-year students, with TERRAIN, our signature expeditionary education model.
2. Our unique location provides extraordinary opportunities for research and adventure.
Unity sits in the middle of three climate zones, providing special opportunities for experiential learning and original research. Our unique location is also a great jumping-off point for outdoor activities—there’s hiking, camping, skiing, hunting, canoeing, and more all within easy access from campus.
3. Our 15:1 student-faculty ratio means high-touch, hands-on learning.
Unity College’s low student-to-faculty ratio means students won’t get lost in the crowd. At Unity, professors know their students’ names. Students benefit from passionate, dedicated faculty who encourage a high degree of student involvement—leading to an individualized, supportive, and hands-on learning experience.
4. We offer a close-knit community with a variety of extracurricular activities.
Nearly 71% of Unity students live on campus as part of our unified and inclusive community. In addition, we have over 30 active and unique clubs, such as Beekeeping, Primitive Skills, Sugar Makers, and Wildlife Care and Education. We also offer both varsity and intramural sports—varsity teams include women’s and men’s basketball, soccer, and cross-country, and women’s volleyball.
5. We were the first college in the nation to divest from fossil fuels.
Unity College is committed to the sustainability of our environment and understands the pressing need to address global climate change. That’s why in 2012, we became the first college in the United States to divest from fossil fuels, leading what has become a national movement in higher education.
6. Our campus housing is at the forefront of energy-saving efforts.
Student housing at Unity includes three new residence halls that meets LEED silver standards.
7. Our tuition rates are nearly 18% below the national average.
The total direct cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at Unity College for the 2019/20 academic year is $41,030. However, Unity College offers financial assistance for more than 90% of our students, including scholarships of up to $14,000 per year. Our average student loan debt is on par with state school averages, and our student loan default rate–one of lowest in the country at 5.9%–is 39% lower than state schools and 42% lower than the national average.
8. We provide one-on-one career counseling from day one.
At Unity College, we focus on our students’ personal fulfillment and professional success, both during their time at Unity and beyond. Our dedicated career services staff works hard to help students and alumni realize their career goals, providing one-on-one career counseling from day one of freshman year and on.
9. Our practical, valuable education and student experience yield a high return on investment.
Over 75% of Unity College seniors participate in some form of practicum, internship, field experience, co-op, or clinical assignment. And every year, Unity is host to the largest Environmental Career Fair in New England. And according to a recent survey, 94% of a recent graduating class were employed or attending graduate school within six months of commencement.
10. We are a highly respected, award-winning institution of higher learning.
Unity College is one of 20 higher education institutions in the country selected to partner with Google to offer students a two-course sequence focused on coding and machine learning skills.
Field & Stream Magazine named Unity College as one of the 21 best colleges for hunters and anglers in July 2019.
Unity College has been named a College of Distinction every year since 2012.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in August 2018 named Unity College one of the top ten baccalaureate performers in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, better known as STARS.
The Unity College Board of Trustees was named as one of five winners of the Association of Governing Boards’ John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership, based on its innovation and exemplary leadership.
In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Unity College one of the best regional colleges in the North, No. 8 position this year for both “Social Mobility” and “Veterans,” and one of the best schools for Undergraduate Teaching. category among its peers. Unity College was listed among the Top 10 colleges nationally in two important categories — No. 10 for Food and No. 5 for Academics — in Sierra magazine’s recent list of “Cool Schools.” And in 2011, the Washington Monthly ranked Unity among the top 20 baccalaureate colleges in the nation. We have been on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and are included in the Princeton Review’s guide to green colleges. Also in 2016, Unity College was ranked as one of the most affordable sustainable colleges.
Unity College is ranked one of the best institutions (#2) in Sustainable Investment & Finance on the 2017 AASHE Sustainable Campus Index, and has obtained a Gold star level for sustainability initiatives for the past 5 years.