The University of Maine at Farmington is one of Maine’s public universities, a part of the University of Maine System. It is also a founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).

The University of Maine System consists of seven affiliated Universities and 11 University College regional outreach centers. Though each university has a distinct mission, they all share two overarching goals:

  • To provide high-quality, accessible and affordable learning opportunities.
  • To undertake and share creativity, innovation and outreach to improve Maine’s economy and quality of life.

The University of Maine System

Established in 1968, The University of Maine System today offers a variety of academic settings, each with its own style and attitude, each with its own strengths and ways of learning. In addition to the campuses of its seven public universities and its regional outreach centers, there are 75 local ITV sites that deliver distance-education programs.


Key Facts

  • More than 75% of students enrolled in public higher education in Maine attend a University of Maine System institution.
  • The University of Maine System payroll and operating expenditures generate an annual economic impact in Maine of $1.3 billion.
  • More than 40% of Maine residents have visited one of Maine’s public universities in the past two years to attend cultural, athletic, and special events, among other activities.
  • More than 110,000 University of Maine System alumni currently live in Maine — generating $2.5 billion in spending annually.
  • The University of Maine System’s research and development activities include more than 1,000 partnerships and collaborations with public and private enterprise in Maine.

Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)

The University of Maine at Farmington is a founding member of COPLAC, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.


COPLAC is an exclusive national group of public colleges and universities committed to providing superior liberal arts and sciences education, the creation of teaching and learning communities and to the expansion of access to an undergraduate liberal arts education.