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One University -- Two Admission Offices

Students interested in admission to an Augusta or statewide degree program should contact the Office of Admissions in Augusta. Those interested in admission to one of the programs at UMA Bangor should contact Admissions & Student Enrollment Services in Bangor.

The UMA Responsible Admission Policy

Our first interest is in helping our students to succeed. Success demands that a student begin his or her college work with the proper preparation. To be admitted to UMA in a degree program, an applicant must have a high school diploma or must have earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Applicants should be able to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Generally, we require students to have been in the upper 75% of their high school graduating class or receive comparable GED scores.

For students in the lower 25% of their high school class (or the lower 25th percentile of GED test scores), UMA requires pre-admission testing. All other students without college experience take placement tests after admission but before registering for classes. These tests in reading, writing, and mathematics help new students understand where they can best start their new course of study. For more information on academic placement testing please click here »

Many students will find their skills are already adequate for UMA's academic demands, and will begin their studies without developmental courses in their schedules. Some students may need an opportunity to review their skills in reading, writing, and/or mathematics. These students will take the appropriate UMA developmental course or courses. Some students might need more intensive work on their skills. These students will be referred to their local adult education program.

Students needing adult education work on a single skill will be offered admission to the University of Maine at Augusta. Applicants who need two or more adult education classes are not offered admission and will be referred to their local adult education program. The University will encourage these students to retake our placement tests after completing their adult education work.

Some degree programs have additional entrance requirements as specified in the individual degree program listings. Contact one of our Offices of Admissions for more information.

Check out our "Ready to Apply" page for application instructions and document requirements,  or just apply now.

There are plenty of ways of learn more:

  • Follow a link on the left for additional application details based on your applicant category
  • Call 1-877-UMA-1234 (for Augusta) or 207-262-7800, option 3 (UCB) to schedule a meeting with an admission counselor and/or a campus tour.
  • Office Hours can be found on the Visiting UMA Campus page.
  • Have another question? Contact us!

Admission Deadlines

UMA operates on a rolling admissions policy. Applications should be filed prior to June 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester in order to allow time for admissions and financial aid processing. Applications will be accepted after these dates, although processing may not be completed before the beginning of classes. Students may begin course work on a non-degree basis. Applicants for medical laboratory technology, dental hygiene, or dental assisting should apply for admission prior to February 1 for equal consideration with other candidates. Applications received after this date will be considered as space remains available. Offers of admission issued prior to the completion of the current school year may be modified or rescinded if the final high school grade report in June is unsatisfactory. Students admitted prior to May 1 should confirm their intent to enroll by May 1. Application deadlines for international students are as follows: May 1 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission.

Scholastic Aptitude and Achievement Test

Submission of SAT scores is encouraged for recent high school graduates, but is not required.  Official test reports should be requested from the Educational Testing Services, Princeton, New Jersey 08590, and sent directly to the Shared Application Processing Center, PO Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402-0412.  The University's College Coard code number is 3929. Readmission to UMA
Students who seek readmission after having withdrawn voluntarily, or having been dismissed due to academic standing, or for disciplinary action should contact the Office of Admissions for information on steps to be taken to gain readmission. A student who was not academically dismissed must only apply for readmission if the student has not attended UMA for two years or became a degree student at another college after leaving UMA. Readmission is reviewed on an individual basis. All former Cornerstone Program students seeking readmission should meet first with a Cornerstone counselor to review previous course work and to develop an academic plan. All students withdrawing voluntarily or through failure in course work in veterinary technology, architectural studies, medical laboratory technology, dental hygiene, health information management, or nursing must apply for readmission. If readmission criteria are met, readmission is granted on a space available basis.

Admission of International Students

International Application Form and Instructions (PDF document)

Because of limited financial aid, applications are encouraged only from international students who are able to fully fund their educational expenses from their own resources. To verify this, a certification of finances statement must be filed as part of the application process. Applicants whose native language is not English must receive a score of at least 500 on the written test or 173 on the computer version  or 61 on the internet-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have their original testing report forwarded to the appropriate admissions office. Transfer students must present a translation of their college work in English rendered by a qualified translator and an evaluation from World Education Services (  Once accepted, students will be expected to remit to the Office of Student Accounts sufficient funds to cover all tuition costs and fees for the first semester. The I-20 immigration form will not be sent to the student until this amount has been received and has been cleared by a bank. Students are personally responsible to bring with them sufficient funds for books, room and board, and other incidental expenses.