Sep 25, 2023  
2023-2024 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog


Admission to the University of Maine is selective.  The University seeks candidates whose academic credentials, scholastic achievement and motivation indicate promise for success in its programs. Applications from prospective degree candidates are considered without regard to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, handicap or age. The University of Maine belongs to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and as such subscribes to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice.

Visiting the Campus

All prospective students are encouraged to visit the University of Maine for a Campus Tour and Admissions Welcome. Campus Tours and Admissions Welcome are typically offered weekly Monday- Saturday. In addition to daily tours, numerous open houses and other programs are also offered. To learn more or to schedule a visit, please visit our web page at  or contact the Office of Admission toll-free at (207) 581-1561.

Academic Entrance Requirements

Academic course requirements for admission to the University of Maine are established by each of the five undergraduate colleges. Students are expected to complete a college preparatory curriculum with well-developed skills in writing, reading comprehension, reasoning, mathematics, the natural sciences, history and social sciences, foreign languages and the fine arts. Applicants are reviewed for entrance into the first choice major selected on the application, or second choice major if the student is not eligible for admission to her/his first choice. Please visit Academic Requirements for Admission  for specific course requirement information.

Candidates no longer in high school who have not completed requirements to earn a high school diploma must provide an official copy of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or the HiSET test results as approved by the Department of Education.

Applying for Admission

Candidates are encouraged to apply electronically by visiting our undergraduate admission website at Application forms are also available to download from the website and may be available in many high school guidance offices, or by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admission by calling toll-free at 207-581-1561, or by e-mail at The University of Maine accepts the following forms of application: Common Application, ApplyMaine Application and Mobile Friendly App.

Permanent Resident Candidates

Candidates who are permanent residents of the United States, and hold a resident alien card issued by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, must submit their A number (at the time of application.)  This is required to document the candidate’s status with the I.N.S. Permanent residents should use the regular undergraduate application. Other international applicants should refer to the section on International Admission. Permanent residents for whom English is not their first language may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a similar test. This requirement will be evaluated on a case by case basis depending upon the number of years the student has lived in the United States and fluency in the English language.

Permanent residents will be notified if a TOEFL is required after their application has been received.

Early Action Admission Program

Students wishing to participate in UMaine’s non-binding Early Action Admission Program for the upcoming fall semester should have a completed application on file in the Office of Admission or postmarked by December 1st . Decisions will be made by the end of January.  Early Action candidates will be given preference for highly selective majors, Honors College review and merit scholarships that are awarded by the Office of Admission.

Regular Admission and Recommended Filing Dates

The Office of Admission reviews fall applications received after December 1st , early action candidates deferred to the regular admission process and spring applications on a modified rolling basis as long as space is available. First-year applicants for fall semester entrance applying through the regular admission process are encouraged to submit a complete application by March 1st to receive full consideration for financial aid and campus housing. Transfer applications for the fall semester are encouraged to apply by February 1st to facilitate early course registration and by June 1st for full consideration for financial aid and housing. Spring semester applicants should apply by January 1st . It is to the applicant’s advantage to apply as early as possible in the admission cycle.

Admission Condition

Candidates approved for admission prior to the completion of their current academic work are accepted contingent upon successful completion of all academic work and the receipt of an official transcript of grades. Final high school transcripts must contain the date of high school graduation. The University reserves the right to rescind a decision if the applicant fails to graduate from high school (or its equivalent), or if the student’s academic performance fails to meet university admission standards.

Admission Categories

First-year Students

A graduating high school student (regardless of number of college credits taken while in high school) or a high school graduate or GED recipient who has attempted fewer than 12 college credits after graduation and is applying to a four year bachelors degree program.

In addition to the admission application, students must submit official high school transcripts complete through the most recent set of grades available at the time the application is submitted and an official letter of recommendation from their high school, usually from the guidance counselor.  Students offered admission are required to submit their final high school transcript, complete with date of graduation, as soon as it is available, to complete their admission application.

Home-schooled students must submit the above listed necessary documents, replacing the high school transcript with a listing and description of coursework completed and competency level achieved. Home-schooled applicants are encouraged to submit official results from the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or HiSET test results to certify the completion of high school or its equivalent.  Those who choose not to submit the GED must submit detailed course descriptions (including texts and curriculum used).

Standardized Test Policy

First year candidates  have the option of submitting their results on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).  The University will consider only the highest standardized test scores from the combined SAT Evidence-Based Reading; Writing and Mathematics tests or the ACT composite score.  The highest individual test results for the SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing test and the SAT Mathematics test will be used from the same or multiple test administrations to create the highest composite SAT score. Because only the highest scores are used, candidates are encouraged to submit all test results from all test administrations.  When reporting test score information for the incoming class, UMaine reports only the test scores (SAT or ACT) that were used in the admission decision and not all test scores submitted by an applicant.   

Transfer Applicants

Candidates applying for transfer from other colleges or universities are encouraged to apply by January 1st for spring admission and February 1st for fall admission to allow for ample processing time.  Spring applications received after January 1st and fall applications received after June 1st will be reviewed on a space available basis. Generally, students who have earned a grade point average of at least a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale from accredited colleges or universities, and have met academic course requirements, are considered for transfer admission. Exceptions to this standard may include candidates who have completed only a minimal level of college coursework and/or present a marginal high school record, and students applying to selected programs in the University having limited space or more competitive entrance criteria.

Along with the application, transfer students must submit an official final high school transcript showing date of graduation and official transcripts of all attempted college-level coursework. Transfer credit is awarded through the dean’s office of the college to which the student has been admitted. Please refer to the Transfer Credit section in this catalog for complete information on the University’s policies for awarding transfer credit.

Students who are unable to obtain an official transcript(s) due to financial indebtedness at other colleges or universities will not be considered for admission until such documents have been received. Students seeking admission after a dismissal or suspension from other institutions must include with their applications written petitions that provide clear and convincing reasons to justify admission and information that would negate the likelihood of a repetition of the conduct or conditions which led to the dismissals or suspensions.

New Media

First year and transfer admission to the New Media Program is available for qualified candidates for all “year-one” students. Continuing status and admission to upper-level classes is, however, limited and highly competitive. A “year-one” student is any student, regardless of number of credits earned, who has not taken all required first year courses in New Media and/or whose portfolio has not been approved by the New Media faculty.

All entering first year students will, at the end of their first year sequence (May of each year), present a portfolio to the New Media faculty for review. Transfer students, including those changing majors, may submit a portfolio at any time, either after taking the first year sequence, or at an earlier time if they choose. Each student’s work will be evaluated and the student will be granted or denied continuing status on the basis of academic, artistic and technical merit. If granted continuing status, students will then be allowed to take intermediate and advanced level classes in New Media.

All “year-one” students denied continuing status will be given a written review of the submitted portfolio, so that if they choose, they may work to improve the portfolio and reapply to the New Media Program. Any “year one” student who is denied continuing status may continue to take 100 level NMD classes, courses in related areas, and open enrollment NMD classes, but will not be allowed to take core, intermediate and upper level new media classes. A student may reapply for continuing status one additional time in the next year. Students who are not awarded continuing status in the New Media Program may enroll in another program at the university provided they meet program requirements.

Nursing Transfer Students

A student transferring from a baccalaureate nursing program to the School of Nursing baccalaureate program is required to provide a letter of reference from a faculty member teaching in the student’s most recently attended completed semester and a statement from the head of the nursing program stating that the student is in good academic standing. These materials are to be mailed directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5713 from the originating institution.  Admission to the nursing program is competitive, based on both the applicant’s credentials and space available in the program.  Admission to the Nursing program is extremely competitive and limited because of restricted space.

College of Education and Human Development Transfer Students for Teaching Certification Programs

Effective January 2008, the College of Education and Human Development requires students who transfer into a teacher certificate program to successfully pass PRAXIS Core, based on the State of Maine requirements, after 1 semester of attendance at UMaine.  Transfer students with 45+ credits not passing PRAXIS Core after one semester will not be allowed to continue in a teacher certificate program.  All transfer students for any College of Education and Human Development program must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission.  Transfer admission is competitive and will be based on achievement in appropriate academic coursework and available test scores.


Former University of Maine degree candidates planning to return to the campus to resume their undergraduate work must first apply for readmission. Since the application process may vary depending on a student’s academic history and intended major, it is advisable to seek instructions from the academic dean of the undergraduate college or the director of the program in which enrollment is sought. Students who have a 2.0 or better cumulative UMaine GPA are normally readmitted to the program they are seeking to enter but readmission is not guaranteed and certain programs have special admission criteria.

Students who have less than a 2.0 cumulative UMaine GPA may be readmitted to their program of choice contingent on previous course work and related factors, or be referred to either the Undergraduate Advising Center in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the Bachelor of University Studies (BUS) program in the Division of Lifelong Learning for information about alternative pathways to completing a UMaine degree. Students will be notified in all cases of the readmission decision.

Requests for re-admittance made fewer than 30 days prior to the start of the semester may not be processed in time to meet a returning student’s academic and student-life needs, meaning that specific classes, housing options, and other services may no longer be available.

Time Limitations for Course Work: Some subject areas have changed dramatically over time. Courses completed 10 or more years before the date on which the student is seeking readmission will be subject to additional review. Courses determined to be missing important material reflecting the current state of knowledge in a given field will not be applied to the student’s degree program upon readmission.


Students who previously applied to the University, but did not enroll within two years of the original date of application, may request a reactivation of their application by completing a  Students must provide official transcripts of all academic work that has been attempted since the application was first filed and a final high school transcript showing the date of graduation if one is not already on file.

Students normally seeking re-admittance to the university less than thirty days prior to the start of the semester may not be processed in time to fully serve the returning student.  Specific classes, housing and other services may not be available as the start of the semester approaches.

Early Admission (high school juniors)

Upon the recommendation of high school principals and guidance counselors, the University will consider candidates prior to high school graduation who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and whose motivation and maturity reflect a strong desire to pursue University degree programs. Candidates must have completed a minimum of three years of college preparatory work in high school and have the option of submitting test results from either the Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I) or the ACT examination. Candidates are requested to arrange an on-campus interview and will also be required to have the support and endorsement of their parents or legal guardians. High school students who enter the University of Maine prior to graduation from high school are not eligible for federally funded financial aid.

Deferred Admission

Approved degree candidates may defer University enrollment for up to one year from the offer of admission. The intent of this delayed degree status is to allow students the opportunity to seek employment as a means of saving funds for college or the opportunity to travel and take a “break” from academic study. Deferred admission is not approved for candidates who enroll at any other college, university, or post-graduate year of secondary school study. Candidates approved for deferred admission will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $300 to confirm their plans to attend the university, which will be held on account by the University Bursar’s Office. The request to defer enrollment must be made in writing to the Office of Admission prior to the beginning of the semester in which the applicant was originally offered admission: August 1st for fall semester enrollment and prior to January 1st for spring semester enrollment.

Deferred Enrollment (Active Military Duty)

The University of Maine participates in the Concurrent Admission Program (ConAP) administered by the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. This option allows eligible soldiers to defer their enrollment at the University while serving active duty enlistment. Requests for military deferred enrollment will be considered on an individual basis. Requests must be made in writing to the Admissions Office and be received by August 1st, for candidates who applied for the fall semester and by January 1st for spring semester candidates.

Accepting the Offer of Admission - Enrollment Deposit

Students accepted to the University of Maine for fall entrance must confirm their plans to attend the University and submit a $150 enrollment deposit by May 1st .  Students choosing to deposit before May 1st may request a refund in writing postmarked no later than May 1st. Deposits are not refundable after May 1st .  Students accepted after May 1st must confirm their plans to attend and submit a non-refundable $150 enrollment deposit within two weeks of notification. The enrollment deposit is credited to the student’s account in the University Bursar’s Office. Students accepted to the University of Maine for the spring semester are requested to submit a $150 non-refundable enrollment deposit by January 1st or two weeks from the date of acceptance if the acceptance is later than January 1st.  Questions about the enrollment deposit should be directed to the Admissions Office.

New England Regional Student Program

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) has established the Regional Student Program (RSP) under which qualified residents of the region may receive reduced tuition rates when attending college in another New England state. The major chosen must be one that is not available in the student’s home state (as approved by the public institution in the home state) and is available for the tuition reduction by the institution the student plans to attend. Students accepted in these programs pay 55% above resident tuition rate rather than the normally charged out-of-state tuition.

Eligible undergraduate programs begin during the student’s first year of enrollment at the University. Current enrolled students who change their major to a regional major must notify the Office of Student Records. Tuition reduction under the program takes effect the semester following notification.

The qualifying (regional) major must be the student’s primary major. To maintain the discounted tuition rate, students must be progressing toward on-time graduation in the given major. Progress will be assessed at the end of each academic year, and students judged not to be making progress in the regional major will be removed from the program and charged full non-resident tuition the following semester. In addition, students who change their major to a non-qualifying major will be charged full non-resident tuition the following semester.

For a current listing of qualifying UMaine majors by state view the New England Regional Student Program Table .  For complete details of the Regional Student Program, visit

International Student Admission

The University of Maine welcomes applications from international students to be considered for degree program admission or conditional admission. The Office of International Programs is the admissions office for undergraduate international applicants. Applicants can find application information and instructions at or at Accepted methods to apply include the Common Application,  or the ApplyMaine Application. The telephone number of the Office of International Programs is (207) 581-3437 and the email address for international admissions questions is

Candidates for degree program admission are required to submit the completed application, official results of approved English language proficiency exam scores (if English is not the candidate’s native language), and official copies of academic transcripts, grade reports, etc., along with a certified English translation. Educational records must include subjects studied by year, grades or percentage earned in year-end examinations, as well as copies of diplomas, degrees or certificates, and a description of the grading system. Applicants can find detailed English proficiency documentation and waiver information at Submitting SAT or ACT scores is suggested but not required. The Office of International Programs notifies students after their application is reviewed and informs them if they are academically admissible to the University. Admitted students must then submit appropriate financial documentation, before immigration documents are issued to them. Required financial documents include copies of bank statements and official affidavits of support that must be less than one year old, as well as completed and signed a financial declaration form. Financial documents must be in English and clearly indicate available funds.  

Transfer students who have studied at schools in the United States for at least two years (in non ESL courses) are not required to submit English proficiency score. Transfer students from outside the U.S. must submit approved English language proficiency exam scores and original educational records, including academic transcripts, grade or mark sheets, diplomas, degrees, certificates, etc.. The Office of International Programs may require admitted transfer students to order an external credential evaluation of their international credentials. Suggested external evaluation agencies are listed on the website of the Office of International Programs at

Conditional admission will be offered to students whose academic background meets regular University of Maine admission standards but their English proficiency falls below the required level for degree program admission. Students will be offered admission to the UMaine Intensive English Institute, an English language preparation program.  More information visit

International applicants are urged to start the admission process early. The Office of International Programs reviews applications on a rolling admissions basis. To ensure on campus room and board availability, the suggested deadline for Fall admission and enrollment confirmation is no later than May 1st.

All applicants are considered for international merit scholarships at the time of application review. No additional scholarship application is required.

International students and their dependents must purchase or provide proof of existing appropriate medical health insurance coverage in the United States that meets limits required by the University of Maine.

The Office of International Programs will not perform transfer credit evaluation of any transcripts from a college or university that were not included in a student’s application for admission.  Students are required to list the names and dates of attendance of all institutions (secondary and post-secondary) they have attended on their application for admission to the University of Maine. Omitting information on previous institutions attended is considered dishonest and a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to which we expect students, even those seeking admission to the University of Maine, to adhere. Students who submit new credentials for transfer credit evaluation, which have not been disclosed during the application process will be referred to the conduct process.

Placement Tests

The department of Mathematics and Statistics administers placement examinations for the purpose of appropriate registration in introductory level mathematics courses. Information about the Mathematics Placement Test is sent to all newly accepted applicants and is available on the UMaine web site. The Department of Modern Languages and Classics offers the Foreign Language Placement Examination for purposes of both placement and credit.  For more information about the Foreign Language Placement Examinations, visit

Advanced Placement (AP)

The University of Maine awards credit for successful completion of most AP exams according to the Advanced Placement Credit Table . Students should request copies of their scores to be sent directly to the Office of Student Records for evaluation and awarding of transfer credit.

Students that receive credit for Foreign Language course equivalent through the Seal of Biliteracy cannot receive credit through the Advanced Placement Examination for the same language.

Division of Lifelong Learning Admission

The University of Maine offers a variety of academic programs through the Division of Lifelong Learning. Courses are taught online, on campus, at selected off-campus sites using distance technology. Categories of enrollment include:

Non-degree Students:
Undergraduate students interested in taking University of Maine courses for personal or professional enrichment are advised to complete and submit the Online Registration Form. This form is not an application form for admission into the University of Maine. A confirmation letter will be sent to the student upon completion of the non-degree course registration form. Please contact the DLL Advising Center for assistance or stop by in person at Chadbourne Hall Rm. 122, for class schedules and registration information.

Non-degree graduate students interested in taking graduate level courses should complete the Graduate non-degree application.

Baccalaureate Students:
The Division of Lifelong Learning offers the Bachelor of University Studies adult completion degree which can be completed fully online or on- campus . Courses are offered during all terms- Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Students who desire additional information about the Bachelor of University Studies may visit or email To apply for admission into UMaine, please visit:

Early College Programs (high school students)
Through a partnership between the Maine Department of Education and the University of Maine, qualified public high school students in Maine may earn up to 12 college credits per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) tuition-free while in high school, and may enroll in course work during fall, spring, and summer terms. In addition, a reduced tuition rate of $138.25 per credit is available to students attending Maine private high schools. The University of Maine is proud to be the first University of Maine System campus to recognize the importance of Early College Programs, including the signature online Academ-e program, Aspirations program (on campus or concurrent enrollment at a high school), and the Bridge Year program (CTE Centers).

In accordance with Maine statute, eligible students include:
Publicly funded high school students
Students who attend a high school or academy classified as a Private Schools Approved for the Receipt of Public Funds and who are not private pay tuition (taxpayer dollars pay tuition for public students to attend these schools such as Fryeburg Academy or Thornton Academy) Homeschool students who have registered with their local school district and the Maine Department of Education

International students who are living with a host family, attending school per a Superintendents agreement, and are NOT paying tuition to that school (for example exchange program students)

The UMaine Early College Program is committed to providing quality teaching and learning, college-level rigor and academic integrity; access and support to under-resourced communities and first-generation students; and multiple layers of support to ensure student success, including a comprehensive orientation experience and academic advising.

For more information: or contact us at: or 207.581.8004.

High School Aspirations Incentive Program

This program provides the opportunity for Maine high school students, who are attending a public Maine high school or a private Maine high school that has been authorized to receive public funds to attend college courses at the University of Maine and is designed to enhance, not replace, the students’ high school curriculum. Tuition waivers (based on available funding) may be available for fall and spring courses.  All registration information and grades earned will become a part of the student’s permanent academic record; all grades earned will be included in the student’s cumulative grade point average at the University of Maine in accordance with academic policy.

The High School Aspirations Incentive Program is designed for traditional Maine high school students who are attending Maine high schools that have been approved to participate in the Aspirations Program and who have reached at least the junior level (or equivalent), have permission from their high school and their parent or guardian, and have a minimum grade point average of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). The program is also open to non-traditional Maine high school students attending approved Maine high schools and who have the approval of an adult education director and/or high school counselor and have a minimum grade point average of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) on their adult education coursework.

Resident students may pay one-half of the in-state tuition cost per credit hour (most courses are three credits) depending on funds available for the program. Out-of- state students attending Maine high schools are eligible to participate, but will be charged based on the out-of- state tuition cost per credit hour. Funding is based on the availability of University financial resources and funding by the Maine State Department of Education.  Courses successfully completed and credits earned may be applied toward a University of Maine undergraduate degree.

Courses may be taken during the fall and spring semesters, only rarely are funds available for summer courses. Approved students who wish to enroll in summer session courses will be charged at the full tuition rate. All students must meet the academic course prerequisites, and registration for classes is subject to space availability. Course selection is limited to classes taught by direct, on-site instruction.

Distance courses such as web based courses, compressed video (CV) and Interactive TV (ITV) are not approved for this program.  Traditional high school students may enroll in a maximum of two courses or six credits, whichever is greater, per semester for their junior and senior years. Adult education students may enroll in a maximum of two courses or six credits, whichever is greater, per semester for up to two semesters only. Financial aid is not available to cover the cost of courses. All registration information and grades will become a part of the student’s permanent academic record, all grades earned will be included in the student’s cumulative grade point average at the University of Maine in accordance with academic policy.

For more information and application material contact the Division of Lifelong Learning (207) 581-3142.

College Level Examination Programs (CLEP)

CLEP is a national program of credit-by- examination that offers the opportunity to obtain recognition for college-level achievement. Personal reading, on-the- job experience, adult education, correspondence or television courses may have prepared you to earn college credit. The faculties of each of the colleges of the University of Maine have adopted policies on the granting of CLEP examinations.

(College Level Examination Program Table  )

If you have already taken one of these tests, submit an official score report to the Office of Student Records.

CLEP Information and Policies

1. The CLEP Testing Center is in 127 East Annex. Inquiries on procedure should be directed to (207) 581-2318. Registering for CLEP Exam may be done online. For more information, visit

Duplicate credit may not be granted.

2. Each department is free to develop or adopt examinations other than CLEP examinations for the purpose of granting credit for specific courses.

Seal of Biliteracy

The University of Maine awards credit for successful certification of a Foreign Language when a student achieves the Seal of Biliteracy.  The Seal of Biliteracy Credit Table  outlines the course equivalents for the certification. Students should ensure that the High School Transcript with the Seal of Biliteracy are submitted when applying for admission to the University of Maine.

Students that receive credit for Foreign Language course equivalent through the Advanced Placement Examination cannot receive credit through the Seal of Biliteracy for the same language.