Nationally Recognized As An Outstanding College Value

The University of Maine at Farmington was recognized as the top Maine college in Washington Monthly’s 2015 “Best Bang for the Buck rankings.

Of more than 400 public and private colleges in the northeast ranked in Washington Monthly’s “The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You,” UMF is ranked number 14 overall, skyrocketing up from 151 place in three short years.

This annual publication compares more than 1,500 colleges in five geographic regions throughout the U.S. and ranks them on best value based on “net” price, graduation rate and students’ post-graduate earning ability to pay off their student loans.  See more here (pdf). Farmington was also named one of the publication’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in 2014 and 2013.

UMF was named a 2016 “Top 100 School” by Educate To Career. Farmington was the highest raked college in Maine — public or private (#39 nationally, up from #52) and the only school in Maine in the Top 100.

Educate To Career is a neutral, non-profit organization that examines the career outcomes of college graduates. It is designed to enable high school students and their parents to make informed, objective college and career planning decisions by focusing on college costs and the graduation outcomes of college students.

Educate To Career analyzes data from 1,182 colleges, representing 94% of all students enrolled in 4 year institutions.

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 small consortium of 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 2016 U.S.News “Best College” (Top Public Regional Colleges – North). It was named a U.S.News Best College 18 times since 1998.

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).

Outstanding Faculty

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 approximately 1,800 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.

Wireless Computing

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.

School Mascot

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.

School Colors

Maroon and White. Although UMF is also known for being quite “Green,” as in environmentally-friendly.

Campus Vibe

The University of Maine at Farmington is a close-knit, laid-back, accepting kind of place. We take our academics – not ourselves – seriously.

Fully Accredited

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 13-to-1. You’ll get to know your profs and they’ll get to know you. (This is a good thing.)

Good Eats

Managed by industry leader Sodexo, UMF’s on-campus dining services is simply outstanding.

Maine-grown, locally-sourced food; traditional American cuisine; international dishes; deli offerings; custom-made, right before your eyes stir-fry meals; hot off-the-grill items; popular vegetarian varieties; fresh-tossed, low-fat options; creative pizzas, even five star festive meals and monotony breakers. And all of it is top quality.

All this, plus a variety of meal plan options, places our campus dining experience a step above.

Financial Aid

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.