The University of Maine was established in Orono in 1865 under the provisions of the Morrill Act. As Maine’s land grant and sea grant institution with a statewide mission of teaching, research and community engagement, the university extends the resources of its learning community to address the educational, economic, cultural and social needs of Maine.
UMaine provides high-quality, affordable education that utilizes practices grounded in how people best learn. The university conducts research and scholarship that are critically evaluated within the disciplines, and often lead to national and international recognition. In its economic development initiatives and outreach, UMaine is connected to and supportive of the people and the enterprises of the state. As part of the UMaine experience, students are involved in real-world enterprises that inform their academic work and provide growth opportunities.
The university has seven Signature Areas of Excellence in education and research - forestry and the environment, marine sciences, STEM education, climate change, advanced materials for infrastructure and energy, College of Engineering and Honors College. UMaine’s Emerging Areas of Excellence focus on the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Northeastern Americas humanities, data science and engineering, sustainability solutions and technologies, aging research and finance education.
UMaine is one of the nation’s major public institutions of higher education, and the state’s center for research and graduate education. Maine’s flagship university enrolls more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and 63 countries. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral degrees, 85 master’s degrees, and more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs. The research and scholarship of UMaine faculty members and graduate students greatly enrich the undergraduate experience. As a research university, UMaine offers undergraduates opportunities to be active participants in research, working with the university’s world-class scholars.
The university has the state’s largest mix of nationally and internationally recognized faculty, researchers and scholars, representing some of the most respected minds in their fields. Among the state’s public universities, UMaine awards 39 percent of all four-year degrees, 42 percent of all master’s degrees, and 72 percent of Maine’s Ph.D.s and Ed.D.s. This past year, more than 1,900 students graduated from UMaine, joining approximately 107,000 alumni.
The University of Maine has the Maine Business School and five colleges - College of Engineering; College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture; College of Education and Human Development; and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. UMaine’s Honors College offers one of the oldest honors programs in the country.
The university’s commitment to lifelong learning goes beyond its academic degree programs to include its statewide outreach through University of Maine Cooperative Extension and other public service programs and departments, its involvement in public schools, and its accessibility through continuing education opportunities.
The University of Maine conducts nationally and internationally recognized research, and is in partnership with the private and public sectors to stimulate and support the state’s economic growth and development. The university makes an impact on Maine’s quality of life through basic and applied research in venues from the Gulf of Maine and Maine’s forestlands to the high-tech laboratories. The university also is the home of Maine’s largest library and the Emera Astronomy Center, with the state’s largest and most technologically advanced planetarium, and the second largest research observatory.