Summer Experience – The Virtual Version  |  June 23 – July 22 (one day each week)

This year’s Summer Experience program will be an online academic and community-building experience, giving you and other students accepted for Fall 2020 a head start on your college career.

You’ll take a daytime academic class of your choosing, taught by UMF professors, a rich academic experience that’ll involve offline reading and writing assignments combined with a once-a week interactive online classroom discussion, resulting in a one-credit UMF class.

It’s also a community-building experience where current Farmington students and UMF support staff from several different areas will chat with you online once a week to personally connect with you. They’ll help you understand how things work here, where to go for what, what it’s like to live in on campus, how to sign up for student clubs and organizations, what Career Services can do for you, and much more.

Oh, and there’ll also be a bunch of fun evening activities for you — like a virtual Talent Show (yes, showcasing YOUR talent) and more that’ll give you the chance to get to know your new Farmington Class of 2024 classmates.

All of this from the safety, comfort and convenience of your home.


Summer Experience Kick-Off

Tuesday  |  June 23 @ 6:30pm

Tuesday’s Opening Meeting will be a big welcome session and meet & greet. You’ll also choose the class you’d like to take from the list below and we’ll do small group breakout sessions based on the class you’ve chosen:

Maine has felt the impact of social and economic change intensely. Due to globalization numerous factories have closed, altering the work force and the opportunities available. The information revolution has created new communities and capacities for culture and politics. The demographic make up of Maine is changing as well. Maine is rich in resources, but threatened by climate change. What is the best path forward for the state in a world defined by globalization, change and uncertainty? In this class we’ll discuss these themes, as well as Maine’s experience with current issues such as COVID-19, energy issues, and political turmoil in the country. Taught by Professor of Political Science Scott Erb
The idea of “eating locally” has increased in popularity in recent years; and during the pandemic in particular, food has taken on new meanings, as we needed to cook for ourselves more, and access to and thinking about food has changed. In spite of its seemingly inhospitable climate (rocky coast, long winter, tough soil), Maine actually produces all kinds of amazing foods: perhaps most well known are things like blueberries, potatoes, apples, maple syrup, and lobsters. But, there’s much more! We’ll take a look at foods that are local to Maine, food history, stories of food, as well as our own food likes (and dislikes). Taught by Associate Professor of Secondary Education and English Education Clarissa Thompson
The Sandy River winds through Farmington, Maine, and its waters eventually end up in the Atlantic Ocean. Where does the river start…where does it end? Who lives in the river and along its banks? The endangered Atlantic salmon is one such player that has spawned in the river for thousands of years. In this class we will discuss aspects of the river’s natural history, looking at interconnecting webs of wildlife and humans. “Eventually, all things merge into one and a river runs through it … I am haunted by the waters.” — Norman McLean (1976) A River Runs Through It. Taught by Lecturer III of Biology Nancy Prentiss
When you think of a small rural town like Farmington, Maine, you may not think of all its global dimensions — its connections to the Global Economy, the diversity among its local inhabitants, or their identity as Global Citizens. But Farmington and thousands of other towns across Maine have been irreversibly touched by globalization. In our class, we will discuss how this happened and what impact it has on our lives, whether for better or worse. Taught by Associate Dean of Experiential & Global Education / Professor of Political Science Linda Beck

Then, each “Wicked Wednesday” it’s one daytime class & and a fun evening gathering

Wednesday, June 24  |  Wednesday, July 1, 8, 15

At 10am or 2pm each Wednesday you’ll take the one-credit class you chose from the list above (it’ll will last about an hour). Then at 6:30pm each Wednesday you’ll re-connect and participate in an evening session and make connections with upperclassmen.

It’s important to know the resources available to you from the beginning. This evening session will introduce you to a variety of people on campus who are here to help! Tutoring, math and writing clinics, personal counseling, academic advising, the student health center and learning assistance are all resources at your disposal. Don’t try to go it alone when there are so many here at UMF in your corner to help. With Director of the UMF Center for Student Development Katie Fournier.

Getting involved on campus is a key to success in your new home. In this evening session you’ll meet members of the Student Life staff and student club leaders to learn more about all that goes on outside the classroom as complement to your education. With more than 60 clubs and organizations, a wide variety of residence hall themes and living learning labs, you’ll find out how to join and what that looks like. Connecting outside the classroom is an important factor in your success. With members of the Student Life staff and student club leaders.

In this evening session you’ll learn about UMF’s many exciting — and super-affordable affordable — study away experiences. You’ll discover our affordable, short-term May Term study away courses, Winter Session study away experiences, full semester abroad opportunities and national student exchange, where you can study for a semester at a college in the U.S. or Canada, and more. With Associate Dean of Experiential & Global Education / Professor of Political Science Linda Beck

Get started early by working with the right people and building your resume deliberately from day one. On-campus job, clubs, internships and field work are all
important factors that help showcase who you are. This class will help you get off on the right foot. Taught by with Assistant Director of Career Services Cyndi McShane

Summer Experience is also about fun and community building. So we’ve got a lineup of fun evening activities that’ll help you get to know your new classmates even better:
  • Open Mic / Talent Night
  • FB Movie Viewing Night
  • Improv Workshop
  • Virtual Scavenger Hunt
  • Plus activities to help you connect with classmates in the different organizations you might join: Mainely Outdoors, Club Sports, Student Clubs / Organizations, Varsity Athletics and more
  • Opportunities to meet other people who share your similar interests
  • Meet others from your residence hall
  • And so much more!

Wrap-up Celebration Wednesday

Wednesday, July 22 @ 6:30pm

At 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 22 (no daytime class) you’ll connect and participate in our Summer Session Wrap-up Celebration.

Each class will have the opportunity to share their Summer Experience work and we’ll celebrate our success (remotely) in true UMF style! We’re also planning an in-person, on-campus Summer Experience Reunion event for September when we’re all back on campus. Details on that will be coming soon.


Cost: The program cost is $50 and includes the 1-credit class.

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Contact Us

Office of Admissions
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938-1994
tel  207-778-7050
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