How to apply to the University of Maine

Prospective students need not submit a portfolio for general university admission. They should apply by following University of Maine application instructions. Create and submit your application to the University of Maine here.

Scholarship Opportunities

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Scholarships

These $3,000 annual scholarships are offered by the University to new students with demonstrated talent in art, music, theatre and dance. They are renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters, provided the student meets the renewal criteria specified for each award. Please see Undergraduate Admissions VAPA page for more info.

The Department of Art invites you to submit a digital portfolio of your artwork along with an application statement for consideration for a VAPA Scholarship. The scholarship offers superb opportunities to students admitted to the university and committed to majoring in Studio Art, Art Education, or Art History.

To apply, please e-mail us by November 23, 2021 at with the following: ten to fifteen jpeg images of your artwork (no more than 10GB total); your mailing address; the name of your current school; and a statement discussing your work and interests in the Visual Arts. If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Art Education or Art History, you can submit relevant projects and research papers in lieu of visual images: we are interested in seeing your best work, and hearing about your interest in the arts.

In addition to the VAPA Scholarship Award application, students must also submit a completed application for admission to UMaine by the December 1st Early Action deadline. To apply to UMaine, please visit

Early College Opportunities for Maine Students

UMaine is proud to be the first Maine System college to recognize the crucial importance of Early College Programs for the state’s high school students aspiring to attend college. Early College means earning college credits while still enrolled in high school at NO tuition cost to the student. To find out more information please visit UMaine’s Early College Programs webpage.

Flagship Match Program

Did you know that some out-of-state students are eligible for in-state tuition rates? The Flagship Match Program is a competitive scholarship program that guarantees academically qualified, first-year students from several states will pay the same tuition and fee rate as their home state’s flagship institution. Find more information here.

AP credit information

AP Art Portfolios with a score of 4 or 5 can be submitted for review at the beginning of each semester. Please make sure to include original documentation and scores. For more information, contact Justin Wolff, Department of Art Chair

Transfer student information

Please visit the website of the Office of Student Records at the University of Maine for information about transfer credit.

The Department of Art has wonderful new, world-class facilities, which you can see at to, or better yet, through an on-campus visit!  We have numerous exciting opportunities for our students, all of which you can learn more about by visiting and our FaceBook Page at  Please let us know whatever questions you might have by writing or telephoning us at 207.581.3245.