An Outstanding College Value
The University of Maine at Farmington was named a “Best Best Bang for the Buck” college by Washington Monthly magazine, coming in at number 14 nationally in the baccalaureate colleges category — one of only two New England schools in the ranking’s Top 20.
It’s true. UMF has a well-earned reputation for doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain a marketable degree at an affordable price.
The University of Maine at Farmington was also recognized by U.S.News & World Report in 2012 and 2013 as a “Great School at Great Price.” According to U.S.News, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. UMF, Bowdoin, Bates and Colby colleges were the only Maine schools named to the list.
Simply put, UMF is a tremendous college value.
A Nationally Recognized Public Liberal Arts College
The University of Maine at Farmington has long been known for academic excellence. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a consortium of 27 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada dedicated to the advancement of high-quality, public liberal arts education in a student-centered, residential environment. In addition, UMF was named a U.S.News “Best College” for 16 consecutive years (1998-2013).
Maine’s Premier Teacher Preparation School
UMF is one of only three nationally accredited teacher education programs in Maine. Our graduates are well-prepared teachers because they have a strong foundation in the arts and sciences; a deep understanding of the learner, the learning process and effective teaching practices; and a great deal of classroom experience beginning in their first or second year of the program. In fact, four of the past six Maine “Teacher of the Year” recipients have been UMF Education graduates (2013, 2011, 2010, 2009). And UMF graduates have been named Teacher of the Year in other states as well (N.H., Vt., to name a few).
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. Currently, UMF has 11 UMF faculty members who have been named Fulbright Scholars. 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.
Comfortable Number of Students
The University of Maine at Farmington enrolls approximately 1,900 full-time students. This small number ensures you’ll get small classes, personal attention, and a great student-to-faculty ratio. You’ll get to know everyone here and everyone will know you.
Small, Personal Classes
Our average classroom size is pretty small, only about 18 students per classroom, which encourages close student and professor interaction and collaboration. And we do not use grad students to teach our classes.
Men and Women
Our student body is split about 66% women / 34% men.
Of course. Around here we LIVE for snow. Farmington is in ski country, after all. We’re closer to more world-class ski areas (Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback) than any college in Maine. If you ride or ski, there’s no better place to be.
UMF went wireless years before it was cool. Here, you’ll have fast wireless Internet access everywhere on campus, in every building and outdoors: residence hall rooms, inside the library, outside the library, in the cafeteria, in classrooms, in the gym, in the Art Gallery, on the campus green, and of course in the Computer Center — not just in certain academic buildings like some colleges do. Everywhere.
The Beaver (genus Castor). Yes, the furry, bucktoothed, paddle-tailed rodent is our school mascot and namesake of our athletics teams.
From Maine & Beyond
Although our students come from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and across the northeast, around 80% are from Maine.
Maroon and White. Although UMF is also known for being quite “Green,” as in environmentally-friendly.
The University of Maine at Farmington is a close-knit, laid-back, accepting kind of place. We take our academics – not ourselves – seriously.
The University of Maine at Farmington is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Close Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Around 14-to-1. You’ll get to know your profs and they’ll get to know you. (This is a good thing.)
Managed by industry leader ARAMARK, UMF’s on-campus dining services is simply outstanding. Special “festive meals,” gluten-free and vegan options, home-style classics, made-to-order offerings and different meal plan options are some of the things that set our campus dining experience apart.
Approximately 90% of all full-time, degree-seeking UMF students receive some form of financial assistance: scholarships, federal aid, merit scholarships, loans, institutional aid, student employment, etc., and our Financial Aid Office staff has been recognized as one of the best in Maine.