The University of Maine at Farmington is a nationally recognized liberal arts college, known for its rigorous academics and outstanding faculty. The university offers challenging, distinguished and innovative programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and other pre-professional fields. Nestled at the foothills of the mountains in western Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington is the affordable alternative to a private liberal arts school. Established in 1864 as Maines first public institution of higher education, the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) is Maines public liberal arts college, offering quality programs in teacher education, human services and arts and sciences. With enrollment at around 1,900 full-time students, UMF is about the same size as many of New Englands most selective private colleges and offers many of the same advantages, yet at a very attractive price providing a tremendous college education value in a spectacular natural setting. The University of Maine at Farmington is a founding member of The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) an exclusive national group of public colleges and universities committed to providing superior liberal arts and sciences education.