Knowledge is power. The more you know about a college, the better. And the more you know about the University of Maine at Farmington, all the better.

When considering different colleges, we believe it’s wise to look at schools apples-to-apples whenever possible. Compare schools’ graduation rates, freshman retention rates, student-to-faculty ratios, average classroom size, etc. To that end, we present some important facts about UMF.


Average Class Size: 18 Students

Here, you’re treated like a person, not a number. The University of Maine at Farmington 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 20 or fewer students: 70%.
  • Percent of classes with 50 or more students: less than 1%.

At UMF we major in personal attention.

Average Graduation Rate: 62%

In 2010 UMF had the highest six-year graduation rate in the University of Maine System. The University of Maine at Farmington has had the highest graduation rate in the UMaine System four of the past five years.

UMF’s 62% graduation rate is significantly better than the national average for four-year public universities (43%). It is also better than the national average for four-year private colleges (58%).

Average Freshman Retention Rate: 73%

UMF’s freshman retention rate (the percentage of freshman students who return the following year) is typically among the highest in the University of Maine System.

UMF’s 73% freshman retention rate is not only better than the national average for four-year public universities (66%) it’s also better than the national average for four-year private colleges (69%). And our 73% freshman retention rate is even stronger when compared to the national average for community colleges (55%).

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-1

At UMF, our 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. (This is a good thing!)

Percent of Faculty Who Are Full-Time: 87%

UMF puts an emphasis on hiring full-time faculty to teach. Why? Because we feel that students benefit more from full-time faculty, those who have a passion and dedication for teaching and a keen interest in their students’ success. While we use some part-time faculty to teach some classes, the vast majority of University of Maine at Farmington classes – even introductory classes – are taught by full-time faculty.

Number of Teaching Assistants (grad students who teach classes): 0

UMF does not use graduate assistants to teach our classes. Here, you’ll be taught by faculty members, knowledgeable, dedicated professionals whose passion is teaching – even in introductory courses. This is not the case at all universities.

Current George Mitchell Scholarship Recipients: 36
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 36 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.

Maine’s “Teacher of the Year”: 4 of the past 6 yrs

UMF produces the best and brightest teachers. Four of the past six Maine “Teacher of the Year” recipients have been University of Maine at Farmington Education graduates. UMF graduates have been named Teacher of the Year in other states, as well (N.H., Vt., to name a few).

Percent of Full-Time, Degree-Seeking Students Receiving Financial Aid: 90%

Approximately 90% of all full-time, 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.

Passage Rates for Licensure Exams (PRAXIS): 100%

UMF requires Education students to pass the PRAXIS I licensure exam in order to enroll in upper-level education courses and the PRAXIS II licensure exam in order to student teach and complete their degree program.

Faculty Who Have Been Named Fulbright Scholars: 11

UMF was recognized as a 2012 Fulbright Scholar “top producer” by the Institute of International Education and the Fulbright Program’s sponsor, the U.S. Dept. of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of the prestigious Fulbright award are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

The Earning Power of a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (over an Associate’s degree or less)

To underscore the value of a Bachelor’s degree, consider the 2012 U.S. Median Weekly Earnings by Educational Attainment:

  • Less than a high school diploma: $471 / week
  • High school diploma but no college: $652 / week
  • Associate’s degree or some college: $785 / week
  • Bachelor’s degree: $1,066 / week
  • Master’s degree: $1,300 / week
  • Professional degree or higher: $1,735 / week

Data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for those aged 25 and over.