Application Information

campus sceneSelecting 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.

Academic Preparation

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, ApplyMaine Application or the Common Application)
  • an official high school transcript
  • official college transcripts for all attempted college coursework
  • a school recommendation (first-year applicants only)
  • In light of the COVID-19 challenges UMaine has adopted a test optional status for the majority of its programs for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 admissions cycles.

All application material should be submitted online or to our University Processing Center, PO Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402. 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/Military Credit

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 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.

Housing Requirement

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.

Important Deadlines:

  • December 1: Early action.
    • Please Note: Applications for Mechanical Engineering that are received after February 28 will be considered on a space available basis.
  • March 1: Preferred regular application filing date.
  • March 1: FAFSA and International application.
  • May 1: Candidates’ reply and housing filing.