September 27, 2021
The University of Maine at Fort Kent has been named among the top tier of all north region colleges for the eleventh consecutive year, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2022 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 moved UMFK up four points in the top tier, ranking them 33rd on the Regional Colleges North list and ranked 19th in the Top Public Schools list. 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.
“Moving up in these rankings is an important measure of how we’re progressing, 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 we have used these rankings as one means to determine where we should focus our efforts in our new 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 2022 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.