The University of Maine

About The University of Maine

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s premier public university. It is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from across the U.S. and more than 65 countries. It currently enrolls 11,286 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering, and education; master’s degrees in roughly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship on its campus, with substantial efforts aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction (fall 2014).

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• Founded in 1865.
• Ranked in the top 15 percent of America’s Colleges by Forbes Magazine.
• Enrollment: 11,286; 9,182 undergraduate (fall 2014).
• More than 90 majors and academic programs.
• Maine’s only Division I athletics program.
• Students from 43 U.S. states and territories, and 66 countries (fall 2014).
• More than 200 student clubs and organizations.
• 15:1 student-faculty ratio.
• Median undergraduate class size: 19.
• The student retention from first to second year is 78 percent, with majors in the Maine Business School, the College of Engineering and the College of Education and Human Development reaching roughly 83 percent.
• For Maine residents, annual tuition, fees, room and board cost about $19,500, and for nonresidents, about $35,250 in 2011–12.
• UMaine, located on Marsh Island, consists of 37 academic buildings, 30 administrative buildings, 18 residence halls, 18 specific laboratory facilities, 14 Greek life houses, four dining facilities and 10 sports facilities. The University of Maine has five research field stations in the state — Aroostook Farm in Presque Isle; Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro; Rogers Farm in Stillwater; Highmoor Farm in Monmouth; and J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center in Old Town — and a marine sciences research facility, the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.
• University of Maine Cooperative Extension has 16 offices serving all Maine counties and the UMaine campus; has a Marine Extension Team in partnership with Maine Sea Grant; and operates three 4-H camps.
• UMaine’s campus was designed by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City and the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C.
• In 2003, the entire UMaine campus was designated as an arboretum.
• There are 15 miles of running, biking and cross-country skiing trails on campus.


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