Welcome from the Provost

Stuart SwainA small university on the unspoiled coast of Maine: Why do UM Machias students find this such a special place?

You might think it’s the excellent reputation of our academic programs. Our graduates succeed in a wide range of careers and advanced studies. UM Machias is especially known for environmental liberal arts—a spirit and focus that infuses all our programs. Coastal Maine communities and ecosystems form a superb living classroom. Our students collaborate closely with faculty in small classes, internships and undergraduate research.

You might think it’s the stunning beauty of our location. The rugged Maine coast, with pristine lakes, wild rivers, and majestic forests, creates an ideal learning and living environment. This location is truly unique. It’s no wonder students from around the world come here.

Once you are on campus, you quickly realize however what makes UM Machias truly special. It goes beyond our unique coastal setting and superb learning opportunities. It’s the close-knit, nurturing campus community that students treasure most. Professors, staff and fellow students support and further the success of each individual. The collaborations, the smiles, and the support: we’re a diverse, engaged community of learners. That’s the best place to be when meeting the challenges and wonderful opportunities of college studies.

Please take a few minutes to browse descriptions of our areas of study and learn about our academic and career support services. Better yet, I hope to see you on campus for a visit. That’s really the only way to fully discover what sets a UM Machias experience apart.


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Stuart Swain, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs