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August 3, 2009


The University of Maine at Fort Kent has once again been ranked a “Best Northeastern College” by the prestigious publication, The Princeton Review, in its 2010 edition.  The honor marks a fifth-consecutive year that UMFK has been designated among the top schools in the 11-state region, one of only three of Maine’s public universities so cited. 

UMFK is one of 218 outstanding colleges and universities in the northeast that The Princeton Review recommends to college applicants in the 2009 edition of its book, "Best Northeastern Colleges."   

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.    

“I am absolutely delighted that the UMFK campus has been selected for recognition from The Princeton Review for a fifth consecutive year,” said University President, Dr. Richard W. Cost.  “As a small, personal campus of 1,100 students with a focus on student success, this distinction is extremely important to all of us,” he added. 

“This recognition serves to showcase our outstanding faculty, our committed staff, this wonderful community, and our great student body.  The Princeton Review is a nationally-known publication, highly-respected by students and parents alike, and widely-used when selecting an institution of higher learning.   

The Princeton Review selection is based, in large-part, upon student input. It means a great deal to all of us who work here to know that our students have expressed such a high degree of satisfaction with their experience at UMFK,” President Cost said.  An excerpt from UMFK’s two-page profile in the 2010 edition states: “‘Learning while enjoying the Northern Maine living experience’ is what the University of Maine at Fort Kent is all about. In addition to its ‘rural location’ that gives unlimited opportunities for all things ‘outdoorsy,’ UMFK provides a ‘small,’ ‘close-knit academic community’ that features students and faculty ‘of varying ideas and cultures.’ Standout programs include a ‘great education program,’ a ‘huge and very successful’ nursing program, and a business program with faculty who have worked ‘in the field that they teach.’  Most professors here ‘actually like teaching’ and ‘are eager to help students and answer any questions.’ This translates to plenty of ‘one-on-one attention.’ ”

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 education services.  It is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine. ###