Role and Scope of the University

The University of Maine is a nationally competitive Land Grant and Sea Grant university with a broad array of baccalaureate through doctoral offerings.  Scholarship in the pursuit of new knowledge, education of undergraduate and graduate students, and outreach services are central to the role of the University of Maine as the state’s major research University.

Public Agenda:

The University of Maine is committed to working with varied and diverse constituencies to meet education, research and public service needs that improve quality of life for all.


University of Maine faculty stay on the cutting edge of cultural and technological changes. Academic services, resources, and teaching are delivered statewide and beyond. A strong liberal education provides the foundation for all students, undergraduate and graduate, in the sciences, arts and humanities, and professions.

Research and Scholarship:

Internationally-recognized research, scholarship, and creative activity distinguish the University of Maine as the state’s flagship university, where faculty and students contribute knowledge to issues of local, national, and international significance. Research, scholarship, teaching, and outreach are linked in the classroom and laboratories, in projects, and in the culture of the university, and are the basis of the Land Grant mission, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


University of Maine faculty and students provide comprehensive outreach to the State of Maine and worldwide with public service and multiple forms of education to the citizens of Maine and beyond. The university’s service to Maine provides underpinnings for business and industry and addresses the needs of contemporary society.  Our outreach fosters vital economic engines and expands our global worldview in the sciences, arts, and professions.