Maine's Coastal University
• Maine’s Coastal University located in Downeast Maine
• Easternmost university in the nation
• First university to see the sunrise in the United States
• 243 acres located across from the Machias River at the edge of downtown Machias, with access to pristine forest and trails
• A short drive from the Atlantic Ocean (15 minutes to the famous Jasper Beach); Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor; Baxter State Park; Campobello Island, Canada; sandy beaches; numerous lakes; countless trails; and many state parks
Type of School: Four-year, public coeducational university
Degrees Offered: Associate, bachelor’s, post-bachelor’s certificate
Number of Students: 800 undergraduates
Student-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Programs: Biology; Business and Entrepreneurial Studies; College Studies; Education; English, Creative Writing, and Book Arts; Environmental Studies; Interdisciplinary Fine Arts; Interdisciplinary Studies; Marine Biology; Psychology and Community Studies; Recreation and Tourism Management
Geographic Diversity: Applicants from 48 US states and 18 countries (2015)
Financial Aid: 99% of students receive financial aid; over $1 million awarded in financial aid (2015)
Test Score Requirements: (Optional) 880 SAT, 18 ACT
Deadlines and Application Fee:
• Priority deadline is March 1 for the fall semester and January 10 for spring semester.
• Rolling basis admission decisions—we continue to accept after our priority deadline.
• Application fee: $40
What is UMM?
At UMM, we believe how you live and what you learn are intricately connected to where you are. Our Downeast environment and coastal community serve as living laboratories where the landscape is part of the learning environment: rugged, beautiful, coastal, and wild. One of the benefits of attending a small university is the ability to set your own course. Our open, diverse, and welcoming campus community makes it easy to be a leader, belong to a student organization, be an active player in athletics, and succeed. From your first day of class, you will find a natural approach to learning and an opportunity to be engaged in an environment like no other. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your teachers will get to know you as a person and genuinely care about you and your success.
What sets UMM apart?
What sets UMM apart from many other universities is the close relationship between the University and surrounding communities. You’ll find first-year students interning at local businesses and performing hands-on research in the regional shellfish, aquaculture, and fishing industries and at the nationally recognized UMM Marine Science Field Station. Students in the Education program are placed in local classrooms their first semester observing, learning, and teaching. Recreation and Tourism Management students enjoy an immediate opportunity to explore our 243-acre campus classroom, composed of woods, blueberry fields, hiking trails, former railroad beds, lakes, and rivers. In addition, students learn from more than 20 state and national conservation and forestry organizations. Our English, Creative Writing, and Book Arts students work with local schools to work on publishing, letterpress printing, and digital media. Service-based learning is central to our Psychology and Community Studies program, with students getting involved with local charities and nonprofits in the surrounding area. When you graduate, you will be well prepared to find a good job in your chosen field.
The Machias community is very much a part of the University community. Local people attend Clipper basketball, soccer, and volleyball games; use the pool, training facilities, and gym at the Reynolds Center; and attend theater and music programs at the Performing Arts Center. Cultures, generations, and world-views come together at UMM in a way that is distinct from other universities. Students learn and live in an environment with carefully cultivated access to a real, thriving community with a wide array of internships, social connections, and other opportunities.
UMM is one of the most affordable four-year colleges in Maine and New England. We provide generous merit- and need-based aid packages. Ninety-nine percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, and on-campus jobs.
Where do our students go?
Employers know that UMM graduates have the hands-on skills to hit the ground running, which is why we have recent alumni working in very diverse areas. We have alumni working with the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, doing world-class research at The Jackson Laboratory, and working at the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the National Marine Fisheries Service in the Bering Sea, and in many other organizations and industries.
Apply to UMM
Go to machias.edu/admissions/apply to get started!