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.


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. UMF majors in personal attention.

Average Class Size: 17 Students

Here, you’re treated like a person, not a number. 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%

Average Freshman Retention Rate: 75%

UMF’s freshman retention rate (the percentage of freshman students who return the following year as a sophomore) is typically among the highest (if not the highest) in the University of Maine System. Retention is usually interpreted as an indicator of student satisfaction.

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

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Who Are UMF Students?

Number of Students:

  • Full-Time Undergraduate Headcount: 1,665
  • Full-Time Undergraduate Equivalent (FTE): 1,624

Women-to-Men: 

  • Women: 65%
  • Men: 35%

High School class Ranking:

  • Percent of incoming Fall 2014 class who were in the top quarter of their high school graduating class: 49%
  • Percent of incoming Fall 2014 class who were in the top half of their high school graduating class: 76%

Where They Live:

  • Freshmen (First-Year students) residing on campus: 93%
  • All students residing on campus: 49%

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Where They’re From:

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

Where in Maine?

All 16 Counties.

Top 5 Maine Counties:

  • Kennebec County  231
  • Cumberland County  195
  • Franklin County  130
  • Androscoggin County  117
  • Oxford County  95

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Top 5 Non-Maine States:

  • Massachusetts  81
  • New Hampshire  60
  • Connecticut  40
  • Rhode Island  25
  • New York  14

Top 5 International Countries:

  • Somalia
  • Rwanda
  • Canada
  • Congo
  • All others incl, Japan, Hong Kong, India, China, Germany, Jamaica, Great Britain, Ethiopia, and more

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.

UMF is renowned for producing the best and brightest teachers

  • 5 of the past 7 Maine “Teacher of the Year” recipients have been UMF Education graduates, including 2015 Teacher of the Year Jennifer Dorman ’93
  • 3 of the 4  2015 Maine Teacher of the Year finalists were UMF Education graduates
  • 3 UMF Education graduates received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • 2 UMF Education graduates received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Educator Award
  • 2 UMF Education graduates have been named Maine History Teacher of the Year
  • 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.