About UMPI

For more than a century, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has been helping students find their path to great professional careers. We provide 1,400 traditional and non-traditional students with life-changing opportunities in a caring, small-university environment. UMPI combines liberal arts and selected professional programs and serves as a cultural and educational resource for the entire region. As a public institution, UMPI operates under the supervision of publicly appointed officials, and is supported primarily by public funds. UMPI is one of seven autonomous campuses within the University of Maine System.

The University has adopted a learning focus that embraces the curriculum, student life, even the classrooms themselves. It's called adventurous learning - intellectual, cultural, and outdoor adventure in an extraordinary natural and cultural environment. This kind of learning provides opportunities for personal discovery and individual adventure so that students develop the skills and self-confidence to succeed in life.

Our campus sits on 150 acres surrounded by the rolling hills and potato fields of northern Maine. The city of Presque Isle offers opportunities for both summer and winter outdoor sports and is the primary commercial center of the region. Combining clean air, clear skies, and safe small-town life next door to the Northern Maine Woods, it also boasts blue-ribbon schools, a regional airport, and easy access to nearby Canada.


Students come from all areas of Maine and the U.S., as well as several foreign countries including Canada, to complete their undergraduate and graduate work. The University strives to be the region's premier learning institution while helping to stimulate cultural and economic development in Aroostook County and the State of Maine. The University serves as an educational and cultural center for the area and is host to many state and regional conferences. Its facilities are utilized for lectures, programs, concerts, dance performances, exhibits, and plays that benefit the entire region.

UMPI History

The University was founded in 1903 as the Aroostook State Normal School by the Maine State Legislature following the work of dedicated citizens who saw the growing need for post-secondary education in central Aroostook County. The University has undergone four name changes since then: in 1952, it was renamed The Aroostook State Teachers College; in 1965, it became The Aroostook State College; three years later, it was renamed The Aroostook State College of the University of Maine; and since 1971, it has been known as The University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Our Neck of the Woods

We're located in a small, safe town in rural northern Maine, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to do. Presque Isle is the hub of Aroostook County, the largest county east of the Mississippi. The City of Presque Isle, population about 9,500, hosts a commercial service airport and daily bus services, its own television and radio stations , world-class skiing and mountain biking trails, and one of Maine's largest malls. Are you a snowmobiler? There are lots of trails for you to enjoy.

From our campus, it's a short walk to Presque Isle's downtown area, which features shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. Further north is the city's business district.

Presque Isle is within a short driving distance of many picturesque rural communities and some of the most beautiful, unspoiled wilderness an outdoor enthusiast could ask for. For those interested in hiking, biking, running, skiing, or paddling, there are many non-motorized trails to explore and outdoor events to enjoy.

Keep in mind, Northern Maine shares a border with Canada, providing the opportunity for exciting day and weekend trips to destinations such as Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Quebec City, Quebec.

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