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The University of Maine was recently recognized amongst the top engineering and nursing programs in the country

The U.S. News and World Report recently released their 2022 College Rankings, which recognizes top performing university programs. The University of Maine was awarded multiple recognitions: National Universities – universities that offer different undergraduate majors, master’s, and doctoral programs, as well as performing research; Top Performers on Social Mobility – universities that enroll and graduate large groups of disadvantaged students who are awarded with Pell Grants and Top Public Schools.

UMaine was ranked in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs (#154), Best Undergraduate Business Programs (#166) and Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (#147). UMaine has been widely acclaimed for their engineering degree program, and this recognition only further acknowledges the world-class professors and research conducted at the institution.

In 2022, UMaine and its regional campus, the University of Maine at Machias, will be among the best in the country. UMaine prides itself on having nearly 100 academic programs for students to choose from, as well as various minors and academic programs with nearly 110,000 alumni worldwide.

“It’s certainly well deserved,” says Sean Tyrell, a fourth-year civil engineering student at UMaine.“Many of the engineering professors are some of the brightest and most experienced professionals in the surrounding area. To see them as well as the school, who is currently investing a large sum of money into a new engineering building, receive that recognition makes me proud to know that I’ve been educated to a high degree and that many students after I leave will be educated to an even higher one.”

With 11 ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology degree programs, UMaine’s College of Engineering has been innovating engineering excellence since 1865. By preparing students for the workforce, the College of Engineering contributes to economic development in Maine and elsewhere. 

“Maine is one of the only states in the country that continues to train and educate land surveyors. It serves the industry significantly in training land surveyors because many universities do not. This is important because there are a dwindling number of land surveyors due to the education requirements that many universities no longer provide,” says Paul Tyrell, NCEES treasurer and former vice president and the current vice president of STV inc.

Alongside the College of Engineering, the UMaine School of Nursing has also been widely acclaimed. The U.S. News published a ranking of more than 690 schools that offered Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree programs for the first time. Here, UMaine’s School of Nursing was ranked #76 in the Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs.

“As a nursing student at UMaine I am proud that the nursing program is being nationally recognized. The program is notably selective and I feel proud when telling my family and friends that I am a part of it,” says Brenna Milliken, a third-year nursing major. “I think one of the best parts is our class. With it being so selective, our nursing class is like a little family and we are all very supportive of one another. We are given clinical experience and lab experience pretty early on in our second year of school. All in all it is something I am proud to be a part of and I feel as though we wholeheartedly earned recognition nationally. Through all the hard work it is nice to be recognized for our program and efforts.”

UMaine’s nursing program was established in 1939, and was also the first baccalaureate program for nurses in Maine, before the nursing program became a School of Nursing in 1958.

“UMaine School of Nursing faculty, staff and students are committed to evidence-based, compassionate and inclusive care of patients, families and communities,” says Kelley Strout, the director and professor of the UMaine School of Nursing to the Bangor Daily News. “Our students engage in active, didactic classroom learning with accompanied 740 hours of experiential learning in direct-patient care. We are honored that our team’s commitment to excellence is demonstrated in the national Baccalaureate of Science in nursing program rankings.”

Over the years, UMaine has also been recognized nationally for various achievements. Besides being one of the nation’s top 50 ranked green colleges by The Princeton Review, it was also classified as a High Research Activity Institution by the Carnegie Foundation in 2015. The institution has also been featured in multiple 2021 national guides to best colleges, including The Princeton Review and Fiske Guide to Colleges. Ranked among the top public universities for research by the National Science Foundation, the University of Maine is amongst the top third of public institutions in research.

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