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University of Maine

Orono, Maine

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University of Maine overview
Location Orono, Maine
Online umaine.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small Suburban
University of Maine overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Established in 1865 as part of the Morrill Act, the University of Maine is a public institution located in Orono, Maine, approximately 8 miles from Bangor, one of the state?s major urban centers. The university sits on a scenic 660-acre campus, characterized by a mix of classic and contemporary architecture surrounded by the North Maine Woods, lending it both a rich academic atmosphere and a connection to the natural environment. Known for an array of degree programs, the University of Maine is particularly recognized for its research and academic focus in areas like Engineering, Business, Education, and Environmental Science. It offers a selective admissions process. The campus furnishes various housing options encompassing traditional residence halls, suites, and townhouse-style accommodations to meet the needs of its diverse student body. While the University of Maine sponsors a variety of athletic teams, known as the Black Bears, it is particularly noted for its men?s ice hockey program.

In the most recent statistical year 14,965 prospective students applied, and 14,435 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,317 enrolled in the school.  9,043 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,614 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $11,640 plus fees of $346. University of Maine is ranked 500 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of Maine is rated within the top 47% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Maine overview
SAT 1060/1280
ACT 22/30
GPA 3.42

Applications Accepted

University of Maine overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Maine Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Maine
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$346
Room and Board $11,712
Budget for Other Expenses$2,270
Total One Year Cost$26,968

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Maine
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$346
Room and Board $11,712
Budget for Other Expenses$2,270
Total One Year Cost$48,568

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

60% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Maine students
Subject Percent of Class
Engineering 11%
Business 11%
Education 10%
Social Sciences 9%
Health Professions 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=161253 IPEDS survey data for University of Maine.

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