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Admissions - BSW Admission

We want future students to know that at the University of Maine School of Social Work, we take pride in students having direct and frequent contact with faculty who know your name and understand your goals. We offer small classes, experiential learning, seminars, and exciting field internships.

Come Learn About Us:  One of the best ways to learn about the UMaine School of Social Work BSW Program is for you to visit the campus, meet faculty, and ask questions about our program.  If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled campus admissions events, you can schedule an informational interview, be put in touch with a faculty member or current student, or set-up a time to come by and observe a class.  For a list of upcoming campus events go to:

What is Social Work?  If you want a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options, social work is for you!  Social workers are skilled professionals who work to empower individuals, relieve suffering, and affect social change.  They are generalists and specialist who work in a wide variety of settings but apply common core values, principles, and techniques. For sheer variety, few occupations can match social work and the broad range of opportunities and settings it offers.  Social workers work in mental health and healthcare, in child welfare and aging, in management and in clinical settings.  They work in hospitals, schools businesses, public agencies, police departments, private practices, and many other interesting workplaces.  They are mangers, therapists, community organizers, educators, and researchers.  They are on the front lines and behind the scenes.  They are in large cities and in small communities.  Wherever people are, social workers are.  (From:  National Association of Social Workers (2006). Choices: Careers in Social Work. Pg 2-3

Social work is a distinctive profession that shares a commitment not only to work with individuals, families and small groups but also a commitment to institutional and societal change. As a profession, social workers maintain a primary commitment to disadvantaged, vulnerable, and economically deprived persons in our society. Social workers help people in dealing with relationships, solving problems and coping with the many social and environmental concerns which affect and control daily life. Historically, social workers led the fight for child labor laws, voting rights for women, and other progressive milestones. Social workers share a common set of professional values and ethics, and common set of basic or generic skills that enable them to work with diverse populations and fill diverse roles in a variety of settings.

How do I know if I’m suited to being a social worker? Only you can truly make the decision about whether you have what it takes to be a social worker and whether it is something you want to do. The social work profession is suited to people who are flexible, socially and politically aware, self-motivated, eager to learn over a life time, desirous of personal growth, altruistic, comfortable with ambiguity, and interested in changing social conditions that are adverse to healthy human development, self-determination and social justice.

How do I Apply?  All undergraduate applications can be submitted directly through the Office of Admissions at:

Transfer Students: We welcome transfer students to the BSW Program. If you are applying to transfer to UMaine from another University, please complete your application at:  Your transcript will be evaluated at the time you apply. You will receive a copy of that evaluation and will meet with the BSW Program Coordinator to plan your Course of Study based on the evaluation.

Change of Major to Social Work:  Current University of Maine students who are seeking a change of major to the BSW program should call 207-581-2389 or email:  to make an appointment to meet with our BSW Program Coordinator. During your appointment, the Coordinator will evaluate which courses will apply to your proposed BSW program. Students wishing to change majors must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Once you decide to change majors, you will complete a Change of Major Form available at the School of Social Work and submit the form for the necessary signatures. When all the paper work is processed, you will receive a letter from the BSW Program Coordinator welcoming you to the major and notifying you of your academic advisor.

Financial Aide:  Students should be sure to check the Student Financial Aid Office web page or call 207-581-1324 for a financial aid packet. 

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Contact Information

School of Social Work
5770 Social Work Building
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2389 | Fax: (207) 581-2396E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System