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University of Maine

University of Maine Rating: 3.7/5 (11 votes)

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Academics

Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is the flagship university of the public University of Maine System, the largest university in the state, and the only institution in Maine to be classified as a research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University of Maine is one of the best universities in New England; it boasts a wide variety of programs, nationally recognized research programs, and state-of-the-art facilities. The university offers 88 bachelor’s degree programs, 64 master’s degree programs, and 25 doctoral programs. The most popular majors at the University of Maine are Engineering, Business, Management, Education, Health Professions & Clinical sciences, and Social Sciences. Its library has been recognized as one of the best in the country, and it boasts one of the country’s oldest and best known Honors College programs.

The university offers small class sizes; nearly half of its classes have fewer than 20 students. Its student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.

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Admissions

Students who wish to apply to The University of Maine, must first complete an application form. Options include the University of Maine System Electronic Application, the PDF version of UMaine’s Application, the Common Application & the University of Maine supplement to the Common Application (PDF), and the Universal Application. Applicants must also submit an official high school transcript or a GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report (only required for applicants who are under 21 years of age), an official letter of recommendation, and an official college transcript or an AP transcript (where applicable). The university utilizes a rolling decision plan, but there is a priority deadline for submitting an application under the Early Action plan, so prospective students should contact the school for specific dates. A nonrefundable application fee is also required.

Adult students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.

Financial Aid

The University of Maine offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. Nearly 80 percent of the college’s students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. The average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,826. Forms of aid that are available for students at The University of Maine include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a limited number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The priority deadline for submission of financial aid applications is in early March. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1011th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Maine.

Students

The University of Maine has a very diverse student body, with a gender distribution of 51 percent male students. About 40 percent of the students live on campus in the university’s four residence halls. There are traditional and suite style residences. Room assignments are made based on a first come first served basis. The university’s First Year Residential Experience program gives students the opportunity to live, work, and hang out together in select residence halls. The program also offers academic and social support services to help students make the transition to college. There are numerous diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups.

The university’s Campus Activities Board also sponsors free events six nights a week. On Mondays, there is Games Night, when students play games such as bingo or trivia for prizes. Tuesday nights feature live acoustic music at Java Jive. On Wednesdays, there are movie nights, and on Thursdays, students can relax at the Bear’s Den, the university’s pub. Friday nights bring The Maine Attraction, when big-name performers including hypnotists, comedians, bands, and other artists perform. On Saturdays, students can show off their skills at Karaoke Night.

The University of Maine also has a 600-acre forest, biking and cross-country skiing trails, fifteen miles of hiking, and the Stillwater River for kayaking and canoeing.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Known as the Black Bears, the University of Maine’s athletic teams proudly wear the school’s colors of blue and white. The university competes at the NCAA’s Division I level, and is a member of Hockey East for ice hockey, the Colonial Athletic Association for football, and the America East Conference for all other sports. In fact, the university is the only Division I school in Maine. The university’s official fight song is the “Stein Song,” which is the only college anthem to ever top the pop charts. The men’s ice hockey team has won two national championships.

Other intercollegiate sports for men include baseball, basketball, cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field, and swimming and diving. Women’s sports include basketball, cross-country, swimming and diving, field hockey, ice hockey, soccer, softball, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

The campus recreation department also offers a variety of club sports that include tackle football, lacrosse, baseball, alpine skiing, cricket, fast pitch softball, crew, golf, cycling, field hockey, ice hockey, rugby, nordic skiing, shotokan karate, table tennis, roller hockey, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball.

Alumni

  • Lawrence Bender, film producer (best known for Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting)
  • Joseph E. Brennan, former Governor of Maine and member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Olympia Snowe, U.S. Senator
  • James A. Voteur, managing director of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
  • Bernard Lown, Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • Francis T. Crowe, civil engineer and chief engineer of the Hoover Dam
  • Mike Buck, NFL player for the New Orleans Saints
  • Gary Thorne, ESPN sports analyst and announcer

Bibliography

  • Snider, Mark. How to Get Money for College 2011: Financing Your Future Beyond Federal Aid. Lawrenceville: Peterson’s, 2010.
  • “University of Maine.” Education. U.S. News & World Report, 2011. Web. 15 May 2011.
  • University of Maine. University of Maine. 2011. Web. 15 May 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 6th in Maine and 433rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Maine and 450th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 9 0.08
Burglary 5 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.03
Arrest 7 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 28 0.27
Larceny 168 1.62
Vehicle theft 2 0.02

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2302

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 596th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,370 $8,370 $25,740
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,230 $2,230 $2,230
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $279 $279 $858
FT Graduate Tuition $7,524 $7,524 $23,112
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,114 $1,114 $1,114
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $418 $418 $1,284
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,712 $23,712 $41,082
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,712 $23,712 $41,082
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,800 $13,800 $31,170

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,588(N/C) $10,588(N/C) $26,356 $27,454
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,944 $9,148
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,944 $9,148
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$65
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,306 (4,075 male / 4,231 female)
Admitted 6,733 (3,221 male / 3,512 female)
Admission rate 81%
First-time Enrollment 1,997 (1,051 male / 946 female)
FT Enrollment 1,949 (1,024 male / 925 female)
PT Enrollment 48 (27 male / 21 female)
Total Enrollment11,247

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference America East
NCAA Baseball Conference America East
NCAA Track & Field Conference America East

ACT Test Admission

554th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 10%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

462nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 970 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,540
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,762
Board Fee$5,150

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 65 26 23 23 32 1,649 226 2,056
Accounting 2 2 21 1 26
Agricultural Economics 4 2 6
Agricultural Engineering 2 3 5
Agriculture, General 2 4 6
Animal Sciences, General 2 18 3 23
Anthropology 1 19 2 22
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 7 2 9
Aquaculture
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 2
Art Teacher Education 7 1 8
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer 9 1 10
Biochemistry 1 2 1 1 5 1 11
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 1 2 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 34 8 44
Botany/Plant Biology 1 2
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration and Management, General 6 1 1 1 56 8 76
Chemical Engineering 2 28 2 33
Chemistry, General 7 7
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 31 1 34
Civil Engineering, General 3 1 1 55 8 68
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 5 6
Clinical Psychology
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 2 1 31 3 37
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other 1 1 24 4 30
Computer Engineering, General 13 13
Computer Science 4 10 1 15
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 25 3 29
Curriculum and Instruction 4 1 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 6 1 7
Economics, General 2 12 3 17
Economics, Other 7 1 8
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6 2 8
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 9 3 13
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 4 1 1 20 2 28
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 1 24 1 28
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 84 2 89
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 6 6
Engineering, Other
English Language and Literature, General 44 6 50
Entomology
Environmental Science 24 3 27
Finance, General 1 1 30 1 33
Fine/Studio Arts, General 15 3 18
Food Science 1 1 1 2 39 5 50
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 2 2
Forest Engineering
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 2 3 1 6
Forest Sciences and Biology 1 1
Forestry, General 11 2 13
French Language and Literature 7 1 8
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 1 1 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 13 4 17
German Language and Literature 2 1 3
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 1 9 1 12
History, General 2 36 6 44
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 4 46 5 56
Information Technology 1 1 2
Intermedia/Multimedia
International Relations and Affairs 1 1 15 2 20
International/Global Studies 1 5 3 9
Journalism 1 8 1 10
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 17 5 24
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Marine Sciences 2 30 4 36
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 1 31 5 39
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 10 5 17
Materials Engineering 1 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1 1 9 1 12
Mechanical Engineering 2 2 62 6 72
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 1 25 4 31
Microbiology, General 2 1 7 3 13
Molecular Biology 3 1 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Performance, General 1 4 1 6
Music Teacher Education 16 1 17
Music, General 3 3
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Nursing Education 7 5 12
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 3 3
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 10 2 13
Philosophy 8 1 9
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 6 2 1 42 6 57
Physics, General 1 5 1 7
Plant Sciences, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 1 21 5 27
Psychology, General 1 2 3 4 100 11 123
Public Administration 1 1 11 1 14
Reading Teacher Education 1 1 18 4 24
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 2 1 1 82 10 98
Rhetoric and Composition
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 6 2 10
Secondary Education and Teaching 49 10 59
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work 1 1 1 5 59 2 69
Sociology 1 2 13 17
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 1 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 15 4 20
Special Education and Teaching, Other 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 1 3 1 20 6 35
Surveying Engineering 1 3 4
Surveying Technology/Surveying 3 6 1 10
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 5 1 6
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 21 2 23
Women's Studies 2 2
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology 1 1
Zoology/Animal Biology 1 11 1 13

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 709th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,315 ($85,574 male / $65,293 female)
Number of FT Faculty 489 (324 male / 165 female)
Number of PT Faculty 797
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $19,224,000

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