As you narrow your college choices, look at the facts and take an apples-to-apples approach. Knowledge is power.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1

The University of Maine at Farmington’s low student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll work closely with your professors. You’ll receive personal attention from outstanding faculty. They’ll get to know you and you’ll get to know them.

Average Class Size: just 17 Students

UMF prides itself on small classes where students receive individual attention and ideas are exchanged among people who know each other by name.

  • Percent of classes with fewer than 20 students: 63%
  • Percent of classes with 50 or more students: 1%

Number of Teaching Assistants: 0

UMF puts an emphasis on hiring full-time faculty to teach. We don’t use teaching assistants or graduate students to teach our classes. (This is not the case at many universities.)

Here, you’ll be taught by real faculty members — professionals who are dedicated to teaching and have a keen interest in your academic success.


Freshman Retention Rate: 74%

The higher the proportion of freshman students who return the following year as a sophomore and eventually graduate, the better a school is apt to be at offering the classes and services that students need to succeed. UMF’s Freshman Retention Rate is typically among the highest, if not the highest, in the University of Maine System.

Graduation Rate: 6yr 56%  |  5yr 54%  |  4yr 44%

The Graduation Rate indicates the average proportion of a graduating class earning a degree in six years or less. The six year rate is the most commonly used Graduation Rate indicator. Similarly, UMF’s Graduation Rate is typically among the highest, if not the highest, in the University of Maine System.


Who Are UMF Students?

Number of Students:

  • Full-Time Undergraduate Headcount: 1,662
  • Full-Time Undergraduate Equivalent (FTE): 1,576


  • Women: 65%
  • Men: 35%

High School Class Ranking:

  • Percent of Fall 2016 class who were in the Top Quarter of their high school graduating class: 42%
  • Percent of Fall 2016 class who were in the Top Half of their high school graduating class: 79%

Where They Live:

  • Freshmen (First-Year students) residing on campus: 86%
  • All students residing on campus: 50%

Where They’re From:

  • Maine 84%
  • Other US States 15%
  • International 1%

Where in Maine?

All 16 Counties.

Top 5 Maine Counties:

  • Kennebec County  239
  • Cumberland County  2229
  • Franklin County  181
  • Androscoggin County  157
  • York County  129


Top 5 Non-Maine States:

  • Massachusetts  100
  • New Hampshire  70
  • Connecticut  46
  • Vermont  29
  • Rhode Island  13

Top 5 International Countries:

  • Somalia
  • Rwanda
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • All others incl. Albania, Benin, Cameroon, Canada, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Great Britain, Liberia, Nigeria

Percent of Full-Time, Degree-Seeking Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%

Approximately 98% of all full-time, first-year, degree-seeking University of Maine at Farmington students receive some form of financial assistance: scholarships, federal aid, merit scholarships, loans, institutional aid, student employment, etc.

Current George Mitchell Scholarship Recipients: 40
Past George Mitchell Scholarship Recipients: 120

Since U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell founded the prestigious Mitchell Scholarship Program in 1995, more than $8.5 million has been awarded in scholarship assistance to more than 1,900 students in Maine. UMF is honored to have 40 Mitchell Scholars currently enrolled, and more than 120 Mitchell Scholar alumni — giving UMF the highest number of Mitchell Scholars / Alumni per capita of any Maine college and university. Mitchell Scholars are selected for their academic promise, financial need and history of community service.

Bright From the Start: The Best Educators Begin at Farmington.

  • Since 2006 seven UMF Education graduates have been named Maine Teacher of the Year.
  • Maine 2017 Teacher of the Year, Tammy Ranger ’99, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2017 Elementary Principal of the Year, Jennifer McGee ’86, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2015 Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Dorman ’93, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2015 Elementary School Principal of the Year, Tracy Williams ’82, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • Maine 2014 Elementary School Principal of the Year, Melanie Ellsworth ’84, is a UMF Education graduate.
  • UMF graduates have been named Teacher of the Year in other states, as well (NH, VT, to name a few).


  • UMF Education graduates have received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
  • UMF Education graduates received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Educator Award.
  • UMF Education graduates have been named Maine History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehman Institute of America.
  • A UMF Education graduate is an Adult Space Camp graduate and earned certification at the Google Teacher Academy in London.
  • A UMF Education graduate received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award.
  • A UMF Education graduate received the prestigious 2014 Apple Design Award at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference.
  • UMF was featured as a Great Teaching School in 2015 and 2014.