The University of Maine at Fort Kent will become a model "rural university" in New England, creating pathways to educational opportunity and professional success for rural communities and people.
UMFK will nurture and engage a diversity of learners and aspiring professionals in Maine's rural communities and beyond through affordable, technologically-enhanced, and professionally-focused educational programs.
Building upon its historical roots and distinguishing characteristics, the University of Maine at Fort Kent:
Fort Kent, one of Maine’s northernmost towns, is the beginning of two highways: U.S. Route 1 and Route 11. The famous U.S. Route 1, a scenic route, starts in Fort Kent and passes through the easternmost towns of Maine bordering Canada and ends up in Key West, Florida. The town also serves as a gateway to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. From the Allagash Waterway through a forested wilderness, an adventurous canoe trip will take one down to the St. John River. Excellent alpine and cross-country skiing are additional attractions of the community. Of special note is the five-minute walk from the UMFK campus to the beautiful Fish River which flows into the St. John River that serves as the international boundary between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent is a fifty-three acre, sixteen building campus located in the heart of Fort Kent. The University is situated on a bend of the Fish River, just before it joins the St. John River. This unique setting provides a friendly, relaxed environment in which each individual is challenged by an exciting and worthwhile educational experience.
Campus buildings include Cyr Hall, which houses administrative and business offices, classrooms, a computer lab and science labs, as well as Fox Auditorium. Three resident halls, Crocker Hall, Powell Hall, and “The Lodge” have the capacity to house 300 students. Blake Library contains the university collection, computing facilities, quiet and group study spaces, and an exhibit area. Dining facilities are located in Nowland Hall. Neighboring the Ray Fournier Biological Park is the University’s Sports Center, which is equipped with racquetball courts, a weight room, a cardio room, as well as space for a variety of specialized activities. The Old Model School houses a computing lab and classrooms. Nadeau Hall houses the Nursing program, faculty offices, and a conference center. The Acadian Archives building includes a collection of materials relating to the French-Acadian heritage of the area. The Physical Plant building houses the equipment used to keep the campus attractive and well groomed. The Armory houses the Forestry Program – classrooms and a computer lab as well as the new biomass heating system. The new heating system provides heat and hot water to nine buildings on the main campus.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally-recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary school systems through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.
Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of instructional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. While institutional accreditation does not guarantee individual competence of students, it does provide reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunity available.
The baccalaureate nursing program is separately accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education and also has been approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing. The teacher preparation program has been approved by the Maine Department of Education. The associate program in forestry is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. The Business Management and Rural Public Safety majors are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
Inquiries regarding the status of any of the institution's accreditation should be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent is chartered by the University of Maine Board of Trustees to offer the following degree programs at the bachelors and associates levels, and the following certificates:
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a liberal arts program that enables students to choose among several major and minor areas of concentrated study leading to careers in the humanities. The program also is designed to prepare students for advanced studies.
English with concentrations in:
The Bachelor of Science (BS) provides students with a background in arts and sciences for entry into a variety of professions. The B.S. degree is also recommended for students seeking elementary and secondary school teacher certification.
Biology with concentrations in:
Business Management with concentrations in:
Computer Applications with concentrations in:
Conservation Law Enforcement
Environmental Studies with concentrations in:
Nursing with tracks in:
Rural Public Safety Administration with concentrations in:
Social Science with concentrations in:
The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS) permits students to assume the responsibility for designing individualized programs to meet their particular academic needs as they prepare for future careers.
The Associate of Arts in General Studies (AA) is a two-year program emphasizing the development of general knowledge for students preparing for a variety of careers. The Associate of Arts degree program also provides career-oriented study sequences in:
The Associate of Science (AS) is a two-year degree providing career options in:
Associate of Arts in General Studies
Associate of Arts in Conservation Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts with a Study Sequence in:
Associate of Science in Information Security
Associate of Science in Allied Health with concentrations in:
Bachelor of Science in Business Management with concentrations in:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Bachelor of Science in Rural Public Safety Administration
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences