Over the years, the University of Maine at Farmington has earned a national reputation for excellence, gaining stature as one of the finest state-supported liberal arts colleges in the northeastern U.S.

A 2016 U.S.News Best College
— U.S.News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was named a Best College by U.S.News & World Report (Top Regional Public Colleges – North) for 2016. It garnered the #6 spot Public Regional Colleges – North, #19 overall. UMF was rated one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S.News 18 times since 1998.

A 2015 “Best Bang for the Buck” College
— Washington Monthly

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,” Farmington is ranked number 14 overall, skyrocketing up from 151 place in three short years.

UMF has been named a Best Bang for the Buck College in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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).

A 2016 Top 100 School
— Educate To Career

Farmington was named a 2016 “Top 100 School” by Educate To Career. UMF 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.

According to Educate to Career, “Many brand-name colleges are better at picking winners than they are at creating them, whereas our outcomes-focused methodology rates colleges based upon their demonstrated ability to improve the earnings and employability of students.”

“Public, state colleges are particularly adept at graduating students who land good jobs, and are unburdened by excessive loan balances. In our view, this is how the college education system is supposed to function,” said Educate to Career.

A 2015 Top “Contribution to the Public Good” College
— Washington Monthly

The University of Maine at Farmington also recognized in Washington Monthly’s 2015 College Guide for its Contribution to the Public Good, ranking 52 out of nearly 350 baccalaureate colleges around the U.S.

Farmington has appeared in their Contribution to the Public Good ranking each year since 2010.

This distinction is based on three, equally-weighted categories: helping low-income students attend and graduate from college, producing cutting-edge scholarship, and encouraging students to give back to their country.

Featured as a Great Teaching School
— Newsweek.com (2014)

According to Newsweek’s Great Teaching Colleges 2014, the role and importance of a teacher it is all too easy to overlook. Teachers are responsible for planning their lessons according to the latest curriculum, making lessons interactive to help students absorb information better, and understanding each of their student’s needs in terms of what suits them and finding teaching methods that work best accordingly.


Newsweek acknowledges teachers not only educate students in formal classroom settings, but also facilitate and supervise students outside the classroom: during field trips, extracurricular activities, even organizing school events such as prom nights or parent-teacher meetings.

A 2014 Top Green College
— Princeton Review Guide to 332 Green Colleges (2014)
The U.S. Green Building Council

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges profiles institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges evaluates colleges and universities on their environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. It is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide that focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability. UMF made the Top Green College list in 2014, 2013 and 2012.


A 2014-15 50 Great Affordable Eco-Friendly College
— Best Choice Schools.com

The University of Maine at Farmington was named a 2014-15 50 Great Affordable Eco-Friendly College by Best Choice Schools.com, a noted college search website. It reviewed more than 300 universities across the U.S., and selected just 50 fifty it believes to be the very best eco-friendly schools under $25,000 a year.

Best Choice Schools.com recognized UMF’s LEED-certified campus buildings and its Sustainable Campus coalition, which initiates a number of projects to encourage campus sustainability.

A 2014 College of Distinction
— Colleges of Distinction e-Guide (2014)

The Colleges of Distinction e-Guide recognizes schools that are: nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school; strongly focused on teaching undergraduates – places where students are taught by real professors, not by graduate students or teaching assistants; home to a variety of innovative learning experiences – study abroad and scientific research, service-learning and internships, exciting hands-on programs; offer opportunities for personal development – true residential communities, not suitcase colleges that shut down at 5pm; are highly valued by graduate schools and employers for outstanding preparation – schools that have a track record of successful graduates.

A  2013 Best Value School
— U.S.News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was recognized by U.S.News as a “Great Schools at Great Prices” two consecutive years (2012, 2013).

A 2013 4-Star Rating
— Campus Pride Index, advocacy group for LGBTQ college students

The University of Maine at Farmington received a 4-star rating from Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities.


The Campus Pride Index tool examines eight LGBTQ-friendly factors: LGBTQ policy inclusion, LGBTQ support & institutional commitment, LGBTQ academic life,  LGBTQ student life, LGBTQ housing, LGBTQ campus safety, LGBTQ counseling & health, and LGBTQ recruitment and retention efforts.