UMA Mission

The University of Maine at Augusta 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, excellent student support and civic engagement, and innovative professional and liberal arts programs.

With approximately 6,200 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, eight Outreach Centers

Campus housing: None – commuter institution

Student-to-faculty ratio: 16 to 1

Total faculty (Fall 2014): 89 Full-time and 167 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 eight UMA Centers and 56 receiving sites in virtually every corner of the state.

  • Augusta
  • Bangor
  • UMA Centers:
    • Brunswick
    • Ellsworth
    • East Millinocket
    • Houlton
    • Rockland
    • Rumford
    • Saco
    • South Paris

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.

Total Student Headcount (2015-16): 6,280

  • 25% Augusta campus
  • 12% Bangor campus
  • 18% UMA Centers/Sites
  • 45% Online

Full-time Equivalent Students (20015-16): 2,976

  • 15% Associate
  • 76% Bachelor’s and Post Bachelor’s
  • 1% Certificate-seeking (Title IV Eligible)
  • 8% Non-degree/certificate-seeking

Top 5 Enrolled Programs (2015-16)

Bachelor’s/Post Programs

  1. Liberal Studies (1,077 students)
  2. Mental Health/Human Services (881)
  3. Business Administration (521)
  4. Computer Information Systems (266)
  5. Applied Science (195)

Associate Programs

  1. Liberal Studies (249 students)
  2. Business Administration (135)
  3. Mental Health/Human Services (105)
  4. Veterinary Technology (88)
  5. Computer Information Systems (49)

First in Family to Attend College (2015-16)

  • 48% First-generation

Financing their Education (2015-16)

  • 77% degree/certificate-seeking students received financial aid to meet educational expenses
  • 73% received a Pell Grant, an award that does not have to be repaid

Indebtedness of Graduates (2015-16)

  • $25,970 average and $24,071 median (Title IV and Private loans funding only UMA education)

Total Student Admissions (2015-16)

  • 99% Acceptance rate (2,964 students)
  • 61% of Accepted students enroll
  • 31% First-time students
  • 50% Transfer students
  • 19% Readmits

39% 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 or required for developmental coursework

6% (177) of matriculated admissions are Fall Full-time, First-time Degree or Certificate-seeking (i.e., meet IPEDS cohort criteria)

Overall Student Profile (Fall 2016)

4,394 headcount

Enrollment Status: 67% part-time and 33% full-time (12 credits or more)

Student Credit Load: 8.23 average

Gender: 72% female and 28% male

Race/Ethnicity: 80% white, 8% minority, and 12% unknown

Age: 33 average and 32% 18-24 year-olds

Residency: 97% in-state and 3% out-of-state

Advanced Standing: 55 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: 78% independent (i.e., custodial parents’ income/asset information is not considered in determining financial aid)

Adjusted Gross Income: $28,613 average and $21,542 median

Veterans/Active Military: 7% self-identified or using personal education benefits (289 students)

Early College Enrollment: 9% high school juniors and seniors (383 students)

Statewide Reach: enrollment in all 16 State of Maine counties

  • 25% Kennebec
  • 18% Penobscot
  • 3% Aroostook (northernmost)
  • 3% York (southernmost)
  • 2% Washington (easternmost)
  • 5% Oxford (westernmost)

Incarcerated Students: 1% current prisoners in Maine correctional facilities (47 students)

UMA Office of Institutional Research and Planning | Statistics updated January 2017

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)

  • 79% of Bachelor’s-seeking students entering in the fall semester returned the following spring
  • 77% 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
  • 53% of Associate-seeking students in the fall semester returned the following fall

Graduation Rates
2006-07 Total Entering Cohort

  • 23% of Bachelor’s-seeking students graduated within 6 years (150% of normal time)
  • 8% of Associate-seeking students graduated within 3 years (150% of normal time)

2006-07 First-time, Full-time Entering Cohort (IPEDS)

  • 13% of Bachelor’s-seeking students graduated within 6 years (150% of normal time)
  • 3% of Associate-seeking students graduated within 3 years (150% of normal time)

2013-14 Degrees Awarded

  • 85% of the Bachelor’s/Post-Bachelor’s awarded last year were earned within 6 years (150% of normal time)
  • 62% 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 26% of all incoming students in a fall semester.

Student Course Completion Rates

  • 75% average course completion rate (Grades A thru C-, Pass, Audit / All Grades) for all degree/certificate and non-degree-seeking enrolled students in 2013-14 (Summer-Fall 13, Spring 14)
  • The 2,044 degree/certificate and non-degree-seeking students of the 2013 entry cohort successfully completed 75% of the total courses they attempted in Year 1 and 82% in Year 2 (table below in red). The Successful Learning Rate (SLR) is the proportion of Successfully Completed Courses to Total Attempted (Grades A thru D-, Pass / All Grades).

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

  • Over 14,550 alumni

739 Degrees/Certificates Awarded in 2014-15

  • 30% Associates
  • 60% Bachelors
  • 10% Certificates

Top 5 Fields of Study: Associate Degrees Awarded

  1. Registered Nursing
  2. Liberal Studies
  3. Dental Assisting/Hygiene
  4. Business Administration
  5. Veterinary Technology

Top 5 Fields of Study: Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded

  1. Psychiatric/Mental Health Services
  2. Liberal Studies/Applied Science
  3. Business Administration/Accounting
  4. Criminal Justice
  5. Library Information Science

2014-15 Graduates (N=708)

  • 77% Graduated with loan debt (includes only debt accrued at UMA)
    • $23,392 Median amount of Federal Title IV debt
    • $7,500 Median amount of Private debt
  • 35 Average age at time of graduation

2009-11 Graduates (Maine Workforce Data Quality Initiative)

  • 81% were employed in Maine within 18 months after graduation
  • 51% were employed full-time in Maine within 18 months after graduation
    • $34,584 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 2013-16 Graduating Students (44% Response Rate, N=907)

Overall UMA Experience

  • 79% would return to UMA to pursue an advanced degree (if UMA offered graduate degrees)
  • 80% would return to UMA for continuing education workshops or seminars
  • 79% said if they had to do their education over again, they would choose UMA
  • 87% would recommend UMA to others
  • 81% believe that their career success is/will be greater as a result of their UMA education
  • 81% believe that their UMA education was an excellent financial investment
Educational Experience Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Overall quality of academic program 87%
Quality of faculty instruction 84%
Coursework relevance to current position or career goals 84%
Coursework providing practical applications of material 83%
Coursework providing theoretical perspectives in my field 83%
Courses scheduled at convenient times 82%
Rigor of curriculum 82%
Coursework providing development of research skills 79%
Personal attention from faculty 79%
Availability of courses in my Major 78%
Availability of courses in General Education 77%
Breadth of course offerings 75%
Quality of faculty career advising 68%
Campus Climate Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Academically stimulating environment 73%
Interaction with other students 64%
Curriculum connected to community (e.g. service-learning) 61%
Sense of community 59%
Student Support Services Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Course registration process 88%
Admission process 87%
Billing and payment process 80%
Financial aid services (not the amount of financial aid received) 78%
Library’s ability to meet academic needs 77%
Adequacy of facilities (e.g. labs, computers, building conditions) 71%
Academic advising through Advising Center staff 69%
Learning support services (e.g. writing, math tutoring, Cornerstone) 61%

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

Strongly/Somewhat Agree
Developing better knowledge in my field of study 90%
Working independently 87%
Writing clearly and effectively 86%
Thinking analytically 85%
Defining and solving problems effectively 85%
Understanding my professional responsibilities and obligations 84%
Reading texts critically 83%
Formulating more creative/original ideas 82%
Improving interpersonal skills 81%
Being a productive team member 81%
Using information technology 81%
Speaking clearly and effectively 79%
Understanding people of other cultural backgrounds 75%
Leading a group effectively 74%
Working more productively at my current job 70%
Analyzing numerical and statistical information 70%

Time to Earn Degree

  • 41% said it took more time than expected
  • 48% said it took the same amount of time as expected
  •  8% said it took less time than expected


  • 69% currently employed at the time of graduation
    • 62% were working in their field of study
    • 29% received an increase in salary due to their education
Top 6 Fields Graduates are Working In  Percentage
1. Social/Human/Mental Services 19%
2. Education   8%
3. Nursing   8%
4. Business/Management  6%
5. Medical   6%
6. Retail   5%

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

  • 68% employed in a different field of study
  • 29% seeking employment in my field

Making Use of their UMA Education in the Next Year

  • 49% to advance in their current field
  • 38% to get a job different from their current field of work
  • 31% to qualify for additional education
  • 26% to be more productive at my current job

Updated January 2017 by UMA Office of Institutional Research and Planning


In May 2015, the Board of Trustees approved the University of Maine at Augusta’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2020.

Titled, Transforming Lives: Student Success and Academic Achievement, our new strategic 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. It extends UMA’s commitment to our statewide mission, to distance and online education; and to telling our story 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.