Aerial view of UMaine Machias campus

University of Maine at Machias (UMM)

About UMM

Founded in 1909, the University of Maine at Machias is Maine’s coastal University. Its core curriculum focuses on the environmental liberal arts. Serving approximately 800 students UMM provides an affordable, hands-on, experiential learning opportunity to its students through 2 and 4-year programs, the largest of which is Psychology and Community Studies. UMM is located in Downeast Maine and is the easternmost university in the nation. UMM offers 11 undergraduate degree programs and 15 degrees. The faculty to student ratio remains 1 faculty member per 12 students allowing for the unique opportunity of in-depth relationships between faculty and students. Campus life at UMM includes residence hall programs, athletics, and numerous Greek and student organizations to allow students flexibility in creating their perfect small-town college experience. For more information about UMM visit their website at

About UMaine

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s only public research university. 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. A land-grant and sea-grant institution, UMaine promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campus-wide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. More information about UMaine.

UMaine / UMM Primary Partnership

Promoting enrollment growth, increasing efficiencies, and advancing program and research opportunities are the goals at the heart of the primary partnership between UMaine and the University of Maine at Machias. In the year since the primary partnership was introduced, UMaine and UMM have worked diligently to bring forward strategic goals in administrative integration, curriculum and program alignment, and structure and governance.

On July 1, 2017 UMM becomes a regional campus of UMaine, while maintaining its mission, degree programs and leadership role in the community. UMM’s faculty will report to an executive dean, who will lead the UMM campus and serve on the Cabinet and the Deans’ and Provost’s Councils at UMaine. During a two-year transition period the new governance structure and UMM’s fiscal stability will be assessed.

UMM will be incorporated under UMaine’s NEASC accreditation and will continue to award baccalaureate degrees. For students on both campuses, the proposed partnership has the potential to broaden the portfolios of academic and research opportunities — from shared courses and transfer programs to advanced degree pathways. For graduate students, it also could provide teaching opportunities.

Partnership in the press

UMM at a Glance

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Degrees Awarded

16-17: 79 Bacc; 9 Assoc; 8 cert
15-16: 90 Bacc; 9 Assoc; 14 cert
14-15: 74 Bacc; 3 Assoc; 5 cert; 1 post-Bacc
13-14: 81 Bacc; 2 Assoc; 2 cert
12-13: 92 Bacc; 5 Assoc; 2 cert

Annual Budget

Operating Expenses & Transfers budgets for E&G and Auxiliary for UMM:

  • FY18: $11,426,423
  • FY17: $11,181,699
  • FY16: $11,725,106

UMM Enrollment

Program Fall 2016 Fall 2015 Fall 2014 Fall 2013 Fall 2012
Psychology &
Community Studies (BA)
109 97 102 109 117
Education* 70 78 86 86 81
Business &
Entrepreneurial Studies (BS)
58 60 62 77 66
Biology (BA) 57 51 48 46 52
Marine Biology (BS) 50 55 52 47 56
Environmental Recreation &
Tourism Management (BS)
52 51 47 47 44
English Book Arts 24 20 22 26 33
Interdisciplinary Fine Arts 21 25 18 24 25

* Includes Elementary Education (BS), Secondary Education (BS) and Teacher Certification (CERT)