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5 College Freshman

Academics: Its great the teachers are all very friendly and nice and the amount of work is typical to a normal University.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I think that the classes go at a good speed and are helpful to me.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are nice but difficult to understand with such strong accents; the registration process was good, workload was good, study options and office hours are always available!

5 College Freshman

Academics: I have had a great experience with UMaine academics.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Depending on your major the workload is variable. UMaine really is a very good school with a lot of diversity of classes.

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Liberalism is one of the largest debates on today’s college campuses. Of course, liberalism will exist with some professors but not all of them. How you relate to your professors and how they respond to you is up to you as a student and is not based on that instructor’s political beliefs. Attending class regularly and participating in class discussions is the most advantageous way to learn and to interact with your instructors. If you are frequently missing from class, it’s hard to expect the instructor to believe you are genuinely concerned about a poor examination grade even when you approach them about how to improve.

Most professors are very approachable and will meet with you either during their office hours or when you unexpectedly drop in. Some are less concerned about their students’ progress and more concerned with research. Getting to know your professors and taking multiple courses with those who have the most significant impact on your education is not only important but will help you to achieve greater success in your academic endeavors. Engineering and Natural Sciences and Forestry tend to reign as the two leaders of this academic institution, not only from their accomplishments within the UMaine community but for the economic and educational impacts that the two programs have on the state. The academic reputation of UMaine is that of the most distinguished public higher education institution in the state of Maine, and it holds the flagship recognition of the University of Maine System.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
555
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
234
Total FT Faculty
609
Faculty with Terminal Degree
75%
Average Faculty Salary
$75,206
Full-Time Retention Rate
78%
Part-Time Retention Rate
44%
Transfer-Out Rate
24%
Graduation Rate
59%
Programs/Majors Offered
115
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 53%
  • 20 to 49 students: 35%
  • 50 or more students: 12%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business, Public Policy, and Health
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
  • Honors College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Elementary Education: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
Best Places to Study
  • Buchanan Alumni House
  • Memorial Union
  • Memorial Union computer cluster
  • Raymond H. Fogler Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be confident in your knowledge of your future profession. Do not fear giving a wrong answer.
  • Discuss bad grades with your professor or teaching assistant. Seek feedback on your work to succeed in class.
  • Go to your classes. Even in a section of 200, they know when you're missing.
  • If you are totally lost in the first week of class, get out or get a tutor.
  • Meet with your professors to discuss your progress. They like familiar faces.
  • Pick a major you enjoy, or college will be hell. Don't go into a profession you hate because the rest of your life will be hell, too.
  • Read ahead and keep on top of assignments. It's not easy when you fall behind.
  • Take advantage of free tutoring, and always stay in an extended class for exam review time. The professors are handing you answers to topics on exams.
  • Take classes with professors who are genuinely concerned about your learning.
  • Understand what you are doing in class, or begin asking the right questions.
Did You Know?
  • Credit is available for more than 25 Advanced Placement examinations at the University of Maine.
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine placed the University of Maine in the ranking of America's 100 best-value colleges and universities in public education.
  • The University of Maine produces $6.60 of economic activity for every dollar of funding invested into the institution by the state of Maine.
  • The University of Maine offers 88 bachelor's degree programs, 64 master's degree programs, and 25 doctoral degree programs.
  • University of Maine students receive two free tickets to events at the Maine Center for the Arts, and students get into all UMaine sporting events for free.
  • University of Maine students have free access to the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) located in Norumbega Hall at 40 Harlow St. in Bangor.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 44 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 22 responses

  • 50% Stephen King - author
  • 11% Jimmy Howard
  • 11% Olympia Snowe - Former U.S. Senator
  • 11% Paul LePage - Governor of Maine
  • 9% Paul Kariya - professional hockey player
  • 5% Francis Crowe - Chief Engineer of the Hoover Dam
  • 2% Don Holder - Tony Award winner, lighting/design

How often do you:    Based on 14 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 14 responses

  • 36% This was my dream school.
  • 29% This was one of my top choices.
  • 36% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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