December 3, 2004
As the current semester winds to a close, final fall enrollment figures for the University of Maine System show the University of Maine at Fort Kent with both the largest percent increase in new students, as well as the largest number of entering students of any of the state's seven University campuses.
UMFK is experiencing an overall record-breaking 16.5 percent increase in new students taking courses through the campus community this semester.
The total number of students enrolled at the university has grown by 152, from 924 in the fall of 2003 to 1,076 this semester.
The final figures reported last month by the University of Maine System include the 110 distance education students enrolled in both interactive television courses and internet-based classes offered by UMFK faculty.
The total student headcount actually on the Fort Kent campus currently stands at 966.
"We have just about reached our campus goal of one thousand students. Our substantial increase in enrollment is recognition of the importance of attending a small campus where every student is a valued member of our community," said UMFK President Richard Cost. "Our challenge now is to determine if we should grow any further and what that number will be, at the same time ensuring that we do not lose the small-campus environment that our students turn to us for."
A breakdown of this semester's figures show that the number of in-state students taking courses at UMFK increased by an impressive 17.2 percent, with 106 more students, from Maine enrolled at the state's northernmost campus this semester, compared to the same time last year. The number of in-state students taking UMFK classes today stands at 723.
The population of out-of-state UMFK students also experienced a marked increased, as that number jumped by 15 percent from 307 in fall 2003 to 353 this semester.
The fall 2004 numbers further show UMFK student enrollment has grown by an impressive 44 percent over the past decade.
UMFK offers a broad array of undergraduate degrees with programs in liberal arts, natural and behavioral sciences, education (elementary and secondary), nursing, forestry, business, human services, environmental studies, e-commerce, and rural public safety administration.