Dear UMaine Community:

It is with heavy hearts that we write today about the horror that has occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand. This sort of hatred violates every instinct we have for love and kindness. This reprehensible violence has no place in our society, and is reverberating across New Zealand and the rest of the world. Our healing and unifying thoughts go out to all those touched by this tragedy.

This was an intentional and deliberate act of hate toward the Muslim community, and we decry it with resolve and a belief in a better tomorrow.

A memorial vigil will take place today at noon on the library steps.

We are all appalled and in disbelief, and Muslim communities, along with their families, friends and allies, are feeling unsettled and unsafe, and are in need of support and comfort. As each of us deals with the personal impact of this disaster, we need to further unite as a campus community, supporting and caring for each other.

We are a diverse, unified community at UMaine, and we hold dearly the values of caring, community, love and acceptance. This brutal crime violates every one of those beliefs. At times like this, we may want to retreat, but we ask you to extend yourselves to each other in acts of solidarity and support.

We are stronger together. We are an open community where every viewpoint and every person is dignified, important and part of the whole. What happened in New Zealand will not divide us. We believe that these acts of hate will, indeed, unite us and make us stronger.

If you or someone you know needs any assistance, call the Student Life Office at 207.581.1406.

With deepest respect,

Joan Ferrini-Mundy


Robert Q. Dana

Vice President for Student Life

Welcome from Vice President R. Lizzie Wahab

I came to Maine from upstate New York, via Connecticut, and I was greeted with a sense of belonging, kindness and community, like I have not felt so readily before. It was clear I had chosen a very special place to continue my work in Enrollment Management. My personal mission is to ignite student interests, help students and families afford college, and to aid them in the process of finding the right fit in a new place.

Here at The University of Maine, you will discover the Maine Way, both at our Flagship Research University at Orono or at our regional campus at Machias. There is a feeling of extraordinary vibrancy, dynamism, warmth and fun, and it is worth noting that much of what you will see as you walk around the campus is student-driven, or alum-inspired. Here at The University of Maine, we are simultaneously Big and Small. You will find the niche you can thrive at and before you know it, you will be immersed in your academic and co-curricular life, busily discovering all that you can be a part of.

We have high expectations for your enrichment through myriad of research and experiential learning opportunities that only a Flagship, Land and Sea Grant institution can provide. At the university, we will challenge you to look at the world through different lenses and respect your vision and perception of it. We will listen to your analysis, help push your boundaries to broaden your mind, and all along support you to develop citizenship, your sense of self, and thoughtful, civil discourse. I can tell you that the best time of my life, was as an undergraduate student like you, and I know being here, can be the best time of yours. You will never again have the same amount of time to do this with the same amount of concentration, with so much support—as many of my contemporaries know too well, sometimes life just gets in the way. Here however, it is all about your success, your collective experiences and your achievements. And when you graduate, we want you to be known for more than gaining nationally-recognized qualifications. We want to support the continuation of your achievements, and the benefit from being engaged by world-class scholars and practitioners at the university anytime you want to return.

On behalf of the Enrollment Management Team, I invite you to explore this exceptional place. Come experience the Maine Way personally, and should you choose to join us, Maine will always welcome you home!

With warm Regards,

R. Lizzie Wahab

Math Placement Testing

All students entering UMaine must be placed in the correct math classes. If you have a 670 on the math portion of the SAT, or a 29 on the math portion of the ACT, then you can be enrolled in any math class up to MAT 126 (Calculus I); all other students must take the mathematics placement exam.

Frequently asked questions about the math placement exam

To take the exam, wait 24 hours after activating your UMS account and then:

  • Go to BlackBoard.
  • Log in using your UMS ID and password. Call IT Help, 207.581.2506, if you need help logging in.
  • Select MAT 001-Math Placement Exam from your course list.

You have three attempts for each of the three parts of the exam, so if you are not satisfied with your first placement results, we suggest reviewing your high school mathematics and then trying again.