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Enrollment & Advancement Center • University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

UMFK Honored as a National College of Distinction for a Fifth Consecutive Year

September 1, 2015

Note: this is an archived news release. As such, the information provided may no longer apply.


The University of Maine at Fort Kent has been selected as a national College of Distinction for the 2015 - 2016 academic year. UMFK is one of a select group of 200 colleges in the country to earn this prestigious designation based on its educational excellence in each of Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus community, and successful outcomes.

High school counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each college based on qualitative and quantitative criteria. Colleges of Distinction then looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow, and succeed.

According to UMFK President Wilson G. Hess, “This is the fifth consecutive year that UMFK has received recognition from the Colleges of Distinction. We are greatly honored by this acknowledgement of our university's reputation for student success from within the community of educational professionals.”

The selection process reviews such factors as the college's first year experience, general education program, and experiential offerings in the curriculum, strategic plan, and alumni success/satisfaction.

UMFK is one of only nine public colleges in New England to receive this recognition.

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