OpenU Courses

OpenU Courses

umpi-openu-logo (1)The University of Maine at Presque Isle has taken a bold, new step into the world of online learning with its UMPI OpenU Courses.

This UMPI OpenU project is a unique effort to allow learners of all ages, and from all over the world, to participate in specific UMPI online and on-site* courses for free, as long as they aren’t seeking college credit. Unlike other online courses around the country being offered for free of charge, each participant in UMPI OpenU Courses gets full access to the designated online courses and all of the materials related to them, including direct interaction with the instructors responsible for designing and delivering the courses as well as the UMPI students who are taking the courses for credit. UMPI is very pleased to have its innovative learning opportunity featured by Inside Higher Ed.

Interested in our UMPI OpenU Courses? Click here for more info on How It Works.

The bottom line:

  • You don’t pay
  • You don’t need to worry about a grade, and
  • You don’t get academic credit, but
  • You do get the full experience of an online UMPI course (and it’s the same experience our UMPI students get).*

Whether your goal is educational enrichment or just seeing what a college course is like without having to pay for it, UMPI OpenU Courses are a great fit.

UMPI OpenU learners will have the option during UMPI’s add/drop period to enroll in the course for credit, but the course may not be added for credit once the add/drop period is over. Either way, participants walk away at the end of the semester with a much deeper knowledge of the subject area they have been studying.

One of the most exciting components of our UMPI OpenU Courses is the fact that participants will be able to take part in them at no cost for either the class or the books, making it a truly free experience. Plus, participants can earn up to 6 UMPI credit hours of prior learning experience for their UMPI OpenU coursework. For more details or for answers to many of your questions, please view our FAQ page.

Interested? Get your feet wet. See what our courses are like. We know you’ll be hooked.

For more information about our UMPI OpenU courses, please contact Pamela Easler at 207-768-9450 or There are limited slots, so register early.

* Although the majority of OpenU Courses are delivered online, select courses are only offered live at the Presque Isle campus; such courses would require learners to travel to campus and are therefore identified as such on the schedule.