Three Decades of Growth
Since 1978, with 36 medical students and 396 St. Francis College undergraduates, the University of New England has grown into a more diverse institution with two distinctive campuses, more than 4,200 students, more than 40 graduate and undergraduate programs, a satellite campus in Israel, and state-of-the art educational and research facilities, such as the Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences and the Marine Science Education and Research Center.
Advancing its focus on research, the University has created four Centers of Exellence for Research and Scholarship: the Center for Land-Sea Interaction: Human, River and Ocean Health; the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences; the Center for Global Humanities; and the Center for Community and Public Health.
U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of New England among the best regional universities in the Northeast. The College of Osteopathic Medicine has been recognized for its excellence in geriatric, rural and primary care education.
In 1978 when St. Francis College and the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine combined to become the University of New England, some thought the new name a little grandiose. Jack Ketchum, president of the new institution, said "We'll grow into it," and he was right - we did.
*Taken in part from Shaping a Future: The Founding of the University of New England by Eleanor H. Haney.
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