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University of Maine at Machias (2009)

Brief Description:

The University of Maine at Machias was founded in 1909 as the Washington State Normal School, the last of six state normal schools charged with training Maine’s teachers.

Today, UMM is New England’s only public Environmental Liberal Arts college, offering an undergraduate education uniquely grounded in the natural, social, cultural, and economic environments of coastal Maine. As the smallest member of the University of Maine System, UMM enrolls an average of 1,000 students with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, and offers degree programs in 16 fields of study.


Mission Statement:

The mission of the University of Maine at Machias is closely linked to its unique location on the rugged Atlantic Ocean coast, among forests, glacial lakes, and abundant aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. This Downeast location, with its rich human and natural resources, provides a unique living and learning environment for our students.

Through its liberal arts core and distinctive baccalaureate programs, the University prepares students for life-long intellectual growth, individual success, leadership in a global society, and the advancement of a sustainable environment.

The University’s applied research and public services contribute to the improvement of the quality of life and economic development in Downeast Maine. The University of Maine at Machias collaborates with each of the other campuses in the University of Maine System to fulfill the needs of public higher education in the State of Maine.


President's Quote:

“The University of Maine at Machias cannot truly be defined by its eleven buildings, forty acres of land, or sixteen degree programs. The history of this university does not reside in the names of its presidents, the year of its founding, or its membership in the University of Maine System. Instead, UMM’s history is most accurately portrayed through the lives of the students, faculty, and staff members who over the past century have come together here on this campus to create and sustain a unique, close-knit intellectual community.”
– UMM President Cynthia Huggins 


Major Accomplishments:

  •  Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • Environmental Recreation & Tourism Management program has been accredited by the National Recreation and Park Administration (NRPA) for 25 continuous years.

  • Greening the O’Brien House project was featured on stage at the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) as an exemplary approach to addressing a specific global challenge.


Fun Facts:


  • UMM is one of only four Environmental Liberal Arts institutions in the United States.

  • The average class size at UMM is 17 students.

  • The Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management program is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Administration.

  • The UMM campus sits on 43 acres with access to the nearby Machias river and hiking trails.




Jody Marston ’06 

“One of the greatest rewards during my years at UMaine-Machias was not only the education that I received, but the experience that I received from the people that I had a chance to work with.”

Misty Mazerolle ’07
“The great thing about this school is that passion seems to be in the water. The professors here are all so amazing. I never thought that I’d be able to run up to a professor and hug him. These are the bonds you make at UMM.”

Gayle Shepard ’08
“Before I visited UMaine-Machias I wasn’t sure where I wanted to attend. The minute I stepped onto the campus my whole outlook changed. Several faculty members took me into their classrooms to explain the programs they offered. Everyone was so nice, and the campus so welcoming, I knew this was the school for me.”

Michelle Buckley ’09
“I can honestly say that only at UMM have I been able to dissect a seal, work with children with a wide range of developmental disabilities and do so many other things in between, including acting in campus theater productions and exploring the beach in my free time.”

Jackie Corbett ’09
“I love the fact that UMM has so much hands-on experience to offer. Not many schools I looked at had as many faculty members who really put so much into their courses, and none offered any classes that were really a part of the marine biology major until the end of the sophomore or junior year. The great stuff we do and see in labs, class, and even outside of class wouldn’t be possible at a larger school. The smaller class sizes really help make learning much easier.”

Zach Dozier ’09
“I did a big school. I did not like it. I really like the fact that here the professors and students all know one another.”

Jordan Gilletti ’12
“I knew that I’d be coming to UMM in the fall; no other school I’d seen could compete.”


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662