Farmington (zip 04938) is nestled at the foothills of the mountains in western Maine — a safe, laid-back place where skiers and riders hang with artists and writers.

Our spectacular lakes & mountains location in Maine combines the perfect mix of the active outdoor lifestyle with the arts and smarts of a small college town.

The town of Farmington (pop. 7,500) is world famous as the birthplace of Chester Greenwood, inventor of the earmuff. The campus is located in downtown Farmington, just a short walk away from a good number of coffee shops, funky stores, restaurants, banks, bookstores, a multi-screen movie theater and a whole lot more.

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Want to take a quiet walk downtown at night for dinner and a movie? Go out for some Italian? A pizza? A veggie wrap? Hot fudge sundae? Amazing soup? A large mochaccino and a big breakfast bagel? It’s all right downtown.

And yes, Farmington also has a Wal-Mart, Hannaford supermarket, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell / KFC, McDonald’s, BK, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Olympia Sports, and other big names you recognize. And UMF runs a regular shuttle service out to Walmart and Hannaford.

Get Your Outdoors On

If you’re into the active outdoor lifestyle, this is the perfect place to be. Clip on your student discount lift ticket, toss your twin-tips on the roof rack and plow up to Sugarloaf (or Saddleback or Sunday River) for the day or drive a just 10  minutes from campus and ski Farmington’s Titcomb Mountain.

And speaking of Titcomb Mountain, all full-time UMF students can now ski or snowboard for FREE at Titcomb. That’s right. Thanks to a generous donation from Sunday River and Sugarloaf ski resorts, free skiing and snowboarding is available 10 minutes from campus. And next year, free skiing and snowboarding lessons will be added to the mix.

So go hike Bigelow Mountain or nearby Mount Blue State Park. Mountain bike miles of nearby trails. Paddle our nearby lakes and rivers. Fly-fish the Farmington’s Sandy River and nearby Clearwater Lake and Wilson Lake.

Love of the Arts

The Farmington area is also considered the cultural center of the region. With an active community of poets, writers, artists, dancers and musicians, there’s usually something cool going on in the area.

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This area — and the campus — is really big into the arts, presenting concerts, plays, book-signings, art exhibits, and more … and they’re always well-attended. There’s so much to do around here!