Upton Hastings houses first-year students in the Living Learning Communities for Health, Creativity in the MIST, and the Russell Scholars Program. A portion of the residence hall is devoted to Sophomore Experience floors.
The spacious laundry room is located on 2nd Upton, between the main section and the wing, and laundry is free. The basement and first floor of Upton are home to Campus Card Services, Mail Services and student mailboxes, University Health and Counseling Services, Student Affairs suite, and the Office of Residential Life. The first floor of Hastings wing is comprised of classroom spaces, used for the Living Learning Communities classes and general USM meetings. The hall has Wifi, and a streaming tv service called Apogee.
Upton Hastings Tour video from 2020. Note that some items have been updated, such as the student room furniture styles, but this gives a general overview of the building.
Rooms are approximately 17′ x 13′. All rooms have extra long beds, two built-in closets, two desks, two desk chairs, built-in dressers, and a room micro-fridge. Rooms that are enhanced have additional furniture added. More details on our enhanced occupancy rooms can be found here.
Upton Hall dates from 1960 and was originally a dormitory for women. It was named for Ethelyn F. Upton who taught mathematics beginning in 1932 and was the Director of Student Teaching from 1945 to her retirement in 1962. Hastings Hall, the adjacent unit, opened in 1968 and was named for Mary Hastings who preceded Miss Upton as Director of Student Teaching. This hall was built at a cost of $947,000; quite a contrast to the cost of Corthell at $23,170.39, ninety years earlier! The placing of the time capsule and the laying of the cornerstone by President Kenneth T. H. Brooks and Dean of Women Edna F. Dickey took place at ceremonies held on May 10, 1967. The Upton-Hastings complex houses 300 students. Dr. Brooks’ span as President, from 1960 to 1970, saw two large changes of name and function. In 1965, Gorham became a State College, thereby greatly broadening its academic purpose. In 1968, it became a unit of the newly created University of Maine system.
What makes Upton Hastings a great place to live
Upton Hastings is a centrally located, active community which attracts a diverse and engaged student population.