From the School

When you start at the University of Maine, you can end up anywhere. Like Tanzania, working as a medical volunteer, or the Maine coast, working as a biomedical engineer. You don't need to leave campus to find inspiration, however. At UMaine, you'll be surrounded by groundbreaking innovation, inspiring scholarship and some of the most cutting-edge research anywhere. In other words, the world comes to you.


From The School

Admission to the University of Maine is selective and based on a combination of factors that demonstrates a promise of academic success. Criteria considered for admission include academic credentials, scholastic achievement and personal motivation. Space availability in certain programs may also be considered when selecting candidates for admission.

The University of Maine participates in a nonrestrictive Early Action program. Applications for fall semester and all supporting documents postmarked by December 15 will be reviewed by the end of January. Early Action candidates will be given first consideration for merit scholarships awarded by the Admissions Office.

Applications for the fall semester completed after December 15, Early Action candidates deferred to the regular admission process, and applications for the spring semester will be reviewed on a rolling admission basis as long as space is available. An admission decision will typically be made within six weeks from the receipt of the application and all supporting documents.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 590
SAT Math
480 - 600
ACT Composite
21 - 27

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

Academic Programs

Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is the flagship campus of the UMaine System. As such, it offers the state's most comprehensive academic experience, with more than 85 majors and programs across five academic colleges the College of Business, Public Policy and Health; the College of Education and Human Development; the College of Engineering; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the College of Natural Sciences Forestry, and Agriculture. In addition, UMaine's Honors College one of the country's oldest honors programs provides an in-depth, academically challenging curriculum for qualified students in all disciplines. UMaine is one of the National Science Foundation's top 100 public universities for research, with annual research expenditures of nearly $100 million, which provides exceptional opportunities for undergraduate research.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Animal and Veterinary Sciences Anthropology Aquaculture Art Education Art History Biochemistry Biological Engineering Biology Botany Business Administration -Accounting -Finance -International Business -Management -Management Information Systems -Marketing Chemical Engineering Chemistry Child Development and Family Relations Civil Engineering Clinical Laboratory Sciences Communication Communication Sciences and Disorders Computer Engineering Computer Science Construction Management Technology Earth Sciences Ecology and Environmental Sciences Economics Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering Technology Elementary Education Engineering Physics English Environmental Management and Policy Financial Economics Food Science and Human Nutrition Forest Ecosystem Science & Conservation Forest Operations Science Forestry French German History Information Systems Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies International Affairs Journalism Kinesiology and Physical Education -Athletic Training -Health/Fitness -Teaching/Coaching Landscape Horticulture Latin Marine Science Mass Communication Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Technology Microbiology Modern Languages Molecular and Cellular Biology Music Music Education Music Performance New Media Nursing Parks, Recreation and Tourism Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Public Management Pulp and Paper Technology Resource and Agribusiness Management Romance Languages Secondary Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Studio Art Surveying Engineering Technology Sustainable Agriculture Theatre University Studies Wildlife Ecology Women's Studies Wood Science and Technology Zoology

Students Say

The University of Maine is proud to have “one of the top engineering schools in the Northeast!” Students describe the atmosphere as “engineering with a dash of liberal arts,” and also praise the forestry and business programs. However, some point out, “As with many schools focused on funding their science departments, the arts programs tend to suffer and feel like the neglected, malnourished stepchildren.” Yet, the overall consensus is that “UMaine has challenging courses that push students to reach their potential.” Many students say they chose UMaine for its balance of “the friendly, small feeling while still at a state university,” and Maine residents cite the “financially feasible” in-state tuition combined with the fact that “it’s close to home but far enough away and large enough to feel different and exciting” as big selling points. Most agree, “The faculty and administrators take an active interest in the students” and say, “Education is top priority.” Professor reviews offer a mixed bag, with some students saying, “The professors here are open-minded and teach with enthusiasm,” and others finding, “There is the occasional dud professor.” One zoology major sums up the disparity this way: “Professors in the lower-level courses tend to be more focused on lecturing than anything else. As you move up in the course levels, and classes get smaller, the professors tend to pay more attention to class discussion and the opinions of individual students.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Stephen King

Olympia Snowe
U.S. Senator from Maine

Bernard Lown
Nobel Peace Prize winner

Don Holder
Two-time Tony Award winning lighting designer

Paul Kariya
NHL player and Hobey Baker award winner

Timothy Simons

Pamela Ann White
U.S. Ambassador


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
May 15
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Student Organizations and Activities The one thing we always hear from students? "I'm surprised at how much there is to do here." For starters, there’s always something going on in the residence halls. The newly renovated Collins Center for the Arts brings national and international touring artists to campus and shows independent films once a week. The School of Performing Arts always has plays, readings and musical performances planned, and Student Entertainment brings in national acts such as The Roots, O.A.R., Dropkick Murphys and The Decemberists. Students can get involved in more than 200 clubs and organizations academic and social one of 15 fraternities or seven sororities, Student Government, community service-oriented groups, intramural sports and much, much more. On campus, there are free events planned six nights a week, including game nights, first-run movies, open mic nights and karaoke. UMaine is the state's only Division I school, and athletic events especially hockey are a big part of student life here.

Students Say

The majority of students here hail from Maine and the Northeast. However, despite a lack of external diversity, students say, “There is a wide range of diversity in thought and belief,” and students say that although “diversity is rare because of the school’s location…it is encouraged and accepted.” Most students agree, “One of the best aspects of UMaine is the camaraderie that everyone has for each other,” and agree, “Students have many opportunities to meet people in and out of class.” In fact, one theater major proclaims, “The majority of the students who attend the University of Maine are either athletes or soon-to-be scientists…however, both groups tend to mix fairly well with each other.” Another student concurs, “I’ve seen former high school jocks socializing with brilliant engineers.” UMaine has a reputation for its lively social life; “there is no denying that most everybody drinks for fun,” students are careful to point out, “The campus is huge, so if partying isn’t your scene it’s easy to find another one.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

48% female
52% male
24% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time


From The School


Orono is a classic college town, bounded by the Stillwater and Penobscot Rivers, located in the heart of Maine. The University of Maine is 10 minutes from the state's third-largest city, Bangor, and its international airport.

UMaine's 600-acre campus was designed by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City and the White House grounds in Washington, D.C. It's a traditional New England campus, with ivy-covered brick buildings, towering pines and incredible fall foliage.

There's no place like Maine, and our students take advantage of the great outdoors whenever they can. There are 15 miles of walking, biking and cross-country skiing trails on campus. Some of the best skiing in the East is located within an easy driving distance of campus, as are Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

In addition to state-of-the art research and classroom facilities, the University of Maine is also home to the region’s cultural hub, the Collins Center for the Arts, as well as several museums and galleries. The new, spalike Student Recreation and Fitness Center is a campus hot-spot, while sports fans love Alfond Arena and Alfond Stadium. With more than 5.2 million volumes, Fogler Library is the state’s largest library.

Off-Campus Opportunities

When our students travel, they don't just go to Boston for the weekend. They go global through study abroad, international volunteerism and the worldwide research opportunities available to undergraduates at UMaine. In the last year alone, our students have traveled to China to learn more about the country's emerging financial markets. To Italy to explore Renaissance art history at the source. To Turkey, to study film and eat really good stuffed mussels. And to Brazil, to learn about a sensitive and diverse ecosystem from one of the world's leading conservation biologists (who just happens to be a UMaine professor).

Student Organizations & Activities

Student Organizations and Activities The one thing we always hear from students? "I'm surprised at how much there is to do here." For starters, there’s always something going on in the residence halls. The newly renovated Collins Center for the Arts brings national and international touring artists to campus and shows independent films once a week. The School of Performing Arts always has plays, readings and musical performances planned, and Student Entertainment brings in national acts such as The Roots, O.A.R., Dropkick Murphys and The Decemberists. Students can get involved in more than 200 clubs and organizations academic and social one of 15 fraternities or seven sororities, Student Government, community service-oriented groups, intramural sports and much, much more. On campus, there are free events planned six nights a week, including game nights, first-run movies, open mic nights and karaoke. UMaine is the state's only Division I school, and athletic events especially hockey are a big part of student life here.

Students Say

Despite the fact that “it can get rather gloomy with the long winters” and “winters are pretty harsh,” UMaine students agree, “The administration, in conjunction with the student government, does whatever they can to make it better.” One business administration major says, “We have a saying: If you’re bored, you’re doing something wrong. There is stuff going on six nights a week, and there is lots to do in the Bangor area. Hiking, dining, arts, sports, anything you need, really.” Most students point to the overall “outdoorsyness” of campus life, saying, “The only thing more plentiful than the friendly people are the deer and the squirrels.” UMaine students “love to use the recreation facilities and explore the great outdoors,” and they’re proud to add, “Our school has a really strong campus culture.” A common sentiment is that “UMaine is a great place to work and play.” One sophomore says, “Hockey is life; the rest is just classes.” The Division I hockey team at UMaine has many shouting, “Go Black Bears!” and all agree that “UMaine Hockey is a huge event for any Maine student.” While some rave about the recently upgraded gym complex, others grumble that some “facilities are old and falling apart,” and some students believe the university should focus on “upgrading outdated classroom buildings in some majors.” The most common complaint about the administration: “They could start by backing off with the parking tickets…It’s crazy.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

5% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Black Bears)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Black Bears)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Maine Maritime Academy


The University of Maine has an innovative program to reduce the use of motor vehicles: It provides free bicycles to be used by faculty, staff, and students. Old or abandoned bikes are collected by the UMaine Police Department, refurbished by Maine Bound, and are then available for checkout on a monthly basis. A free shuttle also takes students from campus to downtown Orono. The result? Hundreds of UMaine students biking to class and thousands more using the shuttle to get around town, which equals thousands of fewer car trips each year. The university has a full-time Sustainability Coordinator and a Sustainability Council made up of students, faculty and staff. Under their guidance, the university has made a commitment to avoid sprawl, restore local habitats, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. Students have plenty of opportunities to become involved in environmental issues on campus. Eco-Reps in residence halls coordinate recycling programs and lead other environmental initiatives. UMaine’s Advanced Composting Facility converts more than 300,000 pounds of pre- and post-consumer food waste from campus dining facilities annually. By using the compost to grow greens in campus hoop houses, the university is effectively going from plate to plant and back to plate. All new buildings on campus must meet state green building standards and existing buildings are getting a makeover—two have been outfitted recently with industrial-scale solar thermal systems. Motivated students can join one of the many sustainability-based campus groups like “The Green Team,” which promotes sustainability on projects as large as national campaigns and as small as minor changes in campus life. Faculty and students research sustainable energy, including cellulosic ethanol, wind, and tidal power (with help from a $300,000 Green Loan Fund supported by the University of Maine Foundation).

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Silverio Barrera
Associate Director of Recruitment

Visitors' Center
Buchanan Alumni House
Orono, ME 04469



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New Balance Student Recreation Center
Alfond Arena
Bear's Den - Memorial Union
Collins Center for the Arts
The Mall (grass quad central to campus)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor
Hermon and Sugarloaf ski mountains
Baxter State Park/Mount Katahdin
Bangor Waterfront
Downtown Orono

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10:00 am, 11:00am, 1:00pm; Sat 1:00 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies each semester. Check web site for dates.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Individual faculty member

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bangor International Airport is 10 miles from campus. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport. Concord Trailways Bus also stops on campus on weekends during the academic year. The BAT bus provides free shuttle service to downtown Orono every half-hour and free bus service (with a MaineCard) to Bangor, Brewer, Old Town, Hampden and Orono.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The university is located off Exit 191 or 193 from I-95. Follow the signs to campus.

Local Accommodations
In Orono, the closest motel to campus is the University Inn Academic Suites (5 College Ave., 800.321.4921), with an outdoor pool and restaurant. It’s also close to Orono’s downtown, where you will find a variety of restaurants and can choose from American, Thai and Mexican cuisine, as well as several pizza places. The Black Bear Inn Conference Center and Suites (4 Godfrey Drive, 207.866.7120) is two miles from campus. It includes an exercise room and continental breakfast.
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Key Stats

Acceptance Rate
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