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A Day of Hands-on Environmental Exploration

Unity College’s Annual Spring Open House showcases unique sustainability education options for prospective students

Open House on April 8

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend have the opportunity to meet current students, faculty and staff this weekend. They’ll have time to learn the range of in-demand environmental career paths available to them. Whether a student is interested in attending this fall, next fall or even three years from now, we welcome them to our campus.

Known as America’s Environmental College, Unity College is providing leadership for higher education with its sustainability science focus for teaching and learning.

“Unity College’s unique curriculum is designed to prepare the next generation of environmental leaders to meet the biggest global challenges head-on,” Unity College President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury said. “Open House at Unity College is different — more hands-on — than at many other colleges. Just as our mission is different, and our teaching is different.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Tozier Gymnasium. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a community fair, take campus tours, participate in academic demonstrations for all 16 environmentally focused majors, and learn about student life from current undergraduates.

Optional information sessions on financial aid, career resources, the Summer Bridge program, and admissions, will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Campus tours will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m.

A brunch will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Wyman Commons. Demonstrations and exhibits from campus clubs will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Student Center.

Academic demonstrations will take place at various locations across campus from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., showcasing each of the 16 environmentally focused majors offered at Unity College. Faculty and staff from each program will be meet students and their families, and answer questions.

“Prospective students and their families who attend open house will learn firsthand what this community has to offer,” Director of Admissions Joe Saltalamachia said. “Our admissions process empowers prospective students to know whether Unity College is truly a best fit for them.”

Nestled in the verdant farm country of mid-coast Maine, only a short drive from the coast, Unity College is ideally located for its environmental mission. Students utilize the area’s natural resources on a daily basis during classes, research, and recreational activities. The quality of the educational experience offered is embodied by the host of accolades the college has received.

“With three straight years of enrollment growth, dozens of new campus infrastructure improvements, and heightened interest in our unique curriculum from prospective students and the academic community, there’s never been a brighter point in our history,” Khoury said.

National recognition of Unity College includes:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Unity College 15th best liberal arts college in the North for 2016-17. That’s 13 spots higher than the previous year, when the magazine rated Unity College No. 28 in that category, and 16 spots higher than in 2015, when Unity was rated No. 31.
  • Unity College also was recognized again as providing higher education that’s high value. U.S. News moved Unity College up from to No. 6 this year from No. 9 in 2016 in the “Best Value” category among its peers.
  • Unity College was named the top U.S. college for sustainability in the area of investment and finance, and rates third in energy, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The AASHE 2016 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
  • Washington Monthly ranked Unity College in the Top 20 U.S. baccalaureate colleges, recognizing schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
  • Sierra, the magazine of national environmental organization Sierra Club, named Unity one of its Top 100 “Cool Schools,” ranked in Top 10 nationally for food and Top 5 for academics.
Friday, March 31, 2017