Transfer to UMaine

There are so many reasons to transfer to the University of Maine — it’s a great value and the quality of education here is unparalleled. Plus, we make it easy. Our admissions counselors work with you to make sure the transition is seamless, and we offer a number of scholarships for outstanding students.

Application Information

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We recommend that Fall applicants apply by March and spring applicants apply by November so that they may register for courses during our current student registration period.

NOTE: Nursing applications are only accepted for the Fall semester. The application deadline for students wishing to transfer into the nursing program is June 1st.

Applying to transfer for Spring 2018

Transfer Students interested in enrolling for the Spring 2018 semester are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.  Applications submitted after January 1st will be reviewed on a space available basis. Classes begin on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Applying to transfer for Fall 2018

Transfer students interested in enrolling for the Fall 2018 semester may submit their application at any time after October 1, 2017.  Review of complete fall applications has begun. Transfer students are encouraged to submit their applications by February 1st for priority evaluation.   Applications received by June 1st will be considered for transfer scholarships.  Applications received after July 1 will be considered on a space available basis.

Applications Forms:

Required Application Materials

  • a completed application or reactivation form
  • an official high school transcript or GED or HiSET documentation, students with over 60 transfer credits may request a waiver of this requirement.
  • official college transcripts for all colleges attended
  • a brief personal essay
  • application fee or fee waiver
    • the application fee is waived for all active duty service members and for former members of the US Armed Forces who were honorably discharged
  • Test scores and Recommendations are NOT required for transfer applicants.

AdvantageU participants must meet with their Maine community college transfer advisor to initiate an application to UMaine. Advantage U is a University of Maine System and Maine Community College Agreement.

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Requirements for Admissions

Aerial View of UMaine CampusStudents with a minimum 2.0 cumulative college Grade Point Average are encouraged to apply.

The Office of Admission reviews the following to determine the admissibility of a transfer student:

  • Cumulative GPA (from all colleges attended). Most programs (2.0), Nursing (3.5), Some Education, Science and Engineering programs (2.3-2.5).
  • Rigor of College Courses: Most programs require a variety of college level subjects including science, math and communications, Engineering requires college level math (in advance of Algebra II) and Physics, Nursing requires related sciences, math and other courses for a total of 30 or more credits.
  • Essay: A brief essay on a topic of your choice is used to evaluate written communication skills. This could be about your passion for your field of study, your reason for choosing UMaine, a statement that will enlighten the reader about your academic experience, or another topic of your choice.
  • Final high school transcript or HiSET or GED: This information is used to determine your basic preparation for college level work.

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Transfer Credit Evaluations

  • Pre-admission credit assessment (unofficial): submit transcripts to the Office of Student Records. Email:
  • Self assessment: UMaine course equivalencies for over 1300 institutions may be found on the MaineStreet Equivalency Tool.  Equivalency for General Education Categories are identified for appropriate courses.
  • Military Credit: Joint Services (JST) transcripts should be sent to Office of Student Records where military training will be evaluated based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.
  • Test Credit: CLEP, AP, DSST and other tests are detailed on the MaineStreet Equivalency Tool.
  • Official Credit Evaluation will be posted in your UMaine Student Portal – Student Services Ctr. shortly following admission.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Applying for financial aid:
The Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is due on or before March 1 for priority consideration for Financial Aid. Please add the UMaine code (002053) to your online FAFSA immediately if you are considering a transfer to UMaine. A new application is required for each academic year.

Incoming fall transfer students are automatically considered for scholarships at the time of admission to UMaine. Typically, merit scholarship awards are included with the letter of acceptance, although some scholarships are awarded after the admission process is complete. First priority is given to transfers who apply by June 1.  Students submitting their application after June 1 will be considered while funds are available.  Scholarships are renewable up to 2 years.  For details please visit the scholarship page.

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Next Steps for Accepted Students

  • Confirm your Enrollment:
    To reserve your place at UMaine, confirm your enrollment by paying your nonrefundable $300 deposit. You may confirm by completing the confirmation form that was included with your acceptance letter and returning it with your deposit. A second confirmation method is to call the Admissions Office to pay your deposit over the phone with a credit card.  If you have any questions about the deposit process, please contact us at 207.581.1561 or Your confirmation deposit is the key to receiving important new student information.
  • View your official transcript evaluation in your MaineStreet Student Center. If a course does not appear to transfer correctly contact the Office of Student Records to discuss your concerns.
  • Watch for important announcements regarding new student events.
  • Call your advising and course registration point of contact to register for classes – find out who they are and how to contact them on the Transfer Student Registration Contact Link website.
  • New Student Orientation

There are other actions listed on your “New Student Checklist” (sent in your admissions packet)

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On and Off Campus Housing

Off Campus: Many apartments are located in and around the Orono area.

There is a searchable data base at: Off Campus Housing

On Campus: 

For more information: On Campus Housing

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Transfer FAQS

UMaine StudentsOur FAQ page answers many of your questions under the following topics:

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