We Are UMaine Machias

UMaine’s coastal campus

The University of Maine at Machias is the Downeast regional campus of the University of Maine. Located in a historic town on Maine’s Bold Coast, UMaine Machias’ campus is surrounded by premier outdoor recreation opportunities, from kayaking and fishing to mountain biking and four-wheeling. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 and an average class size of fewer than 20 students, we take pride in fostering a strong sense of community and connection that begins inside the classroom and extends beyond the boundaries of campus.

Why UMaine Machias?

We’re a great choice for students who want to learn in a supportive, close-knit campus environment. In 2024 our campus was ranked as the No. 1 LGBTQ+ friendly campus in Maine and New England by Campus Pride Index as well as No. 4 in the U.S. for rural community campuses with less than 5,000 students. As a community-engaged campus we offer field-based and service-oriented learning opportunities that help students develop professional skills, self-confidence and a sense of connection with the community.  On average 69% of our students complete at least one internship or CO-OP experience.


Courses at UMaine Machias are student-oriented with a focus on partnering with local organizations to prepare students for a career in their field of study, emphasizing service-learning projects, fieldwork, and leveraging the resource-rich natural environment of Downeast Maine as a “second classroom.” With applied research and hands-on student experiences being at the heart of what we do, 94% of our students state that they feel prepared with the skills necessary to stand out in the competitive workforce or continue on to graduate study.

Machias students smiling while taking notes in class


Faculty ratio


Of our students complete
at least one internship or
CO-OP experience


Academic programs

Life at UMaine Machias

Our dynamic staff of student life professionals are dedicated to helping students learn and succeed through a variety of out-of-classroom experiences and dedicated student support services. As you embark on your college career, take advantage of all the opportunities that you will be exposed to during your time at UMaine Machias. With over 20 clubs and organizations there are numerous ways to become involved in the UMaine Machias community. Whether you are a residential, commuter or online student, our staff is here for you.

Scholarships and aid

Our Office of Student Financial Aid is committed to helping you obtain a quality education at an affordable cost. They will provide you with the information you need to make the best decision about financing your education. In 2024, 98% of our incoming students qualify for need based aid with our average scholarship and grant amounts for incoming students being $11,291. At UMaine Machias, 51% of our current undergrads receive Federal Pell Grants.  

Machias students experimenting with pipets

Meet our alumni

We love to hear from our alumni! Here you can update your information in our database so you never miss an event announcement or share your college experiences and what you are doing now through our alumni spotlights. The UMaine Machias alumni board is where generations of students come together to celebrate a rich campus history that spans over 100 years. 

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Letters from Downeast

UMaine’s student-led newspaper, The Maine Campus, partners with student writers and photographers at the University of Maine at Machias to document stories of our campus and local Downeast area to bring you “Letters from Downeast.”

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