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.


#4 Top Public Regional Colleges – North
— 2018 U.S.News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was named the #4 U.S.News & World Report Top Regional Public College – North for 2018. Farmington was also the #8 Top Regional College – North overall, a category that includes public and private colleges.

The category Regional Colleges – North includes schools that focus on the undergraduate experience across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

UMF has been rated one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S.News 20 times since 1998.

#6 Best College Value, Regional Colleges – North
— 2018 U.S.News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was also rated the #6 U.S.News Best Value School – Regional Colleges – North for 2018.

Farmington is the highest ranked public college or university in this region’s Best College Value category.

The category Regional Colleges – North includes schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland that focus on the undergrad experience.

#3 Best College for Veterans, Regional Colleges – North
— 2018 U.S.News & World Report

In addition, U.S.News ranked the University of Maine at Farmington #3 Best School for Veterans – Regional Colleges – North for 2018. The category Regional Colleges – North provides military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help veterans make pursuing a college education more affordable.

A Hidden Northeast Gem School
— 2018 College Raptor

College Raptor named the University of Maine at Farmington one of its 2018 “Hidden Gem” schools. College Raptor bases its selections on factors such as the number of applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, school size, endowment per student, selectivity and other metrics.

The Hidden Gems in the Northeast category includes schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, D.C., West Virginia and Maryland. Other Hidden Gems in the Northeast include Trinity College, Wellesley College, Salve Regina Univ., Bryn Mawr College, Hobart William Smith College, Connecticut College, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., among others.

A Top 50 Best Value Public University for Out-of-State Students
— 2017 Affordable Colleges.com

Farmington was named a 2017 Top 50 Most Affordable Public School for Out-of-State Students by Affordable Colleges.com. The online guide recognizes public universities that provide students with an opportunity to get a high quality education far from home at an in-state price. Others in the Top 50 include Univ. North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Univ. Texas – Austin, Univ. Florida, Texas A&M, among others.

A Top 100 Best Value College
— 2017 Educate To Career

Farmington was named a 2017 Top 100 Best Value School by Educate To Career. UMF was the highest raked college in Maine — public or private (#96 nationally). The Educate To Career highlights schools that have excelled at graduating students on a timely basis and preparing them for the workforce. It ranks colleges based on the added value that they bring to their graduates in terms of the increase in employability and the earnings their grads derive from attending the college.

A Top Green College
— 2017 Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges provides a comprehensive measure of a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution.

Specifically, it includes:

  • Whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable
  • How well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities
  • How environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.

UMF made the Princeton Review Top Green College list in 2017, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

A Strong 4-Star Rating
— 2016 Campus Pride

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.

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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.

A Top “Contribution to the Public Good” College
— 2016 Washington Monthly

The University of Maine at Farmington was also recognized in the top 100 in Washington Monthly’s 2016 College Guide for its Contribution to the Public Good, ranking 48 out of nearly 350 baccalaureate colleges surveyed across the U.S.

Washington Monthly rates schools based on their Contribution to the Public Good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Farmington has been recognized for its Contribution to the Public Good each year since 2010.

Featured as a Great Teaching School
— 2015-2016 Newsweek.com

According to Newsweek’s Great Teaching Colleges 2015-16, 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.

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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.

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A Great Affordable Eco-Friendly College
— 2014-2015 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 College of Distinction
— 2014 Colleges of Distinction e-Guide

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.