Transfer to UMF
Ready to Make a Change For the Best?
If you're interested in transferring from a community college or another four-year institution, then the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) may be the right place for you.
Founded nearly 150 years ago as Maine's first public institution of higher education, the University of Maine at Farmington is the public liberal arts college for the state of Maine. It's our mission. It's who we are. It's in our collective DNA.
At the University of Maine at Farmington we like transfer students. You've experienced someplace else and you had the courage and conviction to know you know what you want ... and what you don't want. That's gutsy and we like it. In fact, we've found that driven, independent-minded transfer students like you end up being among our best students.
You'll probably fit in well here.
UMF is home to approximately 2,000 full-time students, many of whom transferred here from community colleges and four-year colleges (large and small, urban and rural, private and public, big-name and lesser-name schools) from around the nation.
A National Reputation The University of Maine at Farmington is Maine's nationally-acclaimed public liberal arts college. We have been named a "Best College" for 16 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report (2013-1998). Rooted in a rich tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies – at an exceptional value.
One of our core values is personal attention to our students. We promote student success through small classes, close student-faculty collaboration, and hands-on learning in a residential campus setting.
"Everything here is pretty student-friendly. So I think that that's one of the nice things about Farmington — the close campus / town atmosphere. And the fact that UMF is a smaller school is great. Here you have a better connection with a lot of your professors."
— Shane Koski
Computer Science major
From Auburn, Maine
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Nationally Recognized as a "Best Value School"
You already know the University of Maine at Farmington was named a "Best College" 16 years in a row by U.S.News & World Report (2013–1998).
But did you know the University of Maine at Farmington was also recognized by U.S.News as one of its "Great Schools at Great Prices" for two consecutive years? (2013, 2012). According to U.S.News, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. The University of Maine at Farmington, Bowdoin, Bates and Colby colleges were the only Maine schools named to the U.S.News list of Best Value Schools.
At the University of Maine at Farmington, High Quality is Highly Affordable
At Last, an Affordable Alternative
With college costs soaring, it's no wonder you're concerned about cost. As those skyrocketing expenses get tougher to meet year after year after year, you're probably wondering just what you're getting for your money. Well, the University of Maine at Farmington is the Alternative to a pricey private (or out-of-state) college.
Plus a Special $1,000 Scholarship Just for Transfer Students
Not only did UMF decide to freeze its tuition rate for 2012-2013, it also offers a new $1,000 scholarship dedicated specifically to qualifying Transfer Students. We understand the economy and the impact it's having on college students. And we really want to help you earn your four year degree.
"I when I first started looking at changing my major to Community Health Education, I saw on UMF's website that it had a good program. And it's closer to my hometown, so I was able to commute. Transferring to Farmington saved me a lot of money. Last year, I encouraged my sister to transfer here. I told her all about the place and that I really felt comfortable here. She came to visit one weekend and absolutely loved it. So much so, she ended up transferring here, too -- Farmington got both of us!"
— Kristen Simoneau
Community Health Education major
From Jay, Maine
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A 2011 survey of May 2010 University of Maine at Farmington graduates found that 91% of those who responded are either employed or attending graduate or professional school. Today's ever-changing job demands and emerging technologies reward those who continue their education and pick up new skills. Your UMF liberal arts education prepares you so well for that challenge.
A liberal arts education at UMF (whatever your major) will give you the skill-set today's employers seek from new hires, the ability to: research and analyze problems, to articulate and write, to think outside the box, and to understand and work with people of different cultures and backgrounds. Qualities that make you flexible and adaptable — for your first job and each promotion thereafter.
"After graduation, I’d like to get a Master's in Social Work. I've talked to a couple different professors here and they think it's a good direction for me. It would also open more doors as far as jobs go. "
— Mary Beth Kirby
Rehabilitation Services major
From Farmington, Maine
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At UMF, You'll Be Treated Like a Person – Not a Number
We understand that at some large universities you can feel like you're treated like a number, that you're an anonymous face in a vast sea of other people. Enormous lecture halls, mobs of people, professors who don't even know your name. (We hear this from students who transfer here from big schools.) Well, UMF is the Alternative to a big, impersonal school. Here, you'll get to know everyone and everyone will get to know you.
Here, it's all About YOU
The University of Maine at Farmington is a small, friendly, traditional campus where students are the center of the universe. Our small classes are taught by engaged, dedicated professors. Though many UMF faculty are nationally-recognized experts in their fields, they have a passion for teaching and also take the time to get to know their students.
Collaborating with students on a research project, holding office hours to review a term paper, helping with a multimedia project, or just chatting over a cup of coffee, UMF professors make themselves available to meet and talk with you: before classes, between classes, and after classes. They take the time and interest to get to know you personally — your research passions, your favorite sports teams, what bands you're listening to, your favorite authors, and more.
Sharing ideas, debating issues, conducting research, or helping with a tricky assignment, our professors will become an active part of your life. And some will even become treasured lifelong mentors. This doesn't happen at all schools, but it IS part of "The Farmington Way."
"At the school I transferred from, they weren't interested in changing anything. No matter if we needed faster Internet service, better lunches — stuff like that; it seemed they just didn’t care. But here it's totally the opposite — they're always looking to change things for the better. Farmington does an amazing job of listening to the students. They do a great job with that, and a lot of programs are even run by the students. Like, the college radio station is completely run by the students and they do an amazing job with it. Here at Farmington, people go out of their way to help you."
— Joel Hatfield
Secondary / Middle Education major
From Palermo, Maine
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Take a Look Around
Check out our website and see if you like what we offer. If you like what you see and want to explore your transfer options in more detail, please contact us or come by for a visit.
We'd be happy to help you determine which of your courses will transfer in, walk you through the transfer process, and answer any questions you might have about transferring to UMF.
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994