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.
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
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.
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.”