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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Deadlines: There are no set calendar deadlines. Applications are accepted up to a few days before classes begin for both spring and fall semesters.   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 and must be submitted by May 1.

Applications Forms:

Required Application Materials

  • a completed application or reactivation form
  • an official high school transcript or GED or HiSET documentation
  • 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

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.

The office of admission awards a limited number of merit awards for transfer students with priority consideration to those who have completed their application for the fall semester on or before February 1. The award is $2,000 per academic year renewable for one additional year.

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Next Steps for Accepted Students

  • Confirm your enrollment: Check for this form in your admission packet
  • 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
    • College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture 581.3206
    • College of Engineering 581.2217
    • School of Engineering Technology 581.2341
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 581.1961
    • College of Education and Human Development 581.2490
    • Maine Business School 581.1997

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:

On Campus: In addition to the Transfer Living Community (TLC) transfers can be assigned a room in upper class housing . You may fill out your housing application once you are admitted. Priority is given to students with confirmed admission and a housing application on file by May 1, 2015.

For more information:

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Transfer FAQS

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

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