Kathryn A. Foster, President
Welcome to the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF). As a new Mainer — I relocated here from western New York in summer 2012 — I have experienced the beauty of the state, the bounty of the area’s cultural and recreational opportunities, and the friendly generosity of newfound friends and colleagues in Farmington and western Maine. To repeat Maine’s tag line, it’s "the way life should be."
These early months at UMF experiencing the excellence and dedication of our faculty and staff, the creative energy and devotion of our students, and the positive impact and value of our strong relations with community partners has me paraphrasing this tag line to describe UMF as "the way college should be."
If you are looking for a small, public liberal arts college with award-winning teacher education, small classes, residential options, a community service ethic, individual mentoring by faculty, a commitment to undergraduate research, meaningful internships, distinctive courses of study, rich extracurricular and co-curricular offerings, Division III athletics, unparalleled outdoor opportunities — including black flies and mud in spring — and a truly open, diverse, lively, caring, productive, and spirited campus community, think UMF.
This is a place where expectations are high, where people like each other, where you can be yourself, where possibility reigns.
See for yourself by exploring our website, visiting campus, and talking to our faculty, staff, current students, their parents, and one or more of our 14,000 alumni and supporters. Year after year, we remain delighted and gratified by their high regard for UMF and we are equally delighted and gratified by your interest.
Kathryn A. “Kate” Foster