Welcome to the University of Maine, located on Marsh Island between the Penobscot and Stillwater rivers, in the homeland of Penobscot Nation. UMaine’s regional coastal campus, the University of Maine at Machias, is located in the Passamaquoddy homeland. Our universities are student-centered and community-engaged, with a foundational commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence.
Exciting opportunities await.
Renowned faculty and staff are eager to mentor you in 90 majors and more than 100 programs. Want to turn wood products into jet fuel? Build 3D boats? Improve food rescue and recycling? Use artificial intelligence to detect cancer? UMaine and UMaine Machias are part of the University of Maine System, the only statewide public higher education institution nationwide with unified accreditation, fostering academic program collaboration among the seven UMS universities and additional learning opportunities for students.
We’ll strive to empower each of you - who collectively hail from all 50 states and 79 countries - as you learn and grow during your UMaine experience.
There’s so much to explore on our two university campuses and throughout Maine, and I encourage you to dive in. Literally. Scuba dive in the Gulf of Maine and paddle the Penobscot. Build and race a concrete canoe. Tour with the University Singers. Hike Katahdin, join the eSports club. Exhibit your latest works in student art shows. Hone your reporting skills at The Maine Campus. Serve in student government, intern in Augusta and Washington, D.C. Be all that you aspire to be.
The UMaine student experience takes advantage of the breadth and depth of the state’s research university. Students pursue experiential learning opportunities led by world-class faculty. And those immersive opportunities begin in the first year with our new Research Learning Experience focused on education through creation, with students engaged in research, creativity and community - building a mindset that will help you solve problems for life.
You’re here at a particularly transformational time. The Harold Alfond Foundation’s $240 million grant to the University of Maine System includes $90 million for Black Bear athletic facilities, $75 million for a statewide Maine College of Engineering, Computing and Information Science, $55 million for the Maine Graduate and Professional Center, and $20 million for student success and retention.
We’re dedicated to advancing the state and the planet with inspired teaching, meaningful research, and caring outreach. We strive to be engaged, thoughtful citizens. And throughout the pandemic, our researchers have met that goal. They’ve demonstrated ingenuity as they mobilized to help people, benefit the greater good and boost the economy in Maine.
For more than 150 years, UMaine has welcomed and championed trailblazers. Some conduct consequential research from the bottom of the oceans to the top of Mount Everest, and into space. Others design and build America’s infrastructure, write bestsellers, advance aquaculture and climate change adaptation, earn Olympic medals, develop potato varieties, win Tony Awards, and serve in the U.S. Senate.
I look forward to seeing which course you’ll set and all that you’ll do as a Black Bear!