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University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, ME

University of Maine at Farmington
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  1. Small campus where faculty get to know their students.
  2. Outdoor recreation abounds with many lakes, streams, mountains and rivers!

About This Campus

Peacefully nestled in the spectacular lakes & mountains region of western Maine, UMF is Maine’s public liberal arts college, offering quality programs in teacher education, human services and arts and sciences. The campus is in historic downtown Farmington, just a short walk away from coffee shops, funky stores, restaurants, banks, bookstores, a multi-screen movie theater and a whole lot more. Our perfect location combines the active outdoor lifestyle with the arts & smarts of a small college town. With enrollment at around 1,600 full-time students, UMF is about the same size as many of New England’s most selective private colleges and offers many of the same advantages, yet at a very affordable price — providing a tremendous college value in a spectacular natural setting. Established in 1864 as Maine’s first public institution of higher education, the University of Maine at Farmington is a founding member of The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) an exclusive

Location Information

Farmington is located approximately 2 hours north of Portland, Maine and 4 hours north of Boston, Massachusetts.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Farmington
Population | 7,500
Enrollment | 1,600
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/29-12/16
Spring | 1/17-05/04

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 0%
Black | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Two or more | 2%
White | 92%
Other | 1%
International | 0%


Creative Writing program is highly competitive and somewhat limited. Contact UMF NSE Coordinator to discuss.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Elementary Education - The University of Maine at Farmington is recognized for its innovation and excellence in teacher preparation. UMF is one of only three nationally accredited teacher education programs in Maine; was the first in Maine to receive national CAEP accreditation (formerly known as NCATE); received full Maine State Board of Education accreditation; and UMF full-time faculty supervise students in their off-campus practicum and student-teaching field experience. https://www.umf.maine.edu/academics/programs/elementary-education/

Unique Academic Programs

  • Outdoor Recreation Management - UMF's Outdoor Recreation Business Administration program (ORBA) is an innovative academic program with a broad four-season focus and an emphasis on business, with substantial coursework in outdoor recreation — including areas like snow sports, the river industry, adventure sports, hiking and camping, golf and inland fishing. https://www.umf.maine.edu/academics/programs/outdoor-recreation-business-administration-2/
  • Creative Writing - As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the University of Maine at Farmington Creative Writing program provides the opportunity for students to hone their writing skills through workshops, literature courses and hands-on opportunities in editing and publishing. Small classes and an emphasis on one-on-one mentoring allow you to discover and develop your writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Here, you’ll work closely with faculty who are published fiction writers, essayists, poets and screenwriters. https://www.umf.maine.edu/academics/programs/creative-writing/

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Actuarial Science, Anthropology, Art... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/22/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 16 ($288 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Activity Fee $80.00 Semester Home Mandatory
Technology Fee $10.00 Credit Hour Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $20.00 Year Home Optional
Health/Wellness Fee $25.00 Semester Home Mandatory
Unified Fee $370.00 Semester Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Student Activity Fee is a student approved mandatory fee that is administered by the students for educational, cultural, social, and recreational purposes. Unified Fee is used to cover fixed costs of providing educational services that may not be directly related to the number of credit hours for which a student is enrolled. This fee supports activities such as student services,the operation of facilities such as student and fitness centers, and student-utilized, instruction- related services.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/22/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 45% living on campus
  • Double: $2780
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • Students must live on campus
Meal Plans Notes About Meal Plans
All meal plans include declining balance dollars


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/22/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $3624 Year Home Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,386 per semester.


Other Health Related Comments
Canadian Students: Health insurance meeting the J-1 exchange visitor minimums is required. Students can purchase the UMS student health insurance plan or seek a waiver using another qualifying health insurance.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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