September 24, 2020
The University of Maine at Fort Kent has been named among the top tier of all north region colleges for the tenth consecutive year, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings. UMFK first achieved top-tier college status in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 rankings.
The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings put UMFK in the top tier, ranked 37th on the Regional Colleges North list and made it into the top 20 schools that graduate students with the least amount of debt. UMFK is also ranked on the Regional Colleges list as a top performer in social mobility. That means UMFK has great success in helping economically-disadvantaged students graduate on time.
“Being a part of the U.S. News & World Report list is an important measure of how we’re doing, but is certainly not the only way we measure success,” said UMFK President Deb Hedeen. “We are proud of the work that we do and will use these rankings as one means to determine where we should focus our efforts in our upcoming strategic plan.”
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 2021 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.