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.

Named a 2013 “Best Bang for the Buck” College
— Washington Monthly (2013)

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.

The Best Bang for the Buck listing was Washington Monthly’s attempt to address the question, “Is a college degree still worth it?”

According to the magazine, the answer is a qualified yes. “Yes” in the sense that recent college graduates are earning considerably more than those without college degrees and are far less likely to be unemployed. “Qualified” in the sense that if you paid too much for that degree, or didn’t graduate at all, the answer may be no.

That’s especially the case for students from middle- and lower-income families, who don’t have money to burn and for whom a bad bet on the wrong college can mean a five-figure student debt they’ll never escape.

Washington Monthly’s ranking looks at the colleges in America that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

It is a pretty exclusive list: out of the 1,572 colleges and universities in its broader rankings, only 349 made the cut as best-bang-for-the-buck schools. The University of Maine at Farmington came in at #14 in the nation, for its category.

“A 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. It is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide that focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability.


Princeton Review evaluates colleges and universities on their environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. 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 “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.

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.

16 Years Named a USNews “Best College”
— U.S.News & World Report (1998-2013)

The University of Maine at Farmington was named a “Best College” by U.S.News & World Report for 16 consecutive years (1998-2013).

Twice Named a  “Best Value School”
— U.S.News & World Report (2012, 2013)

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