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Thinking about Transferring?

Changing from one school to another doesn’t have to be scary. Whatever the reason for the change–location, career interests, continuing on for a higher degree or wanting a smaller, more personal school–you need to make sure that your choice works best for you. Once you’ve made up your mind about changing schools, the hardest thing left to do is to make the decision on where you want to transfer, and we want to show you why UMPI is the answer.

College—the way it should be. That’s how it is at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. What do we mean by that? Well, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Exceptional
    Our formula for your success is that Great Academics + Personalized learning + Real-World Experiences = Maximum Opportunities for your success. (And did we mention the small class sizes, the professors who know your name, and the incredible support you receive from everyone here?)
  2. Full of adventure and opportunity
    We want you to do what you love and love what you do. Study abroad, travel to different U.S. cities for workshops, conferences, and student trips, get great professional experiences in your chosen career field, and play year-round in Maine’s amazing natural environment.
  3. Affordable (really, really affordable)
    Free For Four Award: All first-time, full-time Pell-eligible Maine residents receive FREE tuition & fees (saving nearly $8,000 per year).*
    Merit Award – $2000 for Transfer Students: Students must transfer with a minimum 3.0 GPA and 15 transferable credit hours to UMPI.

*A limited number of awards are available for first-time, full-time college students who are Pell Grant-eligible Maine residents who complete 30 or more credits per year and maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA. Priority will be given to students who apply by the March 31 application deadline. If applying after March 31st, please contact an admissions counselor for details and availability.

Selected recipients will receive a combination of both grant and scholarship funds to cover the annual cost of standard tuition and fees.

The Free for Four program for Pell-eligible students has been expanded to apply to Maine Resident transfer students. Eligible students will transfer from a 4 year school and have no gap in attendance.

Application Requirements

We have designed our application process to be as straight-forward and simple as possible.  Please use the checklists below to help guide you through the process.

  1. Complete the ApplyMaine Application or the Common App.
  2. Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended. (If you do not have 60 earned and transferable credits, you must also provide your high school transcripts.)

Accepted! What’s Next?

Wondering what steps are next in this exciting, new adventure? Below are checklists on all the information you need to know about becoming a student at UMPI–keep scrolling for details on all these checklist items. If you have any questions along the way please be sure to contact the Admissions Office!  We’re here to help!

  • Pay Tuition Deposit
  • Submit Immunization Records
  • Fill Out FAFSA or add UMPI’s school code to your submitted FAFSA. Our code is 002033.
  • Activate your UMPI Email and MaineStreet Portal
  • Register For Classes
  • Submit Housing Contract (if staying on campus)

Details about your checklist items

Pay Tuition Deposit
After being accepted you are required to pay a $50 tuition deposit. This will hold your place in the upcoming classes and allow you to register. Payments can be made online, through the MaineStreet Student Services Center, mailed to the Admissions Office, or paid by phone with your Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit card (207.768.9532). The deposit will be credited to the first semester bill. Deposits are refundable before May 1.

Submit Immunization Records
According to Maine State Law, students enrolled in a degree program, full or part-time, need to show proof of immunization. Registration cannot be completed until that has been verified by the Health Office. You must submit a photocopy of your school health record or an immunization record your healthcare provider supplied. If you don’t have official documentation, you must get immunized before enrolling in or attending classes. This can be faxed to (207-768-9777), dropped off or mailed to the Admissions Office.

To be compliant with State of Maine Immunization Laws, you need to have received two MMRs (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), if born after December 31, 1956, the first being AFTER your first birthday AND have a TD (Tetanus/Diptheria) within the past 10 years.

Fill out the FAFSA or add our school code to an existing FAFSA.
It’s normal to worry about how you’re going to pay for college. Did you know that the Federal Government offers financial assistance to eligible college students? If you qualify, there are a variety of programs available to help you pay for your college education, such as: grants, work study, loans, merit awards and scholarships. To fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on the “Start Here” button.

If you currently receive aid at your current school or already completed a FAFSA, you do not need to complete another one.  Just go to www.fafsa.gov and “Make A Correction” to your current year’s FAFSA.  Our school code is 002033.  Once entered, please submit the FAFSA correction and we will receive your information in 3 to 5 business days.  We’ll take it from there.

Visit the Financial Aid Office’s website for more information.

Activate UMPI Email and MaineStreet Portal
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to activate your maine.edu email account. You’ll use the MaineStreet Portal to receive important information about financial aid, campus housing, registration, billing and student services and to update your personal information. If you did not activate your UMS accounts when you applied, you’ll have to activate it now by following the instructions that were included in your “Thank you for Applying” letter. Questions? Can’t find the letter? Login not working? Call the IT Help Desk at 207-768-9626.

Register for Classes
If you have paid your tuition deposit, submitted immunization records, activated your MaineStreet account, and taken placement tests (if necessary), then you are ready to make a registration appointment. “Steps to Register” will be mailed to you.  Please be sure to watch your mailbox for this important information.

Housing Contract (if staying on campus)
If you plan to live on campus and/or buy a meal plan, you’ll need to complete the forms found online on our Room Selection page.  Room assignment is based on the date the application is received, so we suggest that students submit their housing application before May 31st. If you have any questions, check out the Housing and Residence Life section of our website. Please note, it is the responsibility of UMPI’s Safety and Security Office to ensure the health and safety of students, as well as staff, faculty and guests.


Is UMPI accredited?

Yes, UMPI is accredited by The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). This means that UMPI meets standards for formal education, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, institutional resources, student academic achievement, institutional effectiveness and relationships with constituencies inside and outside the institution.

In addition several academic areas are nationally accredited. These include: Athletic Training, Social Work, MLT (Medical Laboratory Technician), and Education. This means that experts in their areas recognize them for meeting high standards in their disciplines.

How do my credits count?

UMPI has a favorable track record when it comes to credits transferring in. We accept transfer credits from colleges and universities that are regionally accredited. You must have received a C- or better in a course for it to transfer. Courses may transfer equally for UMPI courses or may come in as elective credit.

University of Maine System Transfer Guides

How does the credit transfer process work?

An official audit of your credits will be conducted by the registrar’s office after you are accepted using your official transcripts. There is typically a 10-day turnaround time after everything has been submitted.

Do you offer a prior learning assessment?

We know learning can occur not only in the classroom, but also through both life and work experiences. Learn more about how you can receive credit for your prior learning experiences.

One option is a portfolio assessment. You are required to work closely with both your professional and academic advisor to create your portfolio. Learn more about how the portfolio assessment works.

I might need some help with some of my classes. Is that something that I can get there?

Yes, 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.

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!

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.

What is the best way to meet new people and become involved?

PARTICIPATE! Go to activities that are happening around campus. Take part in sporting events, either as a team member or just cheering on the Owls, join a club or organization, and attend events provided by our Student Activities Office!

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.