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University Of Maine Application Essay

Application Information

Selecting an Academic Program

Indicate your first and second choice of study on your application or to let us know if you are undecided about what program to choose in a particular college. Details on specific academic programs can be found here.

Academic Preparation

High school coursework should be at the college preparation level or higher. Advanced, honors or AP coursework is encouraged. Candidates should have four units of English, three to four units of mathematics (at least algebra I and II, and geometry; some programs require advanced mathematics), two to three units of a lab science (some programs require specific science courses), two units of foreign language and two to three units of social studies. Computer science and fine arts courses are strongly recommended. Transfer students may use completed college coursework to replace missing required high school courses.


A complete application for first-year and transfer applicants includes:

  • a completed application (either the Mobile Friendly App or the Common Application)
  • an official high school transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores (waived for transfers with more than 12 completed credits or applicants age 20 and older)
  • official college transcripts for all attempted college coursework
  • an essay
  • a school recommendation (first-year applicants only)
  • an application fee of $40. Please note: the application fee is waived for all current and former members of the US Armed Forces who were honorably discharged. Applicants who meet this criteria should not pay the application fee and should note their request for an application fee waiver by checking the “qualify for application fee waiver” if applying with the Common Application.
  • The application fee will be waived for students who have submitted a complete application by the December 1 Early Action Deadline

All application material should be submitted online or to our University Processing Center, PO Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402. Click here to apply now.


All first-time students accepted through Early Action (application deadline Dec. 1) will be considered for merit scholarships. Students accepted through the regular rolling admission process will only be considered on a funds-available basis. College/department scholarships and those for transfer students also are available. More scholarship information is available here.

AP and IB Credit

Advanced Placement credit is available for more than 40 UMaine courses, depending on your AP test scores. Credit also is available for students who have earned the International Baccalaureate diploma. See the UMaine Advanced Placement credit table.

Transfer/Military Credit

Transfer credit is awarded for college-level courses from regionally accredited institutions depending on grades earned. A list of courses already evaluated for course credit may be found at umaine.edu/mainestreet. Credit for military training may be awarded based on American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines.

New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Regional Student Program (RSP)

Through the NEBHE Regional Student program, UMaine is able to make certain programs available to residents of specified states at a discounted NEBHE tuition rate. For more information about the NEBHE program, click here.

Housing Requirement

All first-year students are required to live on campus. For full housing information, visit the Housing website.

Financing Your UMaine Education

UMaine is committed to providing financial assistance to qualified students through a combination of scholarships, grants, student employment and loans. To apply for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received at the Federal Processor by March 1 for full consideration. A late FAFSA is a disadvantage in the awarding process. Be sure to include UMaine’s code (002053). We encourage you to submit the FAFSA online. More information about UMaine’s financial aid programs can be found here.

Important Deadlines:

  • December 1: Early action.
    • Please Note: Applications for Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Technology​ that are received after February 28, will be considered on a space available basis. For consideration into Nursing your application must be received no later than December 1.
  • February 1: Preferred regular application filing date.
  • March 1: FAFSA and International application.
  • May 1: Candidates’ reply and housing filing.

Apply today — FREE — as a Freshman (First-Year student) to the University of Maine at Farmington.

Note: The University of Maine at Farmington CEEB Code is 3506

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying to UMF

  • Complete your Application for Admission, including the essay (see below).
  • Ask your high school to mail us your official high school transcript.
  • Have your guidance counselor or a teacher include a recommendation(s).
  • Fill out the information and sign the front page of the Request for Academic Records form (part of the UMaine System Application for Undergraduate Admissions) and then submit it to your guidance counselor.

Application for Admission:

Key Dates for Fall 2018 Admission

  • Regular Decision Rolling – recommended by December 15.
  • You must submit a completed application no later than January 9.

Key Dates for Fall 2018 Admission

  • Early Action recommended by November 15 for students in the top 30% of their high school class.
  • Regular Decision Rolling – recommended by February 15.
  • Some UMF academic programs may reach enrollment capacity after February 15.

Early Action

Admission to UMF is competitive, so many high schoolers apply to UMF through Early Action. It’s a non-binding decision that often removes the stress and uncertainty of waiting to receive a decision from a college.

“I chose Early Action at UMF and applied by Nov. 15. Since it’s non-binding, I could still apply to other schools. But honestly, when my UMF acceptance letter arrived on December 8th, I felt so relieved to have found my next home. The rest of my senior year was so stress-free.”

— Cailin O’Malley,
Monroe, Connecticut
UMF Early Childhood Special Education major

Consideration for Admission

As an applicant to the University of Maine at Farmington, it is recommend that you pursue a challenging college preparatory curriculum offered by your high school.

AP and honors courses are encouraged.

In addition to your academic achievement, your application essay, high school recommendation(s), and participation in extra-curricular activities also are considered.

College Preparatory Courses Required for Consideration:

  • English: 4 years.
  • Mathematics (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry or Integrated Math): 3 years.
  • Sciences: 3 years (at least 2 of which must include laboratory work).
  • Social Studies: 3 years.
  • Foreign Language: UMF has a Foreign Language requirement that can be met by 2 years (of the same language) in high school or by 1 year of foreign language study at UMF.

Your Ability to Succeed
We believe that your ability to succeed at UMF can best be determined by considering the rigor of your high school curriculum, grade performance and trend, and achievements both inside and outside of school.

SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission. However, when applicants do submit scores we will review them and take them into account as we make admission decisions. Applicants will be given the opportunity to withhold their test scores from consideration when completing an application to UMF.

Note: SAT or ACT scores are required for all students after enrollment, as they are useful as a placement and advising tool.

Creative Writing Applicants
Applicants intending to major in our Creative Writing major must submit 12-14 pages of their own written work. We recommend including excerpts or samples of your work in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Home-Schooled Applicants
We welcome students who have been home-schooled to apply for admission to UMF. Applicants may be asked to submit their results on the GED examination.

Freshman (First-Year student) on-campus residency requirement.

We want you to get your college career off on the right foot and give you the absolute best opportunity to succeed.

Our research has shown that our most successful students — those who became truly immersed in all we have to offer: academics, extracurricular activities, social life, research, volunteer opportunities, everything — lived on campus their very first year. In fact, on-campus residency has proven to be so valuable to our students’ success, we’ve made it a requirement for all freshmen (which we call “First-Year students”).

Of course, we allow some waivers such as incoming students who plan to reside at home within a 35-mile distance from campus, those 21 or older prior to opening day, transfer students with 24 or more college credits, military veterans, those with a medical hardship or a financial hardship, etc.

And for some students, we offer our Be Home at UMF program, which provides FREE on-campus housing your first year.

Our goal is to help make your make your transition to college as smooth and successful as possible. We want you here for the long-haul, to graduate on time and to be as outstanding as we know you can be. We’re in this together.

Farmington is Family Tuition Discount for Certain Non-Maine Residents

If you are an out-of-state (non-Maine) resident and either of your parents is a University of Maine at Farmington graduate, you may qualify for our special Farmington is Family tuition discount offer. Learn more.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
tel 207-778-7050
fax 207-778-8182
TDD/TYY 207-778-7275

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