University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 Catalog
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Secondary School Background


Statement on College Readiness by the Chief Academic Officers of the University of Maine System:

While the seven campuses of the University of Maine System have different criteria for admission and placement, they all share a common understanding of what comprises an optimal, college-ready high school transcript. Students who succeed in college and graduate on time usually have the following high school preparation in the core academic areas:

Four years of English courses that incorporate a variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction, essays, memoirs, journalism) and that emphasize expository and analytic writing skills.

Four years of mathematics courses that include at least algebra I and II, geometry, and a 12th grade college-preparatory math course that provides a solid foundation in quantitative and algebraic reasoning. For those students planning to major in mathematics, science, or a technical or professional field that requires advanced math skills, a pre-calculus or calculus course is strongly recommended.

At least three years of laboratory science - offered as either separate courses or as integrated core classes that include the study of biology, chemistry, and physics. Science courses should emphasize the writing of technical reports and the quantitative representations and analyses of data.

At least three years of history and social science in courses that emphasize reading of primary and secondary texts, writing of analytic and expository essays, and use of quantitative data and research findings.

At least two years of study in a language other than English - including ASL American Sign Language.

Admission Criteria for the University of Maine Farmington (UMF)

The degree of academic challenge in your high school program of study and rank-in-class (a numerical comparison with other seniors) are significant in the admission decision. Preference is given to students who graduate in the upper half of their senior classes with a well-planned program of sequential college preparatory courses. Note: Applicants over 25 years old are evaluated on their present motivation and readiness for college in addition to their secondary school record and/or GED results.

Following is a list of college preparatory level course units that are required or recommended for all applicants:

Subject Required Recommended
English 4 units elective courses of interest
World Language 0* units 2 to 4 units in the same world language
Mathematics 3 units: equivalent to algebra I and II, geometry 4-5 units: pre-calculus, statistics, trigonometry, calculus, depending on major area of interest in college
Laboratory Science 2 units (beyond earth science) 3-4 units, depending on area of interest
Social Science 2 3-4 units, depending on area of interest
    Other electives to complete requirements for high school diploma Honors level and Advanced Placement courses, as well as courses that relate to intended major area of interest in college

*Some UMF academic majors require world language proficiency which can be met by one year of foreign language study at UMF or by two years of the same world language in high school.


Another important measurement of maturity and motivation is the official high school evaluation/recommendation written by your school counselor, teacher, or principal. This recommendation is submitted as part of the secondary school transcript and is required for admission. Applicants may submit additional recommendations from other individuals who could provide the admission staff with more insight into the merits of an application.

Standardized Tests

UMF does not require the SAT or other standardized tests for admission, and students are asked on their admission application whether they would prefer their scores to be considered or not to be considered when the application is reviewed.

Visits to the University

We recommend a visit to the University because a campus visit is the best way for prospective students and their family members to learn about any college.  To schedule a visit, you can register at, call  207-778-7050, or write to  Individual appointments are available most weekdays throughout the year as well as a limited number of Saturdays.  Open houses and accepted student days are held at various times throughout the year.  Advanced registration is required for tours and for information sessions but is required for interviews.

Part-time Study

UMF admits a limited number of students who choose to enroll for fewer than twelve credits per semester. The application procedure for part-time degree status is the same as for full-time status. Once accepted, part-time degree students work with faculty advisors to plan course selections.

New England Regional Student Program

Students from other New England states can apply for admission to a variety of programs of study at UMF as New England Regional Students, through a cooperative effort directed by the New England Board of Higher Education. Applicants to these programs qualify for significantly reduced tuition. Further information on the New England Regional Student Program is available from high school guidance offices, the UMF Office of Admission, or by writing to NEBHE, New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111.

Canadian Students

In recognition of the close ties between the State of Maine and Canada, the University of Maine System has approved a special tuition rate for Canadian citizens who are residing in Canada and applying for admission as international students. This tuition rate is equal to the In-State tuition rate.

International Students

UMF welcomes students from around the world, enrolling students from countries in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Students who wish to attend UMF must have completed their secondary education, must demonstrate proficiency in English if English is not their first language, and must meet the requirements for an F-1 student visa, including the ability to document adequate financial resources to support their study in the USA. International applicants must submit all required materials to the Office of Admission by March 1 for the fall semester.

Information about the admission process, as well as applications and International Student Data Forms, may be obtained from the UMF Web site:

Applicants must submit official high school and college records accompanied by certified English translations, and TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not their first language. To meet UMF’s requirement of proficiency in English, the minimum required scores are 79 on the TOEFL and 6.000 on the IELTS.  TOEFL or IELTS scores may be waived for applicants who have completed a minimum of two (2) years of course instruction taught in English. Also, documentation that adequate finances are available to meet educational costs are required. Full documentation of the availability of funds to cover total first year costs is required in order for UMF to issue the I-20 form, which is required to apply for an F-1 student visa. A limited number of partial tuition waivers may be available.

Students who have previously taken postsecondary coursework at an institution outside of the United States or Canada are required to submit their transcripts to a professional credentialing agency for evaluation at the time of application.  For further information, contact the Office of Admission.

A special orientation and other support programs assist our international students' adjustment to the University and the region. UMF is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

Application Procedure for All Students

UMF accepts the Common Application and the University of Maine System Application, both of which can be found on our web site  Paper applications may be available upon request.

All applicants (first-year and transfer) are responsible for delivering the Request for Academic Records to their high school guidance office to be completed and returned to the Shared Processing Center or The Office of Admission. Applicants are responsible for making sure that all necessary documents are submitted in a timely manner.


Dual Enrollment/Concurrent Enrollment Classes and Credits:

If a student in high school is taking college classes through dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment and those courses are outside of the University of Maine System, it is the student’s responsibility to request an official transcript from that school(s) in order to receive college credit for their work. It will not be awarded based on the high school transcript.

A complete application consists of the application form, a required essay, an official high school transcript(s), an official recommendation, official transcripts from any and all completed college level course work. Home-schooled applicants may be asked to submit their GED or HISET examination results. Occasionally, an interview may be requested if additional information is needed. International applicants must include the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores if English is not their first language or if they have not graduated from an educational institution in the U.S., as well as financial records to document their ability to fund their education in the U.S.

Applicants requiring special assistance in the application process may contact the Office of Admission for reasonable accommodation.


Accepted students are welcome to confirm their place in the incoming class any time before or on May 1 (for the fall semester) or January 1 (for the spring semester). An enrollment deposit of $50* received by the Office of Admission will reserve the student's place in the incoming class. The enrollment deposit will be credited toward semester charges at the time of registration. The enrollment deposit for the fall semester is refundable by request in writing until May 1, and for the spring semester until January 1.

*Subject to change.


Admission is not final until the student has satisfactorily completed all high school and admission requirements. The University reserves the right to cancel the acceptance of any applicant when deemed necessary because of changes in academic achievement or emotional readiness for college. In accordance with Maine State law, any UMF student born after 1956 must provide certification of immunization for measles, rubella, diphtheria, and tetanus in the form of a copy of a school health record or physician's record documenting immunity. No student will be able to register without filing the necessary proof of certification. Exceptions to this policy are made on the basis of a physician's written statement that immunization is medically inadvisable. Other exceptions may be made on the basis of sincere religious, moral, or philosophical beliefs, or for other personal reasons. The staff at the UMF Student Health Center can answer any questions about the immunization requirement.

Early Action

UMF offers an Early Action program for the fall semester whereby selected applicants are informed of acceptance before the end of December. In order to apply, UMF's plan does not require enrollment, nor does it exclude from consideration, applicants who have submitted applications to other institutions. Applications received from students which are complete by November 15 will be considered for Early Action.

Transfer Admission Criteria

Each academic year UMF enrolls transfer candidates who have successfully completed academic work at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

Transfer students who do not have an Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university must submit a high school transcript and meet the rest of the requirements for the program for which they submitted an application.

Instructional programs at institutions of higher education differ widely. This means that major and elective courses taken at other institutions have to be matched against requirements at UMF to make sure the same objectives are reached. Students will be expected to meet the established requirements of the academic program into which they transfer, and appropriate application of credits is the responsibility of that academic division. Transfers are required to complete at least 32 credits at UMF. Students with no more than 32 credits may apply as an undecided/undeclared major.

Transfer credit is awarded only for courses taken at two-year and four-year regionally accredited institutions. Only courses in which the student has earned a grade of C-minus or higher will be transferred. Grades in courses accepted by UMF for transfer credit are recorded on the student's transcript, but they are not computed into the student's UMF grade point average. In some cases, divisions may determine that a previously taken course is obsolete and needs to be repeated in order to update course material. Courses that are more than seven years old are not automatically applied to program requirements for a major; rather, a course-by-course analysis will be made by the division to determine whether the course content is still appropriate to meet program requirements. Appeals regarding decisions about the transferability of credits are made to division chairpersons.

Transfer agreements with the Maine Community College System identify courses for each institution that are equivalent to the major and general education degree requirements at UMF. These agreements provide for a smooth transition from the transfer school to UMF.

The transfer articulation agreements are as follows:

Articulation With Articulation Program
Central Maine Community College Early Childhood Education
  Community Health Education
Eastern Maine Community College Early Childhood Education
Kennebec Valley Community College Early Childhood Special Education*
  Early Childhood Education
Northern Maine Community College Early Childhood Education
Southern Maine Community College Early Childhood Education
Washington County Community College Early Childhood Education
York County Community College Early Childhood Education


UMF participates in a guaranteed admission agreement between the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System. If you are interested in transferring to UMF from the Maine Community College System, meet with the transfer advisor at your community college to establish your University connection and to make sure you are meeting the UMF requirements. With careful course selection, Maine Community College System students who earn an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies can complete a B.A. in selected programs at UMF with two years of additional course work.

Transfer Admission Criteria

Academic majors are housed in various divisions. Admission criteria may differ slightly among divisions and/or majors. Transcripts for college courses in progress must be sent to UMF when the semester is complete.

Advising and course registration conferences with faculty members are normally scheduled by the academic departments after transfer students are admitted and pay a confirmation deposit. Transfers are invited to register for classes during the same registration period as current students.

UMF considers all students equally for financial assistance, and transfer applicants should meet financial aid deadlines. Transfers are encouraged to participate in the annual welcoming events for new students.

For further information about transfers, contact the UMF Office of Admission.

Reverse Transfer Partnership:

If you transfer to one of Maine’s public universities before completing your associate degree or certificate at a Maine community college, you may be able to transfer credits earned at the university back to your community college to satisfy associate degree or certificate requirements. For more information on this program, please contact the Office of Admissions.

COVID Grading Exception

The University of Maine System approved a short term policy change to permit the acceptance of Pass (P) and Low Pass (LP) transfer grades for general education credit for the Spring 2020 semester and the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. If you transferred into the UMS during this time period with these types of grades, please contact your the UMF Registrar's Office for more information ( or 207-778-7238).


UMF welcomes applications from veterans of the armed forces. Arrangements for benefits under the various Veteran Assistance Programs must be made through the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 or Some information also is available from the VA Certifying Official in the Merrill Center. Credit for military schooling will be evaluated in accordance with the American Council on Education recommendations on a case-by-case basis.

The Admissions Office will refrain from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.

Advanced Placement

UMF participates in the Advanced Placement Program of The College Board. To be considered for college credit, entering students must have completed a college-level Advanced Placement test. Scores of three or higher earn students credit depending on the subject matter area.
2-D Art and Design 3, 4, 5 ART 199A - Art Elective 4
3-D Art and Design 3, 4, 5 ART 199A - Art Elective 4
Art History 3, 4, 5 ARH 199A - Art History Elective 4
Art Studio 3, 4, 5 ART 115A - Art  
3, 4, 5
BIO 110N - Introductory Biology
Calculus AB 3, 4, 5 MAT 141M - Calculus I 4
Calculus BC 3, 4, 5 MAT 141M - Calculus I & MAT 142 - Calculus  II 8
Chemistry 3, 4, 5 CHY 110N - Elementary Chemistry 4
Chinese Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 CHI 101H - Elementary Chinese I 4
Comparative Govt & Politics 3, 4, 5 POS 121S - Comparative Politics 4
Computer Science
3, 4, 5
COS 140 - Introduction to Computer Science
Computer Science Principles 3, 4, 5 COS 199 - Computer Science Elective 4
Drawing 3, 4, 5 ART 115A - Drawing I: Drawing Outdoors 4
Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECO 101S - Principles of Macroeconomics 4
Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECO 102S - Principles of Microeconomics 4
English Language & Composition 3, 4, 5 ENG 100  - Writing Seminar 4
English Literature & Composition 3, 4, 5 ENG 199  - English Elective* 4
Environmental Science 3, 4, 5 ENV 110N - Intro to Environmental Science 4
European History 3, 4, 5 HTY 199S - History Elective 4
French Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 FRE 101H - Elementary French I 4
German Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 FOL 101H - Humanities Elective 4
Human Geography 3, 4, 5 GEO 103S - Peoples and Environments 4
Italian Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 FOL 199H - Humanities Elective 4
Japanese Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 JPN 101H -  Elementary Japanese 4
Latin 3, 4, 5 FOL 199H - Humanities Elective 4
Music Theory 3, 4, 5 MUS 199A - Music Elective 4
Physics 1 or 2 3, 4, 5 PHY 199N - Physics Elective 4
Psychology 3, 4, 5 PSY 101S - General Psychology 4
Spanish & Culture 3, 4. 5 SPA 101H - Elementary Spanish I 4
Statistics 3, 4, 5 MAT 120M - Introductory Statistics 4
U.S. Government & Politics 3, 4, 5 POS 101S - Introduction to American Government 4
United States History 3, 4, 5 HTY 103S - US History I 4
World History: Modern
3, 4, 5
HTY 110S - Global History I

*May count as ENG 100

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CLEP Test Policy

American Government
Intro to American Government
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 ENG 181">ENG 181 Literary Analysis and Interpretation 3
Introductory Biology
Calculus I
Elementary Chemistry
College Composition 50 ENG 100">ENG 100 Writing Seminar 3
Financial Accounting**
Principles of Accounting
French I
Elem French I, II
History of the US I
US History I
History of the US II
US History II
Human Growth and Development
Child and Adolescent Development
General Elective
Introduction to Educational Psychology
Psychology Elective
Introductory Psychology
General Psychology
Introductory Sociology
Introduction to Sociology
Principles of Management
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
Principles of Marketing
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Spanish I
Elem Spanish I, II
Western Civilization I
Global History I
Western Civilization II
Global History II
*UMF will accept credit for one natural science course, not two.
**Credit will be awarded provided that the student also passes an in-house test.
Note:  The required scores and credits awarded follow the American Council of Education (ACE) CLEP recommendations.  The minimum scores listed here are subject to change based on updates from the College Board.
UMF Policy:  To be accepted as equivalents for specific UMF courses, CLEP tests must have been taken prior to matriculation i.e., the start of a student's first semester.  Credit for CLEP will also be granted in situations where students
in good academic standing have had to interrupt their studies for more than two consecutive semesters and have taken one or more CLEP exams prior to re-matriculation.  Students are limited to earning a total of 16 credits (the equivalent of
one semester of full-time study) via CLEP testing.


Seal of Bilingualism/Biliteracy

The Seal of Bilingualism/Biliteracy is an award that recognizes students’ achievement in language learning. Students who are proficient in English and an additional language may earn the Seal of Bilingualism/Biliteracy by demonstrating their skills on an approved assessment. Students receive a seal affixed to their diploma and an indication of receiving the Seal of Bilingualism/Biliteracy on their high school transcripts. This award elevates the study of languages and gives students an edge for their college applications and professional careers.  In order to be eligible for the Seal, students must complete one of the following in each category:


Minimum Evidence of Proficiency


  •     Meeting English Language Arts (ELA) standards required for graduation
  •     480 or above for ELA on SAT
  •     Score of 3 or above on AP English Language or AP English Literature
  •     ELLs score composite proficiency level of 5.0 or above on ACCESS


Additional Language

General Language tests

  • Score of 3 or above on World Language AP exam
  • Score of 4 on IB World Language Exam
  • Score of I2 or above on ACTFL Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency n    Languages (AAPPL)
  • Achieve a proficiency rating of Intermediate-Mid or higher on ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI/OPIc)*
  • Score of 5 or above on STAMP 4S Score of 5 or above on WorldSpeak
  • Score of 4 on National Examinations in World Language (NEWL)
  • Score of 6 on ALTA Language test

Language Specific Tests

  • Score of 3 or above on American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)
  • Score of Intermediate Plus or above on Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI)
  • Score of 5 or above on Avant Arabic Assessments
  • Score of 5 on Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)
  • Score of CERF B1 on Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française/Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DELF/DALF)
  • Score of CERF B1 on Deutsches Sprachdiplom I (DSD)
  • Score of CERF B1 on Ellinomatheia
  • Score of I2 on the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA)
  • Score of 5 or above on Avant Spanish Heritage Language Test
  • Score of CERF B1 on Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)

Additional pathways

  • Provide transcripts from a school in a foreign country showing at least three years of instruction in the student’s home/native language in Grade 8 or beyond, with an equivalent grade average of B or higher
  • For Less Common World Language and Native American Languages where testing is not available through the above tests, please reach out to the Maine DOE World Languages Specialist to establish an appropriate measure of intermediate-mid proficiency based on the ACTFL Proficiency Scale


*Students seeking the Seal of Biliteracy through the ACTFL OPI may be required to show proficiency in other available language modalities using the ACTFL Listening (LPT), Reading (RPT), and/or Writing (WPT) tests.

Process:    Beginning with the Class of 2019, the Maine DOE will award Seals of Bilingualism/Biliteracy to any student who meets the benchmarks listed above.  World Language teachers and their administration will be responsible for ensuring that eligible students take the necessary tests.  Districts will submit all student applications and supporting materials to the Maine DOE by May 1. The World Language Specialist at the Maine DOE will review the test scores and, if the student meets the requirements, will send a Seal, letter, and certificate to the student and school.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The University of Maine at Farmington will award credit for the higher level IB examinations for which you earn scores of 5 or higher on of a scale of 1 to 7. Credit will be awarded for those Farmington courses deemed to be equivalent by the appropriate UMF departments, with a minimum of three credits and a maximum of eight credits per examination. An official transcript from the College Board is required for transfer credit evaluation.


Former students who wish to return to UMF may obtain applications for re-entry from the Merrill Center for Student Services. Students who left the University in good standing are eligible to apply for re-entry to any regular academic semester, but re-entry is not automatic.  See Re-entry to the University under Academic Policies for further information.
Students who have been suspended will not ordinarily be considered for readmission until a full academic year has passed. Students seeking readmission should write to the Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Sciences, explaining why they believe they are ready to resume studies. Evidence of achievement while away from UMF (such as letters of recommendation from employers and academic transcripts) should be included with the letter.

Students who have been suspended twice ordinarily will not be considered for readmission for five years.

A student who has been suspended for disciplinary reasons must obtain clearance from the Vice President for Student Affairs before the application is acted upon by the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost.


Students who are requesting to live in on-campus housing must submit the completed residence life Housing Application and Room & Board Contract. All first year students are required to live on campus.

High School Transcripts

The University of Maine at Farmington requires first year students to have earned a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent in order to be admitted to one of its programs of study.

Deferral of Admission

Admitted students may request to defer/delay their entry to Farmington for a semester or a full year. Students should discuss this process with the Office of Admissions but can find additional information and the steps to make the request as well as deferral agreement at

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