History, Affiliations and Rankings
The University of Maine (UMaine) was initially known as the Maine College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts when it was founded in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln in accordance with the terms of the Morrill Act. 13 students attended the first session in 1868. The institution received its current name in 1897. The University of Maine at Orono was renamed in 1968, against the wishes of the faculty, when the University of Maine System was founded. In 1986, the name was changed back to the University of Maine. It is accredited by The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Other academic affiliations are UArctic, Sea-grant and Space-grant and Insports it is affiliated with NCAA Division I – America East, Hockey East and CAA. US News & World Report 2022 has ranked it at 855 places.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
In addition to academic buildings, dining facilities, 17 residence halls, two villages, fitness centres, and other amenities for the use of the students, the 660-acre UMaine main campus is situated in Orono, Maine. Students can join more than 200 organisations to discover people who think as they do. Adventure sports including kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, and other activities are available through the campus recreation programme. It maintains its 150-year reputation by providing high-quality conventional education at a reasonable price. The College of Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors College, College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, Maine Business School, and a graduate school are just a few of the colleges and schools connected to the University of Maine. The university offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees. Students at this institution have a choice of more than 100-degree programmes.
Accomplishments and Alumni
It is ranked at #401-500 by Universities Rankings- ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) 2021 and #213 by US News & World Report- National University Ranking in 2022. UMaine boasts a long list of alumni who are thriving in their own fields, whether it be the arts, politics, business, athletics, literature, science, or engineering. A few of the more well-known figures connected to the university are Brad Sullivan, Stephen King, Nick DiPaolo, Lawrence Bender, and Biff Elliot, who is a sportscaster and an actor (actor). In the world of politics, notable figures include Peter Edgecomb, a state representative from Caribou, Emily Cain, a state legislator and past candidate for the U.S. Congress, John Baldacci, a former governor of Maine, and Joseph E. Brennan, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
There are now 11,561 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the university with 43% male and 57% female. There are typically 25 students in each class, and the student-to-teacher ratio is 16:1. Students at the university come from 50 US states and 70 different countries. The University has students from a wide range of backgrounds, including race, national origin, religion, beliefs, age, socioeconomic level, gender, sexual orientation, and handicap status. University's vibrant and diverse campus offers several opportunities for students to engage with their peers. Some of the top companies that visit the university are IDEXX, Northern Light Health, Unum, TD, Tyler Technologies, Bangor Savings Bank, Maine Health, Sappi, WEX, Fidelity Investments, Abbott, Amazon, Microsoft, etc.