The University of Maine was established as the Maine College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts under the provisions of the Morrill Act, approved by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, and is proud to be a land-grant and sea-grant university.
The University of Maine is consistently ranked among the top public universities for research by the National Science Foundation.
The University of Maine ranked among the top 100 public universities in the 2018 “Best Colleges Rankings” released by U.S. News & World Report.
The University of Maine was one of 240 colleges and universities in the United States selected to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which recognizes those colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement.
The University of Maine has achieved national and international distinction in a number of signature academic areas including forestry and the environment, marine Sciences, engineering, advanced materials for infrastructure and energy, climate change, and STEM education.
Established in 1935, the Honors College at the University of Maine is one of the oldest Honors programs in the country.
The Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine is a world leader in the design and manufacture of composites structures and has engineered structures for NASA, the U.S. Army Corps, and the Department of Homeland Security.
The University of Maine was name a "Best Bang for the Buck" university by Washington Monthly in its 2017 College Guide.
The University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute is a leading cold-water aquaculture research center in the United States and works closely with the aquaculture industry in Maine, which has the largest marine aquaculture industry sector in the country, by farm gate value.
The University of Maine was included in Forbes 2016 “America’s Top Colleges” list, which considers return on investment, undergraduate satisfaction and alumni outcomes.