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, and our world-class faculty are here to empower you and help you succeed.
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.
With more than 90 majors and more than 100 programs, there are countless ways in which you can connect your passions and your professional goals here. I hope that you take advantage of the breadth and depth of the state’s only R1 research university.
Experiential learning is key to who we are, and for many of you, immersive opportunities begin in the first year with our new Research Learning Experience. RLEs are focused on education through creation, with students engaged in research, creativity, and community, and building a mindset that will help you solve problems for life.
With so much to explore on our two university campuses and throughout Maine, I encourage you to dive in right away - literally! Scuba dive in the Gulf of Maine and paddle the Penobscot. Write a play and see it performed on stage. Tour with the University Singers. Hike Katahdin, explore the Cutler Coast, or join the eSports club. Visit the Multicultural Center. Hone your reporting skills at The Maine Campus. Get involved in our local community. Serve in Student Government. Intern in Augusta and Washington, D.C.
For almost 160 years, UMaine has welcomed and championed trailblazers. We’re dedicated to advancing the state and the planet with inspired teaching, meaningful research, and caring outreach. We want you to be prepared for success in your career and in life.
At UMaine, you define tomorrow. I look forward to sharing this journey with you and seeing all that you’ll do as a Black Bear! We are so proud to have you here.