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Why Orono?

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The University of Maine

Home of the flagship of the University of Maine System,  UMaine has an enrollment of 11,000+ and is one of 99 “high research activity” universities in the U.S., as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It conducts $70 million to $100 million of R&D annually, with strong specialties in engineering, marine science, composites, physics and surface science, biological and ecological sciences, and forestry and agriculture.


Orono is served by two exits off Interstate 95 – Exit 191 (Kelley Road), 4 miles north of the Bangor Mall, and Exit 193 (Stillwater), with direct access to the Maine Technology Industrial Park.  Bangor International Airport is minutes away.  Public transportation is available throughout the day, including the Community Connector, the Black Bear Orono Express between the UMaine campus and Downtown Orono, and inter-city bus Concord Coach Line.  The Bangor region is served by rail, and the Port of Searsport is within 40 milesvia U.S. Route 1A.

High Speed Connections to the World

Orono’s Downtown, its Maine Technology Park, and the University of Maine are on a fiber network with the highest capacity and fastest Internet connections available in Maine.

Educated Workforce

More than 3,000 potential new employees are graduated each year from the University of Maine and seven other colleges and universities in the Bangor Metro area and Eastern Maine, including Eastern Maine Community College.  The Bangor Labor Market has a civilian labor force of 72,000.  Click here for a profile of the workforce and links to recruitment resources.

 Small Town Atmosphere, Metro Location

With a population of more than 10,000, Orono is the second largest community in the growing Bangor Metro Area, a region of 154,000 people in 2010.   Orono is a family community that welcomes a diversity of people and lifestyles.


Maine’s storied lifestyle is right here: the New England village that is Downtown Orono, the rivers, trails and outdoor adventures that are literally at the front door, and the outstanding performing arts and sporting events on and off campus.  Check out  everything Orono, the University, the Bangor Metro Area, and Eastern Maine have to offer.

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