UMA Mission

UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.

With approximately 5,515 students, UMA is the third largest university in the University of Maine System.

General information: 207-621-3000, 1-877-862-1234.

Type: 4-year, Public.

Awards offered: One but less than two year certificates, Associates and Bachelor’s degrees, and Post-baccalaureate degrees and certificates.

Campus settings: City of Augusta and City of Bangor, nine Outreach Centers.

Campus housing: None – commuter institution.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 16 to 1.

Total faculty (Fall 2018): 86 Full-time and 152 Part-time.

Our Campuses

In addition to our main campus in Augusta, we also serve students at our campus in Bangor (UMA Bangor) and at nine UMA Centers and numerous course 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 offers 20 different baccalaureate programs that include numerous opportunities for specialized concentration within a major. We also offer select associate degrees in 11 different programs, as well as 42 minors, 44 certificate programs and 7 post-baccalaureate programs.

Student Facts

Total Student Headcount (2018-19): 5,515

  • 23% Augusta campus
  • 11% Bangor campus
  • 20% UMA Centers/Sites
  • 46% Online

Full-time Equivalent Students (2018-19): 2,468

  • 9% Associate
  • 62% Bachelor’s and Post Bachelor’s
  • 2% Certificate-seeking (Title IV Eligible)
  • 15% Non-degree/certificate-seeking
  • 12% Non-degree Early College

Top 5 Enrolled Programs (2018-19)

Bachelor’s/Post Programs

  1. Liberal Studies (938 students)
  2. Mental Health/Human Services (557)
  3. Business Administration (404)
  4. Computer Information Systems (204)
  5. Applied Science (168)

Associate Programs

  1. Liberal Studies (227 students)
  2. Business Administration (117)
  3. Mental Health/Human Services (63)
  4. Justice Studies (32)
  5. Computer Information Systems (19)

First in Family to Attend College (2018-19)

  • 51% First-generation

Financing their Education (2018-19)

  • 75% degree/certificate-seeking students received financial aid to meet educational expenses.
  • 71% received a Pell Grant, an award that does not have to be repaid.

Indebtedness of Graduates (2017-18)

  • 75% (427) Graduated with loan debt (includes only debt accrued at UMA)
    • $24,750 Median amount of Federal Title IV debt (425 students)
    • $7,100 Median amount of private debt (22 students)

Total Student Admissions (2018-19)

  • 97% Acceptance rate (2,671 students)
  • 56% of Accepted students enroll
  • 34% First-time students
  • 49% Transfer students
  • 17% Readmits

20% of all admissions (i.e., accepted students that enrolled) did not meet the placement testing proficiency benchmarks in reading, writing, and/or mathematics and were recommended for required developmental coursework.

25% (254) of matriculated Summer/Fall 2018 admissions are Fall 2018 First-time, Full-time Degree or Certificate-seeking (i.e., meets IPEDS cohort criteria). This represents 6% of the total Fall 2018 enrollment.

Overall Student Profile (Fall 2018)

4,127 headcount

Enrollment Status: 63% part-time and 37% full-time (12 credits or more)

Student Credit Load: 8.2 average

Gender: 70% female and 30% male

Race/Ethnicity: 74.2% white, 9.4% minority, and 16.4% unknown

Age: 31 average and 31% 18-24 year-olds

Residency: 95% in-state, 4% out-of-state, 1% international

Advanced Standing: 58 average transfer credits accepted for coursework completed at other regionally accredited schools, recognized by the American Council on Education, high school dual enrollment and Advanced Placement Tests, or previous military experience

Dependency Status: 72% independent (i.e., custodial parents’ income/asset information is not considered in determining financial aid)

Veterans/Active Military: 6% self-identified or using personal education benefits (248 students)

Early College Enrollment: 13% high school juniors and seniors (528 students)

Statewide Reach: enrollment in all 16 State of Maine counties

  • 26% Kennebec
  • 20% Penobscot
  • 3% Aroostook (northernmost)
  • 3% York (southernmost)
  • 2% Washington (easternmost)
  • 5% Oxford (westernmost)

Incarcerated Students: 1% current prisoners in Maine correctional facilities (38 students)

UMA Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Statistics updated April, 2019.

Student Consumer Information

The following section includes links to helpful information on a variety of subjects. This information complies with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, which requires colleges and universities to publicly disclose various aspects of their policies and procedures.

(EADA) 1994 Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) is an annual report that colleges must file with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education concerning intercollegiate athletic participation rates, staffing, and revenues and expenses, by men’s and women’s teams. The Department uses the data to report to Congress on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. The electronic version is available through UMA Annual Equity in Athletics Report. A print version is available upon request by contacting the Office of Student Life.

Student Retention, Persistence and Graduation

Retention Rates
Fall-to-Spring Retention Rate (term-to-term, 5 years combined)

  • 80% of Bachelor’s-seeking students entering in the fall semester returned the following spring
  • 78% of Associate-seeking students entering in the fall semester returned the following spring

Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate (1 year, 5 years combined)

  • 56% of Bachelor’s-seeking students in the fall semester returned the following fall
  • 54% of Associate-seeking students in the fall semester returned the following fall

Graduation Rates
Fall 2012 Total Entering Cohort (Bachelor’s, Associates and Certificate Students; First-time and Transfer Students; Full-time and Part-time Students)

  • 26% of Bachelor’s-seeking students graduated within 6 years (150% of normal time)
  • 17% of Associate-seeking students graduated within 3 years (150% of normal time)

Fall 2012 First-time, Full-time entering Cohort (IPEDS)

  • Overall Graduation Rate (Bachelor’s, Associates and Certificate Students)
    • 18% of all F’12 First-time, Full-time Degree/Certificate-seeking students completed a degree within 150% of normal time.
  • Bachelor’s Graduation Rate
    • 15% of all F’12 First-time, Full-time Bachelor’s-seeking students completed a bachelor’s degree within 150% of normal time.
  • Overall Transfer-out Rate
    • 18% of all F’12 First-time, Full-time Degree/Certificate-seeking Students transferred to another institution within 150% of normal time.

2017-18 Degrees Awarded

  • 85% of the Bachelor’s/Post-Bachelor’s awarded last year were earned within 6 years (150% of normal time)
  • 73% of Associates awarded last year were earned within 3 years (150% of normal time)

The Student Achievement Measure

The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) tracks student progress and completion across higher education. Also, SAM includes a larger percentage of students than the traditional federal graduation rate of only first-time, full-time students at UMA. The first-time, full-time student cohort traditionally only accounts for about 25% of all incoming students in a fall semester.

Student Course Completion Rates

  • 76% average course completion rate (Grades A thru C-, Pass, Audit / All Grades) for all degree/certificate and non-degree-seeking enrolled students in 2015-16 (Fall ’15, Spring-Summer ’16)

UMA Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Statistics updated April, 2019.

Graduates: Areas of Study, Debt, Employment, Higher Education, Satisfaction

  • Over 16,300 alumni

600 Degrees/Certificates Awarded in 2017-18

  • 20% Associates
  • 69% Bachelors
  • 11% Certificates

Top 5 Fields of Study: Associate Degrees Awarded

  1. Dental Assisting/Hygiene
  2. Liberal Studies
  3. Veterinary Technology
  4. Business Administration
  5. Medical Laboratory Technology,
    Justice Studies (tie)

Top 5 Fields of Study: Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded

  1. Psychiatric/Mental Health Services
  2. Liberal Studies
  3. Applied Science
  4. Business Administration/Management/Accounting
  5. Nursing

2017-18 Graduates (N=568)

  • 75% Graduated with loan debt (includes only debt accrued at UMA)
    • $24,750 Median amount of Federal Title IV debt
    • $7,100 Median amount of Private debt
  • 36 Average age at time of graduation

2012-14 Graduates (Maine Workforce Data Quality Initiative)

  • 81% were employed in Maine within 18 months after graduation
  • 55% were employed full-time in Maine within 18 months after graduation
    • $32,157 average full-time wage

Graduates Pursuing Higher Learning (2009-10 thru 2013-14)

  • 33% have continued their education at a higher level than their UMA award
  • 46% of associates graduates have continued their education at the bachelor’s level
    • 92% continue at UMA to earn a bachelor’s degree
  • 20% of bachelor’s graduates have continued their education at the graduate level
    • 77% entered graduate school within 2 years of graduation

Top 5 Graduate Schools

  1. University of Maine
  2. University of Southern Maine
  3. Southern New Hampshire University
  4. University of New England
  5. Thomas College

Top 5 Areas of Study in Graduate School

  1. Education
  2. Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services
  3. Public Administration & Social Services Professions
  4. Health Professions & Related Clinical Services
  5. Psychology

Survey of 2015-18 Graduating Students (41% Response Rate, N=767)

Overall UMA Experience

  • 79% would return to UMA to pursue an advanced degree (if UMA offered graduate degrees)
  • 81% would return to UMA for continuing education workshops or seminars
  • 81% said if they had to do their education over again, they would choose UMA
  • 89% would recommend UMA to others
  • 80% believe that their career success is/will be greater as a result of their UMA education
  • 82% believe that their UMA education was an excellent financial investment
Educational Experience Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Overall quality of academic program 88%
Quality of faculty instruction 82%
Coursework relevance to current position or career goals 84%
Coursework providing practical applications of material 85%
Coursework providing theoretical perspectives in my field 83%
Courses scheduled at convenient times 84%
Rigor of curriculum 85%
Coursework providing development of research skills 82%
Personal attention from faculty 81%
Availability of courses in my Major 79%
Availability of courses in General Education 78%
Breadth of course offerings 78%
Quality of faculty career advising 73%
Campus Climate Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Academically stimulating environment 73%
Interaction with other students 62%
Curriculum connected to community (e.g. service-learning) 60%
Sense of community 58%
Student Support Services Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Course registration process 88%
Admission process 88%
Billing and payment process 81%
Financial aid services (not the amount of financial aid received) 77%
Library’s ability to meet academic needs 76%
Adequacy of facilities (e.g. labs, computers, building conditions) 71%
Academic advising through Advising Center staff 70%
Learning support services (e.g. writing, math tutoring, TRiO) 62%

Learning Outcomes:
UMA education developed your knowledge, skills and abilities in…

Strongly/Somewhat Agree
Developing better knowledge in my field of study 91%
Working independently 90%
Writing clearly and effectively 87%
Thinking analytically 88%
Defining and solving problems effectively 89%
Understanding my professional responsibilities and obligations 87%
Reading texts critically 85%
Formulating more creative/original ideas 85%
Improving interpersonal skills 82%
Being a productive team member 83%
Using information technology 85%
Speaking clearly and effectively 81%
Understanding people of other cultural backgrounds 78%
Leading a group effectively 74%
Working more productively at my current job 74%
Analyzing numerical and statistical information 74%

Time to Earn Degree

  • 45% said it took more time than expected
  • 48% said it took the same amount of time as expected
  •  7% said it took less time than expected


  • 72% currently employed at the time of graduation
    • 62% were working in their field of study
    • 27% received an increase in salary due to their education
Top 6 Fields Graduates are Working In  Percentage
1. Social/Human/Mental Services 17%
2. Education   10%
3. Medical   8%
4. Business/Management  8%
5. Nursing   7%
6. Computer/IT   5%

Top Reasons Graduates are Currently Not Working in their Field of Study

  • 72% employed in a different field of study
  • 31% seeking employment in my field

Making Use of their UMA Education in the Next Year

  • 47% to advance in their current field
  • 37% to get a job different from their current field of work
  • 30% to qualify for additional education
  • 30% to be more productive at my current job

UMA Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Statistics updated April, 2019.


Strategic Plan

UMA embarked on a strategic planning process in the fall of 2014 to update its strategic plan for 2016-2020. The plan was subsequently revised in 2017. Our plan includes refocused and bold mission and vision statements, a set of key UMA values, seven measurable goals and a set of actions for achieving these goals. The strategic plan, Transforming Lives: Student Success and Academic Achievement, extends our commitment to our statewide mission; it extends our commitment to on-site and distance education; and it extends our commitment to telling our story of how we transform students’ lives of all ages and backgrounds throughout Maine and beyond.

More information and a copy of our current Strategic Plan can be found here.