Founded in 1865, The University of Maine is the land-grant university of the State of Maine and shares sea-grant college status with the University of New Hampshire. Located on a 1,100-acre campus adjoining the town of Orono, it is nine miles from Bangor, Maine’s third largest city.
The largest in the state-wide university system, the Orono campus is dynamic and cultural. Enjoying a classic New England setting, the campus offers easy access to both Maine’s urban and rural areas. Last year over 500 students from 70 foreign countries and most American states studied here; nearly 20% of the total enrollment regularly is admitted from other states and nations. Culturally, Orono should appeal to every taste. Guest speakers provide insight into current political, social, and scientific thought. Special programs in the arts abound, including theatre productions, musical offerings, and art exhibits. Intercollegiate athletic events occur throughout the academic year.
The full-time faculty numbers over 800. There are 10,700 students enrolled at The University of Maine, 2,300 of whom are graduate students.
The University of Maine is comprised of the following colleges: The Colleges of Business, Public Policy and Health; Education and Human Development; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture; and Engineering. Details of the various undergraduate programs of these colleges may be found in the undergraduate catalog of The University of Maine.
The Graduate School articulates a vision of excellence for The University of Maine graduate community. The School is charged with serving as an advocate for graduate education within and outside the campus community, ensuring quality and equity across all graduate disciplines, supporting the academic and nonacademic interests of graduate students, promoting the synergy between graduate education and research, teaching and outreach, and ensuring that all graduate students are prepared for future professional pursuits.