Are you someone who’s not interested in a 9-to5, office career? Looking, instead, for something that combines your passion for the great outdoors with a valuable skill set that’ll allow you to manage — or start your own — four-season outdoor rec-related businesses? Then our Outdoor Recreation Business Administration (ORBA) program may be the call of the wild for you.

The University of Maine at Farmington Outdoor Recreation Business Administration Program (aka ORBA) is an innovative academic program with a broad four-season focus and an emphasis on business, with substantial coursework in outdoor recreation — including areas like snow sports, the river industry, adventure sports, hiking and camping, golf, and inland fishing.

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    UMF's Outdoor Rec Business Administration major lets you pursue your love of the great outdoors while you earn your college degree.
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    ORBA prepares you to work in an outdoor rec business and to be an entrepreneur and start your own recreation-related business.
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    As well as outside the classroom outdoor rec courses such as Principles and Practices of the River Industry, Camping and Hiking, the Golf Industry, the Snow Sports Industry ...
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    Principles and Practices of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Maine, Adventure Education ...
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    Principles and Practices of Adventure Education, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Maine, Recreation of Western Maine ...
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    Outdoor Recreation Leadership & Management and more.
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    Because of ORBA's four-season focus, you'll have the opportunity to explore nearby four-season recreation opportunities like the Maine Huts & Trails System.
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    Which is not far from campus.
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    Our perfect location in Maine's lakes & mountains region provides the perfect outdoor classroom.
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    Our Mainely Outdoors excursions program also gets you out there to explore the area's many lakes and rivers.
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    The ORBA program has a required internship component where you'll gain hands-on experience in an outdoor rec business setting.
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    You'll experience first-hand the business side of the outdoor rec industry.
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    While making valuable inside-the-industry contacts and connections.
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    You'll take a wide range of classes in economics, business, recreation, geography, and others.
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    There are so many options available for you.
    So, if you want to spend your days out here rather than in a 9-to-5 office ...
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    ... then the UMF Outdoor Rec Business Administration major may be perfect for you.
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A particular strength of ORBA is the required internship component, which provides you with valuable hands-on experience and a network of professional contacts.

In the ORBA program you will develop a broad range of business knowledge and skills, together with skills in writing, oral presentation, problem solving, decision-making, leadership, and team building.

The program was developed with guidance from outdoor rec industry partners and leaders, so we are confident that it will provide you with the skills and knowledge that you will need to succeed in outdoor recreation.

UMF has a strong and longstanding connection to the active outdoor lifestyle, particularly in skiing and snowboarding. Located in the foothills of Western Maine, the Farmington area is rich in natural and scenic resources: spectacular lakes, great hiking trails, beautiful and challenging ski slopes, and the best whitewater rafting and kayaking in the Northeast.

We have a student-led Ski and Outing Club, and student leadership opportunities through the Fitness & Recreation Center’s Mainely Outdoors adventure program — a year-round program designed to help UMF students of all abilities take advantage of our region’s amazing outdoor activities: hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, canoeing, geo-caching, and more.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: Outdoor Recreation Business Administration

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

BUS 130 Introduction to Recreation
BUS 210 Principles of Management (Recreation emphasis)
BUS 220 Principles of Marketing (Recreation emphasis)
BUS 225 Retail Operations
BUS 240 Financial Management for Recreation Tourism
GEO 320S Economic Geography
GEO 340S Land Use

And Outdoor Recreation courses such as:
REC 102 Principles and Practices of the Snow Sports Industry
REC 107 Principles and Practices of Adventure Education
REC 106 Principles and Practices of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Maine


Note: Through the New England Regional Student Program, this program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $4,900 for residents of CT and RI.