So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Maine, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 90%, admission to Maine is mildly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1100, or an ACT score of around 24.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Maine admission statistics.
Maine Admissions Statistics
Maine’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 90%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 12,952 applicants, Maine admitted about 11,625. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.27, the average ACT score was 24, and the average SAT score was 1160.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 21, and the 75th percentile score was 28.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1040. The 75th percentile score was 1270.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Maine is very competitive. Even if Maine is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Maine’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Maine Application Requirements
To apply to Maine, you’ll need to fill out the Common App or the Maine Online App, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $40 application fee, submit an essay, submit a letter of recommendation and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by December 1st for Early Action, and February 1st for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the Common App or the Maine Online App
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Pay the $40 application fee
- Submit an essay
- Submit your high school transcript
- Submit a letter of recommendation
The application deadline is December 1 for Early Action and February 1st for Regular Decision. March 1st is the financial aid application deadline.
Have you been admitted to Maine? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Maine Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Maine, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 53% are male and 47% are female
- 2% of students are international
Maine has a diverse class, as well. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 2%
- Underrepresented minority: 3.7%
- Two or more races: 2.8%
- White: 86%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Maine offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Social Sciences
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Maine Tuition Figures
At $42,862, Maine’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $8,495.
Here’s a fuller look at Maine tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $42,862
- Average financial aid package: $8,495
- The average student debt of a Maine graduate is $34,923
Now, what is life like at Maine? Let’s take a look.
The University of Maine’s campus is located in Orono, Maine.
The campus’ early architectural design was influenced by White House architect Frederick Law Olmstead, despite his actual plan being rejected.
Remember, you’re going to Maine for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Maine has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Agricultural Engineering
- Business Administration and Management
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Forest Sciences and Biology
- Human Development and Family Studies
- International Relations and Affairs
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Mass Communication
- Molecular Biology
- Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
- Public Administration
- Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
- Wood Science and Wood Products
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Maine.
Student Life at Maine
Maine has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Maine’s student activities:
- 3D Printing Club
- Airsoft Club
- Art and Design Collective
- Black Bear Robotics
- Entrepreneurship Club
- Figure Skating Club
- Gamer’s Guild
- Honors Student Advisory Board
- Maine Animal Club
- Maine Power Builders
- Men’s Ultimate Frisbee
- Operation H.E.A.R.T.S.
- Skeptics Club (UM)
- Sophomore Owls
- Spiritual Coexistence Group
- Vegan Education and Empowerment Coalition
Are you an athlete? Maine’s got plenty of options for you.
Maine offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Maine’s sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Ice Hockey
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Maine degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Maine has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Film producer Lawrence Bender
- Author Stephen King
- Comedian Nick DiPaolo
- Maine governor John Baldacci
- Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown
- Industrialist Francis Clergue
- NBA player and coach Rick Carlisle
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Maine is not very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no though. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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