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August 11, 2011




The University of Maine at Fort Kent is in 7th heaven, having once again been ranked as a “Best Northeastern College” by the prestigious publication, The Princeton Review. The honor marks the seventh-consecutive year that UMFK has been designated among the top schools in the 11-state northeastern region.

UMFK is one of 220 outstanding colleges and universities that The Princeton Review recommends to college applicants in its 2012 print and online editions.   The colleges and universities selected are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia.  
“The recognition bestowed upon our campus with this seventh-consecutive Best Northeastern College ranking by the prestigious The Princeton Review, serves to showcase what many of us already know, and that is we have a dedicated and professional faculty and staff; an engaged student body; and that we are preparing those students for careers and a lifetime of learning,” said UMFK President Wilson G. Hess. 
The Princeton Review is a nationally-known and highly-respected publication used by students and parents alike, when selecting an institution of higher learning.   Our selection as a best northeastern college is based in large part on the favorable reviews from the customers we serve -- our students. It reflects well on everyone on the campus when our students express such a high degree of satisfaction with their experience here at UMFK,” President Hess added.
The Princeton Review’s Best Northeastern Colleges are chosen based upon institutional data it collects from several hundred schools in each region, its visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations are solicited. 
The Princeton Review also takes into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to them about their campus experiences in an 80-question survey. The survey asks students to rate their schools in several categories, from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food. It also asks questions about themselves, their fellow students, and campus life.
The Princeton Review ( is a New York-based company known for its test preparation, college admission, and other educational services.