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| UMaine Orono seems to spend more time, money, and effort on the campus grounds, building new offices, and pouring money into the sports areas than actually fixing up or modernizing the classrooms. The doors are very old as well and look more suited for people in the 1950s than a modern campus would have today. I personally over all would give UMaine a middle of the ground rating it wasn't all bad but I did notice that a lot of professors and instructors seemed to get their data wrong when I actually looked up statistics but I'm not sure if this is due to bias or simply an error on their part. Some professors and advisers have been good but there were a lot of times they would miss appointments with students and not call us or give not so good advice. Over all I wouldn't give the school and F but I would certainly not give it an A either. It's more like a C rated University. Also I didn't care for it being cold all the time. Early fall is wonderful in that area but by late fall it is very cold and winters are brutal. Walking to class you feel like your face is going to freeze off, then spring is just one long mud season. But by summer and fall the University is pouring tons of money into making it look pretty for tourists & visitors. Can't say I liked the food at the commons or the Union it was very over priced and the quality wasn't that good. Also a lot of students cared more about partying than grades or they would form mean groups in which they could say mean things about each other. I got along with everyone I met but I have noticed a very arrogant atmosphere. My last last year I have moved off campus and just sticking to myself as I am tired of sucking up to other students simply to stay on their good side. If you get on anyones bad side it can get nasty even when dealing with the instructors. I'm sure like in all State Universities you will find good and bad but I get the impression that UMaine leans too much toward the negative side. But if you are smart enough to navigate your way it's not terrible for a State school. I mean if you are a Mainer like me who didn't want to travel too far from home it's a good stepping stone place to get out of Maine. However if I knew back a few years ago what I know today I would not have attended UMaine Orono. Besides it got expensive with all the hidden costs and fees. One last thing too is in High School I liked to join clubs & groups so when I got to UMaine I tried a few but they never seem to have any real cohesion they fall apart easily or they drift away from the purpose or goal of the group. Mostly it turned into play time where everyone sat around playing video games on their lap top or hand held devices or it would turn into political or social rants. One group I won't mention simply turned into a semester long gang up on a particular student that people hated that in my opinion didn't do anything wrong. Just that he became unpopular over night when he complained about noise levels after 1am. But people are petty on that campus but somehow believe they are good people. I spent most my undergrad years bending to the group will and siding with them but it's made me feel like a complete sell out. This is why I decided to do my Graduate work elsewhere even though some of my professors, adviser, and other instructors wanted me to stick around but truth be known I'm tired of conforming to their group think as well. I know this sounds very negative but really it's not a horrible place if you move off campus your 1st year and are able to conform. Just stay clear of all the students that live on campus which seem to be a bad influence with drinking, depression, and mean spiritness. Too much arrogance there. Bottom line is that if you need a start and you are used to living in Maine and don't want to travel too far from home it's good stepping stone school but just don't expect a high quality education or the best social life (unless you like to drink and like to be mean to others). I'm looking forward to transferring after this year. In fact I'm not even going to my graduation in the spring. |
|Sep 23 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| Great school! For the most part you. What i really like about this school is you always have something to do! Like the football and hockey games! You dont just have to party here they have stuff to do besides that last year they had Brently Gilbert here and stuff like that they also have many club sports too. As for partying yes your gonna year about partys all the time its the 18th top party school in america so theres usually partys thursday-sunday. There is house partys, fraternity parties, sports team partys pretty much a lot of parties. If your 21 a lot of people go to bars around the bangor, Orono, and old town area. I would say fraternity partys are the most popular by far though. As far as the classes go they can be hard like biology 101 thats one of the hardest classes you can take as a freshman be prepared for it make sure you do your homework's because there is a lot of it in that class and thats how you fall behind in the class. |
|Jul 22 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2017 |
| To give some background, I am not a traditional student. I am a mother and married. I wanted to complete some general education courses online this past semester.|
I expected my advisor to be helpful and answer my questions. What I got was cookie cutter answers that did not remotely answer my original questions. Even after explaining, TWICE, that I had to take courses online and that I already had credit for the two Biology courses required, he was telling me how I would have to take Biology on campus. It was like he never even read my email.
I had to contact 4 different people before I got the answers I needed.
However my professors themselves were wonderful. The courses were not as challenging as I expected, but the professors were very knowledgeable, they were willing to answer questions, and also were willing to work with me when life threw a few curve balls. They knew their information very well. I am transferring due to the terrible administration system at this college. Whenever I have a simple question it takes me contacting 3-4 people to get it answered. Their online programs are also lacking. The teachers are very knowledgeable but haven't yet grasped how to interact and engage students in an online atmosphere. They could take the courses far beyond what they have now. However the course material itself is very thorough, which is great except when it makes the workload huge.
|Jun 18 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2017 |