“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou

Creative. Independent. Smart. Quirky. UMF students are not what you’d consider “normal.”

They want hard questions, not easy answers. They enjoy being challenged into thinking for themselves, not being lectured to. They’re a pretty impressive bunch.

The student body (about 1,800 full-time students) is split 65% women – 35% men. And although our students come from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and across the northeast, around 84% are from Maine.

Does This Sound Like You?

Not Sure of a Major

A lot of students come to Farmington having not yet chosen a major, which is fine. Here, you don’t have to decide right away. And many others switch majors after their second year.

Want to be Known as a Person, Not a Number

At Farmington, you’ll know everyone on a first name basis — even your professors (which is a good thing) because here we take a personal approach to learning. We believe that teaching done in a collaborative manner, with real professors, in small classes (averaging just 18 students per class)  leads to the best results. You’ll see the big picture. Make more connections. Get more out of it.

Seeking Financial Aid

Roughly 90% of UMF students receive some form of financial assistance: scholarships, federal aid, merit scholarships, loans, institutional aid, student employment, etc.

Want to Work Closely With Real Professors

UMF faculty are deeply committed to their students’ success. We know this sounds warm and fuzzy, but here it’s true. Our professors take a genuine interest in their students’ lives. And we do not have grad students teaching classes here, like at many Big-State U’s.

Gigson with student

Up for a Challenge

Farmington students thrive on challenges — in the classroom, in the field, in the labs, on the court. We try to push you outside your comfort zone and inspire your curiosity. Giving you the ability and the freedom to make choices, to try new things, to follow your passions.


Here, creativity isn’t limited just to those majoring in Art, Interactive Media, Music, Theatre or Creative Writing. Our Geology, Special Ed, Business Economics students are also musicians, poets, DJs, web designers, improv comics, animators and actors. UMF  is an artsy, creative place, even if you’re not an arts major.

Environmentally Friendly

Our campus is committed to environmental stewardship and to graduating responsible global citizens who care about our environment.

Smart But Well-Rounded, Too

About 70% of our incoming students ranked in the top half of their high school class and 40% were in the top quarter of their high school class. Most had a solid B average in high school.

Appreciate Attention

Personal attention is what Farmington is all about. Whether it’s working with classmates on a group research project or chatting with a professor over coffee, you’ll get to know everyone here.


If you’re into the active outdoor lifestyle, Farmington is the perfect location: snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, canoeing, snow-shoeing, trail running, camping and more.


Open to New Ideas

You’re OK with people who have different ideas and values. Our student clubs are proof of that: LGBTQ Alliance, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, UMF Democrats, College Republicans, Rugby Club, Computer Club, etc. Farmington students are open minded, tolerant and open to different ways of thinking.

Looking for Small, But Not Too Small

Farmington, Maine (pop. 7,500) is a storybook New England college town, with coffee shops, bookstores, funky shops, restaurants, a multi-screen movie theater and more just a 3-minute stroll from campus.

Laid Back

This is not a stuffy suit-and-tie kind of college. Not at all. Chill.

Independent and Self-motivated

College life is what you make of it — no matter where you go. If you’re independent and willing to try new things you’ll fit right in at Farmington.

Comfortable With Who You Are

Here, you can really be yourself. Or you can get a fresh new start and reinvent yourself and become whoever you want to be. And who you are is OK with us — all of us.

Some Nuts & Bolts

Number of Students:

  • 2,016 headcount
  • 1,724 FTE (Full Time Equivalent)


  • women 65%
  • men 35%

Where They Live:

  • Freshmen (First-Year students) residing on campus 93%
  • All students residing on campus 49%

Where They’re From:

  • Maine 84%
  • Other US States 15%
  • International 1%

Where in Maine?

All 16 Counties.

Top 5 Maine Counties:

  • Kennebec County  231
  • Cumberland County  195
  • Franklin County  130
  • Androscoggin County  117
  • Oxford County  95

Top 5 Non-Maine States:

  • Massachusetts  81
  • New Hampshire  60
  • Connecticut  40
  • Rhode Island  25
  • New York  14

Top 5 International Countries:

  • Somalia
  • Rwanda
  • Canada
  • Congo
  • All others incl, Japan, Hong Kong, India, China, Germany, Jamaica, Great Britain, Ethiopia, and more