50 things to do before you graduate UMaine

50 Things To Do Before You Graduate UMaine

Editor’s note: Updates made Aug. 9, 2022.

Maine Hello signs, Rock climb, lighthouse1   Join a club

2   Experience Greek Life

3   Be a part of UMaine tradition: Play oozeball; watch a concert on campus; volunteer; eat at a cookout

4   Tailgate at the Homecoming football game

5   Try Buffalo Chicken Wednesday at York Dining

6   Explore Maine Bound: Go on a trip; climb the rock wall; rent equipment

7   Visit the New Balance Student Recreation Center: Take a free class; sit in the sauna;  try the ropes course

8   Participate in intramural sports

9   Swim or float down the Stillwater River in an inner tube, paddleboard, kayak or canoe

10   Take a photo with Bananas, UMaine’s black bear mascot

11   Take a photo at the UMaine bear statue

12   Find the banana tree in the Roger Clapp Greenhouses

13   Sit in the student section at a UMaine vs. UNH men’s ice hockey game

14   Visit the Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden

Morse Field and Map15   Walk, bike and cross-country ski the UMaine trails

16   Ice skate for free at Alfond Arena

17   Hang out on the Mall: Relax; study; play frisbee, view the stars; try slacklining

18   See a show at the Collins Center for the Arts using your two free tickets each semester; visit the Hudson Museum

19   Support the arts: Attend a School of Performing Arts performance; go to an art opening at Lord Hall Gallery; watch the Dance Showcase

20   Participate in the Career Fair

Tickets, Bean Boots, Katahdin Sign21   Wear your L.L.Bean Boots

22   Study abroad

23   Take a weekend trip to Canada

24   Learn and sing the “Maine Stein Song”

25   Visit downtown Bangor; explore the UMaine Museum of Art for free; participate in the Bangor Artwalk

26   Walk through every building on campus

27   Participate in Maine Hello

Planetarium, lobster, skiing28   Attend Culturefest and try a new food

29   Watch the Earth Day parade 

30   Visit the Orono Bog Boardwalk

31   Buy fresh at the Orono Farmers Market

32   Support local businesses: Original location of Pat’s Pizza; Margaritas College Night

33   Hike Chick Hill in Clifton

34   Visit Baxter State Park and hike Mount Katahdin

35   Go to a Waterfront Concert in Bangor

36   Drive by Stephen King’s house

Corgi for Pet Therapy, Greek Life, Megaphone, Sports balls37   Find the Paul Bunyan statue

38   Eat a lobster roll

39   Visit Acadia National Park: Watch the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain; eat at Jordan Pond House; visit Sand Beach; participate in the polar dip; bike the carriage trails; hike

40   Visit Bar Harbor: Eat; shop; take a boat tour or whale watch

41   Visit Freeport: Home of the flagship L.L.Bean store (open 24 hours, 365 days per year); and shop at the outlets

42   Visit Portland and its Old Port

Paul Bunyan, Steven King, Apple Picking, Hudson Museum, Farmers Market43   Ski Sugarloaf and attend events there

44   Visit a Maine lighthouse

45   Watch a game or show at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor

46   Pet the therapy dogs during finals week

47  Visit one of the many area farms in the fall: Go apple picking; get lost in a corn maze; take a hayride

48  Visit the Versant Power Astronomy Center and watch a planetarium show

49   Get involved with the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism

50   Participate in Senior Week: Take a photo with your name on the Alfond Stadium video board before you graduate


In spring 2017, 23 seniors in a 400-level communication course undertook a capstone project in collaboration with UMaine’s Division of Marketing and Communications. The project, “50 Things to Do Before You Graduate from the University of Maine,” is a UMaine bucket list for students by students. Led by Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism Claire Sullivan, the undergraduates in the class conducted in-person interviews with 286 UMaine students in different majors and years in school to get their input to compile the list of 50 must-do activities and places to see. A news release about the project is online.