Research Learning Experiences

Enrollment open from May 15 to July 15. Seats fill fast!

Hands-on Discovery

For new Black Bears, college starts with an RLE experiences that give you access to some of the best opportunities offered by a UMaine education. Each RLE has two components:

First, youll have an immersive experience the week before the rest of your classes beginone that helps you meet new friends and set a foundation for a research mindset.

Then, during the fall semester with those same friends, youll participate in a small, hands-on course, get to know an instructor well, and ask your own questions around the course theme.

Together, these two experiences will help you connect to campus, open your mind to different ways of learning, and unlock doors to many possible future UMaine opportunities. The immersive week costs a small fee, but this fall we will waive the cost of one credit of tuition to make sure an RLE costs no more than any other UMaine course. 

Signing up for an RLE will help you get engaged


  • At UMaine
  • In your college community
  • with new questions
  • in creativity
  • in building a mindset that will help you solve problems for life

Supported by a generous donation from the  as part of UMS TRANSFORMS.