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August 31, 2023

University of Maine at Augusta expands student housing in nearby Hallowell

Courtesy / University of Maine at Augusta President Jenifer Cushman is joined by Buster Neel, Interim CFO; Jennifer Davis, Dean of Students; Kim Kenniston, Res Life Director; and UMA students Haley Guilmet, Yonas Medfu, Xavier Gomez, Loghan Raber, Raquel Shaw and Sammy Thorton.

Two years after the University of Maine at Augusta opened its second student residence, the college has opened a third facility, Cleveland Hall, in Hallowell.

The University of Maine at Augusta cut the ribbon on the residence Aug. 21, and students began moving in Aug. 24.

Cleveland Hall is located at the historic Stevens Commons in Hallowell, where UMA also provides housing at Stevens Hall and Erskine Hall. In total, the three sites have 102 beds, housing athletes, international students and out-of-state students, among others. 

Stevens Commons is about a 10-minute drive from the Augusta campus. 

“This is very exciting for our institution,” said Jenifer Cushman, UMA president. “We will always be committed to our distance education legacy, yet we continue to expand our mission of accessibility by providing another housing option for our students.”

Stevens Commons is a renovated and preserved mixed-use campus on a hill facing the Kennebec River. Amenities include a lounge, laundry, cafe and fitness center. 

In 2019, UMA opened its first student residence. The 36-student Stevens Hall was part of the developing mixed-use complex at Stevens Common in Hallowell. A year later, the university opened Erskine Hall.

While the UMA campus had its roots as a commuter school, the $4 million renovation was part of a focus on attracting and retaining both in-state and out-of-state students. 

UMA is No. 9 among Maine’s largest colleges and universities, according to the 2023 Mainebiz Book of Lists. That ranking is determined by full-time undergraduate enrollment as of fall 2022 when the UMA had 1,297 full-time students. 

Established in 1968, the University of Maine System comprises Maine’s seven public universities, including 10 campuses and numerous satellite locations. The system serves more than 30,000 students annually and has over 5,000 faculty and staff. 

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