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 2015 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 2015. It garnered the #5 spot Public Regional Colleges – North, #18 overall. In addition, UMF was rated one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S.News 17 times since 1998.

A 2014 “Best Bang for the Buck” College
— Washington Monthly

The University of Maine at Farmington was named a 2014 “Best Bang for the Buck” college by Washington Monthly magazine. Washington Monthly recognizes colleges and universities that do not cater to affluent students and ranks them based on affordability. The magazine evaluated approximately 1,700 schools and selected 349 to highlight based on criteria that reward schools that do well with students from lower-income families.

A 2014 “Top 100 School”
— Educate To Career

Educate To Career (ETC) 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 the graduation outcomes of college students. Educate To Career analyzes data from more than 1,200 colleges, representing 94% of all students enrolled in 4 year institutions.

Identified as a 2014-15 “College of Distinction”
Colleges of Distinction e-Guide (2014)

The Colleges of Distinction e-Guide recognizes schools that have demonstrated their dedication to the Colleges of Distinction’s core values: engaged students, great teaching, and vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

It identifies colleges 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 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 2013.


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.