University of Maine, Orono

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Located in the town of Orono, Maine, the University of Maine (UM) is the only public, research university in Maine to receive the classification of Research University. The recognition comes from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It is considered by many to be the preeminent university in the State of Maine, and has existed for almost 150 years. (It is also known by the name of UMaine.)

Admissions Information

Applying to the University of Maine requires a fee of $40 and the application is completed online through either the Common App or UM's application site. The University chooses to use rolling admissions. Rolling admissions implies that there is no specific deadline to use when submitting an application, however the earlier a prospective student can submit their application, the more time there is for application of financial aid and housing. A soft date for application is recommended as February 1st for incoming freshmen, and May 1st for transfer students.

College Majors

UMaine offers almost 100 individual programs, as well as helping students to create inter-disciplinary studies from the different schools. In keeping with this attitude of inter-disciplinary study, the Honors College of UM allows students in excellent academic standing to diversify their study to a higher level. The school also encourages potential applicants to contact them if they do not see the specific program for which they are searching.

Graduate Programs

In addition to the numerous undergraduate programs the school provides, it is also well-known for the variety of master’s and doctorate programs it offers. The school offers over seventy different graduate degrees, and it is recognized for the quality of education in the field of neuroscience. This includes a rare Ph.D. in the field of clinical psychology, which combines clinical and developmental degrees.


The University of Maine boasts a continual standard of excellence. The school has been consistently listed among the top universities in the United States, and has been listed in publications such as Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and the Princeton Review. Princeton Review also produces a list which it calls the “Green Honor Roll.” UM is on this list (2011) as one of only 16 universities nationwide to honor schools who make and maintain sustainable and environmentally conscious decisions.


The New England Association of Schools and Colleges gives accreditation to the University of Maine. In addition to this overall accreditation, UM receives individual accreditation from organizations such as:

  • The International Association for Management Educations
  • The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Inc.
  • The American Chemical Society
  • The American Dietetic Association
  • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • The Computing Sciences Accreditation Board
  • The Council on Social Work Education
  • The National Association of Schools of Music
  • The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • The Society of American Foresters
  • The Society of Wood Science and Technology

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The University of Maine accepts financial aid from both state and federal sources, as well as offering several scholarships of their own. It is recommended for each applicant to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the Maine priority filing deadline on March 1st. All students who complete the FAFSA are then also applied for consideration in all of UMaine's scholarships, as well as consideration in many state based financial aid. In addition to the scholarships which UM itself offers, there are also numerous work study programs available for consideration.

Library System

The University of Maine's library system is the largest library system in the state. Although it was not completed until the year 1947 (82 years after the university was founded), it now has more than 7 million publications. Many pieces the library has are quite rare, and it attracts researchers from all over the globe.


UM is home to the Maine Black Bears, and the University competes at the NCAA Division I Level. The teams participate in several different arenas (such as the Colonial Athletic Association and the America East Conference), and the school holds two hockey championships on the national level. UM also prioritizes academic excellence in its athletes, and provides academic tutoring programs for athletes as well as honoring those who maintain a high GPA in addition to their athletic requirements. Although the school has fifteen varsity sports, the University also has many student-run club sports. Once a club has been officially established, it is then eligible for funding after maintaining a minimum of ten members for over a year.


First year students at UM must live on-campus. For these first year students, there are six first year dorms and three dorms exclusively for honor students. There are a number of housing opportunities for students. The First Year Experience refers to the reason behind the on-campus housing requirements for incoming students. This allows students to interact with peers on a regular basis as well as having an easy approach to many of the faculty. Each of the residence halls has a location for indoor bike storage, easy access to resident parking, and laundry facilities are in every building.

General Information

Admission Office
5713 Chadbourne Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5713
(207) 581-1561
(877) 486-2364
Fax: (207) 581-1213
[email protected]
Contact: Sharon Oliver
Director of Admissions
Main Address
168 College Avenue
Orono, ME 04473-9966
(207) 581-1110
Total undergrads: 9,667
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,075
Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,868
Graduate enrollment: 2,151

Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 77%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 77%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agricultural Business B
Agricultural Economics B
Animal Sciences B
Equestrian/Equine Studies C
Food Science B
Greenhouse Management B
Horticulture Science B,C
Horticulture, Ornamental B,C
Landscaping B,C
Plant Sciences B
Plant/Nursery Operations B
Soil Science and Agronomy B
Sustainable/Organic Agriculture B
Turf Management B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biomedical Sciences B
Botany B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Ecology B
Entomology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B
Molecular Biology B
Pathology – Human/Animal B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B,C
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B,C
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Labor/Personnel Relations B
Management Information Systems B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B,C

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B

Agricultural Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Engineering Physics B
Forest Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Systems Engineering B

Engineering Technologies
Civil Engineering/Technology B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Surveying Technology B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Family/Community Services B,C
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Natural Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B
Forest Management B
Forest Resources Production B
Forestry – General B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B
Wood Science/Paper Technology B,C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Oceanography B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Administration B
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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