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With approximately 5,000 students, UMA is the third largest university in the University of Maine System. Below are some quick facts on our institution, with much more information available elsewhere on this site.

Our mission

The University of Maine at Augusta, a regional state university, provides baccalaureate and select associate degrees to meet the educational, economic and cultural needs of Central Maine. Based on a common liberal arts core for all degree programs, UMA delivers professional programs to non-traditional, traditional and place-bound students.

Our campuses

In addition to our main campus in Augusta, we also serve students at our campus in Bangor (University College of Bangor) and at nine University College centers and 56 receiving sites in virtually every corner of the state.

Our academic programs

UMA has distinguished itself by offering top-quality, career-focused degree programs designed for today’s workplace.

UMA today offers 18 different baccalaureate programs that include numerous opportunities for specialized concentration within a major. We also offer select associate degrees in eleven different programs as well as 13 different certificate programs.

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Our student population

With our multiple campuses and locations and our array of professional programs, the University of Maine at Augusta attracts a unique mix of recent high school graduates and adults returning to the classroom. All are enriched by the interaction between young and older students.

UMA is especially noted for its experience and success working with adult students, many who enter college after many years away from a classroom. UMA faculty and staff understand the special challenges of these adult students, who often need to juggle family and work responsibilities while attending college.

Our graduates

The majority of our graduates leave UMA with a baccalaureate degree in a professional field of study that meets a specific state or regional economic need. Moreover, UMA graduates overwhelmingly stay in Maine, where many go on to become leaders in their profession and their community.

Statement of Purposes

These stated purposes provide a collegial and respectful environment in which faculty, staff and students share these ideals and benefit from these common purposes:

  1. provides a broad range of undergraduate educational opportunities distinguished by excellence and accessibility;
  2. offers Baccalaureate and select Associate Degrees designed for career advancement, personal and professional growth, and preparation for graduate studies;
  3. provides programs and seminars for career advancement, professional and personal development;
  4. collaborates with other campuses of the University of Maine System and other constituencies such as private colleges, community colleges, libraries, businesses, industry, government and communication organizations to attain mutual support of institutional and educational goals;
  5. encourages faculty, staff and students to participate in public service that contributes to the growth and development of UMA’s communities and constituents;
  6. prepares students for current and future challenges and exposes them to knowledge, critical thinking skills, cultural enrichment, ethical, pluralistic and aesthetic awareness;
  7. provides support services, designed for non-traditional, traditional and place-bound students, to foster intellectual and personal growth, academic success, community participation and a commitment to lifelong learning;
  8. provides faculty and staff with professional development activities that include scholarly research, scientific inquiry, literary and artistic expression consistent with their academic area of expertise;
  9. provides an ongoing process of planning and assessment that focuses on institutional growth and development, and;
  10. evaluates the emerging educational, economic and social needs of Central Maine citizens and offers new specialized programs to serve those needs.

 

The 102nd Maine Legislature in 1965 established the University of Maine at Augusta as a community-based institution offering associate degrees under the auspices of the University of Maine at Orono. In 1971, soon after moving to its present location in Augusta, UMA became an autonomous institution, the seventh campus of the University of Maine System. UMA, in that same year, assumed responsibility for providing degree programs and services in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

In 1975, UMA offered its first baccalaureate degree program and began building an integrated faculty community, with appropriate terminal degrees, to teach both baccalaureate and associate degree courses. During this time, UMA also developed a distinctive set of programs, services, and schedules tailored to the unique needs and strengths of its primarily non-traditional student body.

UMA was designated the “Community College of Maine” in 1986 with responsibility for leading the University of Maine System in the provision of associate degree programs and related services throughout the state. As part of this responsibility, UMA developed a statewide interactive television system as well as a network of over 100 off-campus centers and regional sites, and coordinated the delivery of university programs, courses, and services at these centers and sites. In 1994 this system, now called University College, became an independent administrative entity of the University of Maine System. (In 2008, University College returned to UMA.)

In 1995, the University of Maine System Board of Trustees added UMA Bangor to UMA. Founded in 1970 as the South Campus of the University of Maine (at Orono), it later became Bangor Community College, one of the colleges of the University of Maine (at Orono). In 1985, it was renamed University College. In 1995, the Board of Trustees affiliated the Bangor campus with Augusta and Lewiston-Auburn; at the same time the Board also reaffirmed UMA’s role as a provider of selected baccalaureate programs in the Central Maine and Mid-Coast region.

Redirection of UMA’s educational mission has occurred during the past decade. Prior to 1998 UMA offered only 3 baccalaureate programs; since then, however, it has added 15, for a total of 18 baccalaureate degrees. The following data demonstrate how the addition of these degrees has affected UMA enrollments and continues to shape its mission:

  • At its 1996 commencement UMA awarded 239 associate and 59 baccalaureate degrees. Nine years later, in 2005, UMA awarded 337 associate degrees and 232 baccalaureate degrees, a 25% increase in baccalaureate degree graduates.
  • Similarly, the ratio of credit hours between associate and baccalaureate students changed as well. In fall 2003 associate degree students accounted for 23,513 credit hours while baccalaureate degree students accounted for only 13,822. By contrast, in fall 2005 associate degree students accounted for 17,872 credit hours and baccalaureate students for 17,941, representing an increase in just two years from 37% to 51% of total credit hours generated by degree candidates enrolled in baccalaureate programs.

This increase in baccalaureate credit hours and degrees confirms UMA’s current designation as a Carnegie Classification Associate/Baccalaureate institution.

The University of Maine at Augusta is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial, but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
(781) 271-0022
E-mail: cihe@neasc.org

At UMA, we like to say, “Stay Close, Go Far.” That’s because with campuses in Augusta and Bangor and with University College Centers and Community Learning Sites across the state, one is never far from a UMA classroom.

Our Augusta Campus

Most UMA students attend classes on our beautiful Augusta campus. At the heart of the campus is a large central green, ringed by the Katz Library, classroom buildings, the eye-catching Human Rights and Holocaust Center, and Jewett Hall, home of the Danforth Art Gallery and a concert and performance auditorium.

Rounding out the campus green is the Richard J. Randall Student Center. The hub for all student activities and many student enrollment services, the Student Center is where you’ll also find our café, bookstore, a state-of-the-art computer lab, and a great lounge for studying or just hanging out with friends.

A short walk from the campus green is Robinson Hall. Among the many offices you’ll find at Robinson Hall are Student Financial Services, the Dean of Students, the Registrar, and the Bursar. The Office of Institutional Research and Planning is also situated here.

Just up the road is the Farmhouse where more administrative offices are located. Nearby are some great nature trails, our playing fields, and the Augusta Civic Center, where the basketball teams compete and the fitness center is located.

Our Bangor Campus: UMA Bangor

Consisting of approximately 160 acres, the UMA Bangor campus has a distinctly spacious feel. Campus buildings are small and conveniently situated, with administrative offices and student services conveniently centralized in the recently renovated Lewiston Hall. The physical environment is both easy to negotiate and conducive to casual interaction, and includes a beautiful new library space, modern labs, student lounges, and its own fitness center.

Furthermore, UMA Bangor features small classes, close student-faculty relations and individualized advice and attention. Newcomers immediately feel welcome and adjust easily to the informal and friendly atmosphere.

University College Centers

Responsible for administering nine University College Centers and 56 community learning sites across the state. UMA coordinates most of the distance learning for the University of Maine System. With centers from York to Aroostook counties, University College Centers make a UMA education accessible to almost anyone, no matter where they live.

Visit the University College site