The University of Maine at Farmington:
A Community/University Partnership
The town of Farmington has long enjoyed a cozy "town/gown"
relationship with the in-town University
of Maine at Farmington. Located in downtown Farmington, the friendly
2,000-student campus adds a distinctive college town atmosphere to the
Farmingtion community. Each fall as college students arrive for the
start of a new school year, the entire town buzzes with renewed energy
Established in 1864 as Maine's first public institution of higher education,
the University of Maine at Farmington has earned a national reputation
for excellence. In fact, the nations's best-selling college guide, U.S.
News & World Report, recently named the University of Maine at Farmington
"One of America's Best Colleges" for the sixth consecutive
year. UMaine Farmington is the only college of its kind in all of New
England to receive that distinction.
But the University of Maine at Farmington is more than just one of
the state's premier institutions of higher learning, nationally renowned
for its teacher education and arts and sciences programs. The University
is also an integral member of the Farmington area community. In fact,
many of the University's facilities and offerings are open to the
public, many free of charge.
A centerpiece of the close campus-community partnerships is the University's
Health & Fitness Center. Open year-round, seven days a week, the
facility features four multi-purpose courts, a fully-equipped weight
room and cardiovascular fitness equipment area, a 6-lane swimming pool,
a walking/jogging track and more. The UMF Health & Fitness Center
offers memberships to the area community, allowing area residents full
use of the Center's facilities and gives the community the opportunity
to participate in numerous fitness classes, swim programs, children's
programs, and senior's fitness programs. It also provides yet another
opportunity for townspeople to mingle with the University's students
The University's Mantor Library, also open to the public year-round,
seven days a week, offers free library cards to members of the area
community, allowing those aged 12 and older to borrow library materials.
The community is also welcome to use Mantor Library's Internet access,
browse its 700+ periodicals, its 100,000 volume collection and make
use of its other holdings.
UMaine Farmington also sponsors educational opportunities for the young
and old alike. For children, the UMF Saturday Express offers weekly
creative enrichment programs for area youngsters. And UMF's Gold Leaf
Institute provides life-long learning opportunity for area adults over
age 50. This popular program offers invigorating classes, lectures,
presentations, field trips, and more - without the pressure of tests,
term papers or other academic requirements.
The campus and the community are also culturally-connected partners
in The Arts, collaborating in activities such as the UMF Community Chorus,
UMF Community Band, UMF Community Orchestra, UMF Chamber Choir, UMF
Dancers, Theatre UMF, the UMF Art Gallery and more. The University hosts
the community-based Arts Institute of Western Maine and The Sandy River
Players. In addition, UMF recently received an anonymous gift of $5
million to construct the Ted and Marguerite Emery Community Arts Center,
which is currently being planned by a committee of community arts members
and university staff. UMaine Farmington invites the public to countless
concerts, lectures, debates, films, readings, and other cultural and
educational offerings, helping to establish the Farmington-Wilton area
as the cultural center of the region.
If outdoor sports are of interest, UMaine Farmington is the place to
be. Farmington's youth soccer program and area sports camps are
held at UMF's Prescott Athletic Fields, and the fields are available
for area softball leagues and all kinds of pickup games. And the public
is always welcome to cheer on UMF's basketball, baseball, cross-country,
field hockey, soccer, softball, rugby, and ultimate frisbee teams.
It is obvious to all in the surrounding area that the University of
Maine at Farmington is not an ivy-towered, gated-off college campus.
In addition to the many opportunities for community involvement on campus,
UMF's students, staff and faculty are actively engaged in the community.
Its students regularly student-teach in area schools, bringing cutting
edge teaching practices into local classrooms. They also volunteer as
coaches in youth sports programs and teach area youngsters to swim,
to read and to speak a foreign language. UMF students participate in
numerous other volunteer activities that better their neighborhoods.
In fact volunteerism is even a part of the curriculum (called "Service-Learning")
in some UMF classes. In addition, many of the University's 350+ employees
are heavily involved in the community, serving as school board members,
volunteer firefighters, and in countless civic and religious organizations.
UMaine Farmingtion is also proud of its regional and national leadership.
One of only a handful of institutions in Maine to be fully accredited
by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and
Colleges (NCATE), UMaine Farmington is also a founding member of COPLAC,
the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges; this has become an exclusive
national group of nineteen public colleges and universities dedicated
to the liberal arts tradition, the creation of teaching and learning
communities and to the expansion of access to an undergraduate liberal
arts education. Community members share in the pride of the University's
excellent national reputation.
The UMaine Farmington/community partnership is strong, making life
on and off campus much richer for the connections. Visitors are invited
to visit the picturesque campus and experience the essence of a true
New England university.
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