For those who understand UMF was founded in 1864 as Farmington Normal School, it feels great to say we plan to be back to Normal again.

UMF President Edward Serna

With statewide public health restrictions easing, and with new confidence stemming from the growing numbers who can and will receive the pandemic-ending vaccines that are available, it appears the pandemic’s grip is loosening. So we’re kicking our planning for Fall 2021 into high gear to provide you the most traditional, on-campus college experience we can safely manage.

To be clear, though. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our campus and local community, remains our top priority. We’ve been able to mitigate the spread of COVID in our communities because of these commitments.

Continued Vigilance — Now and in the Fall

We’ll continue to heed the guidance of public health officials and the UMaine System Scientific Advisory Board. This means social distancing and face coverings everywhere on our campuses will continue to be the rule as we complete this semester and manage UMF events. And we’ll continue to test everyone in our in-person community every week through Commencement.

Come Fall, some of our COVID protocols may change, or they may not. We’ll follow the science and take our guidance from Maine public health authorities, the University of Maine System Scientific Advisory Board.

Get Ready for the Traditional, Personal Connections, UMF Experience

Over the past two semesters, some of you chose to reside on campus or commute to take a mix of in-person and online classes, others chose to stay home and take classes entirely online. Some of you will be brand new to UMF for Fall 2021.

We plan to offer you the kind of close campus community and in-person learning Farmington is famous for. The kind of UMF experience you want. The kind of UMF experience you deserve.

Stay Tuned for Fall 2021 Details

You’ll hear more from me and others at UMF regarding Fall 2021 plans as they are developed. But for now, plan to be back on campus for the full UMF experience.

You’re going to love it here.

Edward Serna