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University of Maine is the flagship institution of the University Maine system. The University...

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

University of Maine is the flagship institution of the University Maine system. The University is focused on student success—an initiative achieved through world-class faculty members, state-of-the-art facilities, and a strong commitment to research.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
9,297 undergraduate students
87% of undergrad students are full time
52% male — 48% female
35% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
541 full-time faculty
277 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
92% of first year students live on campus
39% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

76% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

55% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 2%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%

First Year Experience

UMaine’s first year experience is a transitional period for many students. The University welcomes new students to the campus community and offers a foundational structure to get first years on the right path. As part of the FYE, all freshman students are required to live on campus for their first year. Campus life is full of great social and academic opportunities. Not only do on-campus students have better access to faculty and resources, but they form stronger bonds with peers. Research has also demonstrated that living on campus can increase academic performance and overall satisfaction with the University.

The First Year Center: The transition into college can be difficult for students, with some needing extra academic support and others needing personal attention. The First Year Center is an amazing on-campus resource that helps students with any and all kinds of issues. Students can receive one-on-one assistance in areas like academic success, getting involved, and troubleshooting.

Study Abroad

Direct Exchange Programs: In a direct exchange relationship, a student from UMaine studies abroad at a foreign, partner institution while an exchange student comes to study at UMaine. This abroad option is an immersive experience, whereby participants learn side-by-side with local students. Direct exchange is ideal for independent students that are willing to step out of their comfort zone. Some of the program locations include: England, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Wales.

Research Abroad

Undergraduate research is an incredible way for students to further explore their passions and academic goals. While there are opportunities to achieve this on campus, UMaine also allows select individuals to conduct research abroad. In partnership with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, UMaine is able to offer the EuroScholars Program, which is run by a group of renowned European Research Universities. Through the program, participants can gain international experience pursuing a research initiative. EuroScholars is highly selective, and many of the students chosen to participate are in the honors program.

Student Teaching Abroad

UMaine gives education students the opportunity to gain teaching experience abroad. The program is open to students in elementary, secondary, and art education. Individuals studying kinesiology are also welcome to apply. Abroad locations include: Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Ireland, New Zealand, and Spain.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  

Travel Courses

Travel courses are faculty-led programs that involve both traditional classroom instruction and site visits. Travel courses take place during winter break, spring break, and May term. Even though the excursions are short, students have the chance to experience another culture and learn from a UMaine professor. The two courses currently available are in Russia and Croatia.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 111 323 264 120 71 124 56 1069

Themed/Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) break down the larger campus community into smaller, themed groups. There are many benefits to participation in an LLC, including greater academic performance, support from peers and faculty, and a sense of belonging. UMaine offers 7 different community options, each of which has its own unique focus.

Engineering and Tech.: This cooperative learning environment is structured for students entering the College of Engineering or majoring in computer science. Residents of the Engineering and Tech community support one another in their academic and personal endeavors and benefit from close faculty interaction.

FirstGen: The FirstGen LLC is tailored to the needs of a first generation student. Members of this residence are part of a supportive community that promotes academic and personal success. FirstGen works closely with the First Year Center, which provides extra assistance and advising to new students.

S-Cubed: S-Cubed stands for Support for Science Students. The LLC is open to first year students enrolled in the College of Natural Science, Forestry, and Agriculture. Residents of S-Cubed take classes with one another, which lends a hand to the community bond. Because academics are so strongly tied to the residence, students are able to collaborate with one another as they pursue their coursework.

Leave Your Print: Leave Your Print is designed for students in the College of Education and Human Development. Many of the activities within the program involve team building and professional development. The LLC is open to a wide array of interest, ranging from secondary education to athletic training.

Choice Housing: Choice residents are committed to a substance-free life. All members of the community must sign a CHOICE lifestyle agreement to solidify their promise. Choice allows students to pursue their education without the pressures of substances.

The Well: Students living in The Well LLC are dedicated to healthy life choices, both physical and emotional. Members learn different ways to maintain balance in their life through exploration of nutrition, exercise, and guidance. The Well is perfect for students looking to major in one of the health sciences.

Green Living: The Green Living LLC is great for students that have a passion for sustainability and smart living practices. Members of the community have the opportunity to develop programs, volunteer around the community, and attend lectures that explore topics of conservation and sustainability.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

The Career Center

UMaine’s Career Service Center handles any and all inquiries regarding co-ops, internships, and anything career related. Students are invited to stop by the office and utilize the many resources available. Staff can help students build strong resumes and prepare for interviews. The center also offers workshops, one-on-one guidance, and career fairs. 

Maine Mentor Program

The Maine Mentor program is an awesome networking resource available to students and alumni. The program allows participants to search for and contact working alumni across many different careers. This is especially beneficial for students, who can get a firsthand look at different industries and career paths.


Admissions Fall 2015

11,044 Total Applicants 
10,073 Total Admissions 
2,047 Total Freshman Enrollment

91.21% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Priority Date: Jan 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 600
SAT Math 480 610
SAT Writing 460 578
ACT Composite 21 28
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $8,370 $26,640
Fees $2,240 $2,240
Total $10,610 $28,880
Room and Board (on campus) $9,576 $9,576
Room Only $5,004 $ 5,004
Board Only $4,572 $4,572
Estimated Total On Campus $20,186 $38,456


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated

$17,812 First year students
$16,316 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

79.3% on average, the percentage of need that was met
16% of financial need students that had need fully met

$8,916 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,512 Average need-based loan