Finish your degree! UMaine Hutchinson Center offers adult degree completion support-Scholarships available!

Source: University of Maine

Belfast, Maine — One-on-one academic advising and student support services are available at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast for Maine adults who want to complete college degrees they started. Those who began their college education years ago, but were unable to complete their degrees also are eligible for scholarships.


“I know it can be overwhelming, but take it in small steps,” advises Amy Smith, former UMaine Hutchinson Center student who at the age of 36, returned to complete her degree. “Make the call, send the email or stop in. One action has the potential to change your life, as it did mine.”


To meet the demands of adult learners, UMaine offers flexible course delivery formats, including online, video conferencing, and blended and live classes. The faculty and staff of the Hutchinson Center, an outreach center of the University of Maine, are committed to supporting mid-coast adults in completing their degrees.


A flexible undergraduate degree completion option is the Bachelor of University Studies Program. University Studies provides an excellent opportunity to develop a unique program of study encompassing student interests and maximizing existing transfer credits. This program is available in a part-time, online format to accommodate the needs of working adults. More information is online:


“Students in this degree program come from all walks of life — business, military, social services and education, to name a few.” says Barbara Howard, director of the Bachelor of University Studies Program. “Our Adult Degree Completion Program is flexible and can be obtained either through on-campus (Orono or Belfast) or through online courses.”


Far too many Mainers have invested time and money into an education, but had to stop short of their goal of graduating with a college degree, says James Page, chancellor of the University of Maine System.


“Fortunately, it is never too late to finish that degree,” Page says. “Adult learners account for one-third of our students at Maine’s public universities where we make it a priority to provide lifelong, affordable access to public higher education as part of our work to build a stronger Maine workforce.”


For additional information on degree completion at the Hutchinson Center, contact Nancy Bergerson 338-8000 or


About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit


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