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August 24, 2011


The University of Maine at Fort Kent has been selected as a College of Distinction for the 2011/2012 academic year. UMFK is one of only 200 colleges and universities, nationwide, to be included in the distinguished listing.

Colleges of Distinction are a unique group of colleges and universities that are nationally recognized by education professionals as excellent schools. All schools demonstrate four distinctions: they engage students; they provide great teaching; they exist in vibrant communities; and, they demonstrate successful student outcomes.
UMFK’s selection as a College of Distinction comes two weeks after the University was selected as a Best Northeastern College by the prestigious Princeton Review for the seventh consecutive year. 
“UMFK’s is one of only four public universities in New England to earn this distinction. It is a testimonial to our focus on student success,” said UMFK President, Wilson G. Hess.
The goal of Colleges of Distinction is to provide students, high school guidance counselors, and parents, with information about schools that excel in those key areas. It describes schools that take a holistic approach to admissions decisions, that consistently excel in providing undergraduate education, and that have a truly national reputation.
Colleges of Distinction also gives students, guidance counselors, and parents an unbiased look at the college admissions process. It looks at the myths surrounding college admissions, provide tools for self- assessment, and provide insights from college admissions professionals, high school counselors, students, and parents.
With its selection as a College of Distinction, UMFK is recognized for its qualities in the following areas:
  • UMFK attract students who have a healthy range of academic and non-academic interests, and demonstrates a tangible commitment to keeping them interested and involved in their education. The school encourages innovative "hands-on" learning techniques, ranging from fieldwork and internships, to service learning and advanced research.
  • The University encourages its faculty to be great teachers, not consultants. It keeps classes small, so that students are always people; never numbers.  UMFK also encourages new and innovative curricula and offers a number of special programs, giving students up-to-date choices in their education.
  • UMFK is situated in an interesting and exciting residential community, Fort Kent, which offers many opportunities for co-curricular involvement and leadership development. Athletics, theatre, hobbies, music, politics, religious life, service, and more...every interest can be explored. Students can enjoy a myriad of new cultures and experiences, right on campus.
  • An excellent placement record for employment and advanced study are hallmarks of UMFK. The University’s alumni rank themselves extremely satisfied with their college experiences and tend to stay connected with the campus long after graduation.