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  • 07/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 out of 37 people found this review useful. 1 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Party animals, athletes, social butterflies, people that like being around a lot of people, chemical free people, non chemical free people, people who like studying in quiet, out of state and country people, older people, commuters, people who have children, people who like morning classes, night classes, and online classes. Also people who like cold, snowy winters and muddy springs. People who want to make a lot of friends, friendly people, people who like good and bad food, people who like free on campus activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus before deciding. It is quite large compared to other schools in Maine. Don't get the biggest meal plan, you won't need it. Make new friends, don't just stick with the old ones. Don't take bio 100 unless you have to. Order your books in the online bookstore before the semester starts. Make sure you get a MaineCard during orientation, or be prepared to wait 3 hours for one.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many free on campus activities and things to do every night of the week. There are also many concerts and plays that cost money but are worth it.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors offer a lot of information in classes. Many professors have fantastic teaching techniques and are definitely worth while.

  • 02/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 17 people found this review useful. 2 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those that love community, UMaine really is it's own community within the town of Orono. If you go to UMaine you can't be afraid of snow or cold weather. It does get really cold in the winter sometimes walking to class!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the school has to offer. Don't sit in your dorm all day doing nothing or you will be miserable. Go to class, teachers typically always ask questions on the exam about what they said in class. Take good notes, but don't write everything down. If you're having trouble in a class don't be afraid to ask for help. UMaine has many free tutoring programs on campus that you should take advantage of.

    Bang for the buck

    Paying a lot for a school is really just paying for a brand name version of any product. UMaine is a public university and is on the low end as far as price is concerned, but it is a perfectly suitable for any student especially those who are not entirely sure what they want to do. Don't choose a college based on it's name or price. In the long run what matters more is the fact that you got a college education and enjoyed the environment you were in while doing it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have gotten involved in much that UMaine has to offer. I have danced on the dance team which performs at football games and other campus events. I have also participated in theater productions on campus. There are also intramural sports, dance clubs, and other academic clubs and student organizations on campus. Residence halls are always organizing activities for students to do as well. Near campus there are several night clubs for dancing. On Wednesday nights there is always a free showing of a recent movie. There's always something to do on campus!

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently in the Honors College which has not only improved my academics, but my views of the world and life itself. The University of Maine offers a variety of courses that allow me to learn a ton of new things. In order to get the most out of all that UMaine has to offer, one must apply themselves and take all the opportunities that are given.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 3 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights set up around the campus for a student to use if in need of the police . All you have to do is push the button and the campus police will come for you. RA's give the student the campus police number so if they need to call. The campus is really safe overall.

    Greek Life

    There is over 900 student in greek life on campus, 8 men’s fraternities or 7 women’s sororities. Greek life has been at UMaine since 1874 and is a big part of the school and to those who want to be involved in it. For many students it enhances there time here at UMaine and it is a great community. They support academic support/excellence, and show leadership in the community. Greek life can either be apart of your experience here at UMaine, or it does't have to be at all, it is up to the student. But greek life for many students here is a great experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many music ensembles that are open to anyone on campus, theater productions, there are many sports teams, honors programs, miscellaneous clubs and organizations that you can be apart of. Literally there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    UMaine is great for anyone! The school has lots to offer. Don't be looking to not put effort into your school work though, you have to keep up on that to get good grades. At UMaine you can make the most of your college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Maine is a state university so it is less expensive than going to a private school. As much as getting your bang for the buck, you get out what you put in. You can have the best college experience here or you could have the worst. UMaine has everything you need gives it all to you, just right at your finger tips. But it is up to you to make the experience and get what you want out of it.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is full of beauty in the landscape and building but it also filled with plenty of fun activities to take part in. The Union, which is the student center, hold dances, and different events of that such throughout the year, then there is also many concerts by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, other artists, comedians, and more that perform in the Collins Center for the Arts, and every wednesday night there is a free movie playing. This is just a tiny bit of the thing to do on campus. There is much more to do around the UMaine campus and in the center of Orono, the perfect college town, or down the street in Bangor at the mall or anywhere else. UMaine is in the perfect location for no matter what you are looking for. It is that great campus, the perfect college town, the rural , and the suburban all in one!

    Food and Dining

    The University of Maine has the most dining options out of any of the colleges I looked at. There are three all you can eat dining halls on campus, and there are multiple markets, coffee shops, ect. We even have a restaurant on campus called the Bears Den. The food is really good and you have plenty of food options no matter where you go to eat on campus. The dining program here is also very suitable to any food allergy, vegetarian/vegan diets that any person may require.

    Dorm Life

    First Years are required to live on campus, after that it is up to the student on whether or not they would like to continue living on campus. The dorms are great, in most cases it is two people to a dorm room. There are many dorm halls to pick from for both First year and upperclassmen. They even have themes to some of the dorms (i.e. substance free, outdoor adventure, honors, innovation, ect.) The dorm life is just wonderful, it is a great sense of community and just wonderful to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    The Classes at the University of Maine are very informative and challenge you as a student to think and work. The teachers are friendly and have impressive degrees, you are learning from so of the best here at UMaine. It is impossible to walk out of any of your classes without learning something. Based on your major the amount of classes you are required to take a semester can fluctuate but, if you make sure you take what is required of you and work hard the class won't be as bad. Make sure you keep up on your work though, the teachers are excellent and expect excellence out of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is life is much different, whether you've already been told this or not you can't expect to not work/study and get good grades. Put effort into what you are doing, you're working toward a major that you choose. The University of Maine has multiple options for majors, minors and even graduate level degrees. So what ever you are interested in UMaine can help you fin the right major for you.

    In three sentences

    UMaine is a very welcoming community that embraces diversity. It has a beautiful campus that is full of many activities to take part in. And UMaine is innovative, it is working hard toward many sources green technology and other research.

  • 08/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    My only grievance with the university, although they offer a lot of aid. It is very expensive for a public university. Its very frustrating to know that Canadian students get a cheaper tuition rate than an out of state US citizen.

    Am enjoying being here

    Had a blast, once you find the niche of people you get along with, things will go great. its rare that you see somebody who has trouble functioning in day to day campus life

    Am learning a lot

    A variety of classes and options available to fit almost any schedule needed. You with learn tons from a diverse group of professors that know what they're doing.

  • 11/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    As long as you are somewhat rugged and don't mind being far away from anything close to a big city.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Watch out for campus police, they love to mess with kids -get on your RA's good side from the start. it helps a lot -go to class -take notes

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a great price for in-state students, not the best for out of state students. check your major though, some majors are eligible for northeast regional discount. basically if your state(if it participates) does not offer a major that the school has then you get pricing in between instate/out of state

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the kids here, everyone is nice and easy to get along with. this is just part of the college experience however, the way the administration of the school is run plays a big role too. The administration here is sometimes reasonable, other times not. they also do go off of here-say when in trouble

    Am learning a lot

    As long as you actually go to your classes and pay attention you will learn a lot. the teachers really know there stuff and are usually very willing to help.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus has it's own police department, with 24/7 patrol around campus. There are emergency stations on every corner and hardly anything happens on campus because of it.

    Greek Life

    Can't really speak for this as I'm not in a frat, but there are plenty of fraternities who are always willing to accept new pledges.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of club/intramural sports, frats, sororities, computer/gaming clubs, as well as many pickup activities with people around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody who enjoys being around other people, studying in groups, and having a fun/healthy learning environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Buff Chic Wednesday (Unlimited buffalo chicken wraps at York dining hall). Rumble on the Hill (various competitions between dorms). Healthy High 5k (Run/walk on April 20th at 4:20 PM).

    Bang for the buck

    Not entirely sure what this means, so I'm going to assume it means getting your money worth. Being a full time student at the moment, I couldn't really speak for myself. However, I know quite a few graduates who have made the most of their degree and currently have full time jobs.

    What to do for fun

    Umaine is a class A athletic school, so if you're a sports fan there is a game pretty much every week here. Hockey is hands down the best, as the stadium fills up and gets loud, even if they're losing 5-0. Aside from that, there are tons of students willing to play video games, backyard sports, or anything else, you just gotta get out there and meet people!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Umaine dining halls are decent. It depends on your taste as well as the day of the week (certain days have different items), but there are marketplaces located on campus for those of you who just want a bowl of ramen or a hot pocket. Also, there are many pizza places located just off campus and they all deliver right to your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Umaine is awesome. The RA's for the most part are cool people, and there are tons of first year students just like you trying to make friends. Literally stepping outside of your room will allow you to make three or four friends. The dorm size is decent, comfortably fits two, and there are no real ridiculous guidelines to follow (just don't have illegal operations going on in there).

    Academic Rigor

    Again, this is what you make of it. I am currently a Biology student enrolled in the Honors Program. I have time to myself, but the classes are pretty rigorous. Studying and doing work is essential in each of my classes. However, for some students the classes are not nearly as difficult. It all depends on your schedule and intended major.

    Tips for prospective students

    While this school can be very fun, it is what you make of it. If you sit in your room all day you will not make many friends, or do very well in class. Get out there, get involved, and make friends with mutual classmates.

    In three sentences

    Whether you are a stereotypical jock, party animal, nerd, or somewhere in between, you will fit right in with the University of Maine. The campus is pretty large, but not too overwhelming for first-year students.Overall, I love it here, even if it is a little far from home.

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is great of all type of student who are motivated and who wants a challenge. Also great for those who enjoy the outdoors and being with friends. As well as for students who want to receive a degree from one of the best research universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to have an enjoyable yet rewarding college experience, the University of Maine is the way to go.

    Bang for the buck

    Your money will not be wasted here. You will enjoy life on and off campus. And not many colleges can say you'll have fun learning, but we can.

    Will enjoy being here

    I enjoy being on campus. It has so much life to go around and with neighboring forests and state parks to explore the wilderness, whats not to love.

    Will learn a lot

    Wow. The professors and classmates are really friendly and its such an enjoyable experience to be on campus.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never been afraid walking across campus by myself at night. I think the only things you need to be afraid of are angry hockey fans and moose on the loose.

    Greek Life

    I have a lot of friends who are a part of Greek life, and they love it. If I weren't so busy already I'd consider joining a sorority. They do good things, and the people who are a part of them tend to be pretty awesome.

    Clubs and Activities

    I cannot repeat it enough times: get involved on campus. Join clubs. Go to meetings. Apply for the honor societies. Do these things because if you are, you'll have more friends. It's very gratifying to walk around campus and have 1 out of ever 3 people you see say hello to you. Also, joining the Alternative Spring Break program is one of the best decisions I've made since coming to the school.

    Great for these types of students

    There's a place for everyone, whatever you were in high school. Except mean people. There's no place for them.

    Bang for the buck

    Apply for scholarships, especially if you live out of state. It's a great school and it's not too expensive, but it adds up. You'll get your moneys worth.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, hockey games, movies every Wednesday night, exploring with friends, hiking nearby... There's also volunteering opportunities and plenty of outdoor activities to keep anyone busy. Do your homework, though.

    Food and Dining

    You have to pick and choose what's healthy and what's not, but there's always something good to eat. I especially love Hilltops stir-fry.

    Dorm Life

    I rate the dorm life so high because of my experience with it. You're close to your friends, you're close to your classes, and the RA's were excellent.

    Academic Rigor

    While challenging and time consuming, I'm keeping in mind that other universities might be much harder (like an Ivy League school.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away, with as much as you can. Smile. Meet people. You'll enjoy college so much more if you're a part of something on campus. Also, study and do your homework. Grades are a big deal, and don't you forget it. Go to hockey games.

    In three sentences

    I have found solace at the University of Maine. Whether it be in class, in the student union, or even up in my favorite tree, I always feel like I'm part of something. Like they say, you're in a great place.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Athletic, social, aspiring to attain more knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan to go to the school and walk into admissions with every paper you could ever use if you want to get information from them.

    Bang for the buck

    Really expensive... and admissions has one office for all of it's thousands of students. Very hard to deal with.

    Will enjoy being here

    On campus yes, though the surrounding city didn't have that much to offer.

    Will learn a lot

    Very great potential for learning a lot, wonderful facilities, and professors.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I would recommend UMaine to anyone. Especially Maine residents on a low college budget. Although money shouldn't limit where you go, it sure helps to know you wont have to pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars when you graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your big lectures done with and stay focused. Most likely you wont have too many of those after your first year, so just don't get lazy in the big classroom setting. It'll get easier when the class shrinks.

    Bang for the buck

    You could find much better colleges, but for a Maine resident paying 20k/year, this is quite a bargain for what you get from it. It's probably even worth it for the out-of-staters too. So I'd say they're doing pretty good here.

    Am enjoying being here

    There isn't very much to complain about here at UMaine. The campus is big enough to have plenty to see, but small enough to not have to walk a half hour to get to classes. The foods pretty good too.

    Am learning a lot

    Some teachers are awesome, some are not so awesome, but those are things you'll see anywhere. Fortunately, I have had very fair professors so far, and this helps make me willing to participate more and get the most from the courses.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    parents love the cops here, not sure all the students do.

    Greek Life

    there is a fraternity or sororiety for every size, color, and shaped person that comes here.

    Clubs and Activities

    i play all the intramural sports since i am very competitive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    polar dip, dive in to a pool in the middle of january. it's not for everyone that's for sure.

    Bang for the buck

    college is pricey but i am making it happen by working during free time and receiving some aid from my parents. i have zero scholarships and sometimes struggle purchasing the books i need. i have to spend my spare money wisely to pay for school so i can pay my loans when i graduate.

    What to do for fun

    you name it we got it. and if it doesn't exist you can start a club.

    Food and Dining

    with three different major dining halls and an abundance in pizza delivery services, food is never an issue. the dining halls have a wide variety of foods and satisfy most everyone. who dislikes a buffet?

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is dorm life, small rooms and everybody shares a toilet. resident assistants go out of their way to provide various events and activities to keep everyone entertained.

    Academic Rigor

    as an engineering student i experience a dynamic workload including lab memos, team projects, and homework assignments. the work can be very challenging at times and high stress, but the faculty is very willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to work hard and be very busy at times, but acquire unique knowledge and valuable skills.

    In three sentences

    i really enjoy the university of maine because their mechanical engineering program challenges me in the academic fields i enjoy. the staff and facilities are extremely useful and aid me to acquire the desired skills of a college graduate.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UMPD is everywhere, and there are lit emergency phones all over campus.

    Greek Life

    Lots of diversity, there are academic, social, and other kinds of fraternities and sororities on campus, and if you're looking for that kind of thing, you can easily find one for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great diversity. Something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Those interested in engineering or nursing. The sociology program is fantastic. The psychology program is good, the people in it are for the most part okay. I honestly can't say anything for the rest of the programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, on the last Wednesday of the school year, the school celebrates Maine Day. All but one-a-week classes are cancelled and there is an 8am parade with members of the band fraternity and sorority (KKPsi, and TBS, respectively) running around playing pep band music in front of all the dorms. All the fraternities and sororities do service projects, and everyone else is invited. You can also sign up to play Oozeball, which is essentially volleyball in a pit of mud.

    Bang for the buck

    The school looses its appeal the longer you are in it. You get tired of getting screwed over by the school's financial aid and bursar's offices.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of extracurricular activities on campus if you're interested in them. There are lots of sponsored activities for freshman and can be pretty fun if you're into that kind of thing. Also if you haven't already heard, UMaine has a reputation as a huge party school. Our school song is about drinking. Enough said.

    Food and Dining

    Used to be fantastic, with multiple wonderful options to choose from. Nowadays you have to be an upperclassman in order to get dining funds in order to eat at the Union if you want to have something that won't make you sick. Don't ever eat on campus and expect not to have a disappointing trip tot he bathroom later.

    Dorm Life

    Not bad, but it is significantly less appealing the longer you stay in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I've never had much difficulty with my classes, then again I haven't taken every class in the school. It's not Harvard, it's UMaine.

    Tips for prospective students

    I've had a great experience at this school, but I've never been anywhere else. Consider your options, but remember that UMaine is definitely a great school. Don't forget their slogan, you're in a great place!

    In three sentences

    Dining and other facilities for on-campus students have been heading downhill the last few years. It is hard to find advisors that care about you and your progress. Those professors and other professionals that do take an interest in their students are well worth the search, though.

  • 11/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 6 people found this review useful. 13 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and go to class!

    Bang for the buck

    Besides the meal plan, which is a huge rip off, things are great.

  • 05/31/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I really love this campus! It's beautiful and has many opportunities for any student. My only wish was that it was closer to a big city.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    at the university of maine, everywhere you go you will see a call box with a blue light on the top of it. from each of these, you can call the police if you are being followed, harassed, or just scared and want a ride back to your dorm.

    What to do for fun

    on the weekends there is a club for adults eighteen and over. the city of bangor is a ten minute drive from campus. there you can go shopping, watch a movie, go to a roller skating arena, go bowling, get some good food, or do practically anything that you want to do on a boring friday night. lastly, the hockey games here on campus are full of energy and a must-do for anyone that attends the school. the best part is that tickets are free if you are a student...and if you are willing to wait outside for a little while before the game.

    Food and Dining

    the university of maine has college food. slightly better than what you would get in high school, but overall not exceedingly appetizing. things to look out for are the healthy options that they have at each meal, buffalo chicken wraps on wednesdays, and special dinners that they tend to have once a month.

    Dorm Life

    my dorm is usually quiet, which is nice for studying. however, the bathrooms can get a little disgusting, especially over the weekend when the janitorial staff does not work.

    Academic Rigor

    the school has very good professors and the work load is moderate. if you are willing to put the time in to go to the library every night during the week, you should be able to have your weekends to relax and have fun with friends.

    In three sentences

    the university of maine has a quiet campus, but there are endless opportunities to be social. the university of maine has more clubs than you can think of and the classes are taught by professors that know what they are talking about. the university of maine is a really good school, even for those graduates who do not think they want to stay in state.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel really safe here. Mainly because I trust the people and everyone has each others backs!

    Greek Life

    Go AOII! But if you don't, all Greek life is a blast. We have 7 Sororities (one of which is new this coming year!) and a bunch of fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different choices. I would get involved with Alternative Spring Break. It was a blast!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked men at the hockey games are so fun. Maine hockey fans are the best fans ever.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on and there is a lot of free things to do. Rock climbing, exercise classes, plays, etc. There are also a ton of clubs and organizations to join and participate in. Sports are also free to watch with your Mainecard.

    Food and Dining

    I personally love the food, but I didn't live on campus so I do not eat there every day. The dining halls (The Memorial Union in particular) shut down rather early and that is frustrating. Also, I hear Hill Top is sketchy, but when I have eaten there, I thought it was pretty good. It is right next to the freshman dorms as well.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms. The dorms I have been in are not very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has difficult programs and the teachers expect you to know your stuff, however, they are also very helpful. Get used to studying in Fogler library. It will be your home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the initiative in your course planning. Advisers leave a lot up to the student, so when picking classes make sure that if you are going into a grad school, to know what they are looking for. Also, I would join Greek life. It opens up a lot of doors for volunteering and getting involved in campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine is a great school for natural sciences, nursing, teaching, and engineering. It is unique, beautiful and offers a lot of opportunities for students to get involved. The teachers and people are extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I'd say that the campus safety is great because they are always around to help the students out. There is also a blue button that you can push if you feel like someone is following or stalking you.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is great here, there are so many fraternities and sororities to join. There are so many different types to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is every club you can think of! Plus if the school does not offer the club, you can make your own club if you have 25 other students that are interested.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students! It is a very diverse school that welcomes every race and sexuality. Not for people that do not like the cold though!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is really not anything unusual going on here.

    Bang for the buck

    Just an overall great school to get an education and to have some fun! Every school is expensive to attend, so i'd say that the University of Maine is just average cost.

    What to do for fun

    The town of Orono is mainly just the college and a few small neighborhoods. The weekend are really fun because there are a bunch of bars and fraternity houses that have parties. There are a couple good restaurants, but not many.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. They do always have a good salad bar and sandwich station if you are grossed out by the cafeteria food. The food is really not that bad compared to other colleges that I have been to.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent, some better then others. Overall dorm life is really fun and a great way to meet new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough classes but are very helpful with the profession that you want to have. You learn a lot in 4 years here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have good study habits coming to school. If you don't have good study habits in high school, you will not do well in college.

    In three sentences

    University of Maine is a great place for people for around the world to attend. The community is very diverse and very accepting. The professors are top notch scholars that work with anyone with needs help.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are many safety precautions taken and campus police are very accessible.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular, but if you are not involved, it won't affect you much.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a large number of clubs and activities available. Whatever you like to do, there is a club or organization for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, friendly, hard-working, and focused.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This university has a very strange tradition of Humans vs. Zombies, a game played over the course of a week or so each semester. Participants divide into teams of either humans or zombies, and chase each other all over campus with objects. It is very amusing to watch. Also, Chickenfest is another annual tradition that is very well known. It is a large, off-campus party that takes place in different locations every year and attracts hundreds of students.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, this school has been a great experience for me and I highly recommend prospective students to check it out.

    What to do for fun

    There are many opportunities to engage in fun activities. Whatever you like to do, there is a club or organization for it. Greek life is very popular and students get very involved. However, if you are not involved with Greek life, it will not affect you much. There are a lot of places to go in surrounding areas, especially Bangor. If partying is your scene, there is always a party to be found and the campus comes alive on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad, though it does get old after awhile. There are three dining halls, with Hilltop being the main freshmen dining hall. Wells is nearby, which is around the same quality. York is a slightly far walk and is located near the upperclassman dorms, but has better food. Overall, I miss the dorm food now that I am living on my own off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    This certainly depends on the students preferences, but I enjoyed dorm life. Many of the friends you will have throughout college you meet during the first two weeks of school, and many will be in your dorm. Some dorms are nicer than others, and some are known to be more rowdy, dirty, and loud. There are options for a quiet dorm or chem-free dorm, if you would like to avoid these environments.

    Academic Rigor

    My major is not rigorous, at least not yet. Some majors, such as Education and Human Development, are very easy. Others, such as Biology and Engineering, are substantially more difficult. Make sure you attend all lectures and devote a decent amount of time for schoolwork, and you will do fine regardless of your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take different classes your freshman and sophomore year, so you can explore different career paths. My major changed three times over the first three years before I finally figured out what I wanted to do.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine has been a great experience for me, though it is definitely what you make of it. There is, in my opinion, the perfect amount of students and there are many opportunities to get involved on campus and meet new people. There is a great social and academic atmosphere!

  • 10/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Its an affordable school, here in Maine.

    Will enjoy being here

    Its close to home but just far enough away.

    Academic Rigor

    Quite a few of my family members have gone to school here, and they have the right majors for me.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    A good school for just about anybody. Not a ton of diversity, but expected since it is Maine. Anyone can find a place here, it is a very easy-going environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time. It's really easy to get lazy, so be sure to take the time to focus on classes before you decide to get involved with the party scene.

    Bang for the buck

    For in state, it's pretty hard to beat. Unfortunately, the financial aid office doesn't give out much money but the school is not exactly the wealthiest school around. I'm not sure about out of state, but I do know that it is much cheaper than going out of state to the other new england state schools, like UVM and UNH.

    Am enjoying being here

    Very laid back school, but at the same time pretty serious academics. Weekends can be a little uneventful if you don't party, but if you're creative you can find stuff to do.

    Am learning a lot

    The school offers a wide range of majors, from english to engineering, and the classes can be hit or miss. Introductory classes are quite large, but there are some good lecturers here at UMaine.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Athletic people and people who like the cold weather and enjoy winter sports.

    What to do for fun

    There's a good gym facility, the common rooms are fun if you live in a social dorm, and if you know someone with a car going to Bangor is really fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I would give prospective students is one I would give any newcoming students to any college, and that would be to stay on track with all of the work. This ISN'T high school anymore, so don't expect the teachers to babysit you. Also, if you're going to drink, please drink responsibly.

    In three sentences

    I think University of Maine is a very good school. I have had wonderful experiences in my classrooms with excellent staff, and I have no problems getting to know the students I live with. As a number I would give the school an 8 out of 10.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    sports events, dorm events, free movies and shows, and lots of on campus activities with free food and stuff!

    Tips for prospective students

    there is something for everyone, whether you like sports, art, music, or a little bit of both. you can actually talk or hang out with your professors. most of the time, they are really cool.

    In three sentences

    the best college for me. the most fun school. there is always something to do!

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are a bunch of sports games, and musical events, along with a dance club right down the road. there are movie theaters and restaurants very close by as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't take physics your first semester. just wait

    In three sentences

    it seems like its own little town. the campus is very nice. for the most part the professors try to help you learn to the best of your ability.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are always things to do and emails are sent out constantly to give updates.

    Food and Dining

    the food is what you make it.

    Dorm Life

    pick the right dorm for you and don't settle many people move.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics are are hard and the school hires very prestigious professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved this will look better on your resume and make you less homesick.

    In three sentences

    the atmosphere is welcoming. there is always thing to do here. the academics are challenging.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe when I'm walking alone on campus. There are blue police lamps every where you look so that if you ever did feel unsafe you could press it and an officer would be right there to assist you.

    Greek Life

    Is awesome, they put on a lot of great events to raise charity money.

    Great for these types of students

    Enjoy the cold, don't mind a walk to class, loves to have fun, great greek life, people who are willing to participate in extra curricular activities!

    Bang for the buck

    If you use all the resources that Umaine offers there is no reason why you cannot succeed. The career center is so helpful on giving you ideas of what path to take with your future choices!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do, my absolute favorite is going to hockey games. The environment of being in the student section is awesome, makes you have a lot of school spirit!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, you may get sick of it after a while, but don't be afraid to try new things!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great, my experience in living in the dorms was nothing short of awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are easy to get through as long as you keep up with the syllabus, and check in with your advisor a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard and put in the effort. The winters are long and cold!

    In three sentences

    This school has a fun atmosphere. Amazing, outgoing professors. Great variety of extracurricular activities.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always on top of things. I have heard of very few criminal acts occurring.

    Greek Life

    I don't participate in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything just about and if there isn't it's easy to make one and get it approved.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a wide variety of students on campus so there is always plenty to do for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel UMaine is well priced for the academics you receive. But you are charged for using the Rec. and Fitness center based on the amounts of credits you take versus the amount of time you spend there.

    What to do for fun

    There is always a ton of stuff to do for excitement and fun. Plenty of clubs and organizations to join and almost always a show or something going on every month.

    Food and Dining

    I have eaten in the Marketplace at the Union and the food there is varied and tasty. I love the wraps. However, the breakfast over to Hilltop wasn't as good as I was hoping.

    Dorm Life

    I don't personally live in the dorms, I live off-campus. However, I have heard that living in the dorm is laid-back and a fun atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easier than others but overall the classes are time demanding and academically strong.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for large lecture halls with hundreds of students at one time. Don't be scared to ask the professor for help when you don't understand a concept. Get involved in school activities such as clubs, sports, or organizations.

    In three sentences

    Umaine is fast-paced and challenging in their academics. The staff is friendly, willing to take time to help you, and care about your needs. The atmosphere is exciting with plenty going on so that you are never bored.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    ski club, athletic training club

    Great for these types of students

    likes to be close to home but still far enogh away

    What to do for fun

    sports, clubs, on campus intertainment

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, study hard and use your refrences

    In three sentences

    Good state university. Price, location and what they offer.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I don't live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be studious, get homework done on time, and get to know your professors, if you are able to.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine is a very good college. I would give it a rating of a 9.5, the professors are very knowledgeable in what they teach. I love the whole experience of being a student at the University of Maine.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Play soccer or frisbee on the field with friends, join a club, go to hockey or football games. There's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few different dining halls: York, Hilltop, Wells, and the Union. Hilltop sucks, York is passable, the Union is beautiful and the food is good but you have to pay in BearBucks, Wells is overall nice. There are convenience stores in each.

    Dorm Life

    I have spent time in the Honors dorm with friends who attend. Everyone has a wonderful sense of humor and friends are very easy to make. My friends usually just leave their doors open and get random visitors all the time. (By choice, of course).

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus at least once. Sit in on a class if you can. It gives the school a much more dynamic picture.

    In three sentences

    They have a great outreach program and are always open to bringing students to their campus, giving tours, and being friendly overall. It's very easy to fall in love with this school.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own police department. The cops are really nice. Mainecards are required to get into the dorms. There are emergency text alerts, and call boxes on almost every other street corner.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there isn't already a club for it, you can make one. There are all sorts of people with varying interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers! Their programs get the most funding. Also football and hockey players are well loved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Halloween dance is big, winter carnival, also naked people paint themselves green and ride bikes on Earth day.

    Bang for the buck

    Wish there was less buck. Decent bang. They hook you with a lower tuition first year and then charge you and pull back on scholarships when you are stuck here.

    What to do for fun

    There are all sorts of sporting events, countless clubs, and cultural events going on all the time.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of repeat food, the freshman dining hall is rough.

    Dorm Life

    If you pick the right dorm, and treat people the way you want to be treated you will be just fine.

    Academic Rigor

    I have taken both challenging, and not so challenging courses here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends with upperclassmen, they will know the hoops you have to jump through.

    In three sentences

    It is a great environment for learning. There are a lot of opportunities here. The administrative processes are disorganized.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The University of Maine is a very friendly school with a nice, large campus. The faculty are almost all very friendly and are willing to give advice to those in need. Overall a very nice school.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    This school has lots of different fraternities and sororities around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want to live the fun college life but also have a few long nights in the library.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since I haven't yet been on campus for everyday thing, I have been to a UMAINE hockey game and the student section has their own unique and unusual chants to pump up the crowd.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like to hang out with my friends, go to sporting events, and also just take walks around campus.

    In three sentences

    I will be starting classes in the fall of 2012 but I believe the University of Maine has a wonderful reputation for their degrees they offer. I'm extremely excited to begin my college education here and experience their beautiful campus. Not only do I believe their campus and degrees are very high quality, I have heard they are always there for you. I know I am not going to be alone through my college process, all the professors and staff are they 100% to make sure everyone is getting through college as smoothly as possible.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is a really safe place to go to school. Well lighted at night. Comfortable to walk and run. The campus has a very safe feeling, and security is within easy reach with call boxes and key card security for all the dorms and buildings.

    Greek Life

    A wide variety of greek houses are on campus no need to travel far. Special events going on all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of clubs and new ones all the time. Special interests often follow the facilities available on campus and within the area.

    Great for these types of students

    Just about everyone can find common interests and people doing what they are interested in. Ski trips, outings, climbing wall, cross country trails, jogging and running, bike trails. Indoor and out doors sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    State of the Art Recreation Center everything under one roof, swim, basketball, track, racketball courts, yoga, and machines really great facilities.

    Bang for the buck

    Laid back student population, lots of things happening, events and socials well organized, greek society, lots of sports events for students to attend.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, trips, recreation center, movies, social events, Collins Center of the Arts for entertainment events and Concerts, festivals and Bangor within a few miles for dinning out, live music, and shopping.

    Food and Dining

    A wide variety of food options in the Student Union MarketPlace and the Wells Center. Smaller venues with special foods, wraps, asian stir fry, grill, pizza, mexican and italian venues. As well as commons with normal full meal and salad bar choices.

    Dorm Life

    Good interaction, great recreation center really close to dorms. Good food and all sorts of clubs to join. There are some interest intensive dorms that focus on group interests like Healthy eating etc.

    Academic Rigor

    UMaine is one of the best bang for your bucks colleges in the state, good solid undergraduate programs. Nice variety of subjects and electives to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though parking is at a premium a car makes it easier to get around, Bangor is a good sized city and is about 5 miles away, the coast is within a couple hours as are the ski resorts.

    In three sentences

    Active student population with good opportunities to interact with faculty and each other. Excellent facilities to work out during any weather, clubs and programs for extra curricular activities. Extensive list of majors make it easy to include a minor my program of study.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an on campus police, ambulance, and fire that responds quickly and although I've never used them I have heard they are great.

    What to do for fun

    Rock climbing, swimming, hanging out with friends, ResLife programs, field trips. Bangor is nearby with a large shopping mall and there are plenty of on campus events to keep you occupied.

    Food and Dining

    Not worth the money.

    Dorm Life

    I met some cool people, but the actual physical rooms aren't great. The ResLife program, however is excellent and I met lifelong friends through the FYRE program.

    Academic Rigor

    My department, computer science is really messed up and nearly impossible to pass most classes. Other classes were easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't move off campus too soon, USE rate my professor!

    In three sentences

    Great on campus living. The dining is only okay. I've had some big problems with my department academically.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is top notch. Throughout the parking lots of the campus as emergency poles that connect directly to campus security's dispatcher. Warnings and alerts are sent out via e-mail and text to students as soon as necessary. Clarification announcements are also sent out to help keep rumors and fear from rising.

    Clubs and Activities

    Yoga, meditation, democrats, republicans, Green Party, GBLT Alliance...you name it, this college has a club or group for it!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student with a liberal mind set and that is goal oriented will find the University of Maine their perfect school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are two flower gardens that are just wonderful to spend time in. Once you're in the gardens, no one can see in and you can't see out. It's a great spot to hide away with a novel and read away the day. Out behind the Alfond Arena is a series of bike paths that lead to the nearby town of Old Town. The difficulty of these trails vary from a well paved path to more mountain biking like trails that are shared with deer and the occasional moose. For those living in Old Town, if they're lucky enough to live near the outlets to these trails, travel by bike can often beat the time made by car.

    Bang for the buck

    All in all, what you get from the experience at the University of Maine is amazing, even if you live off campus. The cost leaves a lot to be desired, however. Many colleges that offer similar degree programs do so for a much better price with comparative education. If you really want to attend this school, be prepared to take out a good deal of loans.

    What to do for fun

    Throughout the year there are numerous opportunities for students to kick back and relax. Fairs, festivals, and weekly bands are common on campus. A new gym and municipal center provide all the workout opportunities anyone could ask for. Anything that a person could wish to do for entertainment can be found on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Dining plans on campus are a must, but have changed drastically over the years. Students are allowed to use their meal cards for a variety of packages at the Dining Commons and are also given separate funds for use as needed. The food at the Dining Commons is outstanding! A burger grill, taco stand, Chinese food, pizzeria, and salad bar all in one place is any college student's dream come true!

    Dorm Life

    While dorm life may not be for everyone, those that wish to live on campus will find it a great experience. Rooms are spacious for two people to share and come with the basic furnishings as a bed, desk, and bureau. Each room is equipped with a T1 internet connection, digital cable, and separate thermostat.

    Academic Rigor

    The rating for Academic Rigor is average. The University of Maine and the admissions staff in each of the individual colleges work hard to ensure that students can succeed on their own level. For some, this may mean taking the pre-laid programs that are offered or creating your own program at a slower or more rapid pace.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking at the University of Maine as an option, there are three things to keep in mind: 1. Both on-campus and off-campus living is readily accommodated. Campus housing is comfortable and comes with a great deal of amenities, such as a dining plan, washrooms in each of the dorms, and dining services near each cluster of dorms. Off-campus living is easy to do in a number of surrounding towns within a short drive to classes. 2. Class sizes and instruction vary. From large lecture halls containing upwards of 100 students to more intimate settings of class as small as 5 students, there is a comfort zone that any student will be able to fit into. Instruction modes include the classic lecture hall, more modern internet based courses, interactive televised courses, and even combinations. 3. Campus community. At the University of Maine, there are plenty of opportunities for students of any background to take part in a community where they feel at home. Multiple religious, ethnic, and hobby clubs exist for not only traditional students, but non-traditional students as well. The Commuter Lounge offers an area for commuter students to mingle and use commodities not provided for on-campus students. Each floor in the dorms has its own lounge for visiting with other students outside of the confines of private rooms. These three pieces weave together to braid the wonderful experience that can be found at the University of Maine. No matter what your background, individual preferences, nor educational needs, the University of Maine is a school that can be suited to your needs.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine in Orono is the flagship of the state's university system. A vast selection of degrees, a diverse history, and a focus on student community creates one of the leading liberal colleges in the nation. For traditional and non-traditional, on-campus and off-campus, returning and brand-new students, the University of Maine is a great educational experience.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is awesome, Umaine has its own police force and they are real, sworn officers.

    Great for these types of students

    All students! There are lots of different things to do on campus that cater to students from near and far.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best schools for science in the country and great instate tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Great gym, and sporting events. The downtown scene is just a few minutes away and has great shops, restaurants, and bars.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good

    Dorm Life

    Im a commuter

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard and reap the benefits

    In three sentences

    A great place for transfer students. Lots of on campus activities. Has a great location.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked mile. Each year a group of students participate in a nude bike ride. It's on earth day so students paint themselves green and ride around campus naked for a brief 15 minutes.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events posted in the Union, dorms, and on the website so there's always something to do and participate in

    Food and Dining

    The food is good at first but by the end of your first semester you realize you need to start eating healthy and stop eating all the fried food they serve.

    Dorm Life

    If you have a good roommate then you'll really enjoy living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the major you're in. Engineering majors have a very strict and difficult major with many tasks to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most classes are great here and the teachers are very reasonable and understanding.

    In three sentences

    This school has a beautiful campus and is just an amazing place to learn. Faculty and students are extremely nice and endearing. It's a place that makes you feel like you have never left home.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Emergency telephone poles everywhere and you can get a keychain with a number on it so if anyone finds it, they give it to the police to find out where you are.

    Greek Life

    REALLY big here, but that doesn't mean you have to join if you don't want to.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't even count the number of clubs here, everyone can find their niche.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors types, athletic, students who love learning while being around a lot of nature basically.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pat's Pizza is the obvious traditional place to eat out.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is pretty cheap especially if you don't have to pay room and board (about $9,000) and the education is excellent. There are so many professors willing to help you out and advisors who give you one on one attention instead of just treating you like a number.

    What to do for fun

    Orono has a surprising amount of entertainment on the weekends, most people go to clubs or bars but there are a few nice restaurants in the area too. I love all of the outdoor options personally, plenty of places to hike, kayak, mountain bike, rock climb, and white water raft.

    Food and Dining

    I'm used to Umass's dining, which is amazing...salmon and lobster, strawberry pureed chicken breast, quinoa and avocado, homemade cupcakes, you name it. But Umaine beats Umass out of the water campus and people wise and I think that's more important in the end. The food is pretty decent here and I probably wouldn't complain so much if I hadn't gone to Umass first. Some dining halls are better than others and there isn't a huge selection dietary wise but you make the best of what you got I guess.

    Dorm Life

    I can't rate this because I never lived in dorm at Umaine. I can say dorm life has its ups and downs probably whatever college you go to, there really isn't much privacy with roommates and there might be some arguments and probably a lot of drama. I've seen one dorm room at Umaine, it was clean and efficient looking but on the smaller side. I heard there are a couple dorms to stay away from and a few others that have the best location or dorm styles

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the major you have. I'm in the Biology major with a Premed concentration and even without the Premed, the Biology major is very hard and the classwork is time consuming. However, a lot of the students in other majors tend to have more free time and there are always easier teachers, you just have to find them!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to take the harder teacher's classes, some of them are the best professors at the university and will definitely help you grow in your major.

    In three sentences

    UMaine's campus is beautiful and medium sized. The atmosphere is very welcoming and these are the friendliest people I've ever met! Laid back, easy going, and intellectual are the words I'd describe the students and teachers I've met so far.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and organizations that there are lenty of things to do. The campus is big enough that you will always find something fun to do

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet new people! Put yourself out there and have fun.

    In three sentences

    This is a very nice school, with many new learning opportunities, activities, and groups. I went to orientation and learned so much about the campus. The campus is large, and the staff are very nice and welcoming.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The university police keep the students feeling really safe.

    Greek Life

    I'm a sorority sister so I might be partial but it is amazing!

    Clubs and Activities

    Their is everything you can imagine and if it isn't here you can start it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    HOCKEY GAMES with the Pep Band enough said!

    What to do for fun

    Go to a hockey game (go Black Bears). Sit out on the mall or in the lounges just meet people. Not all places can you build a snow fort with your new friends!

    Food and Dining

    Normal college food for the most part. The union is amazing!!

    Dorm Life

    I rate it the best even after having one of the disaster roommates first semester. The school has what I would consider quite new dorms. I even made a best friend second semester.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes you are taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!!! Don't wait until that next semester. I made most of my good friends in the first couple of weeks!

    In three sentences

    The University is a place in which I feel like I'm coming home. The professors for the most part know their students by name. Even though it may be cold most of the time the warmth from the school is amazing.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is very quick to respond if you need assistance.

    Greek Life

    It wasn't for me but I knew a lot of people who enjoyed it and there are a lot of different options.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is one for everyone!

    What to do for fun

    You can find a lot to do through the UMaine website. If you don't want to join clubs or do sports there are also many job opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    Hill top was never my favorite. The Union and Well Dining are the best in my opinion. Do your research on your dining dollar options.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great time for two years in the dorms. They aren't for everybody and it also all depends on your room mate. Be sure to make friends with those on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the classes can be very intense. I found that I always had to work very hard in most of my classes and never felt that I had busy work to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should make use of the Rec Center. It is a great place and I wish I would have used it more. Explore the library. There are many parts I didn't discover until my last year. Join a club or two!

    In three sentences

    UMaine has a club for everyone. If there isn't a club for you you can create you're own and you will easily find people to join. I noticed all four years that everyone was very polite.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    good cops always around

    Greek Life

    good

    Clubs and Activities

    a lot of different clubs

    Great for these types of students

    outdoor active students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    waiting in line for a hockey game

    Bang for the buck

    unless you use all of the resources there

    What to do for fun

    parties, maine bound goes on trips every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    great

    Dorm Life

    great a lot of interaction on the floors, make sure you meet a lot of people the first weekend

    Academic Rigor

    I was a civil engineering major and you need to be on top of reading, don't slack off.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities that are given to you by the university of maine. and make sure you use the resources there to help you do better in school

    In three sentences

    This campus is great for the outdoor enthusiast. The school has a variety of majors to choose from, very well rounded. Three great dining halls and has a huge library to study in.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    You get A LOT of free things if you go to the right events.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on on campus, whether put on by the dorms, or the First Year Experience group. There are activities going on every night of the week in dorms and always a big event every weekend whether it is a sporting event or a concert by a famous musician. There is also Bangor, ME about 15 minutes away from the college, which has movie theaters, a mall, and many places to eat out for cheap!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good quality, but I give the three star rating because they constantly have the same menu every week. You will generally know what is for dinner each day of the week before looking at the online menu. They do have a good variety of food for different people though and the holiday meals are the best.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I really like the dorms because there are plenty of places to choose from that offer different advantages, whether they are closer to classes or to the gym/sports fields. I love being able to walk everywhere and not have to have a car to get places. There are also many activities that the dorm halls put on. You don't have to participate but you get a lot out of it if you do.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very challenging and others are a bit easier like high school, but either way the students leave at the end of the semester with a lot more knowledge than when they first sat down on the first day of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get active and join a club or something that you are interested in, it's not hard to make time for things that you love to do. Always tour the college before you go because it is very large and there are tons of people that attend. Go to summer orientation, if you don't you miss a lot of things that are hard to make up for later on. When you move in keep your door open (while you are there of course) the first week to meet new people and create a bond with people on your floor.

    In three sentences

    The university really does care about your experience here. They offer so much for people to participate in and make it possible to meet new people everyday. It's really a lot of fun for first year students and upperclassmen alike.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are just everywhere, man. I'm surprised they stop following me at the entrance to my dorm instead of escorting me all the way inside. Like, I am an escort. Not them. Good money in that.

    Greek Life

    FRAT BOYZZZZZZZZZZZZ. <3 <3 <3

    Clubs and Activities

    Personally? I never miss a goat sacrifice. I do a lot of frat boys. The Bear Mauling for Larger Beings Club loses a member every few days, but it's totes fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Cultists, frat boyz, people who want to stick it to the man. GOTTA LUV ME SUM SEXII FRAT BOYZZZ. Need more of those around this place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The annual goat offerings to Baal are to die for. An event you DO NOT want to miss. Seriously. You do not want to know what happens if you're not there. Bad memories, man. Bad memories. And some scars.

    Bang for the buck

    Great price. Look out for this kid named Seamus, though. He is like broke. Whenever you smoke with him he's always the one who never contributes any and mooching off of you. I feel bad for his girlfriend. No dates. They just stay in that dorm room all the time.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, swimming, getting mauled by bears has become quite possible in recent years. Those frat parties, though...

    Food and Dining

    S'okay.

    Dorm Life

    Try to get a chem-free dorm. Some of those kids are hard into doing weird chemicals... I'd try for a quiet dorm, where the residents are mostly mute and there is no talking. Plenty of down time, which is quite refreshing after a crazy night out at a frat party. Sometimes it's nice to think about the finer points of Lao Tzu in peace while stoned out of your mind. They leave you alone there, too.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said, those campus police are on us all the time about maintaining academic excellence. Like, I didn't get to skip a class for a whole two weeks, man. It is so nice to have an intellectual discussion about the finer points of Bill Clinton's astronomical studies and research with a person who actually regards me as an educated equal. Totally not like high school. Morse was rough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Take notes. It is unbelievable how much that helps. Let the campus police do whatever they may. They are a huge hassle to deal with because they spend so much time trying to maintain the peace on campus that they are really in your face. Like if they search your bag or escort you to class they're only doing it just to make sure you don't skip and are taking notes in classes. They are huge on staying involved in your studies. If only they knew of all the stuff we're on all the time....

    In three sentences

    The professors know what they are talking about... usually. It is so remarkable and refreshing to finally run into an institution where the people filling your little head actually have knowledge in their own... most of the time. There are some exceptions... like Bob.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who absolutely love EVERYTHING about the outdoors including the cold.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun on campus. If you are active and love sports there are club teams of every kind ranging from wiffle ball up to baseball and flag football. There is an AMAZING rec center that has basketball courts, weight room, racket ball, and much more. If you love hiking and walking trails then this is the school for you. There are trails all over campus going through the woods, and most likely you will see a bunch of wild life.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are awesome. Since i work at one i know all the ins and outs of the dining halls. The food is delicious and is prepared very well and the selection that is offered is very diverse

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is amazing. You meet new people and you get a taste of what it is like to live alone. The dorms at UMaine are nice and comfortable and the R.A are great people!

    Academic Rigor

    Like any other college every teacher takes the course they teach seriously and expects you to do everything that is required.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips that i could give future students is college is not what it seems like in the movies. It is all about the school work and if you are not serious about the school work then you will not have a good time in school. School first, then with your extra time you can have fun and do you. Always go in with an open mind and live a little.

    In three sentences

    University of Maine is an amazing school and has a great vibe. The school has a beautiful campus and beautiful buildings that any student can use. Everything about UMaine appealed to me immediately

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UMO police aren't the greatest, but I will admit they have a tough job. They do the best they can by patrolling frequently and doing what they can, but I consider the real heros on campus to be the school's volunteer ambulance corp. They train and put students to work as capable EMTs that are a big help on campus when things go bad.

    Greek Life

    Greek life on campus is very involved in EVERYTHING on campus and help to better the campus all the time! I've been impressed so much by how each fraternity and sorority present themselves and have a positive effect on the students and campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    A wide variety of clubs from political, spiritual, to common interest groups that not only support students but also interact with the whole campus on a regular basis.

    Great for these types of students

    UMaine is great for students looking to go far in life, but not necessarily spend a lot of money or travel far from home. Meets the needs of ANY student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Maine Hello, Maine Day, The Bears Den, Hockey games!!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the cost, even if it seems pricey. Get an out-of-state education that would cost much more for a Mainer price.

    What to do for fun

    There's always an activity to do every week, everything from going to watch a movie in the Collins Center, a concert, lectures, club activities, sport events. Every residence hall also puts on TONS of activities to bring everyone together.

    Food and Dining

    Good food and the dining halls are always willing to listen to students' opinions and work around the students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm charges are a pain, but all staff(RAs, Maintenance, etc) are very friendly and helpful. Comfortable living spaces and great way to meet new people. The FYRE program is great as well for freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers in any department

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get psyched out by the cost or the size of the campus. In the long run the education pays off and the campus isn't as big as it appears.

    In three sentences

    It's one of the top colleges in Maine. Prepares you for life and your career at the same time. Can't find a friendlier place.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police are everywhere and they always get you! the police force on campus is for the campus only so there is always an officer everywhere you turn and the blue light system is also on the campus for emergencies.

    Greek Life

    College Ave. is filled with fraternities. If Greek life is for you then there is a large amount of frats to choose from. There are also several sororities on campus as well but they do not have a house for them to live in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that take place all the time. If you are interested in a certain activity there is a club for it. if there isn't then there is the opportunity to start it yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    The engineering program at UMaine is very well known and very good. The nursing program is very rigorous and well known as well so they are great for prospective student looking into those majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a naked bike that that happens every year on campus. The participants are naked and they paint their bodies either blue or green and ride around the entire campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It is cheaper for instate students because of the discount (which is certainly worth it) because a lot of students have to take out loans and being in debt when you graduate is not easy once your career has started.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and activities also happening on campus. Bangor is also not far from campus so there is always an opportunity to get out and go shopping and have some fun elsewhere.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining halls on campus and they offer a great variety of food. They also accommodate food allergies and vegetarians as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are okay. They are small and the furniture is not that very good either. The people make the dorms fun!

    Academic Rigor

    It is a great deal of work. My major required a lot of work and extra study hours. Finals week is most definitely the hardest weeks at college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into the major that you want to be in and talk to students already in the major to get an idea if you can handle the workload. Also job shadow someone already working in the field so you do not waste money on a major/college education that you won't enjoy.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and it is a very large school. The classes are large and you do have to make appointments with professors for extra help. The social/campus life is awesome!

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is quite safe, there are always police on patrol an there are emergency boxes located all around campus. I never feel unsafe here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything, and if there isn't just get enough people together and you can start one!

    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking to have fun in college, this is the place to be! There is never a dull moment.

    Bang for the buck

    U-Maine is quite expensive! It is worth it though, you are paying for a quality education.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on around campus! There's greek life and there are also sporting events all the time! Manly Hockey and Football.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad at all- buffet style and different options every day!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent, there aren't very many bathrooms for the amount of students you have. But the quality otherwise is decent.

    Academic Rigor

    I found most of my classes to be challenging enough to keep me focused.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to focus on academics University of Maine is an excellent school, but there is a lot of partying.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine employs excellent professors. I have learned a lot in all of my classes here. The party scene is quite large though.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe! I have never once been scared to walk by myself while on campus even when it was dark. The University of Maine provides a good place for students to feel welcome and safe during your time studying here.

    Greek Life

    Very strong on campus and very easy to join in the beginning on the school year.

    Clubs and Activities

    During orientation as well as your first few days here there are many booth set up all around campus ready to inform you about all the many different clubs and Activities there are on campus. If you want to do something it won't be hard to find.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have what we call the naked 5. They show up to the football and hockey games just about naked with every part of there bodies covered in paint! Its weird but they do a good job keeping the crowds pumped.

    Bang for the buck

    Eat at the dinning halls as much as possible. Its free food why waist it on take out or going out to dinner. Also If you live near by or you know your going home soon save your laundry to do at home after a while that will save you money.

    What to do for fun

    Maine bound is my favorite. They have an indoor rock wall and sponsor free hiking trips. Also most everything on campus is free to students we have many performers come up during the weekend and tickets are normally always free. sororities and fraternities and also very big on campus as well as many other groups and organizations.

    Food and Dining

    After a while the food came seem like the same thing. The key is to be able to work with everything your given, and having a few snacks in your dorm!

    Dorm Life

    As a first year student you will only live with freshmen. Dorm life is great everyone gets along and we always hang out in the common room and study together. The dorms themselves have some touching up to do but if you ever have a problem that be fixed with in your dorm just call it in and it will be fixed right away.

    Academic Rigor

    Different majors have different levels of difficulties... However no matter what you should be ready work teacher won't left you get off easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just because you may be from Maine and you don't want to see people from your high school again the University of Maine Is big enough to avoid them.

    In three sentences

    I love my school. Beautiful and very personable. Easy to get involved in any type of group you are interested in.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Every 100 yards there are the Emergency Poles with easy to push blue buttons when ever theirs and emergency.

    Greek Life

    There are more tons of fraternities and sorority's on campus that are very inviting

    Clubs and Activities

    There are activities and clubs for EVERYTHING!!! We even have a cookie club!

    Great for these types of students

    Who actually care about there education but like to have fun at the same time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Buffalo chicken Wednesdays at York (super good), Humans and Zombies nerf gun fights, Costume parties and the Mall ( open grassy area) :)

    Bang for the buck

    I think its worth every penny to come here.

    What to do for fun

    Have sleep overs with lots of beds in each other rooms, jump in leaf piles in a near by garden, seem new movies every Wednesday and fun little games that our dorms have near holidays and randomly throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    Hilltop is pretty good, but york is the place to go. They even have sushi every other thursday!!!

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are all so close so you always have friends around you. People leave there doors open which is a perfect opportunity to love everyone on it your wing, girls and boys.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the professors are very tough, but its very doable. You actually have to study, as terrible as that sound. But if you pay attention and make an effort to actually know your stuff, you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions and to look around. People are very willing to help you and its not as scary as you think it is.

    In three sentences

    U Maine Orono is such a friendly and open campus. The campus is beautiful and everything is contently close to one another.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I really hope I can go to UMaine, it looks gorgeous. This is my dream school. The only downfall is the out of state tuition.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    REC CENTER!

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, but can get monotonous.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm. I don't know what other first-years will experience, as I am in Honors housing, but I've enjoyed the freedom to interact with others undergoing a similar experience. I have met many new people with a variety of backgrounds and it has help me become more sociable.

    Academic Rigor

    My courses have been somewhat challenging. They are definitely manageable with minor review.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would have to say that you should just be prepared. The work is different than in High School. That's not to say that there is necessarily more work, it's just that students are expected to become more independent. It is up to each individual to make sure they understand the concepts being taught. Overall, just come prepared to learn, but set aside time to relax and goof off as well

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine allows students to pursue what they really want to learn. There is a variety of subjects that are taught here. Use the resources here to your advantage and one can discover a world pf opportunity.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has its own police force and is very diligent. Emergency phones are stationed around campus and you can ask to have somebody walk you to your car when it's dark out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are far more clubs than I could ever hope to list here. Definitely something everybody.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for engineering students, and also has 3 equestrian teams on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Equestrian Team passes around a purple sink every fall to raise money for Relay for Life. The sink will be placed in a random location and removed for a donation.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do around here. Mini golf, tubing, skiing, theater, dance and much more. The recreation center offers many classes right on campus. There are also miles of trails located on campus.Over

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat both on and off campus. Food can be expensive on campus and some places are better than others to eat. Your Mainecard is also accepted at many area restaurants!

    Dorm Life

    I only lived in the dorms for one semester but wasn't very impressed. Mine was noisy and messy and consisted of one large party. It is cheaper and better to find a roommate you get along with and find something off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor spends on your course of study, but in most cases You can expect to spend quite a lot of time studying. Overall, it seems to be more demanding than some of the other places in the area but it is also worth it. Many classes don't have large amounts of homework but grades are based on only a few tests so you have to have a lot of self discipline.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have an idea of what you would like to major in before you come. You get thrown into specific classes pretty quickly and can waste a lot of time if you don't. Take time to tour the campus at least a few times.

    In three sentences

    Overall, this is a very nice school. It has a laid back friendly atmosphere while still offering plenty to do. Tuition isn't quite as steep as some places but is higher than a community college.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are beacons all across campus which connect you directly to the campus police (who are on campus 24-7). The campus is well-lit and its easy to find your way around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an ENOURMOUS list of activities and clubs, activities change daily and are posted online for anyone to stop by and participate.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for athletes, people who love the outdoors and science (such as myself) there are tons of walking trails and the science programs are amazing!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UMaine is HUGE on sports, everyone at hockey games have dances that they do when people score, if you don't know the dances, don't worry you'll learn quickly!

    Bang for the buck

    There is always something to do here, and you can't fail if you ask for help.

    What to do for fun

    There is always a sports game going on at UMaine, and if that's not your thing, they have tons of other things. You can volunteer, go to see any of the free concerts at the Collins Center, or take part in Human Versus Zombies which is a campus wide game of tag that lasts a month.

    Food and Dining

    There are three options on campus for dining that come with your all inclusive meal plan, it's eat as much as you care to eat and they have great hours and lots of variety. Hilltop, located close to the freshman dorms also has a late-night option where they are open until midnight.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very small, but homey. Transitioning from being an only child with my own room to dorm life was hard at first, but the first year experience (FYE) program makes it easy to adjust. I love the family feel of the dorms, we have movie nights and study sessions all the time!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at the University of Maine vary greatly, some classes are very challenging in concept while others are very much based on how much work you are willing to put in. Either way, if you need help, just ask, there is always help available for anyone who is struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is not at all like high school and the memories you make here will stay with you for the rest of your life. Be prepared to be challenged, but also be aware that there is always help if you need it.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine is full of great people with open minds and personalities. If I had to chose all over again, I would still attend the University of Maine. If you come here, be prepared to have the time of your life!

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous and outgoing

    What to do for fun

    If you play an instrument, marching band or pep band are really fun and great for making new friends. If you want to learn how to ice skate, figure skating club is great!

    Food and Dining

    Depending on the day the food can be decent but sometimes it is just down right gross and I don't know what to choose.

    Dorm Life

    Love the dorm life because everyone is so nice. It does get a little loud but nothing that's unmanageable.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor, classes can be hard or easy. Most of the required general education classes can be a little more difficult because it is not stuff you enjoy.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not like the cold, this is not the place for you. U Maine has great bands that anyone can join for credit or no credit. Large campus compared to some but a very reasonable walk around.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine is a very welcoming place. The students and professors all opened up to the incoming freshman and I felt very at home as soon as I started school. I am very glad that I chose to go to U Maine to pursue my college education.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe here.

    Greek Life

    Large and growing greek life that is wonderful for the campus as a whole.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the residence halls are said to be haunted. But I lived in one and had no issues!

    What to do for fun

    Many different clubs, organization, greek life and intramurals to get involved with.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria style food is average. But there is a lot of variety and 4 different dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Many different living options on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging yet useful and interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all the clubs and greek life you would have available to you on campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine has a bustling, interactive campus. It is very welcoming and easy to get involved in various different things. It's challenging intellectually and is giving me exactly the education I will need in my future in the work force.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Between all the sports, clubs, shows, and concerts there isn't enough time! A rock wall, the library, the massive rec center. Beach volleyball, tennis, basketball, baseball, softball, tether ball, the list goes on!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, homemade special every day. Between the three dining halls there are always too many choices! Always hot and made to order, you can't go wrong at the buffets.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so fun! Entertaining to say the least. The RA's are always looking for ways to get the floor together to do something fun, and when they aren't, there are always people in the lounges, playing games, studying, or just hanging out.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally, I love the challenge that the professors here demand of their students. They have a passion for what they teach, and that makes you really want to learn and understand that passion.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a place where you are encouraged to work hard and do your best, you will get all the support you need from your peers, and the grounds are just beautiful.

    In three sentences

    Umaine is very welcoming and supportive. There are always things to do and fun people to do them with! The professors and other workers on campus are so kind and respectful.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police on call 24 hours a day, patrol, and involvement. The safety goes beyond good, in any aspect of safety.

    Greek Life

    Pick you poison or pick your fun. Rush any Greek you would like and build your educational opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs and activities to choose from. One of the most prestigious sports programs in the Northeast.

    Great for these types of students

    Study halls are a must for all students. Take advantage of learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Secluded study areas around the library. You have to find them yourself, but once you do, its serenity.

    Bang for the buck

    UMaine is pricy compared to a community college, but on the educational standpoint, it is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    If you can imagine it, it is here. Indoor swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, tennis courts, basketball, weight-rooms, indoor tracks.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining areas are top of the line, and there are many dining places around campus. You can find literally anything you need in any one of these places.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be great, and it can be distracting. Find a roommate who you are compatible with, and learn each others schedules. make time to study before you go out and party.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are competitive and fill up quickly, depending on your major. Many classes have lab sessions that require extra hours of studying and homework that you can not pass the original class without passing the lab.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Stay focused on studying -Make it to as many or all of your classes, missing just a few classes could possibly get you too far behind -Help others who do not understand what you may, and in return you will receive the same -Always ask for help if you need it

    In three sentences

    Top of the line academics, teachers and faculty. State of the art research facilities and campus activities. Great student and family environment.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always officers on campus and there are help stations placed strategically around campus incase of emergencies.

    Greek Life

    There are many different chapters and colonies here on campus representing a multitude of greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is every kind of club here ranging from Outing club to Gamers Guild

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, Outdoorsey

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a rose garden on campus that many people actually don't know about, it's small, but peaceful.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not really sure what is being asked here.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of fun things to do on campus. For example every Wednesday night there is kickin' flicks where the school plays a new movie that may not even be out in theaters yet. That and there is always something going on on campus for students and even just the public sometimes.

    Food and Dining

    Umaine serves delicious food that may be slightly over priced, but it's worth it to have dining halls all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much better than I thought it would be. There is a great community within each dorm building and students are constantly helping each other with classes or homework. There are drawbacks such as possibly having loud neighbors, but that's what resident assistance (RA) are for. If you have any issues you can talk to your RA and find a solution.

    Academic Rigor

    Umaine provides a quality education to all of its students who apply themselves. College isn't about teachers holding your hand, it's about standing on your own two feet and making something of yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit a school before you decide to attend. Once you choose a school you're going to be living there for several months out of the year, it really does make a difference what the campus life is like.

    In three sentences

    I have found the University of Maine to be quite an enriching learning environment where a multitude of opportunities have been presented to me. This school has so much to offer, you just simply have to take advantage of what is presented to you. Not only that, but the professors here are generally nice and fair.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything and Anything! Put yourself out there and really get the whole experience. Rent skis from Maine Bound, go rock climbing, go to one of the local bars and enjoy some local music only 18+ Some nights! Get involved!

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually not bad for a college. They do put very odd spices on some stuff, but you can find food without it. Stir-fry and pasta bar are must haves, but only if you're willing to wait in line for them.

    Dorm Life

    To me dorm life is just inconvenient and it sucks not really having your own space ever. I feel as though dorm life is pretty much something everyone has to experience once in their life though. Enjoy it and embrace it for at least a year. Some people even love it.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very difficult whether it is because of the professor or the material itself. There are tutors available to you, don't be scared to as your professor questions or go to their office hours. Or get help from other classmates do not fall behind!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get overwhelmed! The school may seem large as well as the campus, but you won't have classes in every building all at once. Find where your classes are and you will learn quickly from there it is not as big as it seems.

    In three sentences

    University of Maine is a large school, but you would never know it. You feel a great sense of community and involvement. As they say though you get out what you put into it.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, walk/bike/snowshoe/xcountry ski the trails, play some frisbee, grab a bite to eat, dance, talk to friends, go on a hike, go camping, anything and everything!

    Food and Dining

    I love the diverse choices you get from the dining halls here. The most important for me is that the fruit and veggies are fresh, making it easy to eat healthy. And the stir-fry is the best I've ever had.

    Dorm Life

    I've already made several of what I know will be lifelong friends, and I'm only a semester in. The dorms are clean and spacious, and the RA's are helpful and friendly. I've got no complaints about dorm living here.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like I've already learned in one semester twice as much as I learned in high school altogether. The classes, even the general education classes, are taught by excellent professors who inspire an excitement in the students about the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Classic advice, sure, but the biggest thing I've learned being at college is that time is unbelievably valuable. Spend your time out making friends and memories, not on Facebook in your dorm.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine is incredible. It offers a well rounded education experience balancing academics and extracurriculars and provides a community that has room for anyone and everyone. As a student at UMaine I'm blown away by all the things I've already had my mind opened to.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus has it's own police department, with 24/7 patrol around campus. There are emergency stations on every corner and hardly anything happens on campus because of it.

    Greek Life

    Can't really speak for this as I'm not in a frat, but there are plenty of fraternities who are always willing to accept new pledges.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of club/intramural sports, frats, sororities, computer/gaming clubs, as well as many pickup activities with people around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody who enjoys being around other people, studying in groups, and having a fun/healthy learning environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Buff Chic Wednesday (Unlimited buffalo chicken wraps at York dining hall). Rumble on the Hill (various competitions between dorms). Healthy High 5k (Run/walk on April 20th at 4:20 PM).

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid is pretty good for in-state students, however extra scholarships will be necessary for many (including myself). As for payoff, being a full time student at the moment, I couldn't really speak for myself. However, I know quite a few graduates who have made the most of their degree and currently have full time jobs.

    What to do for fun

    Umaine is a class A athletic school, so if you're a sports fan there is a game pretty much every week here. Hockey is hands down the best, as the stadium fills up and gets loud, even if they're losing 5-0. Aside from that, there are tons of students willing to play video games, backyard sports, or anything else, you just gotta get out there and meet people!

    Food and Dining

    The food at Umaine dining halls are decent. It depends on your taste as well as the day of the week (certain days have different items), but there are marketplaces located on campus for those of you who just want a bowl of ramen or a hot pocket. Also, there are many pizza places located just off campus and they all deliver right to your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Umaine is awesome. The RA's for the most part are cool people, and there are tons of first year students just like you trying to make friends. Literally stepping outside of your room will allow you to make three or four friends. The dorm size is decent, comfortably fits two, and there are no real ridiculous guidelines to follow (just don't have illegal operations going on in there).

    Academic Rigor

    This is what you make of it. I am currently a Biology student enrolled in the Honors Program. I have time to myself, but the classes are pretty rigorous. Studying and doing work is essential in each of my classes. However, for some students the classes are not nearly as difficult. It all depends on your schedule and intended major.

    Tips for prospective students

    While this school can be very fun, it is what you make of it. If you sit in your room all day you will not make many friends, or do very well in class. Get out there, get involved, and make friends with mutual classmates.

    In three sentences

    Whether you are a stereotypical jock, party animal, nerd, or somewhere in between, you will fit right in with the University of Maine. The campus is pretty large, but not too overwhelming for first-year students.Overall, I love it here, even if it is a little far from home.

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The blue lights are a tad far apart, but campus safety is always super friendly whenever you see them. You can get escorts after dark if you don't like walking alone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a stein collection in the library and the school song is called The Stein Song.

    What to do for fun

    Nature walks, free movie Wednesdays in the Colin's Center. Snowmen during the winter. The Bangor mall is about 15 minutes away

    Food and Dining

    There's a fair selection, but you get tired of eating anything after 9 months of it.

    Dorm Life

    The RAs really care about their residents in most cases, and they try to put on programs that will keep them busy. The bathrooms could really use some work, though. Also, you can't cook your own food because of appliance restrictions. Meal plans are required for dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a fair amount of work involved, but it's nothing too strenuous. Unfortunately, the TAs run the labs and recitation periods, so you're not getting as much contact with professors as you could be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring warm clothes and rain boots. It's mud season for most of the year. Be open to finding things to do with friends.

    In three sentences

    The campus is in a really rural setting, but it has great trails out behind it. The people are fairly nice in general but the party scene overshadows much of the other social opportunities. Be prepared to find your own entertainment on most evenings.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMPD is everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    More clubs than you can imagine and there is most definatley one for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for outdoorsy students as well as those who like to go to parties. It's a friendly community who accepts whoever is put in it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love how the mall is a great hang out place to go and study or find some friends in the spring and fall. And Maine Day is a day off from school with tons of fun activities and community service.

    Bang for the buck

    Not a bad tuition and there are lots of scholarships you can get.

    What to do for fun

    SO much activities to do through Maine bound and other organizations. The rec center is a great place to go and then there is always something to go to on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great and there is a ton of options. Dining hall hours are not the best but the dining halls are in the best locations.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms was one of the best experiences for me! Everyone was like family in my dorm and it was great to be able to just walk down the hall for help or to see a friend.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too hard but not too easy, takes a decent amount of time to study and get work done but professors are really helpful and there is tons of opportunities for tutors and help. Really depends on major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in the classroom and don't get too carried away with partying but still have fun.

    In three sentences

    The university of Maine creates a fun and kind environment for all students. Everyone is so nice and the professors are beyond helpful. The campus is beautiful and perfectly spaced out too.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great. I would say it is average.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is alright here. I think it is as good as it is going to get considering how many people are sharing a small part of a building and a bathroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never be afraid to ask for help. There are different tools available (such as free tutors). This can help keep you on track and make sure you get the grades you need to succeed!

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very popular and active!

    Great for these types of students

    Eco-Friendly, Engineering

    Bang for the buck

    Decent school for an unbeatable (instate) price.

    What to do for fun

    DRINK! I mean, our school song is about drinking, we have an active greek life (lots of frat parties), and lots of parties. There's not much else to do in the area.

    Food and Dining

    Great salad bar, but thats about it! It's really expensive, too. It is unlimited, however, and the freshman dining hall (hilltop) has a late night option.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are DIS-GUST-ING and loud, but they are fun! They are very run down, but the freshman dorms are fun. Not a great place to study.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too challenging unless you are an engineer. If you're looking for a challenge, there's the Honor's college as well. Not a tough academic school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in the dorms the first year to make new friends. Try to branch off of your high school friends, even if a lot of them go to umaine (if you're from maine, there will be). Stay safe on the party scene, the cops are everywhere.

    In three sentences

    It's location is less than ideal, but it is a cheap ( for instate) university. There are lots of opportunities if you put yourself out there. There is also a large party scene.

  • 06/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of dining halls, and choices within each hall.

    Dorm Life

    They do a pretty good job matching people up with roommates that they can get along with.

    Academic Rigor

    You are going to have to work hard, as with any college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. If you can see yourself walking from building then it is the right school for you.

    In three sentences

    I love the sense of community on this campus. Everyone I have met have welcomed me with genuine smiles and answers to my questions. I absolutely love this school and can not wait to begin in the fall!

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMaine has its own police force- not just a security team. There is never any issues with lack of safety.

    Greek Life

    Haven't personally participated, but many of my friends are involved and they all love it.

    Great for these types of students

    The kids who were always B students. That was me and this is the place for it, especially if you're looking to have fun as well as go to quality classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Too many to list. You'll see some very, VERY interesting things while on this campus.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is $8,500. If you're from Maine, there isn't a better school for the money.

    What to do for fun

    Trust me, you will have no difficulty in finding fun things to do at this school, especially on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Good quality. The meal plans are outstanding, and the food is usually pretty good, and they always offer healthy options as well as their standard meals.

    Dorm Life

    For me at least, living in the dorms was a blast. You get to meet so many new people and it's just a fun time. Make sure you're cool with your RA though or you could easily make your year in the dorms a living hell.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too difficult. Obviously there are some very challenging classes, but the workload isn't too severe.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet people early. It will make the transition to your new life easier.

    In three sentences

    Classes, campus, and facilities are all great. Very nice halls, gym, sporting venues, and offers a huge number of majors. Not the place for you if you're looking for warm weather, but a very nice school and definitely a fun time.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely comfortable walking back from a hockey game or party alone at night. Maine's too cold for creepers.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm the secretary of the Wildlife Society and am in love with it. I know people in student government, the Green Team, and intramural sports who feel the same. A great way to make friends and get involved. People here really are accepting of anyone. So try something new!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, want a the benefits of a public research institution but with a small student population.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On Earth Day some students paint themselves green and bike nude through campus. Not even joking.

    What to do for fun

    Hike, bike, run, ski, play frisbee, go to the movies.

    Food and Dining

    A good amount of well labeled vegan and vegetarian items.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Honors dorms and made so many friends. Maine also has other floors and dorms designated for common interests such as science.

    Academic Rigor

    The Honors college brings this rating up for me. A really intellectually challenging program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get into the ice breakers, we all know they're cheesy, and that's how you bond! Enjoy the beautiful state you're in! Maine Bound has canoe, kyack, and snowshoe rentals, as well as access to TWO rivers and miles of trails USE THEM!

    In three sentences

    This school has a genuinely warm and friendly student atmosphere. The wildlife ecology program is so hands-on and exciting. Maine makes me feel at home even though I'm far from it.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, hang out with friends, just typical college stuff.

    Food and Dining

    I've heard good and bad things about the food here. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

    Dorm Life

    Don't really know too much about it since I haven't lived there yet, but I'd imagine there's always plenty of stuff going on around in the dorms/on campus, especially since it's such a big school.

    Academic Rigor

    Best publicly funded school in the state. Well known for being one of the better state schools in the Northeast.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused if you decide to come here. It's not a particularly hard school to get into as long as you had half-way decent grades in high school, but it is easy to get lost in the party lifestyle once you're here.

    In three sentences

    Nice campus. Typical state university in that it is a big-time party school. Lots of stuff to do in and around town.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is alright, it's what you would expect from a college dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms kind of suck unless you are a partier. The walls are super thin and you can hear people talking that are in a room 4 doors down the hallway.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes were fairly challenging but not too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus and meet some people before you make your final decision. Also, if you want diversity, UMaine is probably not for you.

    In three sentences

    Pretty campus but it feels like I'm still in high school. Nobody seems to have grown up.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe campus. Polices patrol 24 hours.

    Greek Life

    Very engaged.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs, all kinds.

    Great for these types of students

    For all types of sttudents.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Very cold place. Maine is the 2nd happiest state in the USA, so expect to be happy !!!

    Bang for the buck

    I believe this college will provide you with an excellent education.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of things.

    Food and Dining

    Nice and good foods,

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are good but a bit expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses are hard while others are easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    A college Worth going!!

    In three sentences

    A rural but beautiful Campus.Excellent Education,Very Cold place.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are a lot of fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On Earth Day there's the green bike ride where a few students paint their bodies in green paint and ride around the mall naked. Hockey games against our rival, University of New Hampshire, are always the best. Everyone goes crazy.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are always football games and hockey games to attend. Go Black Bears!! I participate in a few musical ensembles. There's a lot of great restaurants in downtown Orono that are fun to check out. You can also go to MaineBound and climb the rock wall or rent a kayak and paddle along Stillwater.

    Food and Dining

    The food is college campus food. At first you're all excited because they have all the greasy food like French fries and burgers but then by the end of the first month it hits you. It's fattening and there are few healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    If you get a good roommate and a chem-free dorm then everything is great. Some dorms are filled with obnoxious people but it all just depends on the people on your floor. Become friends with them.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are very helpful and want you to do your best. They're not out there the fail you.

    Tips for prospective students

    When attending the University of Maine always make sure to bring an abundance of cold weather attire. The teachers are great and very personable so take the time to see them during their office hours so you can create a relationship with them. They're there to help you. Go to as many campus events as possible and join a couple groups.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine is an amazing school that feels like a home away from home. The campus is beautiful and filled with friendly people. This University is a ten out of ten!

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMaine Police Department - 18 officers ; University Ambulance Corps and Professional EMT's ; Public Safety officers

    Greek Life

    17 fraternities and 7 sororities all nationally and/or community service recognized

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor or agricultural dependent, engineering, liberal arts, political science, dancing or any arts, athletes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    MAINE DAY!!!! - the first Wednesday in May, all students have a day off from classes to enjoy community service work, barbecues, games, mud volleyball and all around UMaine spirit and festivities especially with the traditional 8am Maine Day kick-off parade!

    What to do for fun

    Sports! Hockey especially, theatre, dance, broadway shows, concerts and bands, all night holiday celebrations in the Memorial Union, 200 student clubs and organizations, free WI-FI everywhere!, intramural and club sports, fraternity and sorority affairs, 15 miles of outdoor ski, biking and running trails in the woods.

    Food and Dining

    4 dining halls, exquisite choices and gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and organic foods as well. well maintained dining halls and accommodates thousands of students.

    Dorm Life

    The Resident halls are well equipped with furniture and staff and are very accommodating to a community of first year students! I like the fact that they are all co-ed, within a few minutes of walking distance to everything on a 600 acre campus (rec center, dining halls, classrooms) and that they offer living learning communities where you can choose to live in a building based on academic or extra curricular interests and make friends in an easy manner.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor is really major dependent. The Liberal Arts and Engineering Programs tend to be the most valued by the students and faculty and tend to be the most rigorous, but then again, it is college and it all depends on your personal time management and handling skills. Nursing, Engineering, Biology and some of the Natural Sciences tend to be some of the top most rigorous and competitive academic programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend researching student employment and student clubs and organizations before attending. I find it very beneficial to have an on campus job and be a member of a club or two in the first year in order to make friends, be familiar with the community and the campus and to also get the most of the college experience early!

    In three sentences

    This beloved University is not only the greatest Land Grant and FlagShip University in the State of Maine, it is the only one. With extensive history and very notable alumni in the Institution's 150 years of History, I am proud to be a BlackBear. I really enjoy the atmosphere of being a student and employee of the only Division 1 NCAA Athletics program in the State of Maine. I also really like how diverse the community is and how much the campus cares about offering financial aid, academic support services and many research and educational opportunities to all students and faculty on the campus!

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Go to Hockey! Sit in the student stands and enjoy the game- after all you get in for free with your MaineCard

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our school song say DRINK DRINK DRINK pretty often but its a great song. We always have it sung by the students at least once during hockey games!

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty decent. Be willing to order take out once in a while. And if you're ever hungry late at night, at least once, try late night. Its a cool thing.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is pretty good. My only problem here with it is this year they overbooked the freshman dorms, so there are triples and quads, but those people end up being the best friend. The dorms and bathrooms are kept clean and warm for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be a challenge but 95% of the teachers here are willing to help you during their office hours if you at least try! If you can't make office hours there are almost always tutors available

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour campus before you come here, I've met people who came here without seeing campus and now complain about the cold If you don't know what you want to major in apply to the Explorations Program- they are amazing people and willing to help with any problems. Stay on top of school work! Don't let it pile up! Buy books no matter what people tell you! Oh, and be prepared for it to get cold; you will be in New England

    In three sentences

    UMaine is a really nice and awesome school. The campus is really comfortable to get around, the foods okay (its dining hall food), and the dorms are great with the exception of triples and quads this year. This campus is gorgeous and I can't wait to see it in winter, everyone here is incredibly helpful!

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about picking a major so soon, there's a bunch of options.

    In three sentences

    Edible food. Awesome classmates. Doable classes.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police station on campus with safety boxes everywhere. I have never felt unsafe. I have a job on campus and get out around 12:00AM. There are always student walking around and the campus police make themselves noticed - not in a negative way.

    Clubs and Activities

    Currently I am in the Geology club. It is very interesting.

    Great for these types of students

    U Maine is good for all types of students. the campus is large but not so large that you cannot find your way around. We are a city in itself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am a fan of the food courts and the main food hall!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other schools, U Maine is right at the top. The school offers a variety of courses and the campus is clean and safe.

    What to do for fun

    I go to activities at the school, football, hockey and concerts.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and there are plenty of options and lots of variety.

    Dorm Life

    I am lucky, I am in a quad and have great roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Keep up with your studies. Get help as needed. Put yourself on a schedule as soon as possible. Don't forget to eat well and take advantage of the fitness center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in touch with your RA. Join in school activities. Take advantage of assistance provided by the school and other students.

    In three sentences

    I am a first year student at U Maine. I was a little hesitant about moving so far away from home but after a few days I felt right at home. I have made new friends and have great roommates. Hopefully I will be able to go here for my full four years.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Movies, shopping, ice skating in the winter, sporting events, concerts, hang with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Could be better, very repetitive after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small but comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot more challenging than I expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study and read everything in your books. Be sure to take good notes too!

    In three sentences

    Very good, food could be a little better and more parking for students living on campus.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Social, education driven, and hockey loving students will enjoy this campus.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit expensive for the education and experience you get out of the college.

    What to do for fun

    On campus events, concerts, acapella groups, intramural sports, movies every Wednesday, and of course meeting up with other friends around campus makes for a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    Less than stellar dining food, it seems alright the first month you visit but after a while it begins to take a toll on your mind and body. The scheduled food gets repetitive and bland after a few months.

    Dorm Life

    Very fun and easy to meet people. You can get work done even in a small double but if it still remains an issue then you cab study in the library.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses require little to no work while others in your major may require hours a week.

    Tips for prospective students

    New students should be sure to research their prospective classes that they will be required to take in order to better understand what they will be researching.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine is a fun campus with a variety of programs. The professors at the University of Maine seem less qualified than professors I have had in high school. However the student clubs and recreational activities are very fun year round.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency buttons all throughout campus, as well as patrolling police at all times. This is just precaution of course, because of all the times I've walked through campus, whether it be early in the morning or late at night, I have never had any problems or felt unsafe. Dorm life is really safe as well thanks to the lock systems for the building itself that require ID's, and certain ID's after a specific time, in order to open the door.

    Greek Life

    I'm not personally part of the Greek Life, however I have a lot of friends who are. From what I've seen, Greek Life does an amazing job at community service activities and are pretty involved in activities around campus and such.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many sports offered, including intramural sports, as well as what seems like a million clubs! And if there's not a club you're interested in, you can make one!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Naked Five! At every football and hockey game I've been to, these boys are always there cheering on our teams. They paint the letters of Maine on their chests (one letter for each) in blue and white. Even when it's super cold, they're out there with no shirt on!

    What to do for fun

    There's too many fun activities to write down here! You can go to football games, hockey games, basketball games, soccer games, basically any sport game for free with your Mainecard (student ID). There's the rec center for working out and shooting hoops, there's a pool, hot tub, and sauna, there's a huge library... That's not even a half the things UMaine offers for students.

    Food and Dining

    The food choices are pretty good given that it's college dining food. I love the unlimited meal plan so I can go in however many times I want, whether it be dinner, a snack, or dessert! They have a really great selection of food though, ranging from a sandwich station, to soups, to desserts, and two main course options.

    Dorm Life

    Yes, the beds are only twin size, but dorm life isn't that bad! The beds are decently comfortable, the rooms are a decent size, and it's a great opportunity to meet new people and make a lot of great friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are pretty great, just make sure you look at the first semester classes they sign you up for to make sure they are what you want for your major requirements.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter how much you studied in high school, you'll wanna study at least a week before an exam. Although I would recommend studying a little bit each night or so, instead of trying to cram everything.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine has a beautiful campus and so many activities going on that one could participate in. I couldn't be happier with my choice of a college and look forward to heading back for Spring semester. Go UMaine Black Bears!

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are intramural sports and greek life and partying. Not much to do in the town.

    Food and Dining

    There are 3 dining halls on campus. They are all pretty much the same, pretty mediocre but not terrible. York is the best for breakfast because make eggs, omelets, and breakfast sandwiches to order.

    Dorm Life

    I hate living in a dorm room. It's good freshmen year so you can meet everyone and bond with them in your building. But after that, get off campus. I need my space and the rooms are just crappy. Especially the bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are actually pretty good. Most teachers are approachable, casual, and helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    I wouldn't recommend UMO unless you are an alaskan native used to living in an igloo and ice fishing for your dinner. Or unless you're a vampire who doesn't mind always being in the dark. Also, if you do go here, I don't recommend living in dorms. Although it is required for freshmen...

    In three sentences

    It's nice from September to mid October, then starts to get nice again in May, right before the end of the year. All the time, everyday in between, it's a dark, gray, very very cold world. A big party school, probably because drinking alcohol makes you not feel the frigid winter chill.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Although they get a bad rap, joining a fraternity or sorority is great way to meet people as well as make a brother or sister for life. The greatest decision I could have made was joining Sigma Phi Epsilon: This fraternity will be different.

    What to do for fun

    From intramurals to frisbee on the mall to hockey games, there's plenty to do at the University of Maine!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have a wide variety of choices, from buffalo chicken to honey wasabi salmon, accommodating to any palette.

    Dorm Life

    It's awesome. When you live on your own for the first time, you realize how much you took for granted, but how much you enjoy the experience regardless.

    Academic Rigor

    Both challenging and comfortable. I've never been intimidated by my schoolwork.

    Tips for prospective students

    As much as you'll want to skimp on things, don't. Go the extra mile and work hard on your studies. You won't regret come midterms and finals when you discover that 4.0 GPA!

    In three sentences

    My professors are very encouraging and helpful. The dorm life experience is one I would do over and over if I had the chance. It may be cold in the winter, but the fall, spring, and summer months make the experience worth it.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe here. There is always a police presence, especially at night. We also have the blue light system where there is always an emergency help pole in sight.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of Greek life but it is definitely present here. There are your typical frat parties but there are also service and academic fraternities and sororities as well. My roommate is in a service sorority that sometimes goes around campus writing inspirational messages in chalk.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are way too many clubs to name, but we have every type you can think of! We have volunteer/service, academic, sports, and social clubs. There are some really unique and unexpected groups that will bring you many opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who want to make friends and have fun. As a more shy person, I found that coming here really brought me out of my shell. I have met so many new people and tried all kinds of new things in just one semester. Also very great for outdoorsy people because there are many opportunities to go on hikes, ski trips, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hockey games at the Alfond Arena are some of the best times you'll ever have here. The student section goes wild with the most spirited chants and songs I have ever seen. We were voted the most intimidating home ice advantage because of the student section! One tradition at games is when we score, the naked five (five guys with UMAINE spelled out on their stomachs) do a lap around the stadium and high-five people.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student, I cannot say that I am happy about the tuition. However for in-state students or students from New England and Canada, tuition is very reasonable!

    What to do for fun

    There are always fun events happening on campus or with clubs. People like to go see free movies or performances in the Collins Center for the Arts. There is often plenty of snow for sledding. We also have many miles of bike/cross-country ski trails and a fantastic fitness center with free classes. Downtown Bangor has everything you need just ten minutes away!

    Food and Dining

    There are three dining halls on campus which are all pretty good for campus food. It definitely doesn't beat a home-cooked meal or a restaurant dish, but there is good variety and they like to change things up every day. Sometimes we have special occasion meals like WinterFest, Lobster and Steak night, or Ice Cream Sundae Saturday. And let's not forget BuffChick Wednesday, featuring buffalo chicken wraps that literally cause lines out the door. We also have a few markets, stands, and a large cafe where you use money or dining funds instead of your meal plan. There is also a small pub called the Bear's Den. One downfall is that you are probably not eating your money's worth with the meal plans. The dining halls also do not open until 10am on weekends and don't have much to offer in the non-peak hours.

    Dorm Life

    My experience with dorms is only in Honors housing. I think my dorm has made a huge impact on my experience here. My dorm is a lot smaller than typical freshman housing and holds freshmen through seniors. All of the residents know almost every person in the dorm and get along very well. People like to keep their doors open, hang out in the basement together, and go to dinner as a big group. We have a lot of dorm complex events and the RAs are very approachable. The rooms are a good size and have hardwood floors, though my particular dorm is quite old and has drafty windows. Overall, I think Honors housing has been a real blessing because I hear that students in the freshman dorms are much more rowdy and like to party.

    Academic Rigor

    This varies widely based on your major and credit hours. I am part of the Honors College, which provides more of a challenge for students academically. It is definitely not an easy course load, but it is manageable and rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get involved with sports and/or clubs. They are a great way to get adjusted, make friends, and open new doors for yourself. If you are not a winter person, this school probably is not for you.

    In three sentences

    This school provides a very welcoming environment for all of its students. There are many academic programs to choose from, as well as great clubs to help you get involved. If you can survive the harsh winters, and utilize the resources the school provides for you, you will love it here!

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are over 200 clubs and organizations to get involved with.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the Union is the best.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kept up nicely.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors I have had try to challenge their students and are always available to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a group to be involved with, they all help and encourage high academic standing.

    In three sentences

    The University of Maine is a wonderful school to attend. The campus is wonderful and the classes are incredible. You can always find something you love to do when it comes to academics and involvement on campus.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do. There are concerts you get free tickets to, free skating at the Alfond, many trails throughout the woods to go hiking, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The food makes you sick. It is by far better than any high school lunch at schools in Maine, but it isn't the best food around.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are loud and the bathrooms are never really sanitary.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here are fabulous and top quality.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't play loud music. It is extremely rude to all of your neighbours.

    In three sentences

    Its a great atmosphere for learning. Walking down the sidewalks in the winter is a difficult task as they are never cleared well. The food isn't that great.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened on campus

    Greek Life

    I don't know anything about it

    Clubs and Activities

    Their seem to be a lot offered

    Great for these types of students

    everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know any, but a lot of people climb trees and hang out in front of the library

    Bang for the buck

    They offer a lot of scholarships, are very helpful, and provide a learning environment.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the rec center Sports Campus events Movie night

    Food and Dining

    I eat at the Union because you pay for only what you want to buy. Their are many options their and the food is pretty good. Sometimes it's really buisy and has a long wait.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm I commute

    Academic Rigor

    most of the teachers really want you to learn and are their to help and the classes are interesting and useful

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn study strategies Don't let big classes intimidate you, most of the teachers are very easy to talk to Don't be afraid to ask for help Live close to campus if possible so you don't miss out on all the opportunities

    In three sentences

    UMO was a big change from high school but most of the professors are really nice. Sometimes it is hard to understand a few of the TA's in the chemistry department but they are all very nice and try to help you. UMO is very big, busy, and welcoming.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I've only attended Umaine being of age to drink, so the local clubs the bear brew and the roost are a good place to let loose. But campus always has lots of activities going on and there the gym and fields are always open to students to get out and have fun. Also Greek life is a major presents for social gatherings, charity events, and student competition.

    Food and Dining

    The food halls are always open and always buffet style. SO if you have a meal plan and go hungry its your own fault, there is three dinning halls on campus all offering a different variety of food every day. The order all quality of the chow here is about that at any buffet you'd go out to.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are range from old to new and freshmen dorms are separated by campus from the sophomore, junior and senior level dormitories. Dorm life is easy and convenient with relaxed policies that allow you to be independent. which is important cause the people you meet in the dorms are some of the best friends you make.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the engineering department and the level that all the professors hold there students to is challenging and rewarding. The amount of knowledge gained for lectures and labs are uncompilable in an academic environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your studies seriously, don't procrastinate, and attend your classes. Make friends Orono's a small town and outside your personal life and school there is not a lot going on.

    In three sentences

    Great academic environment with professors that take a interest in student learning. Small private campus that's self contained and convenient located lecture halls. Overall first class, first rate learning facility.

  • 03/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Maineday! Maine day is a day to always look forward to it. There are plenty of activities to do like oozball, which you just have to experience it yourself to find out.

    Bang for the buck

    The school was tough on my wallet and my parents and it was very tough for me because i am an out of state student. However, after my first year i knew although my parents really didn't understand but this was the school i wanted to be at and i knew that it was worth the money

    What to do for fun

    I play rugby, its a club sport thats very physically demanding but the people are great and we really are a team. I also became a gym nut i love exercising and living so close to the gym made no excuses. It is my escape and going to the pool with friends is always so fun. The pool has a whirl pool with a volleyball net and a sauna and a 20 people jacuzzi.

    Food and Dining

    They food is good but after a while you get tired of the same things. Although wednesdays are Buff chicken at York dining hall and that never gets tiring. the local food however gets a 5 star rating, although it isn't cheap OHOP is the best pizza ever.

    Dorm Life

    The first week of school are the best everyones getting to know each other and are very friendly. I got to know almost everyone in my dorm and plenty of other people. Its always great having friendly people to be around and people who are more than welcoming. They respect their surroundings and each other and thats always valued.

    Academic Rigor

    The first semester for me was tough was just adapting to the school and was dealing with many things. The next semester i got level head planted my feet on the ground and got serious. College isn't so tough you just have to be responsible and actually go to class. The classes are great I'm in engineering some classes are tougher than the other but you will never stop learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    College passes by so quick make every moment of it. University of maine has many opportunities but they won't come knocking on your door, go out and join things, never live with regret.

    In three sentences

    University of Maine has become a real home for me. They are welcoming understanding and very spirited. I never thought college was going to be good for me but here i found a school i want to be apart of and want to graduate from.

  • 04/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Tons

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone Really is a big state university

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nude Earth Day Bike Parade, Maine Day

    Bang for the buck

    Out of State is hard but with all of the facilities for students to use it makes it feel a little better.

    What to do for fun

    Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Skiing, Hiking, Surfing, Running

    Food and Dining

    Buff Chick Wednesdays at York is a must.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in the Honors Complex in Penobscot. The RA's really are helpful in maintaining peace between everyone by having good policies as well as respect for you as a college student.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Civil Engineering Major I am in some of the hard science and math classes but there is tutor programs provided by the University as well as more than willing professors and TA's

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Your Work done first and always go to office hours if you need it. The professors are really there for you.

    In three sentences

    The University Of Maine has provided me with the opportunity to earn the degree that I wanted to earn while I have been able to enjoy some outdoor activities that I may not have otherwise been able to. By coming here from out of state I have been introduced to a new lifestyle for the better.

  • 05/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club or a sports team. We have intramurals every season in every sports imaginable. We also have a big list of fraternities and sororities you can join which is also fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are three main dining facilities and one restaurant/dining in Umaine. The food is one of the best in the state.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is an amazing experience. This is where you will find the people that you really connect with and where you find your life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    ALL Umaine students are top notch. Coming from all different backgrounds and countries. We can challenge even harvard in our engineering sectors.

    Tips for prospective students

    University of Maine is one of the most beautiful campus in the state of Maine; explore the campus while your there. You never know what you can come across. Join a club or a organization as soon as you can, so you won't be tempted to do things you'll regret later. Do your homework as soon as you are given them.

    In three sentences

    University of Maine has everything you need as a university student. It has a one of the biggest library in the state to do your research in. University of Maine will challenge you to excel on your field and in life.

  • 10/15/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They have their own personal campus police and police department. I'd feel pretty safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is all kinda of clubs and activities to join and attend

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mall is a great place where people always gather in between and after classes. it's a just. There's always something going on there from people singing and playing guitar to walking the tightrope.

    What to do for fun

    All kinds of sports games throughout the year to attend. Plays, dance recitals, comedy acts, movie screenings and more. There is quite a bit to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Great options for food and dinning even have several convenient stores on campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life seems as though it is very social and fun. Not a lot of studying goes on there though.

    Academic Rigor

    The are more difficult then most other schools in Maine

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and not last minute. Seek help if you need it. The library is the savior.

    In three sentences

    It's a great sized campus. Most everyone is very nice and social. UMO would be a great experience for the college life.