University of Maine

The University of Maine (UMaine or Maine) is a public research university in Orono, Maine, United States. The university was established in 1865 as a land grant college and is the flagship university of the University of Maine System.[5][6] The University of Maine is one of only a few land, sea and space grant institutions in the nation.

With an enrollment of approximately 11,000 students, UMaine is the state's largest university and the only institution in Maine classified as a research university (RU/H) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[7] The University of Maine's athletic teams, nicknamed the Black Bears, are Maine's only Division I athletics program. Maine's men's ice hockey team has won two national championships.

The University of Maine
University of Maine seal
MottoDirigo (Latin)
Motto in English
I Guide
Sea grant
Land grant
Space grant
Endowment$293 million (2017)[1]
PresidentJoan Ferrini-Mundy
Academic staff
Students11,240 (Fall 2017) [2]
Undergraduates9,279 (Fall 2017) [2]
Postgraduates1,961 (Fall 2017) [2]
Location, ,

44°53′58″N 68°40′05″W / 44.8994°N 68.6681°WCoordinates: 44°53′58″N 68°40′05″W / 44.8994°N 68.6681°W
ColorsDark blue, Light blue, and White[3]
AthleticsNCAA Division IAmerica East, Hockey East, CAA
NicknameBlack Bears
AffiliationsUniversity of Maine System
MascotBananas T. Bear
University of Maine Historic District
University of Maine is located in Maine
University of Maine
University of Maine is located in the United States
University of Maine
LocationMunson, Sebec, and Schoodic Rds., Orono, Maine
Area660 acres (267.1 ha) (entire campus)
13 acres (5.3 ha) (original historic district)
57 acres (23 ha) (increased historic district)
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian, Other, Greek Revival
NRHP reference #78000194[4] (original)
10000228 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 12, 1978
Boundary increaseApril 27, 2010
University of Maine logo


Brick Hall, Maine State College, Orono, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views
Brick Hall (1871), later renamed Oak Hall, burned in 1936

The University of Maine was founded in 1862 as a function of the Morrill Act, signed by President Lincoln. Established in 1865 as the Maine State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, the Maine College opened on September 21, 1868 and changed its name to the University of Maine in 1897.[8]

By 1871, curricula had been organized in Agriculture, Engineering, and electives. The Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station was founded as a division of the university in 1887. Gradually the university developed the Colleges of Life Sciences and Agriculture (later to include the School of Forest Resources and the School of Human Development), Engineering and Science, and Arts and Sciences. In 1912 the Maine Cooperative Extension, which offers field educational programs for both adults and youths, was initiated. The School of Education was established in 1930 and received college status in 1958. The School of Business Administration was formed in 1958 and was granted college status in 1965. Women have been admitted into all curricula since 1872. The first master's degree was conferred in 1881; the first doctor's degree in 1960. Since 1923 there has been a separate graduate school.[9]

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Stevens Hall

Near the end of the 19th century, the university expanded its curriculum to place greater emphasis on liberal arts. As a result of this shift, faculty hired during the early 20th century included Caroline Colvin, chair of the history department and the nation's first woman to head a major university department.[10]

In 1906, The Senior Skull Honor Society was founded to "publicly recognize, formally reward, and continually promote outstanding leadership and scholarship, and exemplary citizenship within the University of Maine community."[11]

On April 16, 1925, 80 women met in Balentine Hall — faculty, alumnae, and undergraduate representatives — to plan a pledging of members to an inaugural honorary organization. This organization was called "The All Maine Women" because only those women closely connected with the University of Maine were elected as members. On April 22, 1925, the new members were inducted into the honor society.[12]

When the University of Maine System was incorporated, in 1968, the school was renamed by the legislature over the objections of the faculty to the University of Maine at Orono. This was changed back to the University of Maine in 1986.[13]

Organization and administration

The University of Maine is the flagship of the University of Maine System.[6][14][15][16] The president of the university is Joan Ferrini-Mundy.[17] The senior administration governs cooperatively with the Chancellor of the University of Maine system, James H. Page and the sixteen members of the University of Maine Board of Trustees (of which fifteen are appointed by the Governor of Maine and one is the current Maine State Commissioner of Education). The Board of Trustees has full legal responsibility and authority for the university system. It appoints the Chancellor and each university President, approves the establishment and elimination of academic programs, confers tenure on faculty members, and sets tuition rates/operating budgets.[18]

UMaine is also one of a handful of colleges in the United States whose Student Government is incorporated.[19] Student Government was formed in 1978 and incorporated in 1987. It is classified as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.[20] It consists of a legislative branch, which passes resolutions, and an executive branch, which helps organize on-campus entertainment and guest speakers, works with new and existing student organizations, and performs other duties. Other organizations fall under the umbrella of Student Government Inc., including representative boards, community associations, and many other student groups. The Maine Campus, the student newspaper, is also incorporated and does not operate under or receive money from student government.


Location and layout

Littlefield Garden Trees
A tree-lined path through the Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamental Gardens

Situated on Marsh Island, between the Penobscot and Stillwater rivers, the University of Maine is the nation's only land grant university (other than the University of Hawai'i) on an island.[21] Occupying the small city of Orono, population ~9,500,[22] the 660-acre (2.7 km2) campus[22] has an enrollment (2012–2013) of 10,901 students.[23] The campus has thirty-seven academic buildings, thirty administrative buildings, eighteen residence halls, eighteen specific laboratory facilities, fourteen Greek life houses, ten sports facilities, five museums,[24] three dining facilities, two convenience stores, a student union, a cafe, a pub,[25] an 87,000-square-foot (8,100 m2) state of the art recreation and fitness center,[26] and a 200'x200' air supported athletic/recreational dome.[27]

In 1867, the university rejected a campus plan by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City and the White House grounds in Washington, D.C.[28][29] The plan's broad concepts, including the Front Lawn, were nevertheless adopted during the school's first fifty years, and were oriented toward the Stillwater River. A second master plan was produced in 1932 by Carl Rust Parker of the Olmsted Brothers firm, which reoriented the campus center to the Mall, an open grassy area between the Raymond H. Fogler Library and the Memorial Gym.[30] The Mall is further bordered by one residence and five academic halls.

The campus is essentially divided into three sections (northern, southern, and hilltop),[31] all of which are near or border the Mall. The northern section includes many of the athletic facilities, including the Alfond Arena (basketball, hockey), Morse Field at the Alfond Sports Stadium (football, track and field), Larry Mahaney Diamond (baseball), Kessock Field (softball), the Field Hockey Complex (field hockey), and the Mahaney athletic/recreational dome. Other buildings on the northern section include the Cutler Health Center, two administrative halls, three residence halls, and multiple academic halls.

The southern section of campus includes the Memorial Student Union, the Maynard F. Jordan Observatory, Lengyel Gymnasium and Athletic Field, the Buchanan Alumni House, as well as multiple administrative, residence, and academic halls. The recently renovated Collins Center for the Arts is also on the southern part of campus, and not only provides the Hutchins Concert Hall, a 1,435-seat venue for performing artists from around the world,[32] but also houses the Hudson Museum, known for its contemporary Native American art, as well as displays that are culturally specific to the indigenous people of Maine. The Hilltop section of campus is populated largely with residence halls but also includes the 7-acre (2.8 ha) Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamental Gardens,[33] as well as academic and recreational facilities. The campus is also designated as an arboretum.[34]

The pre-1915 core of the campus, covering its earliest period of development, was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978; this was expanded to include the second major phase of development (through the end of World War II) in 2010.[30]

Ambulance Service

One of the University of Maine's ambulances.

The University of Maine operates the "University Volunteer Ambulance Corps," an Ambulance service licensed by the State of Maine. The service is operated by students and staff of the University. UVAC's ambulances are available to respond to emergencies on campus and also provide mutual aid to surrounding towns and agencies. The service ensures a licensed Emergency Medical Technician is sent on every call. The service has two ambulances both equipped to provide Paramedic Level care. UVAC responds to approximately 500 calls per school year.[35]

Greek life

Greek life has existed at the University of Maine since 1874. The Greeks presence remains strong, with approximately 14% of University of Maine undergraduates members of Greek letter organizations.[36]




The University of Maine is one of 16 colleges and universities listed in Princeton Review's "Green Honor Roll" (2011). Several of the nation's leading research universities, including Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Oregon State, Arizona State and the University of Washington are also on that prestigious list, as are Harvard and Northeastern. Recognizing schools for their commitment to sustainability, the Green Honor Roll lists only those 16 institutions that received the highest possible score on The Princeton Review green rating. The guide lauds UMaine for its recycling programs, green-certified buildings and free shuttle bus service. It also notes the fact UMaine has a sustainability coordinator, a sustainability council, and "Eco Reps" in its residence halls.[37]

University of Maine has a sustainability council made up of students, faculty, administrators, staff and a full-time sustainability coordinator. A green loan fund provides capital for energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.[38] The university has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040, and two residential-scale solar thermal systems are in place on Nutting Hall and Sebec House. The University of Maine composts food scraps from dining facilities, and York Dining Hall has gone trayless to reduce waste. For all new campus construction, LEED Silver standards are required.[39] The Blue Bike program refurbishes abandoned bikes and rents them to students free of charge, providing a means of alternative transportation on and around-campus.[40]



University rankings
Forbes[41] 458
U.S. News & World Report[42] 183
Washington Monthly[43] 222
U.S. News & World Report[44] 700

The University of Maine offers more than 90 undergraduate major programs organized in five colleges: the College of Education and Human Development; the College of Engineering; the Honors College; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture;. UMaine also is home to one of the nation's oldest honors programs, now called the Honors College.[45] The Honors College offers academically qualified students an opportunity for intensive, interdisciplinary study. Students are invited to become part of the Honors College during the admissions review process. UMaine also offers a wide array of graduate programs, including more than seventy master's degree programs and thirty doctorate programs.[46][47]

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Hannibal Hamlin Hall

The University of Maine is one of only a handful of institutions to offer a combined developmental/clinical Ph.D. to students accepted into their clinical psychology Ph.D. program,[48] as well as advanced degrees with distinct concentrations in developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and behavioral neuroscience.[49] The University of Maine has a strong commitment to developing the next generation of neuroscience researchers and educators, thus along with offering a Ph.D. in psychological science with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience, they also offer a neuroscience concentration for Ph.D. students studying biomedical science.[50]

It is the only institution in Maine ranked as a national university in the U.S. News and World Report annual rankings. U.S. News categorizes UMaine as an institution that offers "a full range of undergraduate majors, master's, and doctoral degrees."[51]

UMaine is one of only four institutions in Maine (along with Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby) accredited to award membership into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.[52]

The university is also the birthplace of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, recognizing high academic achievement across all disciplines.[53]

The Raymond H. Fogler Library is the largest in Maine[54] and serves as one of its intellectual hubs, attracting scholars, professors, and researchers from around the state.[55] A collection of rare and ancient manuscripts, as well as about two million government publications, augment the University's collection.[56] The Special Collections Unit includes the Stephen King (author and UMaine alumnus) papers, which attract researchers from across the globe.

UMaine hosts the Intensive English Institute, an English as a second language program designed to help students develop their English language skills for success in school, business, and social communication.[57]

With 211 faculty and 2,742 students (fall 2011), the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers Maine's most comprehensive liberal arts experience.

The University of Maine is also home to the Maine Business School, the largest business school in the state. Paris-based international educational consulting organization Eduniversal has included the Maine Business School at the University of Maine among its selection of 1,000 of the world's best business schools, ranking it as an "excellent business school-nationally strong and/or with continental links."[58] In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Maine Business School among the nation's best business colleges [59]

The Canadian-American Center, an institution that focuses on Canadian-American studies is based at the University of Maine.[60]


The University of Maine receives overall accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the oldest regional accrediting association in the United States, as well as from many other professional societies, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the American Chemical Society, the American Dietetic Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Society of American Foresters, and the Society of Wood Science and Technology.[61]

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The Oak Hall Dormitory

The University of Maine received the following classifications from The Carnegie Foundation:[62]

Classification Category Description
Basic RU/H Research University. High research activity.
Undergraduate Instructional Program Prof+A&S/HGC Professions + Arts & Sciences with high coexistence. Between 80 and 59 percent of awarded undergraduate degrees are in a professional field and at least half of the graduate programs coexist with undergraduate programs.
Graduate Instructional Program CompDoc/NMedVet Comprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary). Awards doctorates in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. Awards graduate or professional degrees in one or more professional fields. Does not award medical or veterinary doctoral degrees.
Enrollment Profile HU High undergraduate. More than 10 percent but less than 25 percent of students are graduate students.
Undergraduate Profile FT4/S/HTI Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in. More than 79 percent of students at this 4-year or higher institution are full-time. Admitted students had an average ACT-equivalent scores between 17 and 22. More than 19 percent of students transfer into the institution.
Size and Setting M4/R Medium four-year, primarily residential. At least 3000 but fewer than 10000 FTEs (Full-Time Equivalents; total full-time students plus one-third total part-time students) attend this four-year institution. At least 25 percent of degree-seeking undergraduates live on campus and at least 50 percent but less than 80 percent attend full-time are classified as primarily residential.


The fall 2018 admissions data are as follows:[63]

Student Classification Applications Acceptances Enrollment
New First-Year Students 12,457 11,503 2,248
New Transfer Students 1,027 863 409
Graduate Students 1,423 845 499

Enrollment Distribution

The 2018–2019 overall enrollment is as follows:[63]

  • 8,463 Undergraduate degree-seeking students
  • 154 Undergraduate non-degree students
  • 1,016 Graduate degree-Seeking students
  • 116 Graduate non-degree students
  • 9,162 Full-time students
  • 2,242 Part-time students


The University of Maine is one of the National Science Foundation's top 100 public universities for research. In FY10, UMaine exceeded $100 million in external expenditures for research — 86% of which was federal funding. Leading sectors of the university in generating external support are advanced materials, marine sciences, climate change, environmental studies, forestry, precision manufacturing, and aquaculture. Undergraduate research is a priority at UMaine, and in 2008, the Center for Undergraduate Research was established to connect students with faculty projects that suit their interests.[64]

The University of Maine has several research areas that operate as independent units under the umbrella of the University of Maine. While these units house and fund faculty, staff, and students from a variety of academic backgrounds and colleges, the research units are independent of the traditional departmental and college structure. The full list of independent research units at the University of Maine include:

UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center

The UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, founded in 1996 with support from the National Science Foundation, provides research, education, and economic development encompassing material sciences, manufacturing and engineering of composites and structures. The center's research and development projects have included the VolturnUS 1:8, composite arch bridge system, and the Modular Ballistic Protection System (MBPS).

The center is the leading member of the DeepCwind Consortium, whose mission is to establish the State of Maine as a national leader in deepwater offshore wind technology.[65]

UMaine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site at Monhegan Island

The University of Maine was granted an ocean energy demonstration site through state legislation in 2009. The site, known as the UMaine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site, is available for use by commercial and non-commercial entities in partnership with the university to research and develop ocean energy devices, such as floating wind turbines or wave energy converters.


Hockey East ERI 3775 (5383521678)
Maine Division 1 Hockey

The University of Maine participates in the NCAA's Division I level,[66] and is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association for football,[67] Hockey East for ice hockey,[68] and the America East Conference for all other sports.[69] The school has won two national championships, both in men's ice hockey. In 1993, they defeated Lake Superior State University 5-4 behind a third period hat trick by Jim Montgomery. In 1999, they defeated rival University of New Hampshire 3-2 in overtime on a goal by Marcus Gustafsson.[70]

In 1965, the football team competed in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida against East Carolina. They were beaten in the game 31-0,[71] but remain the only team from Maine to compete in a bowl contest until the 2018-2019 season when they went to the FCS Semifinal, eventually losing to Eastern Washington.

The baseball team has participated in seven College World Series, six of them under coach John Winkin between 1976 and 1986, and one under Jack Butterfield in 1964. The Black Bears achieved two third-place finishes in 1964 and 1982.

Although the official fight song of UMaine is "For Maine", the school's main spirit song is the better-known "Maine Stein Song". Written by Lincoln Colcord (words) and E. A. Fenstad (music), the tune rose to fame when singer Rudy Vallée arranged the current version. Vallee attended Maine from 1921–1922 before transferring to Yale, and his popularity helped make the song a national favorite. To this day, the "Stein Song" remains the only college fight song to ever reach number one on the pop charts, achieving this distinction in 1930.[72] According to College Fight Songs: An Annotated Anthology, by Studwell and Schueneman, the "Stein Song" is one of the very best fight songs of all time.[73]

In addition to varsity athletics, the university offers many club sports through its Campus Recreation department. Sport clubs represent UMaine by competing against teams and clubs from other universities and colleges. National governing bodies for each club provide competition guidelines and league structure.

Sport clubs are student-led and student-administered. Each has a budget that is run through Campus Recreation, which in part funds nearly all clubs. Clubs are eligible for funding through Campus Recreation after they have been active for at least one year and have a membership minimum of ten members. Current club sports include alpine skiing, baseball, crew, cricket, cycling, fast pitch softball, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, nordic skiing, roller hockey, rugby, shotokan karate, soccer, tennis, table tennis, tackle football, ultimate, and volleyball.[74]

Notable alumni

Arts, literature, humanities, and entertainment



Business, construction, and service

Science and engineering



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See also

  • Portal-puzzle.svg University of Maine portal


External links

Alfond Arena

Alfond Arena is a 5,124-seat multi-purpose arena in Orono, Maine, USA. The arena opened in 1977. It is home to the University of Maine Black Bears ice hockey teams. It is recognizable for its distinctive hyperbolic paraboloid architecture. The multi-angular roof design can also be found at Pavilion at Villanova University, the Brown University Smith Swim Center and the Flynn Recreation Complex at Boston College. It was expanded from its original capacity of 3,800 in 1992 in order to accommodate more spectators and bring the basketball team back from its temporary home at the Bangor Auditorium. More skyboxes have been added since then, so the arena's capacity has been reduced. A new scoreboard was installed during the summer of 2008. It is named for Harold Alfond, a longtime Maine booster, whose name also adorns Alfond Stadium, the school's main outdoor stadium.

The Grateful Dead played Alfond on April 19, 1983. Scott Hamilton's Stars on Ice opened in Alfond Arena in 1986. Hillary Clinton appeared at the arena in 1994. It takes two hours to make the transition from basketball to hockey, and about 2½ from hockey to basketball. New, energy-efficient lighting was installed in late 2006 because of previous power outages and too much electricity consumption. A new basketball floor was purchased in late 2009 to replace the original floor first used in 1992. A $4.8 million renovation project began in May 2011. The renovation included a new ice system along with dehumidifier equipment, new dasher boards and glass, and new lower level seating.

Alfond Stadium (University of Maine)

Morse Field at Harold Alfond Sports Stadium is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Orono, Maine. The stadium opened as Alumni Field in 1947 and underwent extensive renovations from 1996 to 1998. It is home to the University of Maine Black Bears football team. The wood and steel grandstands, built in the 1940s, were condemned and demolished in 1996, replaced with the current east grandstand, along with a temporary structure on the west side, adjacent to Alfond Arena. The current west grandstand, lights, press and luxury levels, as well as concessions and restroom amenities were completed prior to the 1998 season. The stadium was rededicated to Harold Alfond, a longtime Maine booster, at Maine's first home night game on September 12, 1998, a 52-28 win over New Hampshire in the Battle for the Brice-Cowell Musket. The field is named for Phillip and Susan Morse, who donated the lights, original Astroturf and scoreboard. In the summer of 2008, new FieldTurf was installed to replace the old AstroTurf. In 2014, a 20'x32' high-definition video-board replaced the matrix display installed in 1998, and a contemporary scoreboard was installed on the north end.

Bill Patrick (sports anchor)

Bill Patrick (born November 12, 1955 in Columbus, Ohio as Gerard Monteux) is a part-time host for NHL on NBC. He was born as a grandson of the conductor, Pierre Monteux.

Gary Thorne

Gary Thorne (born June 9, 1948) is the lead play-by-play announcer for MASN. He has also worked for ESPN and ABC, including National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, college football, and the Frozen Four hockey tournament. He also works for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he is the narrator for the WrestleMania Rewind program on its WWE Network streaming video service.

Hearts in Suspension

Hearts In Suspension is a non-fiction book by Stephen King, edited by Jim Bishop. The book focuses on King's time as a student at the University of Maine.

John Tortorella

John Robert Tortorella (born June 24, 1958) is an American ice hockey coach and former player. He is the head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Tortorella was previously the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–2008), the New York Rangers (2009–2013) and the Vancouver Canucks (2013–2014). He led Tampa Bay to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship.

Josephine Donovan

Josephine Donovan (born 1941) is an American scholar of comparative literature who is a Professor Emerita of English in the Department of English at the University of Maine, Orono. Her research and expertise has covered feminist theory, feminist criticism, animal ethics, and both early modern and American (particularly 19th century) women's literature.

Maine Black Bears

The Maine Black Bears are the athletic teams that represent the University of Maine. A member of the America East Conference, the University of Maine sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports. The men's and women's ice hockey teams are members of Hockey East, and the football team is an associate member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

Maine Black Bears football

For information on all University of Maine sports, see Maine Black Bears.The Maine Black Bears football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Maine located in the U.S. state of Maine. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Colonial Athletic Association. Maine's first football team was fielded in 1892. The team plays its home games at the 10,000 seat Alfond Stadium in Orono, Maine.

Maine Black Bears men's basketball

The Maine Black Bears men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents University of Maine in Orono, Maine, United States. The school's team currently competes in the America East Conference, which they joined upon its founding in 1979. Their current head coach is Richard Barron, who previously served as the head coach of the women's basketball program from 2011-2017 before taking a leave of absence. The Black Bears have never appeared in the NCAA tournament.

Raymond H. Fogler

Raymond H. Fogler (February 29, 1892 – January 10, 1996) was an executive who served as the United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1953 to 1954.

University of Maine School of Law

The University of Maine School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited law school located in Portland, Maine. It is Maine's only law school and is a part of the University of Maine System, operating independently from other units within the system. The law school's current Dean is Danielle Conway, who assumed the post in 2015.Many of Maine's judges, legal scholars, politicians, and community leaders are graduates of the law school. Notable alumni include the Chief Justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Leigh Saufley and Daniel Wathen, current governor Janet Mills, several former governors, Libby Mitchell, and U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock, to name just a few. According to Maine's official 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 62.7% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, Bar Passage Required/JD Advantage employment ten months after graduation.

University of Maine System

The University of Maine System (UMS) is a network of public universities in the U.S. state of Maine. Created in 1968 by the Maine State Legislature, the University of Maine System consists of seven universities, each with a distinct mission and regional character. Combined, there are approximately 34,700 students enrolled at these institutions.

University of Maine at Augusta

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is located in the state capital of Augusta, Maine, and is a part of the University of Maine System. UMA is a regional state university providing baccalaureate and select associate degrees for residents of Central Maine. The university has campuses in Augusta and Bangor, and courses offered online and across the state. UMA delivers programs to both recent high school graduates and returning adults.

University of Maine at Farmington

The University of Maine at Farmington (UMaine Farmington or UMF) is a public liberal arts college and a founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, offering programs in teacher education, human services and arts and sciences as a part of the University of Maine System.

University of Maine at Fort Kent

The University of Maine at Fort Kent (French: L'Université du Maine à Fort Kent) is a public liberal arts university in the U.S. state of Maine near the Canada–US border with Quebec and New Brunswick. The university is an academic center for Acadian and French American culture and heritage, and French-speaking Mainers from throughout the state.

Located in Fort Kent in the Saint John Valley (Vallée St. Jean) region of northern Maine, the university is part of the seven-member University of Maine System. It currently has an enrollment of 1,557 students. The Saint John Valley region is a center of French American culture, and the majority of adults in the region are bilingual in French and English.The university offers academic programs leading to various associate's and bachelor's degrees. The university's Carnegie Classification is "Baccalaureate Colleges - General."

University of Maine at Machias

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) is a public university in Machias, Maine. It is one of seven campuses in the University of Maine System. The university was founded in 1909 as a normal school for educating teachers, and offers studies in recreation, English, education, social sciences, and physical sciences, including a recognized marine biology program. Enrollment is approximately 800 students.

University of Maine at Presque Isle

The University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) is part of the University of Maine System. Located in Presque Isle, UMPI offers studies in career and professional fields, teacher education, health and human services, arts and sciences, and the natural environment. The University also offers associate degrees, articulated transfer arrangements, non-degree certificates, continuing education for practicing professionals, and an online learning project which allows participants to take an online UMPI course for free as long as they are not seeking college credit. Its campus radio station is WUPI and its student newspaper is the University Times.

University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a multi-campus public comprehensive university and part of the University of Maine System. USM's three primary campuses are located in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston in the U.S. state of Maine. Many courses and degree programs are also offered online. It was founded as two separate state universities, Gorham Normal School and University of Maine at Portland. The two universities were combined in 1970 to help streamline the public university system in Maine and eventually expanded by adding the Lewiston campus in 1988.

The Portland Campus is home to the Edmund Muskie School of Public Service, the Bio Sciences Research Institute, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Osher Map Library, and the USM School of Business. The Gorham campus, much more residential, is home to the School of Education and Human Development and the School of Music. The Maine Model United Nations Conference (MeMUNC) is hosted here every year.

USM is among the "Best Northeastern Colleges," according to the Princeton Review's 2007 listings, and was also included in its 2007 edition of "America's Best Value Colleges." As of 2012, USM had 7,500 undergraduate students and 2,320 graduate school students, with an average class size of 25 and a student-faculty ratio of 15:1. Controversial decisions by the university administration to cut programs and fire up to 50 faculty led to student-led protests on the campus in 2014.

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