A 2022 “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 2022.

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

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 24 times since 1998.

A 2022 “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 2022.

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 an out-of-state 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.

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 2022 “Top Performer in Social Mobility” Regional Colleges – North  (#2)
— U.S. News & World Report

UMF’s commitment to providing an affordable education is further reflected in its ranking as the #2 Top Performer in Social Mobility in its category.

This U.S. News ranking recognizes how well schools provide affordable access to higher education and graduate students from lower family incomes.

Nationally, economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college but some colleges, like UMF, are more successful than others at advancing social mobility. We do this be enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with federal Pell Grants. The vast majority of Pell Gants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.

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 2022 “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 2022.

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 2022 “Hidden Gem College”
— College Raptor

UMF was selected as a 2022 Hidden Gem College by College Raptor, a leading college planning platform that helps families discover college matches driven by AI algorithms to find the best colleges at the best price.

This College Raptor selection recognizes Farmington as one of the best colleges in the country, based on a combination of factors, including retention rates, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio, endowment per student, selectivity, and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the most recently available enrollment year.

A 2021-2022 “A Top Bachelor’s College” and a “Best Bang for Your Buck” school
— Washington Monthly

The University of Maine at Farmington was ranked #16 in the Top Bachelor’s Colleges category, nationally in the U.S. by Washington Monthly for 2021-22. Farmington’s overall score was a combination of three metrics including social mobility, research and service.

This is the 12th 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.

Farmington was also named a Best Bang for Your Buck school by Washington Monthly, placing #60 among public and private schools in the crowded Northeast category.

A 2021-2022 “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 colleges 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 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 “Most Affordable Eco-friendly College”
— Best Choice Colleges

Best Choice Colleges named the University of Maine at Farmington the #4 Most Affordable Eco-friendly College in the Nation.

To decide the 50 Most Affordable Eco-Friendly Colleges, Best Choice Colleges consulted organizations such as the Sierra Club, U.S. News & World Report, and The Princeton Review to come up with American colleges and universities that have a solid reputation as “eco-friendly.”

From there, it consulted nearly 100 universities’ own websites to determine the annual undergraduate tuition. Finally, it ranked each university from lowest to highest annual tuition, in order to determine the 50 most affordable.

All of the schools on the list have unique structures or lifestyle characteristics that make them leaders in sustainability. They have all earned formal “green” ratings from one major agency or another, and most have been recognized by respected groups dedicated to protecting the environment

Whether you’re looking for an education in order to pursue a career in environmentalism, or are just interested in living a life of sustainability, Farmington is dedicated to the idea of sustainable living: a LEED-certified building, a sustainable biomass heating facility, geo-thermal wells for heating and cooling campus buildings, even an on-campus community vegetable garden. Here at UMF, you don’t need to spend a fortune in tuition and fees just to attend a responsibly eco-friendly college.

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 “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.