College Ready. College Proven.

Logo of ExplorEC: Early College at Maine's Public Universities

UMA’s statewide presence and institutional mission of access uniquely position the Office of Early College (OEC) to meet students where they are. With campuses in Augusta and Bangor, sites & centers, and courses happening in partnering high schools and CTE’s in communities across Maine along with a robust offering of online courses, getting a headstart is not dependent on where you live.  You can become college proven with UMA Early College.

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On Campus/Online

Courses taught online or on a college campus by a college professor. High school students get a true college experience while learning alongside college students.

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Bridge Academy Maine

The Bridge Academy Maine program combines college-level courses taught at the high school by a college approved high school instructor with Career and Technical Education (CTE) training to help students gain experience and skills in both the post-secondary education environment as well as their industry of interest. Visit Bridge Academy Maine for more information about their programming.

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Concurrent Enrollment

Courses taught at the high school by college-approved high school instructors. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment. High school instructors collaborate with college faculty to align secondary and postsecondary curricula. Visit The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships for more information.

Quote: “I like taking Early College because it’s a great opportunity. It’s a challenge. It gives me a sense of direction of where I want to go in life, and a good head start.” – Cameron, Early College Student

For questions about Early College at UMA, visit the Contact Us page.