How long does each semester last?

UMPI offers courses by semester, fall and spring, with each semester lasting 15 weeks. Summer courses are also available. Classes run Monday and Wednesday, Monday Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday. The classes are typically 50 minutes, 3 times a week or 75 minutes, 2 times a week.

What is a syllabus?

A syllabus is a contract between the student and professor. This is handed out the first day of class. The syllabus could list assignments, necessary supplies, required books, grading scale, attendance and other policies as well as your professor's contact information.

Are there places on campus that will allow me to do homework if I don’t have a laptop?

Yes! The Library houses quiet places to study as well as a computer lab. We also have a student lounge on each side of the campus--The Owl’s Nest and Whoo’s Hut. These lounges have computers available for use and comfortable seating for studying. There are also study lounges located in each of the dorms.

I might need some help with some of my classes, is that something that I can get there?

There is a great tutoring staff available for all classes. Professional tutoring and peer tutoring is offered free of charge. The UMPI Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for writers at all levels of course work on all types of writing, from first-year composition essays to senior theses, from biology book reviews to personal statements for graduate school applications. Writing consultants are trained to assist students at all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming topics to revising your completed paper.

Is there a place on campus that you can get food at night?

Yes, there is late night dining at the Owl’s Nest. This is located in the student lounge in the Campus Center. Hours during the semester are 7:30pm – 10:30pm. The menu has everything from veggie wraps to burgers and French fries to Buffalo wings.

Are there things to do off campus that are close by and easy to get to?

Yes! Within walking distance is the Braden Movie Theater, shops, restaurants, coffee shops, sandwhich shops and a grocery store! The Bike Path runs right through campus and is great for running, walking, biking, roller blading or roller skiing!  Close by is WalMart, The Aroostook Centre Mall, the Nordic Heritage Center (world class Nordic skiing facility), Big Rock in Mars Hill (alpine skiing), the Aroostook State Park (tremendous snow shoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking trails), and the Caribou Performing Arts Center.

What are some of the clubs that you have on campus?

There are over 30 different clubs and organizations that you can join and become involved in. From athletics to the arts, dance to criminal justice, there are a variety of ways that you can get out there and get involved. You can become a reporter for our school newspaper, the U Times, or even have your own show on the school radio station, WUPI. If you can’t find anything that you’re interested in, you can start your own club!

I’ve heard that books can be very expensive. Is there anything that I can do about that?

The University of Maine at Presque Isle has joined the growing number of universities that no longer sell textbooks in the traditional manner.  UMPI, in an effort to reduce the cost of course materials that students are required to purchase, has partnered with MBS Direct to supply textbooks to our students. Students will have multiple choices when ordering--based on availability, students may choose to purchase a new book, a used book, rent a book or, if available, rent a digital version of the book. Books may also be sold back through the website at any point during the semester! 

Do I have to declare a major right away?

No, you can be undecided, or as we like to say "OPEN MINDED",  but you’ll be encouraged to explore your interests and be helped with choosing a major as soon as possible.

What is a normal course load?

A normal course load for a full time student is between 15 and 17 semester hours. To be considered a full time student you must be enrolled in 12 credit hours. 6 credit hours is part-time, 9 is three-quarter time and anything over 17 can only be done with special permission.

Is there an Honors program?

UMPI has an Honors Program that gives students an opportunity to look more deeply into individual areas of interest by offering Honors level courses, seminars and guest lectures. The program is open to all students. For more information go to:

Do you accept AP credits?

Yes, UMPI's policy is to give credit for the introductory course in a subject to an enrolled student who scores a 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Examination. The Office of Student Records at UMPI must have an official score transcript from CollegeBoard® at ETS in order to evaluate your scores for college credit. Learn the UMPI course equivalencies for your Advanced Placement exams with a score of 3 or better.
Advanced Placement Equivalencies at UMPI