UMaine counts engineering and business among its strongest programs and is well known for having one of the best forestry departments in the nation. UMaine is unique in offering a department of Socialist and Marxist studies and a minor in that field.The University's Fogler Library is the largest in Maine and serves as one of its intellectual hubs, attracting scholars,
professors, and researchers from around the state. A collection of rare and ancient manuscripts, as well as about 2 million
government publications, augment the University's collection. The University's education is often rated as an excellent value,
ranking high in both the Princeton Review and Kiplinger's
annual lists of best public school bargains.