University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus
University of Maine campus

From the School

UMaine: Beyond Your Expectations

The University of Maine offers the major research, close-knit community and lauded academics that go beyond your expectations. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs, 75 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs. Top students are invited to join UMaine's Honors College one of the country's oldest and most prestigious. Ranked in the National Science Foundation's top 105 research universities, UMaine is also included in the top 8 percent of colleges and universities nationwide to be classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a "Research University-High Research Activity" institution. The Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology is a hub for cutting-edge sensor and nanotechnology research, and our Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a global leader in deepwater offshore wind energy development. UMaine students have extraordinary opportunities to garner real-world, immersive experience. SPIFFY, the student investment club, manages a $2.3 million, real-money portfolio. Wildlife ecology majors learn about bear behavior by going out and tagging cubs. Engineering majors secure co-ops and internships that often lead to employment after graduation. Education majors take advantage of urban, rural and international student-teaching opportunities. Marine science undergrads can spend a semester by the sea at our internationally renowned Darling Marine Center.


From The School

Admission to the University of Maine is a selective process. Successful applican ts are those whose scholastic achievement, intellectual curiosity and established study habits promise success in a comprehensive university environment. Space availability in certain programs may also be considered when selecting candidates for admission. Applicants may apply using the University of Maine System application, or the Common Application.

The University of Maine has an Early Action deadline of December 15. Students whose complete applications are postmarked by December 15 are reviewed by the end of January. Early Action candidates are given first consideration for the Honors College and merit scholarships awarded by the Admissions Office.

All other applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and all supporting documents by February 1, and are notified by rolling admission. An admission decision is typically be made within six weeks from the receipt of the application and all supporting documents.

Students should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st to be considered for the maximum possible financial aid eligibility. UMaine's School Code for the FAFSA is 002053.


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 578
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 28

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action
December 15

Other Admission Factors


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

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

At UMaine, we provide a comprehensive academic and student experience, yielding graduates who are well-educated, well-adjusted and well-prepared to assume leadership roles in our society. We foster excellence and innovation through inspired, dedicated teaching and the discovery of new knowledge.

UMaine's offers more than 90 majors and programs are offered by across five colleges the College of Education and Human Development; the College of Engineering; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture; the Honors College and the Maine Business School. In addition, the Explorations program is designed to help undecided students identify a major from across UMaine's colleges while making progress toward their degree. The Division of Lifelong Learning offers online classes and distance-learning opportunities for students who need a flexible class schedule.

UMaine's Honors College, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious, provides an in-depth, academically challenging curriculum for qualified students in any major. Honors students take advantage of unique research, academic and cultural opportunities, as well as exclusive housing.

All students at the University of Maine benefit from a solid liberal arts foundation. Here, students develop and refine the qualities they need to more fully engage with the world around them critical thinking, curiosity, a sense of discovery, a broader perspective no matter what discipline they choose.

Fogler Library, the state's largest library, houses approximately 1 million volumes, subscribes to more than 4,000 periodicals and serial titles and serves as a depository for more than 2.2 million government documents. In addition, Fogler provides access to countless online documents.

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


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
  • Food Science
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education, General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
  • Surveying Technology/Surveying

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Marine Sciences
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Forest Sciences and Biology
  • Forestry, General
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General

Students Say

The University of Maine is, put simply, "a fantastic state school." Many students, particularly those for whom the Orono campus is "close to home," love that the school's "tuition is affordable" and "financial aid was fantastic." But UMaine's value doesn't compromise academic quality: the university offers "a great Engineering program," a "wonderful music program," "highly respected forestry and natural resource programs," a great "marine science program and semester by the sea program," and a host of other academic concentration opportunities. UMaine makes sustainability learning and practice a priority: it's a very "green" school that both cares about its students and the environment." Indeed, one students lists UMaine's unique strengths as "providing students with a quality education, preparing us for the working world, and helping to promote a environmentally friendly future." The university's "difficult professors" will "ensure you learn the material," and provide students with a connection to "to highly recognized people in [their] field." "The majority of the faculty members are brilliant and genuinely care about the progress of their students." "There is quite a bit of discussion in most classes," and another student extols, "I've had three of the greatest teachers I've ever had here already." "The professors are brilliant and expect a lot from their students," so dedicated undergrads appreciate UMaine's "late library hours." From the undergrads' perspective, "The majority of my professors really enjoy what they teach, and I think that really has an impact on whether their students do well or not." Faculty and staff are "supportive and helpful people that make me proud to be a Black Bear" who facilitate valuable "undergrad research opportunities" "in any field." "The resources on campus are top-notch, especially the career services, library, and counseling center," helping to ensure that "UMaine students are prepared to handle college life, as well as post-grad." Top-notch students also appreciate the school's "honors program, which is a fantastic group of thinkers from all majors." In all aspects of UMaine's education, "I am encouraged to think for myself, and work on projects that I want to be a part of, in a wide range of subjects." True to its motto, UMaine's students call it the "College of our hearts, always."


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


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Stephen King

Dr. Bernard Lown
Nobel Peace Prize winner

Bettina Boxall
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Lawrence Bender
Producer of Academy Award-winning films

Bridget Ziegelaar
NASA manager

Don Holder
Two-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer

Pamela Ann White
U.S. Ambassador

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


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

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

In addition to state-of-the-art research and classroom facilities, the University of Maine is also a cultural hub. It is home to the region's premier performing arts center, the Collins Center for the Arts, as well as several museums and galleries. Student Entertainment brings in national acts, such as Janelle Monae, Boys Like Girls and All American Rejects. The New Balance Student Recreation Center is a campus hot spot, and is ranked 7th in Best College Reviews' 25 Most Amazing Campus Student Recreation Centers.

Students can get involved in more than 200 clubs and organizations academic and social including 18 fraternities or 9 sororities, Student Government, community service-oriented groups, intramural sports and much, much more. On campus, there are free events including game nights, first-run movies, open mic nights and karaoke. UMaine is the state's only NCAA Division I school, and athletic events especially hockey are a big part of student life here. In fact, the Wall Street Journal says Alfond Arena has the best atmosphere in college hockey, and Orono is ranked 29 in The Bleacher Report's Top 50 Hockey Cities in North America.

When UMaine students travel, they can easily explore Maine, New England and the east coast or go global, through study abroad, international volunteerism and the worldwide undergraduate research opportunities. In recent semesters, UMaine 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 to Brazil to learn about a sensitive and diverse ecosystem.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



48% female
52% male
27% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Students Say

As at most places, at UMaine, "you fit in by finding a group, organization, major, that you enjoy and through that you meet people with common interests." "Most kids are Maine locals," but there's still a "myriad of ethnic backgrounds," and a "wide range of personalities" "including fraternity and sorority members, hippy-types, redneck-types, the super-studious and athletes." "In general, the students here are pretty open-minded and kind," there's "a lot of school spirit" and "no one is overly assertive about their personalities." "The typical student is pretty laid back, they accomplish the work assigned, they attend class most of the time, and they are pretty friendly." "Everyone has their own groups of close friends, but it's likely for you to meet a new person every day."


From The School


The Best Location
There’s no place like Maine, and UMaine students explore 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 easy driving distance of campus, as are Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The Maine Bound adventure center on campus offers a comprehensive outdoor experience for all skill levels. By combining recreation and education, our programs offer adventure opportunities for every lifestyle, instilling safety and survival training. Students can kayak, ski, snowshoe, canoe, hike and even learn about wilderness first aid.

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 660-acre campus was designed by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City and the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C. It is a traditional New England campus, with ivy-covered brick buildings, towering pines and incredible fall foliage.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

At the University of Maine, undergraduate research is a priority and point of pride. Our students publish, travel and work alongside UMaine's world-class scholars and scientists.

The Center for Undergraduate Research connects students with faculty projects that suit their interests. For many, research provides an opportunity for a mentor-mentee relationship different from — and often richer than — that of teacher-student. Skills developed through research and scholarship make students more competitive in the workplace and in graduate school.

There's a common misconception that if students choose a university rather than a small college, they'll get lost in the shuffle. They'll never see a professor — only teaching assistants — until they’re in grad school. But at the University of Maine, the majority of undergraduate classes are taught by professors — and many of those faculty members go on to become friends and mentors to their students. Here, professors are known for having an open-door policy. Our students have opportunities to work alongside some of the most renowned scholars and scientists in the world — whether they're talking civil engineering over pies at Pat's Pizza or traversing an Antarctic ice sheet with researchers from UMaine's Climate Change Institute.

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).

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

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

Students Say

If you "love the outdoors," it can't be disputed that "Maine is very beautiful." UMaine students love to join "clubs that take advantage of natural beauty that Maine has to offer" or hike "beautiful trails around Orono." "Outdoor activities" like "skiing and walking" abound, and "Frisbee is a pretty big thing at UMaine." "The campus is very active and the people are very open and friendly." People display some "health awareness," appreciate the "tobacco free campus" and "great transportation services," and find that "the dorms are great to live in." "Generally, everyone is really nice and neighborly," there's "always something to do either on campus or off," and there's "a sense of community." Off campus, which is "about fifteen minutes from the mall" and "restaurants," students enjoy "going into Old Town on the weekends and getting coffee with friends," "concerts," or "going to hockey games (the school spirit demonstrated at these games is amazing)." From one student's perspective, "there's a lot of drinking that goes on because it's such a rural area," but another reports, "I like to climb at the indoor rock wall for fun; there are a lot of alternate activities for students that don't ‘party' on the weekends."

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

4% 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 on-campus


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).

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

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

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

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

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

Elizabeth Downing
Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions
5713 Chadbourne Hall
Orono, ME 04469



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New Balance 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 - Downhill skiing
Baxter State Park/Mount Katahdin
Bangor Waterfront
Downtown Orono

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday (Saturday 1:00 pm)
9:30 - 3:00 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
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

Contact Admissions Office

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 Coach Lines bus service also stops on campus during the academic year. The Community Connector bus provides free shuttle service to downtown Orono every half-hour and free 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 with an outdoor pool and restaurant. University Inn is also close to Orono’s downtown, where you will find a variety of restaurants, including American, Thai and Mexican cuisine, as well as several pizza places. The Black Bear Inn Conference Center and Suites is located two miles from campus. It includes an exercise room and continental breakfast.

Rankings & Lists

From University of Maine

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