Adult Learners

Adult Learners

It’s Never Too Late!

Did you start college years ago and never finished? Do you need your degree to move into a better position at work? Are you an empty-nester, or someone experiencing another major life change, and can now dedicate time to fulfilling your college goals?

Whether you’re looking for an on-campus, in-person experience, or an online experience that gets you to degree completion as quickly and affordably as possible, UMPI is here to serve you!

We have had students from 25 to 85 years old, proving that you are never too old to learn. We offer the opportunity for you to not only earn a degree, but also to have life-changing experiences in an incredibly supportive environment. We are familiar with the challenges of adult students and we are here to help you navigate them. For those who are looking for that traditional, on-campus experience, read on! For those who want to learn more about our fully online YourPace degree program opportunities, please visit online.umpi.edu for our Bachelor’s degree offerings or our Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership page for our brand new Master’s degree offering.

We don’t believe it’s ever too late to earn your degree, or to better your life. Come experience a life-changing difference at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

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Will there be other students like me who have been out of school for a while?

Yes, roughly 40% of UMPI’s students are considered to be non-traditional.

How long is the semester?

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 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.

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 and contact information.

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!

I have a busy schedule and I'm not sure if regular classes will work for me; are there any options available?

Yes, online classes and night courses help to provide more options. There are usually multiple choices of the same class at different times or days to choose from. This helps to work around other schedules.

After being out of school for so long, I'm sure that I'm going to need some help. What types of support does UMPI provide?

There is a great tutoring staff available for all classes. Our Learning Commons offers Professional tutoring and peer tutoring free of charge. It also provides one-on-one tutoring for writers at all levels of course work to help with all stages of the writing process. The center staff help with everything from coming up with an idea for something to write to helping revise a completed paper.

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

Yes! The Center for Innovative Learning 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.

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 7:30p.m. – 10:30p.m. 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, sandwich 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.