Hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator (HIAD) testing at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center

UMaine Research and Graduate Education Snapshot

The University of Maine

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s only public research university. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 63 countries. It currently enrolls 11,219 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 30 doctoral degrees and 80 master’s degrees; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.

Signature Areas of Excellence

Advanced Materials for Infrastructure and Energy
Climate Change
College of Engineering
Forestry and the Environment
Honors College
Marine Sciences
STEM Education

Research in dollars

FY15 — $51,134,092 from extramural support
FY14 — $51,169,551 from extramural support
FY13 — $41,704,182 from extramural support

FY15 — $79,500,000 in R&D expenditures
FY14 — $101,247,000 in R&D expenditures
FY13 — $77,583,000 in R&D expenditures


Carnegie classification

The University of Maine is classified as Doctoral Universities — Higher Research Activity

Research Centers and Institutes

Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC)
Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC)
Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI)
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS)
Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CRSF)
Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR)
Center on Aging
Climate Change Institute (CCI)
Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI)
Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center (IMRC)
Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST)
Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
Maine Sea Grant
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA)
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions


UMaine graduate degree programs

30 doctoral degrees and 80 master’s degrees

UMaine Master’s and Ph.D.s awarded

Academic year Master’s Ph.D.s
2015-16 361 60
2014-15 326 69
2013-14 401 77
2012-13 415 47
2011-12 447 65

Additional information




Apply for the position of Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School