UMaine at a Glance

The University of Maine is home to over 500 international students from more than 70 countries. Forbes magazine ranked the University of Maine in the top 15% of America’s colleges. UMaine has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios and highest percentage of classes under 20 students for a major research university in the Northeast. Maine is rated the safest state in the U.S. by the Institute for Economics and Peace and the happiest place to live in New England by the journal Science. Generous scholarships for international students. An ESL pathway program for university degrees. Small classes and personalized attention by faculty. Exceptional research, internship and co-op opportunities during your academic program and after graduation. A beautiful campus and easily accessible to outdoor activities year round.


Maine is located in the Northeastern part of the United States known as New England.  The state of Maine is rated the #1 safest state in the United States by the Institute of Economics and Peace, and is ranked Happiest place to live in New England by the journal Science. Orono is in the center of the state, 12 miles north of Bangor, the state’s third largest city. Orono is a quaint college town with a population of 10,000 and only a 20-minute walk from campus. Maine is known for its natural beauty. Acadia National Park is 50 miles away and is the second most visited park in the country. People come to Maine to enjoy the outdoors and world-famous lobster. Hiking, white-water rafting and canoeing, cycling, and skiing are all available. Read more About the Area.


The University of Maine is proud to offer 100 undergraduate degrees and programs, and 75 master’s and 30 doctoral degrees.  Our colleges and schools include the Maine Business School, College of Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and the Honors College. Browse UMaine’s academic areas.

Student clubs and organizations

UMaine has a very vibrant campus life. The university offers more than 200 student organizations.  Whether you’re interested in sports clubs, athletic organizations, honors societies, recreational groups, professional development organizations or multicultural societies – or even starting your own student organization – you will find friends who share your interest.

Arts and Culture

The arts are a way of life at the University of Maine.  You can catch a Broadway show, see Grammy-winning artists live, enjoy student-run productions, and visit world-renowned museums right on campus. It is home to the region’s premier performing arts center, the Collins Center for the Arts, as well as several museums and galleries. Learn more about The Arts.


Athletics are kind of a big deal at the University of Maine.  And by “kind of a big deal,” what we’re really saying is it’s perfectly normal to scream your face off while watching hockey with 5,000 of your closest friends at Alfond Arena.  Our 17 Division I varsity teams draw crowds of Black Bear fans to our games.  Find out more about UMaine athletics.