BSW Admission FAQ’s

How do I apply to the School of Social Work for my BSW?  All undergraduate applications can be submitted directly through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

What is the application deadline? UMaine has rolling undergraduate admission, but all applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by February 1st for full consideration for financial aid and housing. Transfer students should plan to apply by May 1st.

Can I transfer to UMaine? Yes! We welcome transfer students to the BSW Program. Please visit Transfer to UMaine for more information. After you submit your application, our admissions review committee will evaluate your transcript. We will provide you with a copy of our evaluation, and, if you are accepted, you will meet with our BSW program coordinator to plan your course of study.

I am already a UMaine student, but declared another major. Can I switch my major to social work? Absolutely. Current University of Maine students who are seeking a change of major to the BSW program should call 207.581.2389 or email Kelly Jaksa, BSW Program Coordinator  to make an appointment.

During your appointment, our BSW program coordinator will evaluate which courses will apply to the BSW program. Students wishing to change majors must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. After your meeting with our BSW program coordinator, we will provide you with the official “Change of Major” paperwork.

How do I apply for financial aid? Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about scholarships, grants, and/or loans, at 207.581.1324 or at The Financial Aid website is also a helpful place for more information.


Visit the University of Maine admissions page to schedule a campus tour, speak with an admissions counselor, or to apply today! 

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BSW Graduates 2018
BSW Graduates 2018

We want future students to know that at the University of Maine School of Social Work, we take pride in students having direct and frequent contact with faculty who know your name and understand your goals. We offer small classes, experiential learning, seminars, and exciting field internships. If you want a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options, social work is for you!  Social workers are skilled professionals who work to empower individuals, relieve suffering, and affect social change.  They are generalists and specialist who work in a wide variety of settings but apply common core values, principles, and techniques.

For sheer variety, few occupations can match social work and the broad range of opportunities and settings it offers.  Social workers work in mental health and healthcare, in child welfare and aging, in management and in clinical settings.  They work in hospitals, schools businesses, public agencies, police departments, private practices, and many other interesting workplaces.  They are managers, therapists, community organizers, educators, and researchers.  They are on the front lines and behind the scenes.  They are in large cities and in small communities.  Wherever people are, social workers are.  [From:  National Association of Social Workers (2006). Choices: Careers in Social Work. Pg 2-3].