UMF First Year Live-On Requirement

Providing distinct advantages and a learning environment geared toward academic success, beginning in Fall of 2017 the University of Maine at Farmington requires all first year students who have earned less than twenty four hours of college credit after graduating high school and are enrolled in twelve or more hours at UMF to live in campus student housing.


The university’s focus is undergraduate education in a residential setting. Through its focus on high quality academic programs in the arts and sciences, teacher education, and selected professional fields, the University challenges students to be active citizens in a campus community that helps them find and express with confidence their own voices, teaches them the humility to seek wisdom from others, and prepares them for ongoing explorations of how knowledge can be put to use for their personal benefit and the common good. To this, it has been found that students who live on campus are more likely to interact with professors outside of class, attend more campus events, seek employment opportunities on campus, and participate in clubs and organizations. While living on campus, the overall success of the student is promoted through programs in the residence halls that are designed to provide awareness of campus resources, encouragement to interact with both faculty and staff, enhanced leadership skills, and the development of academic habits. By becoming a part of the UMF community, students not only develop a sense of identity with the larger University community, but also find opportunities for both personal and professional growth.

First Year Live-On Requirement

First year undergraduate students enrolled as full-time students, as defined by the University of Maine at Farmington, are required to live in campus residence halls. Students first enrolling in the summer are required to live in the residence halls during the fall and spring semesters. Students first enrolling in the fall are required to live in the residence halls during the fall and spring semesters. Students first enrolling in the spring are required to live in the residence halls during the spring semester.

Exemption from the First Year Live-On Requirement

Students who wish to request an exemption waiver for fall or spring may complete an exemption request. Please download the form provided below, complete the form, and either email it or return it via mail.

Waiver of First Year Live-On Requirement

A student applying for a waiver of the live-on requirement must meet the following conditions:

  • Fall under one or more of the exemption categories listed on the waiver.
  • Have an active housing application on file for the academic year in which the waiver is being sought, this can be found on the new student pre-arrival checklist on MyCampus
  • File a formal request for a residence waiver (see waiver form)
  • Provide requisite information and documentation in support of the request.

Waiver for the First Year Live on Requirement

Questions regarding this requirement should be directed to the Kelsey Champagne-Smith, Assistant Director of Housing and Academic Success, at 207-778-7488 or by email