University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, ME, USA

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University of Maine at Farmington
3.24 Average Rating

Rachel from Farmington, ME

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The campus is amazing, you can feel close to nature and isolated, or suburban and connected to the world - depending on where you feel like walking. The teachers care about their students and you can tell, you can stay after class for as long as you want, take them to dinner, lunch, just to keep the conversation going. The classes are intense but you can leave them knowing that you've learned something new every day.
Tips for prospective students
Whether or not you get to visit the campus before you enroll doesn't matter. The environment is no different from that of any other college. You just have to be prepared to work hard. Of course, if you do get the chance to visit, you should! You would get to develop a relationship with your teachers before you start classes - who would pass that up?
Academic Rigor
Each program is designed to fit in as much information as is possible within the space of a semester. Each class is led by an experienced teacher recruited by other teachers, and evaluated by their students. If you're having problems in a class - any class - there are tutors who are just waiting to help you, and teachers who are willing to provide further instruction wherever it is needed.
Dorm Life
The dorms vary. Some are older (Mallett and Purington), and some are newer (Stone and Scott). The positioning is key, however, and even the older dorms have their charms. Mallett is in prime position, it is in the middle of the campus and is within 10 minutes or less of almost every destination you may have on campus.
Food and Dining
We complain about our food - but doesn't everyone? The portions are generous and you can always go back for seconds...or thirds. The Aramark staff have been working hard to provide us more healthy options and ways to eat better, and they do a good job of making healthy foods taste good as well.
What to do for fun
For fun, you can always head down to 'FHOP', the local pizzeria; or 'Wicked Gelato' a local shop specializing in gelato (no kidding), sandwiches of many kinds, and soups - and it gets better, they have free Wi-Fi! Or, you could just check your email once a week for the countless number of programs and events being put on by the school and held around campus. But if you're lazy, you could always hang out in The Landing and just wait for all the crazy, fun things that take place there to take place.
Bang for the buck
You get what you pay for - actually, you get more. Great teachers, great community, great dorm-mates. And the opportunity to study abroad or within the country at a different college!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There is a strip of hallway in between the radio booth and the South Dining Hall called 'The Beach'.... there's nothing truly special about it other than its shape. But it does have a calming effect on me whenever I walk through it, come to think of it.
Great for these types of students
Every one - no exaggeration, this college has something for everyone. Well, everyone who wants to learn - even some of those who don't. There is a great social atmosphere, academic stimulus everywhere, and a gym class (I thought that was a cool random fact).
Clubs and Activities
There is a club for everything and everyone, and if there isn't, then there will be soon. Creating a new club is as easy as finding an administrator in the staff, having the idea signed off on, and recruiting members.
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Cidney from Harpswell, ME

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The classes are relevant to my major, interesting, and productive. All the professors are unique, and know the subject they teach very well.
Am enjoying being here
I absolutely love Farmington! The students and staff are incredibly welcoming and warm. The surrounding area is beautiful, especially if you appreciate the outdoors.
Bang for the buck
For the quality of education I am receiving, the price is very reasonable. The school also gives financial aid generously.
Tips for prospective students
Be open to trying new things and new classes, be flexible in your schedule, and be prepared to get tired of the food after a while.
Great for these types of students
Students seeking a B.A. in Education make up the majority of the school, and the program is fantastic.
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Tori from Turner, ME

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
UMF is a great place for students that enjoy a modern and diverse lifestyle. There are many different kinds of people here, some from as far away as California and many foreign exchange students. The community and the professors are very supportive and caring.
Tips for prospective students
Not all of the residents halls have single user bathrooms, if you want your bathroom privacy, I encourage you to live in the Scott halls, in the Stone wellness community, or in FAB (for upperclassmen). The best halls to live in if you want to focus on your academics are Stone or the Scott Halls, if your main concern is fun, most likely Dakin Hall.
Academic Rigor
It depends on what teacher you have and your major. Some classes I've had a very challenging and required studying outside of class, others I just passed no problem!
Dorm Life
The Community Assistants really help making the Res Hall life very enjoyable for residents. Being one myself, I can say that we love our job and we love our residents. The community overall is very supportive.
Food and Dining
There are not many choices for vegetarians. Its the same choices every day, and a lot of the time the food isn't cooked all of the way through. But the choices are immense with many different stations.
What to do for fun
There is a wonderful and cheap movie theater within walking distance, a few restaurants, and its only 30 to 40 minutes from Augusta.
Bang for the buck
If your in education, this is the school for you. Its the best in the state and one of the best in the country.
Great for these types of students
LGBTQ students thrive here. While there are a few nay-sayers, the general community is very supportive.
Clubs and Activities
There are a lot of clubs, including club sports, international, government, and support clubs.
Campus Safety
Campus Safety is wonderful here. They are real cops, not just security guards.
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Renee from Hampton, CT

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Amazing, top of the line education. Up and coming in the way of facilities. Everyone is eager to help you succeed.
Tips for prospective students
Never be afraid to ask questions about the university to not only professors or admissions, but to students too. Most students will be willing to give you input, and it's super helpful. No question is too 'dumb' or 'pointless' for anyone!
Academic Rigor
Extremely challenging classes! The professors here help incoming students acclimate before the push begins. They push you to be the best student that they know you can be, and are always available to help when you need it.
Dorm Life
I work as an RA in our largest building. Although its true that UMF doesn't have the best facilities- they need a lot of work- the staff here makes your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. I know that I work hard to keep my hall comfortable and happy, as well as all other RAs and our AD in the building. We know we're not in any top of the line facilities, but we make due with what we have and turn our experiences into something special.
Food and Dining
We don't have the 'best' food sometimes in Aramark, but my friends and I have found that things are changing in a good way in the way of dining. Our snack bar is always top notch, and its definitely a great 'hang out spot'.
What to do for fun
our student involvement groups always provide fun things to do on campus. If you would rather not do something on campus, we have tons of little shoppes down town to wander into, as well as a great gym facility.
Bang for the buck
The campus could use some love, but the education you receive is priceless.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
This campus is one of the oldest in Maine and contains so much history. We recently started a new advertisement line called we used to be normal, which highlights the old traditions and strangeness of UMF. There are plenty of ghost stories to go around due to the old buildings- all of them at one time housing students.
Great for these types of students
Education, education, education! UMF prides itself in being a top education school. However, we have so many strong programs that don't seem to get attention called to. Our psychology program is our second best, and I am blessed to be a part of it. We are also one of the few schools that offers things such as creative writing, rehab, business psychology, etc.
Clubs and Activities
We are full to the brim with clubs and activities! and the best part is, if you want to start a new club that doesn't already exist, its so easy to do that!! We have anything and everything! Intramural water polo, comedy troupes, poetry slams, stitch and b****, etc!
Greek Life
We have one fraternity- APO. although I am not a part of it, many men and women on campus are. They do a lot for the community. Although it is time consuming, we do have it available to those who are interested.
Campus Safety
Although crime is inevitable anywhere you go, I must say our PubSafe is phenomenal. As a staff member of a hall, I personally know each officer. They are so kind, and so good at what they do. I feel safe on campus and know that escort services are available when needed. They are quick to respond to calls and do their job efficiently!
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Heather from Turner, ME

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The classes are very informative and quite interesting.
Am enjoying being here
I attended another school before I came to UMF and I like this school so much better as I feel the school is much more close knit and the campus is very nice.
Bang for the buck
I feel that the cost of a degree at UMF is much better than some other Maine institutes.
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Yan from Winslow, ME

a current student here
0 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I like learning new things, especially learning different languages. Languages provide me a chance to get along well with others and to meet new friends who come from different countries. Besides, through learning languages, I can explore the cultural differences between different countries.
I like challenging myself and I will never stop learning. As a saying goes, 'Never too late to learn'. I learn from my everyday life and I do enjoying learning so much!!!!!!
Am enjoying being here
I am an exchange student this year who come from Hong Kong. I'm now studying high school and I'm going to graduate here. I do love the learning environment in the US. Everything here goes very well. I'm planning to establish my career in America. I want to be a Chinese teacher. I hope I can explore more and more cultural differences between Chinese and Western countries.
Bang for the buck
Even though my financial situation is not very good, I still want to study here.
Tips for prospective students
Being well-prepared plays an important role to help to enhance yourself and it is the first step to succeed. Try to make effort if you can. Do not be afraid of failure. Everyone learns from mistakes.
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