University of Maine

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168 College Avenue

Orono, ME 04469

Phone: (207) 581-1110
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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#167 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Maine is a public institution that was founded in 1862. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,778, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 660 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Maine's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 167. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,594 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,454 (2013-14).

Located on the banks of the Stillwater River in the town of Orono, the University of Maine campus is about 60 miles from the Atlantic coast and approximately 100 miles from the Canadian border. At the University of Maine, students can choose from nearly 90 undergraduate majors and more than 70 master's degree programs, including business, law, engineering and education. Outside the classroom, University of Maine students participate in many annual events. When freshmen move into the dorms before fall semester, faculty and staff volunteers greet the new students, help them move in and direct traffic as part of the Maine Hello program. Each spring, classes are canceled for Maine Day, when the university community hosts a parade, and then everyone helps clean the campus.

The university, often called UMaine, also has more than 200 student organizations and about 25 fraternities and sororities for students to join. Student athletes at UMaine can get involved at the intramural, club and varsity levels. The UMaine Black Bears intercollegiate sports teams compete in various conferences of the NCAA Division I and are best known for hockey. Notable UMaine alumni include bestselling horror author Stephen King, who wrote "Carrie" and "The Green Mile."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Maine offers the extensive academic opportunities you'd expect from a major research university with the close-knit feel of a small college. As Maine's flagship university, UMaine offers the state's most comprehensive academic experience, with more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs, 75 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs. All majors benefit from a firm foundation in the liberal arts. Top students are invited to join UMaine's Honors College, one of the country's oldest honors programs.

The University of Maine is one of the National Science Foundation's top 100 research universities, and our facilities and faculty have an international reputation for excellence. Among the highlights are the Climate Change Institute, which has been featured on "60 Minutes," the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology, which is a hub for cutting-edge sensor and nanotechnology research, and the Advanced Structures & Composites Center, which is leading the nation in deepwater offshore wind energy development.

UMaine students have extraordinary opportunities to gain real-world experience. SPIFFY, our student investment club, manages a $1.6 million real-money portfolio. Wildlife ecology majors learn about bear behavior by going out and tagging cubs. Engineering majors take advantage of co-ops and internships that often lead to employment after graduation. Education majors take advantage of urban, rural and international student-teaching opportunities.

UMaine has five colleges --the College of Education and Human Development; the College of Engineering; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture; the Honors College -- and the Maine Business School.

Undergraduate research is a priority and a point of pride. The Center for Undergraduate Research was established in 2008 to connect 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.

The majority of undergraduate classes are taught by professors, and many go on to become friends and mentors to their students. Students have opportunities to work alongside some of the most renowned scholars and scientists in the world -- whether they're talking civil engineering over dinner at Pat's Pizza or traversing an Antarctic ice sheet with climate researchers.

In addition to state-of-the art research and classroom facilities, the University of Maine is the region's cultural hub, home to the Collins Center for the Arts and several museums and galleries. The New Balance Student Recreation and Fitness Center is a campus hot spot, as is Fogler Library, the state's largest library.

Students can get involved in more than 200 clubs and organizations, 18 fraternities or seven sororities, Student Government, community service groups, intramural sports and more. UMaine is the state's only 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.

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.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1862
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $63,262,000


When applying to University of Maine, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at University of Maine is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 81.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 81.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Maine is 15:1, and the school has 55.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Maine include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Engineering; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%
Education 11%
Social Sciences 10%
Engineering 9%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

University of Maine has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,778, with a gender distribution of 51.8 percent male students and 48.2 percent female students. At this school, 39.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 60.5 percent of students live off campus. University of Maine is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,901
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Maine offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Maine also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Maine, 59 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Maine.

Students who have cars on campus 59%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Maine, 70.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,353.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $10,594 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $27,454 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,848 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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