A 2021 “Top Public Regional College” – North  (#5)
— U.S. News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was named the #5 U.S. News & World Report Top Regional Public College – North for 2021.

Farmington was also the #6 Best Regional College – North Overall, a category that includes public and private colleges of a similar scope.

And Farmington was the #5 Top Performer on Social Mobility — North for 2021.

The category Regional Colleges – North includes schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland that focus on the undergraduate experience.

UMF has been rated one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News 23 times since 1998.

A 2021 “Best Value School,” Regional Colleges – North  (#4)
— U.S. News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was also rated the #4 U.S.News Best Value School – Regional Colleges – North for 2021.

According to U.S. News, their calculation takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking. UMF was the Top ranked Public Regional College – North.

The Best Value schools were determined by taking into account a school’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. According to U.S.News, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.

Farmington is the highest ranked Best Value School among New England public colleges in the Regional Colleges – North category. 

The category Regional Colleges – North includes schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland that focus on the undergraduate experience.

A 2020-2021 “Best College for Your Money”
— Money magazine

The University of Maine at Farmington was chosen one of Money magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money for 2020-2021.

The personal finance publication’s rankings recognized Farmington as the second of only three public higher education institutions in Maine that successfully combine quality of education, affordability and post-graduate outcomes. The annual Money rankings offers a practical analysis of more than 700 four-year colleges throughout the U.S., with UMF placing in the top half, nationwide.

Ten different indicators were used to capture the value of post-graduate outcomes, including early career earnings, experienced career earnings and the ability of students to succeed in professional careers. This year’s rankings place special emphasis on affordability, which now accounts for 40% of the ratings, and includes two new net price figures to capture affordability for students from both low- and middle-income backgrounds.

A 2020 “Top 10 Bachelor’s College” and a “Best Bang for Your Buck” school
— Washington Monthly

The University of Maine at Farmington was ranked #9 in the Top 248 Bachelor’s Colleges, nationally in the U.S. by Washington Monthly for 2020. UMF is the only Maine college in the Top 10 institutions in this category. Farmington’s overall score was a combination of three metrics including social mobility, research and service.

This is the 11th year in a row UMF has been recognized by Washington Monthly as a smart, well-run college that helps students earn a high-quality diploma at an affordable price while instilling in them a sense of service.

In addition, Washington Monthly named Farmington one of its 2020 “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in the Northeast.

A 2021 “Best College for Veterans,” Regional Colleges – North  (#2)
— U.S. News & World Report

In addition, U.S. News ranked the University of Maine at Farmington #2 Best School for Veterans – Regional Colleges – North for 2021.

The Best Schools for Veterans category was created to provide military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help veterans make pursuing a college education more affordable.

To be included in this ranking, schools must be certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or be a public school that charges in-state tuition to all out-of-state veterans, enroll a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members and be in the top half of its ranking category.

The category Regional Colleges – North includes schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland that focus on the undergraduate experience.

A 2021 “Top Performer on Social Mobility,” Regional Colleges – North  (#5)
— U.S. News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was named the #5 Top Performer on Social Mobility – Regional Colleges – North for 2021.

UMF was the highest ranked public institution in this category.

A relatively new category for U.S. News, it recognizes colleges that are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of students awarded with Pell Grants. Pell Grants are federal grants typically awarded to students who come from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually.

The category Regional Colleges – North includes schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland that focus on the undergraduate experience.

A 2020-2021 “Four Star Rated LGBTQ-Friendly College”
— Campus Pride

The University of Maine at Farmington received a solid 4-star rating (out of a possible 5) 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 score is based on eight LGBTQ-friendly factors, including: policy inclusion, support & institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing, campus safety, counseling & health and recruitment and retention efforts. The Campus Pride Index is the premier national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices.

Farmington was one of the top four colleges and universities in Maine to be listed.

Why is this listing valuable to LGBTQ youth and families? LGBTQ youth and families want to know what campuses are doing when it comes to inclusive policies, programs and practices. For the last decade, Campus Pride has been the most trusted, reliable educational resource for students and families to find the best campuses for LGBTQ inclusion and safety. The organization works alongside students, faculty, staff and administrators at 1,400+ campuses annually to help support and improve the quality of campus life for LGBTQ people.

A 2019 “Top 50 Best Value Public University for Out-of-State Students”
— Affordable Colleges.com

Farmington was named a 2019 Top 50 Most Affordable Public School for Out-of-State Students by Affordable Colleges.com. The online guide recognizes public universities that provide students with an opportunity to get a high quality education far from home at an in-state price. UMF was the only school in Maine listed in the Top 10 and just one of only two schools named in all of New England.

Others in the Top 50 include Louisiana State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of Georgia, University of Texas, among others.

A 2019 “Top Green College”
— Princeton Review Guide to 413 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 413 Green Colleges provides a comprehensive measure of a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution.

Specifically, it includes:

  • Whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable
  • How well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities
  • How environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.

UMF made the Princeton Review Top Green College list in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

A 2018-2019 “Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly College”
— Student Loan Hero.com

The University of Maine at Farmington was named one of the nation’s Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges by Student Loan Hero.com. UMF was rated #15 in the nation in its Out-of-State Affordability Rank and #21 in the nation in its In-State Affordability Rank. Student Loan Hero rated progressive colleges and universities from across the nation that take a strong stand against discrimination — and won’t break the bank.

It selected schools that score four stars or higher (out of a total of five) by Campus Pride (see below) and then ranked them according to their affordability for students.

Other schools listed include Princeton University, Amherst, College, Williams College, Swarthmore College, Duke University, Colgate University, University of Pennsylvania, among others.

A 2018 “Maine Best College”
— Best Colleges.com

The University of Maine at Farmington was named one of the Best Colleges in Maine for 2018 by Best Colleges.com, receiving the highest ranking score of all of Maine’s public universities. The online resource describes UMF as the “liberal arts branch of the University of Maine System and … positions itself as a more affordable alternative to more prestigious schools like Colby, Bates and Bowdoin.”

A 2018 “Hidden Northeast Gem School”
— College Raptor

College Raptor named the University of Maine at Farmington one of its 2018 “Hidden Gem” schools. College Raptor bases its selections on factors such as the number of applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, school size, endowment per student, selectivity and other metrics.

The Hidden Gems in the Northeast category includes schools across Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, D.C., West Virginia and Maryland.

Other Hidden Gems in the Northeast include Trinity College, Wellesley College, Salve Regina Univ., Bryn Mawr College, Hobart William Smith College, Connecticut College, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., among others.