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University of Maine at Machias


University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Overview

The University of Maine at Machias is a public institute of higher learning with an exceptional reputation for its academic programs in environmental liberal arts.

Programs of study at UMM focus on personal attention and academic success. The coastal ecosystems and Maine communities of the area make perfect classrooms for its academic programs. Students collaborate with faculty in small classes and have many opportunities to participate in undergraduate research and internships.

University of Maine at Machias Undergraduate Degree Offerings

UMM awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and community studies; biology (concentrations in fisheries biology, wildlife biology, and pre-professional preparation in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine); business and entrepreneurial studies (self-designed concentration); college studies (secondary mathematics education and self-designed program option); elementary teacher education, environmental studies (self-designed concentration); English (concentrations in creative writing and literary studies); interdisciplinary fine arts (concentrations in book arts, creative writing, music, theater, and visual arts); marine biology; and environmental recreation and tourism management (areas of specialization in adventure recreation, park management, sports and fitness management, and tourism management).

University of Maine at Machias Core Curriculum

The strong environmental liberal arts core curriculum at UMM provides students with thinking and communications skills they will need for successful careers and lives. It encourages community engagement and active learning through academics and the real application of students' learned knowledge.

All bachelor's degree candidates, no matter the academic programs, must fulfill specific general requirements, including earning at least 120 credits before graduation and maintaining a cumulative GPA of a minimum of 2.00.

University of Maine at Machias Facilities

UMM offers a myriad of special programs, facilities, and community programs to its students.

The university art gallery features both special exhibits as well as a permanent collection.

The Center for Lifelong Learning is a recreation and fitness center for the university and the Washington County community. Monthly or annual memberships, as well as day passes, are available for the CLL's pool, gymnasium, and cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Personal trainers are also available for hire.

The Downeast Institute is a nonprofit organization that serves as a marine field station for the university, and is located just 30 miles from campus in Black Duck Cove.

The University of Maine at Machias also offers an Early College Program for students who have not yet graduated high school and are from Hancock and Washington counties. The participating high school students have the opportunity to take courses at the university.

UMM also offers a child care facility to serve the needs of its students and faculty. The Elizabeth Clarke Flaherty ECEC serves full- and part-time infants through pre-school aged children.

University of Maine at Machias Career Development

Career development offers a comprehensive career-planning program designed to help students with self-assessment, career exploration, job search, and graduate school planning. Many of the school's career development department resources are accessible online, but for this process to be most beneficial, students should come to the career center. The office also coordinates Cooperative Education and International Student Services.

University of Maine at Machias Campus Life

UMM students have access to a wide variety of activities on campus including varsity sports, intramural sports, and student organizations. Varsity sports include men's basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball.

There are two residence halls on campus including Dorward Hall and Sennett Hall. Residence halls are staffed by full-time professional staff and student resident assistants. Each residence hall has a security access swipe system for safety and convenience allowing access to the halls' front doors, rooms, and a 24-hour reading room.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Associate, And Bachelor&Apos;S
Biological And Biomedical Sciencesbiology/Biological Sciences; Conservation Biology; Ecology; Marine Biology And Biological Oceanographybusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business Administration And Management; Entrepreneurship; Hotel/Motel Administration; Marketing/Marketing Management; Tourism And Travel Services Managementeducationbiology Teacher Education; Business Teacher Education; Education; Elementary Education; English/Language Arts Teacher Education; Environmental Education; History Teacher Education; Mathematics Teacher Education; Science Teacher Education; Social Science Teacher Educationenglish Language And Literature/Letterscreative Writing; Englishfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciencesfamily And Community Serviceshealth Professions And Related Programspre-Medical Studieshistoryhistoryliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesgeneral Studiesmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesbehavioral Sciencesnatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Studiesparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studiesparks, Recreation And Leisure; Parks, Recreation And Leisure Facilities Managementpsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionshuman Services; Public Administrationvisual And Performing Artsart; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Music; Visual And Performing Arts


Admission: 442 applied; 365 admitted; 135 enrolled

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred entrance
Application fee: $40
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript, 1 letter of recommendation
Required for some: minimum 2 GPA, interview
Recommended: minimum 2.5 GPA, 2 letters of recommendation, interview
Application deadline: 8/15 (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
925 Undergraduate Students, 71% Women, 29% Men, 6% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
3% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 0.1% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Hispanic/Latino, 3% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 2% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 15% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
Housing Info
41% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required Through Sophomore Year
Coed, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditschool Calendar: Semesters




Total: 89Full-Time: 35% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 13 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Tuition:state resident $6600 full-time, $222 per credit hour part-time; nonresident $18,480 full-time, $616 per credit hour part-time
Required fees:$820 full-time
Room and board:$7900; room only: $4000




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