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

  • Over 16,300 alumni

582 Degrees/Certificates Awarded to 564 students in 2018-19

  • 20% Associates
  • 71% Bachelors
  • 9% Certificates

Top 5 Fields of Study: Associate Degrees Awarded

  1. Liberal Studies
  2. Dental Assisting/Hygiene
  3. Business Administration
  4. Justice Studies
  5. Psychiatric/Mental Health Services

Top 5 Fields of Study: Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded

  1. Liberal Studies
  2. Psychiatric/Mental Health Services
  3. Applied Science
  4. Business Administration/Management/Accounting
  5. Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Technology

2018-19 Bachelor’s Graduates who started at UMA as First-Year Students (N=120)

  • 78% Graduated with loan debt (includes only debt accrued at UMA)
    • Average amount of Federal Title IV debt  – $30,447
    • Average amount of Private debt  – $3,146
  • Average age at time of graduation – 36

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 Fall 2017 – Spring 2020 Graduating Students (37.5% Response Rate, N=662)

Overall UMA Experience

  • 81.5% would return to UMA to pursue an advanced degree (if UMA offered graduate degrees)
  • 82.2% would return to UMA for continuing education workshops or seminars
  • 83.5% said if they had to do their education over again, they would choose UMA
  • 90.3% would recommend UMA to others
  • 83.6% believe that their career success is/will be greater as a result of their UMA education
  • 83.9% believe that their UMA education was an excellent financial investment
Educational Experience Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Overall quality of academic program 88.8%
Quality of faculty instruction 84.2%
Coursework relevance to current position or career goals 84.1%
Coursework providing practical applications of material 86.5%
Coursework providing theoretical perspectives in my field 83.5%
Courses scheduled at convenient times 85.1%
Rigor of curriculum 81.5%
Coursework providing development of research skills 81.8%
Personal attention from faculty 79.8%
Availability of courses in my Major 81.0%
Availability of courses in General Education 81.3%
Breadth of course offerings 77.0%
Quality of faculty career advising 74.7%
Campus Climate Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Academically stimulating environment 72.9%
Interaction with other students 61.9%
Curriculum connected to community (e.g. service-learning) 61.3%
Sense of community 60.6%
Student Support Services Very/Somewhat Satisfied
Course registration process 87.2%
Admission process 88.1%
Billing and payment process 79.4%
Financial aid services (not the amount of financial aid received) 74.1%
Library’s ability to meet academic needs 75.7%
Adequacy of facilities (e.g. labs, computers, building conditions) 70.7%
Academic advising through Advising Center staff 75.1%
Learning support services (e.g. writing, math tutoring, TRiO) 63.6%

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

Strongly/Somewhat Agree
Developing better knowledge in my field of study 90.8%
Working independently 90.0%
Writing clearly and effectively 86.6%
Thinking analytically 88.0%
Defining and solving problems effectively 86.7%
Understanding my professional responsibilities and obligations 85.8%
Reading texts critically 83.6%
Formulating more creative/original ideas 81.7%
Improving interpersonal skills 81.0%
Being a productive team member 82.8%
Using information technology 83.9%
Speaking clearly and effectively 80.7%
Understanding people of other cultural backgrounds 76.9%
Leading a group effectively 73.9%
Working more productively at my current job 73.8%
Analyzing numerical and statistical information 73.0%

Time to Earn Degree

  • 41.5% said it took more time than expected
  • 49.8% said it took the same amount of time as expected
  • 8.7% said it took less time than expected


  • 76.5% currently employed at the time of graduation
    • 62.2% were working in their field of study
    • 27.8% received an increase in salary due to their education
Top 6 Fields Graduates are Working In  Percentage
1. Social/Human/Mental Services 14.8%
2. Education   12.9%
3. Business/Management   7.2%
4. Computer/IT  6.4%
5. Medical   5.7%
6. Library Services   5.5%

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

  • 72.4% employed in a different field of study
  • 36.8% seeking employment in my field

Making Use of their UMA Education in the Next Year

  • 50.9% to advance in their current field
  • 35.2% to be more productive at my current job
  • 34.6% to get a job different from their current field of work
  • 30.5% to qualify for additional education

UMA Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Statistics updated July, 2020.