Early College Programs

The Academ-e & Aspirations programs allow qualified high school students attending Maine public high schools, state-approved independent institutions, or state-registered home schools to take college courses. These are the same courses our undergraduate students may enroll in and meet many of the general education requirements.

Academ-e courses are delivered using online technologies by our world-class faculty. 

Aspirations courses are live on our main campus or one of our satellite hubs, such as Belfast or at Bryant Pond. 

Students can save up to $14,000 in tuition, fees, and other expenses (estimate is based on transferring up to 30 credits to UMaine).

Early College Pathways are the gateway for students to explore career paths while gaining college credit.

We are currently offering 4 pathways with more coming soon. Click the image to learn more.

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Bridge Year for Maine CTE students

A program where academic rigor and real-world application meet, Bridge year is an early college educational experience that provides Maine juniors and seniors with high school career and technical education (CTE) and college courses.  

As a result, they can leave high school with 25 or more college credits with no debt and with a skill from a CTE school. This allows them to earn an Associate’s degree within 12 months of high school graduation and/or complete a Bachelor’s degree option at a University of Maine System school in less than four years.

Students interested in this option should speak with their school counselor.

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Summer Seniors Early College Program for first-year accepted students

Graduating seniors that are attending UMaine in the fall are eligible for the Summer Seniors Early College Program.

They may take University of Maine courses that start before graduation and receive free or reduced tuition.

Maine Public High School Students and State Approved Homeschools:  Students are eligible to enroll in classes (up to six tuition-free credits) through the Maine Early College program.  

Out-of-state and private high school students:  Students are eligible to enroll in classes (up to six credits) at a discounted tuition rate.