UMaine Hutchinson Center offering free early college summer courses for qualified high school students

Belfast, Maine –Through a partnership between the Maine Department of Education and the University of Maine System, tuition will be waived for all qualified high school students to cover full tuition for up to 12 college credits per year.

Starting May 14, the UMaine Hutchinson Center will offer summer courses suitable for rising high school juniors and seniors. Interested students and parents are encouraged to contact Academic Advisor Amy Smith, 207.338.8004, to learn more about the application process.

Classes at the Hutchinson Center are small, personal, taught by UMaine faculty and meet general education requirements of the University of Maine System, as well as the majority of college’s nationwide.


Early college courses offered this summer at UMaine Hutchinson Center include:

BIO 100 – Basic Biology June 14–July 12

CHY 122/124 General Chemistry II Lecture and Lab May 15–June 21

ENG 101 – College Composition July 6–Aug. 24

ENG 205 Creative Writing May 14–June 22

HTY 103 – Creating America to 1877 June 25–Aug. 3

MAT 101- The Nature and Language of Mathematics May 14–June 22

MAT 122- Pre-Calculus June 25–Aug. 3

PSY 100- General Psychology May 14–June 20 and June 25–Aug. 1

Additional early college online courses also are available. For more information, contact Amy Smith, 338.8004,


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