The University of Maine has been highlighted as one of 300 “best and most interesting” colleges by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and then again in the Princeton Review’s “The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition.”
The Fiske profile notes the university’s safety, reasonable costs, strong academic programs and faculty, and welcoming environment. It cites UMaine’s programs in marine sciences, engineering, and Honors College as strengths and singles out business management, nursing, psychology, and mechanical engineering as popular majors.
UMaine is “a medium-sized school with a small-school atmosphere,” concluded Fiske. “Combine the state’s natural beauty with an increased emphasis on top-quality facilities and more intimate student/faculty interaction, and it’s no surprise that this campus draws more die-hard ‘Maine-ia(c)s’ each year.”
“The atmosphere is very relaxed and allows for a more comfortable exploration of your education,” a third-year UMaine student noted in the Fiske profile. Several other students cited the housing and dining on campus, the activities and entertainment offered, and the state’s only Division I athletics program as positive attributes.
Meanwhile, another prominent publication that assesses universities and colleges, the Princeton Review, found similar results; in its 27th annual guide UMaine scored highest in several metrics including student engagement, political awareness, and quality of residence halls. In addition, students also reported satisfaction with the Career Center, Fogler Library, and the Counseling Center.