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Orono, ME
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7,549
Tuition (in-state)
$26,308 ($10,588)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Works for what you want

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Fun, not many choices though

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Some different, some the same

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are clean and spacious, although they often seem generic and impersonal. The modernity of facilities varies - it is quite obvious which buildings are newly or have been recently redone. The preforming arts facilities are up-to-date, as are the research labs and dining areas. The dorms, library, and classrooms are a bit dating. UMaine takes environmentalism very seriously, so the campus is very "green."

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police officers are generally very helpful and not very intimidating. Drug and alcohol issues are deal with on campus, often with positive anti-drug activities. Student attendance is generally very lenient, although it depends on the teacher. Cheating and plagiarism are taken very seriously and can result in a student being removed from the University.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Signing up for classes can be done easily online through Mainestreet. Most professors are experts in their subjects, although some of them struggle to convey information in a understandable format. The workload varies drastically by major, with engineering and computer science being the most strenuous. Classes can be taken on campus, online or independently with approval.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I've just switched from Computer Science to New Media, so I have little experience in the New Media major so far. The Computer Science major had a huge workload, and a lot of independent learning. Each class was taught through a series on individual or group projects with lectures that did not necessarily correspond to the content of the projects. So far, each class has focus either on a specific computer language, coding languages in general, or a computer architecture. As a freshman, few internship opportunities were available.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I plan to have an internship but there is stiff competition. Generally the internships are not open to freshman, and the ones that are still tend to favor upperclassmen. Most likely I will have one next summer off-campus, but I will have to apply very early to have a chance.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Admission was easy. Decent SAT scores and high school preformance will assure your acceptance to UMaine. I encountered no difficulties enrolling in the New Media program at UMaine, although as a sophomore I will need to provide a portfolio of my work to continue in the major.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: It's great when you don't have to worry about loans. I received a very helpful scholarship from the University of Maine which essentially paid for my tuition for four years and I got a couple other scholarships as well as the usual grants. However, I often came up that extra $1000 or so short and paid out of pocket, plus using money to pay for books. I cleared out my entire bank account in a couple years and I've been fighting to keep money in it ever since. The financial aid system isn't bad to use if you get your FAFSA turned in at a reasonable time and there is a somewhat forgiving policy about first-time late fees.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Some dining halls are better than others. The best place is the Union for variety yet predictability. The trouble with the 'all-you-can-eat' places is that you don't know what there is until you already used a meal swipe/funds. Plenty of times, we've paid to get in and the food is all weird, over the top recipes that we can't stomach. Why can't they just make simple chicken? Why does it have to be covered in seaweed, sauerkraut and some foreign spicy sauce? They do have chicken wing night on Tuesdays though, so that was a highlight. Despite some of it being strange, there is quite a variety of menu items anywhere you go. I snack a lot so dining funds seemed to be the most useful for me whereas I know others who couldn't/didn't really use dining funds since they had meal swipes they regularly used so by the end of each semester they were out upwards of $600. Even I have trouble spending all the dining funds - I can't possibly eat that much.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: This is the first time I have lived off campus and I have since asked myself, "Why didn't I do this earlier?". It's nice being on campus since you can walk to classes and really anywhere you need to whenever you want. Here in our apartment, we will have to worry about cars starting and finding our own food, but I think it is worth it. Being off campus, you can either have your own place without any roommates to bother you or you can certainly choose who you want to be with and no matter what, this situation is much cheaper than paying room and board on campus. The on campus pricing is expensive especially considering what you get for the money (aka not much). I was fortunate enough to (barely) afford a single room on campus my last two years of school which are about $500-$1000 more costly than a double room although they are about 1/4 of the size. It's a good thing I am not claustrophobic because it was like living in a closet. I really enjoy cooking so being off campus in an apartment is so great! We have a kitchen and a bedroom and a good sized bathroom, so we have much more room to spread out than in any dorm room. We are also centered much better for shopping which is nice and we don't have to be at the mercy of whatever the University cooks or offers in their junkfood stores. Of course all of this comes with the price of having to hold jobs to pay for the wonderful apartment but I suppose it's better for it to come out of our pockets now rather than paying it 20 years later as part of our loan.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My experience at this college is likely very different from many other classmates. I never drank or partied, never attended an athletic event (not basketball, hockey or football anyway) and I could normally be found in my room studying/ doing homework. If I could go to college all over again, I would try to be more involved in activities like sports, organizations and events, though I understand why I didn't take on so much extracurricular activities in the past. I was always concerned my grades would suffer if I didn't have the time to do my work; in fact, my overarching feeling from college was a constant concern over grades, homework and passing classes. I never felt like I did enough. Most of the time I could hardly take a well-earned break without feeling like I was wasting the time when I could be doing something 'productive'. The people at UMaine are very friendly and no matter who I met I could get along relatively well with. I wasn't completely locked away - I joined clubs like Women's Volleyball and Health Professions. The reason I may not choose this school again if I could do it over is that I have a better view of what career I want and there are other schools which better facilitate those ambitions with their programs, some of which the University of Maine doesn't offer at all. The campus itself is beautiful, especially now in the summer months and there are great resources like having one of the largest libraries in Maine at our disposal.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus isn't terribly strict in most matters. I'm not too sure since I haven't done anything to test the boundaries of academic or administrative policies. In my opinion, academic policies seem a bit lax since I have seen people stay in school for a while even when they probably should have been kicked out because of their grades. The campus doesn't have policies that severely restrict any sort of activities of social life. How else would our college be one of the renown party schools of the USA? There are affirmative action policies, the idea of which is slightly ridiculous in my opinion. Mostly because UMaine is also an "equal opportunity" employer, but it's not really equal opportunity if you are choosing people BECAUSE they are black, or BECAUSE they are gay. It's just prejudice working in the opposite direction instead of prejudice not working at all. That would be true equality.

3 College Senior

Athletics: The support for (some) athletic teams is definitely there, but for others the support is lacking. To any athletes not involved in varsity football, basketball or hockey it can be a struggle to find funding and space to practice and play. Many people, myself included, see the University pouring out money upon sports that give it the best and most flattering image while leaving other sports, buildings and even college departments without terribly much to work with. However the large-scale sports at UMaine are sources for pride and for a fun time with friends as well as likely bringing in some revenue. It also gives others from the surrounding community common events to attend. The University probably clings to our athletics so tightly due to the school spirit they engender, among other discussed motives. I think the team players enjoy it, though I hardly go a day without seeing two or more players on crutches, wrapped in bandages or ice packs.

3 College Junior

Majors: I didn't like my initial major which greatly affected my grades and I don't really care. Too much for any other of the majors.

2 College Junior

Majors: I didn't like it at all. My major wasn't what I thought it would be.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: My dorm was always loud even when it was 3am. There were rules but some people were talked to about them while others were left to do what they want. Most of the policies were followed but sometimes people didn't.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There's not a lot of diversity on campus but it is accepted.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There isn't a lot of lighting at night even near some of the roads. The call boxes also seem to be far and few of them.

College Junior

Greek Life: I don't bother with Greek life.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus and don't know anything about off campus life.

5 College Junior

Athletics: A lot of people are involved in going to games for the different sports. The athletic center and rec center are really great.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The school is always busy with activity and people hanging out.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I really like the feel of the campus and it's openness. I also like the variety of campus activities offered.

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Justin Wozniski
Hometown
Lancaster County, Pa.
Major
Journalism
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The students who offered responses regarding their overall experience at UMaine have overwhelmingly praised the University for its affect on the students who attend it. Many of the students make Maine their home, even after graduation. More in-state students remain in Maine, while more out-of-state students tend to move on to other areas, or back to their indigenous locations. The University has an abundance of assets of immeasurable value to offer to its students. There are activities and clubs for nearly every student interest. There is some organization that fits well into their majors, providing real experience within their fields to build resumes and get careers off to a head start, while tying them into a new circle of friends. The Career Center services for job placement after graduation are not only a help for current students, but they are available to students for one year at no charge after graduation.

The University of Maine prides itself on its reputation most importantly among its students, but also with its alumni. UMaine is a welcoming trip home during alumni functions and special events. Students graduating from UMaine also receive a one year complimentary membership to the University of Maine Alumni Association. Students also can purchase the licensing for only $10 to maintain their FirstClass e-mail accounts in order to stay in touch while apart from those who became close to them during their time at UMaine. Some students said that UMaine was their choice, some said it was not. Some students responded saying that they transferred to UMaine from other institutions, but nearly all of them have enjoyed their experiences at UMaine and are proud to call it their alma mater, andeven more whole-heartedly, their home.

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