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Fun Facts

  • The “Maine Stein Song” topped the record charts for eight straight weeks when UMaine alumnus and crooner Rudy Vallee recorded it in 1930.
  • The “Maine Stein Song” is one of the top six university fight songs in the nation (
  • The average January temperature in Orono is 3 degrees colder than Worcester, Mass.
  • Maine is the happiest place to live in New England and 10th overall in the country, according to the journal Science (2010).
  • Every semester, the Foster Center for Student Innovation helps more than 100 student entrepreneurs.
  • The Pride of Maine marching band covers 1.1 miles during an average football halftime show.
  • The oldest human artifact in UMaine’s Archaeology Lab is 12,500 years old.
  • There are 15 musical ensembles on campus.
  • 110 students exhibit artwork annually on campus (2011).
  • The iconic cupola on Stevens Hall was built in 1924.
  • 876 students are involved in musical and theater ensembles each year (2011).
  • 83 students are in the Screamin’ Black Bear Pep Band (2011).
  • Students use 1,043 linear feet of steel in artwork each year (2011).
  • The Black Bear has been UMaine’s mascot since 1914, when a local man brought a live bear cub to a game.