Selecting an Academic Program
Indicate your first and second choice of study on your application or to let us know if you are undecided about what program to choose in a particular college. Details on specific academic programs can be found here.
High school coursework should be at the college preparation level or higher. Advanced, honors or AP coursework is encouraged. Candidates should have four units of English, three to four units of mathematics (at least algebra I and II, and geometry; some programs require advanced mathematics), two to three units of a lab science (some programs require specific science courses), two units of foreign language and two to three units of social studies. Computer science and fine arts courses are strongly recommended. Transfer students may use completed college coursework to replace missing required high school courses.
A complete application for first-year and transfer applicants includes:
- a completed application (either the Mobile Friendly App, the Common Application or the University of Maine System Application)
- an official high school transcript
- SAT or ACT scores (waived for transfers with more than 12 completed credits or applicants age 20 and older)
- official college transcripts for all attempted college coursework
- an essay
- a school recommendation (first-year applicants only)
- an application fee of $40. Please note: the application fee is waived for all current and former members of the US Armed Forces who were honorably discharged. Applicants who meet this criteria should not pay the application fee and should note their request for an application fee waiver in the area following the veteran check box in the UMS application or by checking the “qualify for application fee waiver” if applying with the Common Application.
- The application fee will be waived for students who have submitted a complete application by the December 1st Early Action Deadline
All application material should be submitted online. Click here to apply now.
All first-time students accepted through Early Action (application deadline Dec. 1) will be considered for merit scholarships. Students accepted through the regular rolling admission process will only be considered on a funds-available basis. College/department scholarships and those for transfer students also are available. More scholarship information is available here.
AP and IB Credit
Advanced Placement credit is available for more than 40 UMaine courses, depending on your AP test scores. Credit also is available for students who have earned the International Baccalaureate diploma. See the UMaine Advanced Placement credit table.
Transfer credit is awarded for college-level courses from regionally accredited institutions depending on grades earned. A list of courses already evaluated for course credit may be found at umaine.edu/mainestreet. Credit for military training may be awarded based on American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines.
New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Regional Student Program (RSP)
Through the NEBHE Regional Student program, UMaine is able to make certain programs available to residents of specified states at a discounted NEBHE tuition rate. For more information about the NEBHE program, click here.
All first-year students are required to live on campus. For full housing information, visit the Housing website.
Financing Your UMaine Education
UMaine is committed to providing financial assistance to qualified students through a combination of scholarships, grants, student employment and loans. To apply for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received at the Federal Processor by March 1 for full consideration. A late FAFSA is a disadvantage in the awarding process. Be sure to include UMaine’s code (002053). We encourage you to submit the FAFSA online. More information about UMaine’s financial aid programs can be found here.
- December 1: Early action.
- Please Note: For consideration into Bioengineering, Construction Engineering Technology, Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Technology your application must be received no later than December 1st
- February 1: Preferred regular application filing date.
- March 1: FAFSA and International application.
- May 1: Candidates’ reply and housing filing.