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Set your Course
At UMaine, the sky’s clear, the air’s clean, the water’s refreshing and the stars are bright.
We thrive outdoors, in all four spectacular seasons.
Our indoors are pretty incredible too.
Set your Pace
UMaine takes its cue from Maine’s motto: Dirigo or “I direct,” which refers to the North Star, a guiding light, on the state seal.
Genevieve McDonald hauls lobster five months a year in Western Penobscot Bay. The mom to twins Evalina and Elise also is a legislator representing people on island communities around Stonington, Maine. In 2019, the 37-year-old graduated summa cum laude. She earned a Bachelor of University Studies with a Maine studies minor online through the Division of Lifelong Learning. At UMaine, McDonald strengthened her research skills and abilities to persuasively speak and write – all of which have been valuable in Augusta. She also gained skills to facilitate communication between people earning a living on the ocean and the scientific community. Sea-level rise, shifting species, pollution – they’re all topics in her wheelhouse. She was inspired to run for the House after taking the Washington, D.C. Travel Course through the William S. Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service at UMaine.
“The value of our lives comes from using the influence we have for good, in lifting others up so that they can do the same”
Sandra Caron ’79, ’82G
2019 Distinguished Maine Professor
“Our goal is to turbocharge their [students’] world.”
2020 Distinguished Maine Professor
“My time at UMM set me up for being open, curious and willing to try things out.”
Polly Goddard ’93
professional development coach, consultant
“UMaine changed my life.”
Declan Downey ’21
political science majorwith minors in leadership studies, sociology, and military science
“I am very proud of earning my bachelor’s degree at the age of 53.”
2020 Outstanding Graduating Student in the Division of Lifelong Learning
UMaine has more than 200 active student groups.
Write for the Maine Campus. Hike with Maine Bound. Catch a free movie. Add your voice to the University Singers. Play rugby. Join the Hip Hop Dance Club or Animation Club. Or start your own.
Create your home in one of 19 residence halls, which include suites and living/learning lifestyle options. And eat tasty, fresh food in one of the dining locales.
Set your alarm
There’s a lot to do and days begin early.
A Monday in the life of Leela Stockley
Class of 2021
Journalism and anthropology double major
News editor at the Maine Campus
Multicultural Center student aide
McGillicuddy Humanities Center Fellow
Wake up around 7 a.m., shower, and feed my cat, Wesley. Grab fruit and granola on the walk to campus and get coffee at Memorial Union. Stop at the Multicultural Student Center to say hi to my supervisors and check on upcoming responsibilities.
Check emails, drink coffee, review course syllabi before my 10 a.m. class and finalized writing assignments to the Maine Campus news staff.
In Urdu (official national language of Pakistan) class, we learn words relating to family and use them in sentences. Our assignment is to draw a family tree and label it in Urdu.
Capstone class focuses on media ethics and urges students to think about how mass media adheres to these ethics. For my research project, I’m examining ways mass media covers peaceful Black Lives Matter protests. We discuss utilitarian versus deontological ethical decisions, and examine how these ethics can be applied to journalism.
Usually eat lunch at the Multicultural Center. Sometimes it’s leftovers in the fridge from a lunch-and-learn event. (There’s almost always leftover food!) Print flyers for programs, draft an email about a collaboration for Diversity Week and call local businesses to ask about gift cards for poetry slam.
At the Maine Campus office, I check emails and make a list of topics to discuss in the news staff meeting, then study in my office. For Tuesday classes, I add assignments into my planner and text friends about supper.
I live in an off-campus apartment, and my friends and I share making meals. We take turns cooking, then eat together. This gives me time to cuddle with my cat and unwind.
Set my alarm, read a couple chapters of “Slumdog Millionaire” and get ready for the next day.
Pick a major that piques your interests and passions. Or choose two.
What makes you dream? Curious? Fulfilled?
What about a minor? We’ve got 111, including creative writing, equine studies, film and video, nanotechnology, Native American studies, outdoor leadership, robotics, and studio art.
Why not double up? Take graduate-level courses as a junior or senior and earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just one extra year of coursework.
Setting a Precedent
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862, which led to funding that created the University.
The Maine State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts – now the University of Maine – opened in 1868 with 12 students and two faculty members. (and some cows).
On land, at sea, and in space.
From the beginning, we’ve been rooted in active learning. We still are.
M.C. Fernald, college president from 1879 to 1893, said the Morrill Act altered the course of higher education as it sought “a closer correlation… between the brain and the head, between theory and practice.”
- and a Guinness World Record, or three. Check out the largest 3D printed boat on Earth. 3Dirigo is 25 feet long, weighs 5,000 pounds and was printed in 72 hours.
- We’ve got the credentials. A top 50 gree college, according to The Princeton Review.
- 11th-safest U.S. college among campuses with more than 5,000 students, according to ADT Corp.
- One of the nation’s longest-running Honors programs.
- We’re in multiple 2020 national guides to best colleges.
- 16:1 student-faculty ratio.
- The National Science Foundation ranked us in the top third of public institutions engaged in research.
Set your goals
And go after them. Here and far. Broaden your perspective, deepen your understanding, develop skills, and make friends and memories while studying abroad. Conduct solutions-based research in labs, in the Arctic, and Antarctic, and in oceans and forests in between. Explore subjects from artificial intelligence to aquaculture, climate change to computing, and well-being to wood composites. Make discoveries that have global impact and local relevance.
Demonstrate generosity of spirit. Contribute to the vibrant campus atmosphere.
In 2018-19, more than 4,000 UMaine students and community members contributed more than 18,000 hours of service, including helping first-year students move into residence halls, packing meals and participating in alternative spring breaks.
Set the bar high
Then leap over it.
Join the exciting intramural and Maine Bound action. Bowl, and play table tennis, disc golf, dodgeball and racquetball. Challenge yourself on the climbing wall, ascend Katahdin in the winter, go whitewater kayaking.
Join Black Bear Nation. Cheer for the state’s only Division I Athletics teams.
“I want to make an impact on others. I want people to be better for knowing me.”
Amy Vaclon ’00
Black Bear women’s basketball coach
Here, you’ll prepare to go everywhere. And do everything. 110,00 alumni in 50 states and 112 counties.
UMaine, the college of our heart always.
- Built the Hoover Dam
- Received a Nobel Peace Prize
- Wrote 60 bestsellers (and counting)
- Competed in the Olympics
- Won a Super Bowl ring
- Earned the Pulitzer Prize
- Played in the WNBA
- Won an Emmy
- Worked at NASA
- Accepted a Tony, actually two
“Everything I’ve accomplished as a hockey player and hockey executive was shaped by my experiences and the tremendous coaches, deans and professors at UMaine.”
Garth Snow ’92, ’93G
Olympian, retired NHL goalie, former New York Islanders president and GM
“The unique, small classroom experience gave me the opportunity to build confidence and strong relationships with my professors. They knew each student by name and took an interest in everyone.”
Larry Barker ’95 UMM
president and CEO of Machias Savings Bank
“What makes UMaine so special is what hasn’t changed since my time there; the values – kindness, respect, integrity, and a love of teaching and learning forever represent this university and are instilled in all those who go here.”
Bridget Ziegelaar ’96
operations manager for NASA’s International Space Station Research Integration Office
“Innovation engineering has been a crucial tool in helping us find that balance between quality of life, quality of business and having a good time at work.”
Nate Wildes ’12
co-founder of Flight Deck Brewing, executive director of Live and Work in Maine
“The professors and my team have been nothing but supportive of everything I have ever tried to accomplish.”
Sierra Yost ’20 valedictorian
“UMaine really believes in its students and wants them to succeed.”
Grace Smith ’20 salutatorian
Set your Desination:
Orono, Maine or Machias, Maine
The University of Maine is on Marsh Island, encircled by the Stillwater and Penobscot rivers, and within the Wabanaki homeland.
Set your course Down East at the University of Maine at Machais
Start each day at UMM as one of the first people in the country to see the sunrise. Blueberry fields, forests and pristine lakes surround the 243-acre campus that’s home to 500+ students. The Atlantic Ocean is minutes away, which is perfect for learning firsthand about marine biology and outdoor recreation. The stunning, rocky shore also is an ideal locale to shoot a documentary film or to write a graphic novel. The intimate, affordable school offers a lot – including a variety of four-year degrees, two-year programs and minors. Learners get results here; nearly 80% have careers in their field or attend graduate school within a year of commencement.
The University of Maine at Machias, UMaine’s regional campus, is 100 miles from Orono in the heart of a small, historic, coastal New England town.
To apply at the University of Maine or the University of Maine at Machias: go.umaine.edu/apply
Important dates for first-year applicants:
- Dec 1
- Early action deadline, priority for merit
- Feb 1
- Suggested application date for regular admissions, rolling admissions and international students applying for international scholarships
- March 1
- FAFSA priority filing date
- May 1
- Accepted student reply date, housing priority deadline
For scholarship information: go.umaine.edu/scholarships
For tuition information: umaine.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees
For transfer information: go.umaine.edu/transfer-to-umaine