University of Maine
Orono, Me. 04469
(207) 581-1561 or
(877) 4UM-ADMIT (toll free)
FAX: (207) 581-1213


men 3,110/women 2,640
men 487/women 725
Graduate School:
men 721/women 1,234

Number who applied:
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Average SAT scores:
V 543 M 548
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Freshman retention rate:


Room and Board:
Fees, books, misc.:
$2,531 (approx.)

Freshmen receiving aid:
Average financial aid package:

85% (terminal degree)
Student-faculty ratio:

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University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469

University of Maine
University of Maine students can take advantage of Maine's abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.

College Description
Founded in 1865 and located in Orono, the University of Maine (UMaine) is the state's land-grant and sea-grant institution. It is the flagship university of the seven-member University of Maine System, which was established in 1968. Within the System, UMaine is responsible for providing high quality undergraduate and graduate education, basic and applied research and outreach services to extend UMaine's expertise and resources statewide to the people of Maine. Undergraduate programs are built upon a liberal arts and sciences foundation which guides intellectual and ethical development. UMaine strives to maintain a complete learning community where students learn and acquire life skills in classrooms, laboratories, and Fogler Library (the state's largest) as well as in Memorial Union, residence halls, arts centers and recreational facilities. UMaine offers a wide array of popular liberal arts and sciences and profession-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs. Academic offerings are complemented by numerous opportunities for students to take part in the University's research and outreach activities.

Academic Life
The University of Maine strives to offer a healthy, diverse learning environment. Over 80 programs of study, resulting in baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees, are offered by UMaine's five colleges: College of Business, Public Policy and Health; College of Education and Human Development; College of Engineering; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture. UMaine has approximately 600 faculty members involved in teaching, research and scholarship, and public service. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1, which is more typically associated with small, private colleges. UMaine offers the broadest range of degree programs available anywhere in the state, and offers off-campus experiences to its students through study abroad and exchange programs.

Campus Life
Social, cultural and recreational opportunities abound on and near the University of Maine campus. More than 100 student organizations — literally something of interest to everybody — are active at UMaine, where students can also take advantage of eight indoor art galleries, Maine's premier performing arts center and the opportunity to cheer on the state's only Division I athletic teams, all without leaving the campus. UMaine's unique location is within an hour's drive of Acadia National Park — one of the top three national parks in the country, where visitors can enjoy hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and rock climbing or relax and enjoy the rugged coastline. To the southwest of the University is Sugarloaf, one of the premiere skiing destinations in all of New England. To the north is Baxter State Park, the northern most entrance to the Appalachian Trail, which stretches to Georgia. The number of UMaine students choosing to live in residence halls is growing every year, adding to the vibrant nature of the campus. A number of academic and lifestyle options are available to those students who live on campus. UMaine residence halls offer secured access and the entire campus is served by a professional police department.

Facilities and Resources
Located in Orono, which is just minutes away from Bangor, the state's third largest city, the UMaine campus is comprised of 161 buildings on 660 acres overlooking the Stillwater River. Around the state, UMaine owns a total of 8,000 acres of land on which its many instructional, field research and public service activities take place. Three new academic buildings — The Donald P. Corbett Business Building, Class of 1944 Hall and the Edward T. Bryand Global Sciences Building — have all opened on campus since 1993, adding state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to the campus.

More than half of UMaine's students participate in recreational sports activities, using a comprehensive array of indoor and outdoor facilities available around the campus. Eighteen on-campus residence halls are home to UMaine students. Resources for students with disabilities are available at UMaine. Students also have access, through labs, computer centers and residence hall connections, to modern computer networks, hardware and software.

The University of Maine offers an outstanding athletic tradition to its students, faculty and staff, as well as the people of the community and the state. Athletic competition at the recreational and intercollegiate levels provides cultural, social and health benefits which complement the University's academic mission and function as a complete learning community. UMaine's 19 Division I athletic teams entertain more than 100 intercollegiate events on campus each year, attracting over 200,000 spectators. Several teams — notably in men's ice hockey, women's basketball and baseball — have achieved regional and national prominence in recent years, highlighted by the 1993 hockey national championship. UMaine's new 10,000-seat Harold Alfond Sports Stadium, opened in Sept. 1998, is home to the school's football and field hockey teams and is used extensively for intramural and other recreational activities day and night.

Financial Aid
The University of Maine is committed to providing financial assistance to qualified applicants based on need, academic excellence, diversity and/or special talent. A wide variety of scholarships, loans and work programs are available to eligible students. To be given full consideration for Title IV federal financial aid, applicants should submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) to the Central Processor on or before March 1. For merit-based scholarship consideration, it is important to apply early for admission, since the admission application is also the scholarship application. The University of Maine awards more than $32 million in federal, state and institutional aid each year.

Admission Requirements
The University of Maine welcomes candidates whose academic credentials, scholastic achievement, and personal motivation indicate promise of success in the university environment. The Office of Admission encourages student applicants who will contribute to and benefit from the diversity of academic and community opportunities offered through the University. Applications for fall admission are accepted beginning in mid-October of the prior year. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and students are normally notified of their admission status within two weeks of having applied and provided all necessary support documents. The Application for Admission also serves as the merit scholarship application. To receive full consideration for academic scholarships, students should apply for admission and have their official SAT or ACT scores sent to the University from the testing agency by Feb. 1. The University also offers a new four-year guarantee program which means that students can complete degrees within that time or the tuition for the remaining courses required for the degree will be free (some restrictions apply).

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