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Conferences and Institutes
1st Floor, 5713 Chadbourne Hall

Orono, Maine 04469

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Event Types Welcomed

Adult Social Events | Corporate Social Events | Expo/Competitions | Family Reunions | Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreats | Youth Parties | Youth Retreat/Camps
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About University of Maine

The University of Maine, located in beautiful Orono, Maine, is the perfect setting for your next conference event. The special event venue offers attractive conference and meeting spaces and a variety of classrooms across campus.

For more than 30 years the different venues at The University of Maine has played host to all types of events which include:
  • continuing education programs 
  • business conferences
  • team-building workshops 
  • symposia 
  • corporate training 
  • holiday parties
  • staff retreats
  • summer camps
  • adult and youth retreats 
We hope you will choose the University of Maine for your next private event. We offer a unique and affordable venue experience which is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Bangor International Airport. Our commitment to customer service is our number one priority at the University of Maine. We provide a wide range of services to help you plan your conference, corporate event or continuing education program. Our experienced and friendly staff is available to work with you to ensure a seamless and successful experience for you, your colleagues and your event’s participants.


Thank you. We look forward to welcoming you to our spectacular Orono, Maine campus. 


Bangor - 10
Augusta - 60
Portland - 100

Bangor International - 20 minutes

Taxi | Bus | Lyft | Uber

Onsite: Yes Free

Dining style options for your next event include Black Bear full catering services, The Marketplace Retail Food Court, or thru-the-line cafeteria-style dining.

Must Use In-House CateringYES
Cultural CateringYES
Self-Service Alcohol PermittedNO

ADA Accessible
Fitness Center
Food and Beverage On-Site
LCD Projectors
Overnight Accommodations
Parking On-Site
Projector Screen
Sports Facilities

1500 Attendees

100 Spaces

Theatre Style 1600 | Classroom Style 300

The University of Maine offers internet connectivity available in all rooms, interactive teleconferencing and videoconferencing available in selected rooms, numerous computer labs.


Projector ScreenLCD Projectors

Cannabis Industry-FriendlyNO
Cannabis ConsumptionNO


1500 Overnight Guests

Residence Halls|Suite/Apt Style|Nearby Hotel(s)

Communal Semi-Private

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Total Number of
Overnight Guests

Accommodation Types
| Residence Halls | Suite/Apartment Style | 3800 beds | image

During the summer months, Conferences and Institutes coordinates housing in resident halls for conference attendees, summer camps and campus guests. On-campus housing provides a cost-effective alternative for groups who are looking for affordable accommodations. Housing options include more than 3,400 beds in traditional undergraduate residence halls, and/or 400 beds in suite-style halls with full kitchens, living rooms and private bathrooms. Single occupancy or double occupancy rooms are available. There are laundry facilities and vending machines in each residence hall, with lounges and television rooms for informal networking. All rooms include complimentary wireless internet and parking. Our resident halls are clean, accessible and affordable. 
| Nearby Hotels
For groups who prefer off-campus lodging, Conferences and Institutes can help you find housing at local hotels at the most competitive rates.

Amenities + Unique Experiences


ADA Accessible
ADA Accessible
Fitness Center
Fitness Center
Food and Beverage On-Site
Food and Beverage On-Site
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors
Overnight Accommodations
Overnight Accommodations
Parking On-Site
Parking On-Site
Projector Screen
Projector Screen
Sports Facilities
Sports Facilities

Event Spaces

Meeting and Event Spaces

Max Capacities

Meeting + Event Spaces
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A private board room for 8 people.

A board room for 8-10 people, or for a theatre-style presentation for up to 25.
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A beautiful space with 1,435 seats and is used for performances, conferences and graduations.

A private boardroom that seats 16.

Located on the third floor and is used for small, private receptions.  
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One of the finest all-purpose facilities in the Northeast, the Harold Alfond Sports Arena has served the University community since 1977. The complex is a modern facility with virtually no obstructed-view seats. Alfond Arena’s seating capacity includes 4,925 fixed seats and space for 1,800 seats on the arena floor.  In addition to being the home of the Black Bears ice hockey teams, the venue is also ideal for: Expo Shows, Banquets, Graduation Ceremonies. 

The University of Maine offers various tiered-seating auditoriums and smaller-scale performance spaces with or without technical features. UMaine also has many classroom, meeting and workshop spaces for small to large groups.
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Wells Conference Center is a versatile conference facility with on-site catering and three separate event rooms (the two largest can be combined into one) as well as a bright atrium. With nearly 10,000 square feet of conference space.
| 200 Banquet Style
The Center offers complimentary wireless internet and standard audio-visual equipment.
| 100 Banquet Style
Wells is ideal for medium-scale meetings, banquets, exhibits, and presentations.
| 70 Banquet Style
Wells Conference Center is a spacious, all-in-one conference facility.
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McIntire Room is a large private space that can accommodate up to 200 in a reception, 150 theatre-style and 120 in a banquet. The McIntire Room has a ceiling-mounted LCD projector, screen and audio. It has an attached kitchen with an adjoining serving counter.

Leadership Hall is an open area ideal for either a reception or small banquet.


Location + Transportation

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Nearby Airport
Bangor International - 20 minutes
Nearby Cities
Bangor - 10 miles | Augusta - 60 miles | Portland - 100
Transportation + Parking
Onsite Parking




Our experienced and friendly staff are available to help you plan your event from beginning to end. We focus on the details that create a seamless and successful conference experience for your group. Conferences and Institutes is a one-stop shop, which means that we will facilitate communications with campus units and external vendors and we will coordinate the logistics for your event. Upon the conclusion of your event, we will provide you with one convenient invoice*.



This conference was recruitment gold!

Daniel Bilodeau

Conferences & Institutes level of care with detail ensured our event was a success.  Knowing that they had my back made event planning and exeuction a walk in the park, and I look forward to working with them again.

Josh Plourde

Everything was amazing.  The girls got so much out of the entire experience.  Many thanks for all of your hard work to make this happen!!

Mary Gamble

Everything went off without a hitch! The day was a success, due in no small part to your help and persistence.  Thank you so much!

Michael Kennedy

Thank you for all of your help.  You did an outstanding job.  Looking forward to working with you next year.

Chad Reynolds

The day went well - box lunches were quite good, and all arrived on time.  We were in the room before 7:00am and it was set just as we would have done ourselves! Thanks so much for your help in making it happen.

Jim Moulton

I really appreciate all the work you put into the Arctic Council SDWG.  It was a huge success and many complimented us that the venue created a great atmosphere.

Marilynne Bonner