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University Catalog

Educational Enhancement Opportunities

Bridge to Success Scholars Program

The Bridge to Success Scholars program provides an intensive 4-week college experience for entering freshmen. The goal of the Bridge to Success Scholars program is to assist freshmen in their move to university life so as to be prepared for the demands of college academics and responsibilities.   It offers students an enriched academic experience for continued development of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and is taught in the context of developing strategies necessary for successful program completion. The importance of personal responsibility to meet the demands of college expectations is stressed.  Students receive daily instruction in reading, writing, math and college readiness skills, with time for directed study sessions.  Afternoon, evening and weekend recreational activities introduce and integrate the student into the greater university community.  Students will use the UMFK academic resources and the resources of the greater Fort Kent community. 

The Bridge to Success Scholars program is delivered in a four-week session prior to the start of the fall semester. The program is open to all entering students who express a desire to improve their college readiness, or who wish to become acclimated to university life prior to the start of the regular fall semester.  As per the Conditional Admissions Policy, students admitted on conditional standing and who place into any ASP designated course as determined by the Accuplacer® placement tests in reading, sentence skills and arithmetic, are required to attend and successfully complete the prescribed curriculum to continue their studies in the Fall semester. 

The Bridge to Success Scholars program requires students to live in UMFK residential housing.  Exemptions must be applied for based on the residential policy for freshmen students.  Students earn 5 nondegree, credits charged towards their fall tuition.  Fees, Room and Board are charged separately.  Students who apply for financial aid need only complete the FAFSA for the fall academic year.  For more information and application forms, please contact the Assistant Dean of Student Success.

Haenssler Honors Program

Mission Statement

The University of Maine at Fort Kent Haenssler Honors Program offers students an enriched academic experience. It promotes a high level of well-rounded competency in learning grounded in the liberal arts. The program is designed to help students become life-long learners who excel in all their endeavors. The Haenssler Honors Program offers enhanced learning opportunities as well as scholarships to students who demonstrate a high level of academic interest, initiative, and ability, and who want to be more actively involved in their university education.

Vision Statement

The Haenssler Honors Program serves motivated and high-achieving students to broaden their intellectual horizons and achieve academic excellence. The goal of the Honors Program is to help students succeed in the globalized world and its complex and varied environments. This requires mental flexibility, effective communication skills, originality, creativity, strong analytical skills, sound and ethical leadership, innovative problem-solving strategies, and multidisciplinary knowledge.

The Haenssler Honors Program consists of 24 credit hours:

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 102 Honors Composition I* 3 credits
HON 300 Honors Seminar I: On Being Human 3 credits
HON 340 Honors Special Topics Seminar (Variable Topic) 3 credits
HON 400 Honors Seminar II: Patterns of Change In Scientific Thought** 3 credits
  Honors Contract Courses (any approved course)*** 9-15 credits
  Honors Capstone (may be fulfilled with a major capstone project) 3 credits
Total: 24 credits

*Students enroll with either no previous college-level composition credit or having successfully completed one college-level composition course (e.g., Eng 100 English Composition I) at another institution or via Early College High School credit. Upon completion with a “B” or better, this course completes all remaining UMFK composition requirements for Haenssler Honors scholars. Qualified Honors students already having successfully completed their Composition requirements upon enrollment at UMFK may enroll in HON 300 Honors Seminar I or may enroll in Honors Contract courses.

**Optional – Honors students may substitute an approved HON 340 Honors Special Topics Seminar for 3-credits of Honors Contract courses.

***Credits vary by student. A student’s specific requirements for successfully completing the Haenssler Honors Program will be determined through consultation with their advisor and the Honors Program Director.

Admission Guidelines

Students may be admitted to the Haenssler Honors Program in the following ways:

  1. All students qualifying for Merit Scholarships will be invited to participate in the Honors program.
  2. After the first semester, a student whose GPA is 3.2 or higher may be recommended via letter to the Honors Director by a UMFK faculty member.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum of a 3.2 GPA or higher in Honors courses to remain in the program. Students must also maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 in all university academic work to remain eligible for the Haenssler Honors Program.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from Honors programs at other institutions may petition to receive transfer credit for Honors coursework completed elsewhere. Due to Haenssler Honors Program requirements, it will be impracticable for students transferring 60 credits or more to complete the program without previous Honors courses transferring.

Honors Contract Courses

Students interested in a more challenging classroom experience will work with a willing professor to create an Honors Course Contract.  These are not separate Honors classes, but rather standard classes for which a contract is created detailing higher-level assignments, projects, or other activities that qualify as Honors-level coursework to be completed by the student who will then receive Honors credit for the course. Professors are not required to engage in Honors Course Contracts.

  1. The Honors Course Contract must be submitted for review to the Honors Director and/or Honors Advisory Council no later than the final day to add classes each semester. A professor willing to offer an Honors Contract understands that he/she will submit the proposed Honors Contract Course form to the Honors Director and/or Honors Advisory Council for review to ensure that Honors course criteria, indicated on the Honors Course Contract, are being met.
  2. Review of the Honors Contract Course to ensure that it meets the standard Honors course criteria indicated on the form will be completed at least one week after submission. The Honors Contract Course may be accepted as proposed, or the Honors Director and/or Honors Advisory Council may indicate changes that need to be made for the Honors Course Contract to be acceptable for Honors credit. The Honors Director will work with the professor to remedy any concerns created by the review.
  3. The Honors Contract Course requirements must be completed by the end of the semester; however, students may still receive standard (non-Honors) credit for a successfully completed course even if they do not complete the Honors Course Contract stipulations.
  4. Completion by a student of the Honors course contract stipulations along with an earned course grade of A, A-, B+, or B will result in a notation on the student’s transcript indicating that the course was "Completed with Honors.”
  5. Students may take a maximum of 6 credits of Honors Contract courses per semester during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  6. Students may take no more than 6 credits of Honors Contract Courses during all Summer terms combined (maximum of one Honors Contract Course per 6-week Summer term; 6 credits during a 12-week Summer term; none permitted during a 3-week Summer term).
  7. No Honors Contract Courses are permitted during the Winter term. Honors courses as directed study/independent study require approval of the Honors Director and/or the Honors Advisory Council for each course sought as DS/IS.
  8. Students in online Distance Education courses may complete Honors Contract courses by contacting the Honors Program Director for further information provided the Contract course form criteria can be met.
  9. ASP courses are not eligible for Honors credit.

Examples of appropriate Honors contract courses will also be provided for interested faculty and students.

Honors Seminars

  1. One Honors Seminar may be offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. 
  2. Honors Seminars have as their goals to create mentoring relations between exceptional faculty and students, to challenge students intellectually through honors-level work in critical thinking, oral argumentation, and written expression, and to prepare students for conducting independent research.
  3. Honors Seminars give students the opportunity to participate in small, seminar-style, intellectually stimulating courses on important topics that feature significant student-faculty interaction.

Honors Seminars are only open to qualifying students (Haenssler Honors Scholars or individuals meeting the criteria under “Additional Options”).

Honors Capstone

  1. Haenssler Honors Scholars are required to complete a capstone (a thesis or a project) under the guidance of a faculty mentor that involves a process where critical thinking, academic integrity, quality research, and analytic thinking/writing skills appropriate to the project and the discipline(s) involved.
  2. The Honors Capstone may be fulfilled with a major capstone project by completing Honors guidelines for the project; however, Honors Capstone projects need not be related to the student’s major.
  3. Honors Capstones may be presented as part of the university’s Scholar’s Symposium.
  4. An Honors Capstone Guide will describe the procedures for proposing and completing the Honors Capstone.

Haenssler Honors Scholarship

Upon successful completion of 21 hours of Haenssler Honors Program requirements excluding the Honors Capstone, Haenssler Honors Scholars during their senior/final semester may apply for the Honors Capstone course with the appropriate application form. Haenssler Honors scholars in good standing may receive the Haenssler Honors Scholarship which provides a tuition credit for the Honors Capstone course. The requisite form should be completed and approved prior to the start of the proposed semester in which the student will enroll in the capstone for Financial Aid and billing purposes. 

Additional Options

  1. For transfer students, or others, who have completed significant credits toward graduation, the specific curriculum requirements for the Haenssler Honors Program may be impracticable. Additionally, other non-Honors students may find certain Honors courses desirable while being unable to commit to the entire Haenssler Honors Program curriculum.
  2. Options available in these cases include enrollment in specific Honors Seminar courses with permission of the professor when space is available, engaging in Honors Contract Courses, and/or pursuing and completing an appropriate Honors Capstone Project.
  3. Students interested in these options will consult with the Honors Program Director and their advisor prior to the start of the semester. Students interested in these options must also meet Honors Program academic requirements to qualify (appropriate GPA, etc.).

Honors Academic Standing

  1. Haenssler Honors Scholars must maintain a 3.2 GPA in all Honors courses. Students must also maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 in all university academic work to remain eligible for the Haenssler Honors Program.
  2. If student does not maintain the minimal GPA, their next Honors course will be probationary. Students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic standing in the Honors program will be ineligible to continue taking Honors courses and to receive the Haenssler Honors Scholarship.


Students who regain an acceptable academic standing for the Haenssler Honors Program must provide a letter of recommendation addressing their academic performance from a faculty sponsor to be readmitted to the Haenssler Honors Program.  The first Honors course taken by a readmitted student would be probationary: readmitted Honors students must maintain a satisfactory Honors academic standing to continue. 


  1. Upon successful completion of Honors Composition and at least one Honors Contract course (or 6 credits of approved Honors courses), first-time students will be formally inducted into the program as Haenssler Honors Scholars with an appropriate ceremony in the Spring semester.
  2. Students who participate in the Haenssler Honors Program, but who are unable to complete all the requirements will be awarded Certificates of Completion at the highest level of Honors coursework successfully completed.
    1. At graduation, Haenssler Honors Scholars who complete the full program in good standing will be recognized as follows (based on Honors course work and overall GPA):
      1. Haenssler Honors Scholar (3.2-3.5 GPA)
      2. Haenssler Honors Scholar with Distinction (3.5-3.7 GPA)
      3. Haenssler Honors Scholar with Highest Distinction (3.8-4.0 GPA)

International Studies

Foreign Studies

The University of the Maine at Fort Kent is a participating member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities International Study Program. Students may elect to study for one year at colleges located in Canada, Europe, or Mexico.

Additional foreign study opportunities are available during the summer. Students who desire to travel or attend college abroad during the summer may do so by either:

  1. Enrolling in a summer abroad Travel-Study Program directed by faculty members of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, or
  2. Enrolling in one of the summer semester college programs sponsored and directed by the Institute of European Student (prior approval of the faculty advisor is required).

Study Abroad

UMFK will grant academic credit to students who study in a foreign country in an approved study abroad program. The evaluation of credit will rest upon the recommendations of appropriate faculty members, divisional chairs, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Students may study in a wide variety of countries throughout the world. Study abroad exchanges are made through the Student Life Office well in advance (up to one full year prior to the start date of the exchange) to ensure adequate time to make all necessary arrangements. Students may choose to participate in an exchange that is administered through one of the programs listed below. Students may choose to work with a wide variety of exchange organizations that broker exchanges in countries with which UMFK does not have a direct exchange agreement.

The New England/Québec Student Exchange Program provides eligible UMFK students the opportunity to spend one or two semesters at participating Québec campuses. In this program, students pay tuition at UMFK and room and board and other fees at the Quebec campus they are attending.

The New England/Nova Scotia Student Exchange Program provides eligible UMFK students the opportunity to spend one or two semesters at participating Nova Scotia campuses. Students may choose from nine English-speaking universities or one French-speaking university, as well as professional schools which offer a wide variety of learning environments and an impressive array of course offerings. In this program, students pay tuition at UMFK and room and board and other fees at the Nova Scotia campus they are attending.

UMFK has an agreement with the Universite de Moncton – Campus d’Edmundston, a campus that is located 20 miles from UMFK in Edmundston, NB. Under this exchange, matriculated students at either campus may enroll for coursework at the other campus and have their work satisfy degree requirements at the home institution. In this program, students pay tuition at UMFK and books and other fees at the Edmundston campus.