University of Maine at Augusta

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Admissions FAQ

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How can I tour a UMA campus?

We encourage prospective students to visit one of our two campus locations to see first hand what it’s like to attend UMA. We’ll be glad to show our facilities, discuss our academic programs, describe our student support services, and even arrange a visit to a class.
Please call one of the numbers listed below to schedule a visit:
Augusta: (877) UMA-1234 or (207) 621-3185
Bangor: (207) 262-7800

How do I apply for admission?

Applying to UMA is an easy three-step process.

Step one: Complete one of the following application forms:
– UMS On-line Student Application Form
– UMA Student Application Form
– International Student Application Form
– Application for Readmission

Step two: Send UMA a one-time $40 application fee.

Step three: Have official transcripts sent directly from your high school (faxes and photocopies acceptable) and all previous college(s).

Go to “Ready to Apply” to find out more.

Are there application deadlines?

Applications will be accepted at any time but UMA recommends submitting applications by:
– June 15 for Fall semester (March 1 if applying for financial aid)
– November 15 for Spring semester (October 1 if applying for financial aid)
– May 1 for Fall (International Students)
– October 1 for Spring (International Students)

What is placement testing?

The purpose of placement testing is to help determine your level of skill in one or more academic areas. The information will be used to determine the most appropriate courses for you at this time.

We also recommend arranging for Placement Testing by:
– June 15 for fall
– November 15 for spring.

Are SAT/ACT scores required?

SAT/ACT scores are not required. However, placement testing may be waived based on your SAT scores.

Is a personal interview required for admission to UMA?

An admissions interview is not required. However, you are welcome and encouraged to visit our campuses and/or University College Centers.

Does UMA accept home school education?

Yes, UMA does recognize home school education. Placement testing may be required for appropriate placement into college level courses.

Does UMA accept the General Education Diploma (GED)?

Yes, we do accept the GED. Contact your testing location or the Department Of Education of the state in which you tested and have a score report of the GED sent to UMA.

How long will it take to process a UMA application for admission?

Once all of your application materials have been received, it typically takes about two weeks to process a complete application file for admission.

How is transfer credit awarded?

Once admitted, UMA’s Transfer Officer will review your transcripts to determine what transfer credit will be awarded. Once courses have been reviewed, the Transfer Officer will send a copy of the evaluation that indicates how previous course work equates to UMA courses. We will also send an academic check sheet that shows how the transfer courses fit into your UMA program.

Go to “Transfer Students” to find out more.

Are there other ways to earn advanced standing/credit?

UMA offers and accepts credits for many CLEP and DANTES exams. A testing schedule and list of accepted exams is available through the UMA Testing and Assessment Office.

Credit for Advanced Placement courses and exams completed at other institutions is determined by the Testing and Assessment Office.

Advanced class standing may be given in certain programs by audition or portfolio presentation.

Does UMA offer housing options?

UMA is a commuter institution and on-campus housing is not currently available on any of UMA’s campuses. Students commute from home or rent rooms or apartments near their campus. The Office of the Dean of Students publishes a list of rental resources in the Augusta area. Both Bangor and Augusta campuses distribute a housing guide that explains the rights and responsibilities of students as tenants. Augusta: Contact Dean of Students; Bangor: Contact Admissions and Student Enrollment Services.

Does UMA offer sports and student organizations?

UMA has an active student body. Go to “Student Life” to find out more.

What is the current tuition?

UMA has the lowest tuition rate in the University of Maine System. A typical 3-credit course costs around $780.

What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

Applications for financial aid should be submitted by:
– March 1 for fall applicants
– October 1 for spring applicants

Go to “Financial Aid” to find out more.

What high school courses should I take to prepare me for studies at UMA?

UMA expects students to be competent in reading, writing, and mathematics. In addition, we recommend two years of college level mathematics (algebra I and algebra II), and two years of college level lab sciences (biology and chemistry). Some academic programs have additional admission requirements. For more information about specific programs, please review the UMA Catalog or go to Programs of Study.

Where do I learn more about support available for students with disabilities?

To learn more visit: Students With Disabilities

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