Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is the state’s flagship institution, ranked in the top 100 U.S. public universities by U.S. News and World Report, and recognized as a world leader in graduate education. The first master’s degree was granted in 1881, conferred to Walter Balentine in Agriculture, and a year later to the first female graduate student Percia Vinal White in Literature.
In 1923, the Division of the Faculty of Graduate Studies was formally created as a distinct administrative unit at the university. The following highlights reflect a short selection from archived information about the Graduate School.
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