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.
16 Years Named a “Best College”
— U.S.News & World Report (1998-2013)
The University of Maine at Farmington has been named a “Best College” by U.S.News & World Report for 16 consecutive years (1998-2013) even though UMF chooses not to participate in the publication’s reputation survey.
Aside from that portion, we believe the annual college guide can be a useful tool in helping you pare down your list of potential schools and help you learn a lot about a college and possibly to compare schools’ statistics: graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratios, freshman retention rates, average class sizes, and more.
The U.S.News guidebook can also help you discover less well-known schools – colleges you may not have heard about, but which may be a perfect fit for you.
2 Years Named a “Best Value School”
— U.S.News & World Report (2012, 2013)
The University of Maine at Farmington was also recognized by U.S.News as one of its “Great Schools at Great Prices” two consecutive years.” According to U.S.News, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.
The University of Maine at Farmington, Bowdoin, Bates and Colby colleges were the only Maine schools named to the U.S.News list of Best Value Schools.
“A Top Green College”
— Princeton Review Guide to 322 Green Colleges (2013)
The U.S. Green Building Council
The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 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. It is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide that focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability.
Princeton Review tallies a Green Rating for each school, based on data from a 50-question survey it conducts among hundreds of school administrators about their school’s environmental and sustainability-related commitments and initiatives.
The rating, on a scale of 60-99, provides a comprehensive measure of a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution.
Specifically, the Princeton Review Green Rating considers:
- Whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable.
- How environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.
- 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.
A Fulbright Scholar “Top Producer”
— Institute of International Education and U.S. Dept. of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2012)
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.
The renowned Fulbright Program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Since its inception, it has provided almost 300,000 participants – 111,000 from the U.S. – with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program operates in 155 countries worldwide.
A “4-Star Rating”
— Campus Pride Index, advocacy group for LGBTQ college students (2013)
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.