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

UMFK is again among the Top Public College in the North by the U.S. News & World Report's 2016 rankings

September 10, 2015

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





The University of Maine at Fort Kent is again among the Top Public College in the North region, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2016 rankings which the publisher released by the publisher on September 9.

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings put UMFK in the top tier, ranked 37th. That ranks UMFK 13th among public colleges in the North and follows fifth-consecutive years as a top-15 public institution. UMFK first achieved top-tier college status in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 rankings.

“Being recognized by U.S. News and World Report demonstrates UMFK's long term commitment to providing a quality academic experience. Hard working, dedicated faculty and staff are focused on helping our student's be successful, ” said Interim UMFK President John Murphy.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking marks the third national accolade for UMFK in the last three weeks. UMFK also received the badge for a fifth consecutive year as a College of Distinction, one of only 200 colleges and universities, nationwide, to receive that praise and having once again been named as a “Best Northeastern College” by the prestigious publication, The Princeton Review. This marks the eleventh consecutive year running among colleges and universities in the Northeastern region.

UMFK excelled in other rankings as well, the University ranked 12th among the Best Regional Colleges in the North for Veterans.

U.S. News & World Report bases the U.S. ranking on key measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality. The indices include peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving.


The U.S. News rating system rests on two pillars. The formula relies on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and, are based on U.S. News' researched view of what matters in education.

The North region includes the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.

For prospective students and their families, the 2016 U.S. News rankings provide an excellent starting point to help identify colleges and universities that are right for them, because they offer the opportunity to judge the relative quality of institutions based on widely-accepted indicators of excellence.

Enrollment continues to escalate at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Thanks to an institution-wide emphasis on student success, UMFK is reporting enrollment numbers that have increased as a result of distance education, Rural U, and the nursing program. Total student enrollment stands at 1,357 and still climbing.