AdvantageU: Easy transfer to Maine's public universities

You know where you’re headed. Don’t waste a minute getting there!

Maine community college students enrolled in Liberal Studies can get guaranteed admission to one of Maine’s public universities if they sign up for AdvantageU.  AdvantageU students get:

  • A streamlined, guaranteed credit transfer process from community college to a Maine public university
  • Advanced academic standing at the university
  • Advising tailored to your university major
  • No university application fee

How AU Works

Getting started: 

Students accepted into an Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies program at one of Maine’s seven community colleges qualify for AdvantageU. Once enrolled, and prior to completing 30 credits, sign up for the AdvantageU program by filling out our AdvantageU Participation Form. Work with a community college advisor to establish your university connection and to be sure you are meeting the requirements for the university you plan to attend.

Transfer process

When you have completed 45 credits, or in the semester prior to graduation at your community college, fill out the “AdvantageU University Transfer Application” with your advisor. Your community college will forward the application and other essential academic information to the admissions office of the university you wish to attend.


Qualified Maine community college students, upon completion of an associate degree in Liberal Studies, are guaranteed admission with advanced standing to a Maine public university. Students must earn grades of C- or above to be considered for transfer. In addition, all other college, military, and prior learning/life experience credit will need to be reevaluated for applicability to the university degree program.

University course registration date is determined by the number of credits a student has earned at the time of university admission. Students may be required to satisfy general education requirements at the receiving institution that were not available or completed at the community college from which they transferred.

Depending on the university degree program selected, additional course work may be required, extending the expected two-year timetable for degree completion. Students are encouraged to work closely with MCCS and UMS advisors to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken toward a degree program.

What’s NOT covered?

This program does not guarantee admission into a particular degree program.

Certain university programs have specific GPA requirements and/or program-specific criteria for admission and class standing. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their community college and university advisors to understand individual program requirements. This will help ensure that your transfer process is as smooth and seamless as possible.

Apply for AU

  1. Enroll in a Maine Community College Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies program.
  2. Complete our AdvantageU Participation Form. Fill in or download and print the PDF form to send or hand-deliver to your Community College Admissions Office. Also download the Student Responsibilities Checklist to help you with the application process.