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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Statement of Principle

The University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) invites applications for admission from academically qualified students of all ages and backgrounds. The academic credentials and life experience of each applicant are considered on an individual basis. The University prefers that all applicants have a college preparatory background and show other indications of ability to succeed in college.

The Way It Should Be Tuition Guarantee Program

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is committed to reducing the cost of tuition and fees for Maine Students.First-time, full-time Maine residents who are Pell Grant eligible and who commit to finishing a Bachelor’s degree in four years, or an Associate’s degree in two years, will be guaranteed sufficient grants, scholarships, waivers to offset the cost of the standard tuition and fees.

First-time, full-time Maine residents who are Non-Pell Grant eligible who meet the same criteria, determined annually, may be eligible for grants and scholarships as part of their financial aid package which will reduce the cost of the standard tuition and fees to approximately $4,800.

There are certain deadlines that need to be met to be eligible for this program. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

Campus Visits

The Admissions Office strongly encourages applicants to visit the campus. During the visit, the student will have an opportunity to speak with an admissions staff member, tour the campus, meet with currently enrolled students, talk with a faculty member and talk with a financial aid staff member. Visits can be arranged by calling the Admissions Office at 207.768-9532.

Prospective students can also view a virtual tour at www.umpi.edu.  Individual meetings via Zoom are also available for interested students.  The Admissions Office can schedule these meetings that will include various representatives from the campus community.

Application Procedures for all Students

  • Each applicant for admission is required to submit a completed University of Maine System Application Form or the Common APP. Applicants should apply electronically on-line at www.umpi.edu. Each applicant must arrange for the forwarding of secondary school transcripts to the Admissions Office.
  • Applicants with a record of attendance at a post-secondary institution must request the forwarding of their official transcripts from each institution attended for all work undertaken.
  • Letters of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher are not required from traditional age students just graduating from high school.However references and essays are welcome should the applicant choose to submit one or both with his/her application.Please note that MLT applicants are required to submit an essay with their applications.Please see https://www.umpi.edu/academics/mlt/admission-requirements/ for specific information about applying to the MLT program.

Required Deposits

Upon acceptance, all students are required to pay a $20.21 tuition deposit.The tuition deposit is credited to the student’s first semester bill.This deposit is refundable until May 1st.

Residence Hall students must submit a $50 deposit.

The tuition deposit is credited to the student’s first semester bill.


Degree students who have withdrawn from UMPI and who have not attended any post-secondary school since withdrawing may return to degree study by applying through the Admissions Office, using an online adult/transfer application.

Students seeking readmission to the University must be in good academic standing and not have any holds on their account at the time of application. Students who have taken a course or courses from another post-secondary school following withdrawal must apply for regular admission through the Admissions Office.

Application of Credits from Prior Enrollment

Upon re-admittance, courses that are more than seven years old will not automatically be applied to the major. A course-by-course analysis will be made by the appropriate department to determine whether the course content is still appropriate and meets program requirements.

The Admission Decision

  • Applicants are evaluated for admission on the following criteria: strength of high school academic curriculum and grades achieved.
  • UMPI operates on a rolling admission policy. Applicants are notified of the admission decision a short time after it has been made.
  • Admission to the University is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of all secondary school and post-secondary school courses in progress when the acceptance is given.
  • The University reserves the right to rescind the acceptance of any applicant.
  • Freshmen, transfer and readmitted students are accepted by the University for either the fall or spring semester.
  • Students transferring into the PTA or MLT programs may be accepted into the summer semester.

Regular Admission Standards for Two-Year and Four-Year Programs

Candidates must be graduates of approved secondary schools or hold a High School Equivalency Diploma.

The following program at the secondary school level is recommended for regular admission:

High School Preparation (college track) Units
English 4
Mathematics 3
Science with lab 2
Social Studies 3
Electives 2
Foreign Language 2


Students whose previous work does not qualify them for regular admission may be asked to complete an interview. This interview consists of meeting with a representative from the Admissions Office, Student Support Services, and a faculty member in the student’s area of interest. The interview will give the student an opportunity to discuss his or her overall academic record and why he or she is ready for the college experience. The faculty and staff members involved in the interview will ask questions pertaining to the student’s record for the purpose of making a decision on admissibility. If admitted, certain requirements may be added to the student’s program or certain restrictions placed upon it.

Transfer Policy

From within the University of Maine System

An internal transfer student is defined as a transfer student whose most recent collegiate work has been within the University of Maine System.

Prospective internal transfer students must submit an application and official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities, including those within the University of Maine System. A high school transcript or its equivalent is also required.

Internal transfer students who are in good standing at another school within the University of Maine System will be accepted at UMPI.

Students who have completed the ‘General Education Block’ at another UMS institution at the time they transfer to UMPI will be considered to have met all the requirements of the UMPI General Education Curriculum.

In general, the following guidelines are used. Students whose transcripts indicate they are not in good standing (i.e., on probation, suspension, or dismissal) will not be admitted to a degree program at umpi, but may attend as a non-degree student. Non-degree students may be accepted for admission after taking three to nine credits at UMPI and achieving a 2.00 grade point average.

From outside the University of Maine System

UMPI encourages the admission of qualified transfer students from regionally accredited two-year and four-year colleges. Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.00 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale). Transfer credit is generally awarded for courses in which a grade of C- or above has been earned.

Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended, along with an official transcript from the high school from which they graduated. An official evaluation of transfer credits will be given to students after they have been accepted.

Applicants will not be considered for admission to UMPI for the semester immediately following their dismissal from another institution. Such students can, however, enroll as non-degree students for one semester.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Transfer students receive an official transcript analysis from the Registrar after the receipt of final official transcripts. Students will receive information so that arrangements can be made for the review and planning of their programs with their academic advisor.

Admission Standards for Selected Programs

The Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Nursing Programs are governed by enrollment limitations. Applicants are selected on an individual basis, and specific requirements must be met to be considered for admission.

A high school diploma or its equivalent is required of all applicants. The following college preparatory curriculum is the minimum requirement:

High School Preparation Units
English 4
Biology includes lab component 1
Chemistry and Lab 1
Mathematics college prep 2
Social Studies minimum 1
Electives 6

Persons interested in applying for these programs who do not meet the above listed entrance requirements are invited to contact the Admissions Office. Assistance will be provided in identifying methods to obtain the necessary courses required for application.

International Students

Students who are citizens of other countries are welcomed at UMPI and are encouraged to apply for admission. In order to comply with University admission policies and regulations of the Immigration & Naturalization Service of the United States, students from other countries need to fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Completed Application for Admission;
  2. Official non-United States high school transcripts and non-United States college transcripts need to be evaluated and translated into English equivalency at one of the following agencies:
    1. Center for Educational Documentation, PO Box 199, Boston, MA 02117, 617. 338.7171;
    2. World Education Services, Inc., PO Box 5087, New York, NY 10113-0745, 212.966.6311;
    3. agencies endorsed by the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  3. Take TOEFL exam in home country. A minimum score of 197 computer- based/530 paper-based, and 71 internet-based is required in order to be considered for admission. Students may be admitted with a TOEFL lower than 530 if acceptable proficiency in English can be demonstrated. UMPI also accepts IELTS with a score of 6.0. Students who come from English-speaking countries can have this requirement waived.
  4. Canadian students (or students who have attended high school or college in Canada) are not required to have their transcripts evaluated. Students coming from primarily French-speaking high schools or colleges must have their transcripts translated into English before submitting them to the UMPI Admissions Office for review. Canadian students are also exempt from taking the TOEFL exam or IELTS to prove English proficiency. Primarily French-speaking Canadian students will have the opportunity to prove their English proficiency via an interview with the Admissions Office OR by taking the TOEFL or IELTS if they so choose.

New England Regional Student Program

UMPI participates in a regional cooperative program administered by the New England Board of Higher Education. This program, known as the New England Regional Student Program, enables qualified residents of the New England States to study at the University of Maine at Presque Isle at reduced tuition for certain degree programs that are not available within their own state’s institutions.

Information about this program can be obtained through the UMPI’s Admissions Office, the high school guidance counselor, or the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston ma 02111, 617.357.9620.

Early Admission Program

Early Admission allows students of junior or senior status who have exhibited the requisite proficiencies and achievements in high school to enter University programs prior to their completion of secondary school. Exceptions of class status may be made for exceptionally qualified students at the discretion of the University and its partnering institutions. Students may be admitted individually or under specific institutional memorandums of understanding; courses may be delivered at UMPI or approved external sites. Letters of recommendation into the Early Admission Program should be made by appropriate institutional representatives (e.g., guidance counselors, principals, superintendents). Assurance is also required that a high school diploma will be awarded prior to the fall semester of the student’s sophomore year or concurrently with an associate degree.

Early College Program

Early College refers to all programs in which high school students enroll in college courses. There are two opportunities to earn early college credits - concurrent enrollment or on-campus/online courses. Concurrent enrollment includes courses taught by college-approved high school teachers at the student’s high school. These courses are considered equivalent to a specific college course at UMPI. On-campus/online courses take place on a college campus or online along with other college students. Qualified concurrent and on-campus/online students may earn up to 12 free credit hours per year (summer 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023). Concurrent and on-campus/online programs are supported, in part, by the Maine Department of Education (External Site). A reduced tuition rate is available after these 12 credits at $138.25 for the specified terms listed above.

Students must create an account through ExplorEC at explorec.maine.edu to explore course offerings and apply for courses. Students must drop or withdraw from their courses on ExplorEC by the on-campus/online dates listed on the early college website at umpi.edu/academics/early-college/. Interested students should contact their local high school Guidance Counselor or the UMPI Early College Counselor for more information. High school students who enroll in early college courses are more likely to enroll in college, have higher grades, and have a better chance of earning a college degree.

YourPace Admissions Procedure

Each applicant for admission is required to submit a complete YourPace application. Applicants should apply electronically at no cost on-line at www.online.umpi.edu.

Each applicant must arrange for the forwarding of a high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet) or GED to the YourPace Admissions Office.

Applicants should request the forwarding of their official college and university transcripts from each institution attended.

Prior college and/or work experience is required for admission into the YourPace programs.

Non-Degree Admission

UMPI is committed also to serving the educational interests and aspirations of academically qualified individuals interested in taking courses for personal enrichment, job advancement, and expanded awareness.

Non-matriculated study is arranged through the Registrar’s Office in Preble Hall.

Enrollment in credit-bearing courses requires a high school diploma or its equivalent, and evidence of such may be required. The University may require additional evidence that the non-matriculated student is qualified to study at the 200 level and above. Permission to study full-time (12 or more hours in a semester) in a non-matriculated status may be granted in exceptional cases.

Advanced Placement Exam

It is the policy of UMPI to grant credit for the introductory course in a subject field to an enrolled student who scores three (qualified), four (well qualified), or five (extremely well qualified) on the Advanced Placement Exam of the CEEB.

Information related to Advanced Placement can be found at: www.umpi.edu/offices/registrars-office/advanced-placement.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

UMPI accepts certain general and subject area CLEP tests and is also an approved test center for the CLEP examinations. Information on the administration of CLEP and on Presque Isle policies for the CLEP examinations can be found at: http://www.umpi.edu/offices/testing-services/clep

International Baccalaureate

UMPI recognizes IB and is committed to supporting students who have achieved a 5 or better on the highest level of the IB exam.

Information related to the International Baccalaureate can be found at: www.umpi.edu/offices/registrars-office/intl-bacc.

Veterans Information

UMPI welcomes the applications of veterans of the armed forces. In considering applicants, it is the policy of the University to recognize the advantages of the training and maturing aspects of the military. UMPI is an authorized institution for use of the Veterans Educational Assistance Program benefits.

For more information contact the Veteran’s Certifying Officer located in the Registrar’s Office, Preble Hall, 207.768.9540. ★

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