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University of Maine

Conferences and Institutes
1st Floor, 5713 Chadbourne Hall

Orono, Maine 04469

1500Largest Group
100Meeting Rooms
1500Overnight Guests
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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 banquet hall and conference centers at The University of Maine have hosted a range of events including:
  • continuing education programs 
  • business conferences
  • team-building workshops 
  • symposia 
  • corporate training 
  • adult and youth retreats 
We hope you will choose the University of Maine in Orono for your next program. 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. We provide a 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 participants.


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


Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Bangor - 10
Augusta - 60
Portland - 100
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Bangor International / 20
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The University of Maine offers meeting rooms available year-round. Sleeping rooms available mid-May to mid-August.
Room Type(s):
Residence Halls
Suite/Apt Style
Nearby Hotel(s)
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Communal Semi-Private
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The University of Maine offers internet connectivity available in all rooms, interactive teleconferencing and videoconferencing available in selected rooms, numerous computer labs.
Food & Beverage:
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.
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Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunion
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception
Youth Retreat/Camp

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Buchanan Alumni House Webber Conference Room A private board room for 8 people.

Buchanan Alumni House Allain Library A board room for 8-10 people, or for a theatre-style presentation for up to 25.

Collins Center for the Arts Hutchins Concert Hall A beautiful space with 1,435 seats and is used for performances, conferences and graduations.

Collins Center for the Arts Conference Room A private boardroom that seats 16.

Collins Center for the Arts Boswell Area Located on the third floor and is used for small, private receptions.  

Alfond Arena 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. 

Additional Spaces 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.

Wells Conference Center 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.

Wells Conference Center - Room One The Center offers complimentary wireless internet and standard audio-visual equipment.

Wells Conference Center Room Two Wells is ideal for medium-scale meetings, banquets, exhibits, and presentations.

Wells Conference Center Room Three Wells Conference Center is a spacious, all-in-one conference facility.

Buchanan Alumni House - McIntire Room 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.

Buchanan Alumni House - Leadership Hall Leadership Hall is an open area ideal for either a reception or small banquet.


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
On Campus Housing 3800 Residence Halls Private
Off Campus Housing Nearby Hotels Private


  • UMaine Catering
    The University of Maine offers several dining options for conference attendees and campus guests. Our menu selection includes all-you-can-eat buffet meals at our dining halls, catered events or meal tickets for your group to use at the Bear’s Den. Both Dining Services and UMaine Catering emphasize locally-sourced foods.

    From elegant affairs to outdoor picnics, our staff will create a menu that best fits your palate and budget. For a true Maine experience, we recommend a lobster bake and blueberry pie! 
    >>> menu (PDF)


One Stop Shop 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*.

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  • This conference was recruitment gold!

    Daniel Bilodeau
    University of Maine Associate Professor of Theatre

  • 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
    Communications Manager, IT Coordinator, University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center

  • 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
    Mountain Valley High School Library/Media Specialist

  • 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
    UMaine Foster Center JA Titan Challenge

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

    Chad Reynolds
    Desitnation Imagination

  • 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
    Apple Education

  • 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
    Contract Management Analyst, Department of State, Washington, DC

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