A 2019 “Top Public Regional College” – North  (#4)
— U.S. News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was named the #4 U.S. News & World Report Top Regional Public College – North for 2019. Farmington was also the #9 Best Regional College – North overall, a category that includes public and private colleges.

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

UMF has been rated one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S.News 21 times since 1998.

A 2019 “Best Undergraduate College for Teaching,” Regional Colleges – North  (#4)
— U.S. News & World Report

In addition, U.S. News ranked the University of Maine at Farmington #4 (tie) Best Undergraduate Teaching – Regional Colleges – North for 2019. This is a category recognizing schools that have faculty with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. According to U.S. News, the rankings for Best Undergraduate Teaching focus on schools where faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner. 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 2019 “Best College for Veterans,” Regional Colleges – North  (#4)
— U.S. News & World Report

In addition, U.S. News ranked the University of Maine at Farmington #4 Best School for Veterans – Regional Colleges – North for 2019. According to U.S. News, the top ranked schools participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees. 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 2019 “Best Value School,” Regional Colleges – North  (#10)
— U.S. News & World Report

The University of Maine at Farmington was also rated the #10 U.S.News Best Value School – Regional Colleges – North for 2019. According to U.S. News, their calculation takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking (UMF was the #4 ranked Public Regional College – North) and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges like the University of Maine at Farmington that are above average academically.

Farmington is the highest ranked Best Value School among New England public colleges or universities in this region’s 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 2018-2019 “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 2018-2019. Farmington was one of only three public universities in Maine to make the Money magazine list of just 727 colleges recognized across the nation.

A 2018 “Top 10 Baccalaureate College”
— Washington Monthly

The University of Maine at Farmington was ranked #9 in the Top 150 Baccalaureate Colleges in the U.S. by Washington Monthly for 2018. UMF is the only Maine college in the Top 10 of this category and is noted for excellence in service, social mobility and research. According to its annual College Guide and Rankings, Washington Monthly recognizes smart, well-run colleges that help students earn a high-quality diploma at an affordable price while instilling in students a sense of service.

A 2018 “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.

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.

A 2017 “Top 50 Best Value Public University for Out-of-State Students”
— Affordable Colleges.com

Farmington was named a 2017 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. Others in the Top 50 include Univ. North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Univ. Texas – Austin, Univ. Florida, Texas A&M, among others.

A 2017 “Top 100 Best Value College”
— Educate To Career

Farmington was named a 2017 Top 100 Best Value School by Educate To Career. UMF was the highest raked college in Maine — public or private (#96 nationally). Educate To Career highlights schools that have excelled at graduating students on a timely basis and preparing them for the workforce. It ranks colleges based on the added value that they bring to their graduates in terms of the increase in employability and the earnings their grads derive from attending the college.

A 2017 “Top Green College”
— Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 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 2017, 2014, 2013 and 2012.