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.
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.
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.
|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|
*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.
Students may be admitted to the Haenssler Honors Program in the following ways:
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.
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.
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.
Examples of appropriate Honors contract courses will also be provided for interested faculty and students.
Honors Seminars are only open to qualifying students (Haenssler Honors Scholars or individuals meeting the criteria under “Additional Options”).
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.
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.
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:
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.