was a good choice for me for both my undergraduate
and graduate degrees in a science-related field. I spent 6
years at the University, and feel I have some good
opinions to share.
1. Academics: Overall, I felt
my classes were well-taught, and that I was left with
imporant nuggets of wisdom. There are definitely good professorsm
and bad professors in every department, but there are some
great ones that really made my education at UMAINE worthwhile!
My advice is to ask around about various professors before
you just blindly sign up for a class. My
education was definitely what I made of it also.
You get back what you put in at UMaine.
Quality of life: Fabulous! If you are
a city person, this place is probably not for you,
but Orono provides a picturesque, quiet and relaxed place to
live, helping to combat the daily stresses of college life.
While the dining and shopping selections and somewhat limited,
everything your really need is within a 10 minute drive,
including a mall, and several restaurants. The nature opportunities abound
with Acadia only 1.5 hrs away, and local jaunts like
the Bangor City Forest and The Orono Bog Boardwalk.
Plus the campus is beautiful, especially in the summer.
Very woodsy and green.
I reccommend living either on or
off campus, as I have experienced both. Living on-campus
gives your a good 'ole college experience, but can be
loud at times, and excessive drinking takes place in any
given weekend (or weeknight for that matter). So that
is something to consider (good or bad!) There are
numerous places to live off campus, and the rent is
pretty cheap (as low at $400 for a 1-bedroom apt.)
I also enjoyed the UMaine community, and met some wonderful
people during my time there. The key is to
get involved in academic and social activities (which there are
plenty of) and even just meeting new people in your
I would recommend UMaine at an Undergraduate insitution; I
feel I chose to get a great deal out of
my education here.