Degrees with Latin honors are conferred at commencement for the following attainments of rank: summa cum laude: 3.70 GPA;. magna cum laude: 3.5 GPA; and cum laude: 3.3 GPA. These criteria state that the average grade is based on the student’s work on the Orono campus and must include 60 hours or 50 percent of the total degree hours required in the student’s program of study, whichever is greater.
Undergraduate students may request a leave of absence for up to two semesters providing that they return to the same college upon completion of the leave and are in good academic standing and have no financial indebtedness to the University at the time of the request. Students must obtain approval for a leave of absence the semester prior to the desired leave. Students desiring a leave of absence should contact the dean of their college. Students who have received federal and/or University loans may be required to begin repayment while on a leave of absence. Please consult the Office of Student Financial Aid for details.
Legal Services is a professional law office retained by Student Government and funded by a portion of the Unified fee. This service is provided on a contractual basis with a local law firm. Legal advice and/or representation is provided to undergraduate students who have paid a unified fee.
The Raymond H. Fogler Library is the largest library in the state of Maine. It contains an excellent collection of general materials to support undergraduate studies, as well as varied research collections. The Library’s online information system, URSUS, provides convenient access to the holdings of all libraries in the University of Maine System. Students and faculty also have access to a wide variety of local and remote electronic information databases. The Library is a U.S. Patent and Trademarks Depository Library and the archive for the William S. Cohen papers. Other specialized collections include Canadian, Maine-related materials, sound recordings and music scores, and historical manuscripts and maps.
The University of Maine may award credit for certain kinds of life experiences. This is seldom a straightforward determination. Students interested in investigating the possibility of life experience credit should first meet with the associate dean of their college or department chair to discuss what credit may be possible, as well as appropriate means of assessment. Frequently the student will be asked to prepare a portfolio for review by an appropriate academic unit. Examples of materials that could be presented in a portfolio are authored publications, slides or recordings of media presentations, written documentation of life or work experience and its relevance to the degree program, or a combination of such materials. Portfolio review provides the most flexibility to the student and reviewer, but is also the most time consuming.