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.
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.
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.”