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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FORT KENT AND LEE ACADEMY SIGN STUDENT ADMISSION AGREEMENT

November 25, 2008

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent and Lee Academy today signed an agreement that will provide Academy graduates with guaranteed admission to UMFK, provided they meet certain academic pre-conditions. 

Dr. Richard W. Cost, president of UMFK, and Lee Academy Headmaster, Bruce Lindberg, signed the Memorandum of Understanding, or agreement, this morning in a brief ceremony in the Pineo Building on the Lee Academy campus. 

In signing the agreement, UMFK states that a graduate of the Academy is eligible to attend the University provide that: 

a)   The student has a TOEFL score of at least 500 on the paper examination, or a score of at least 173 on the computer-based examination, or a score of at least 61 on the internet examination 

b)   The student has attained a minimum SAT score of at least 500 in critical reading and/or a combined score of 1350; or attained an ACT  score of at least 21 

c)   The student has earned a diploma from any campus of Lee Academy 

d)   The student has a letter of support from the Academy’s headmaster

Any student who does not meet all of the above qualifications for automatic admission to UMFK may be considered on an individual basis. 

“I am delighted to sign this agreement today with Lee Academy which opens the doors of UMFK to its graduates. Under Bruce Lindberg’s leadership, Lee Academy is rapidly emerging as a leader in secondary education, especially in the international student markets of China and South Korea,” said UMFK’s Dr. Cost. “This will expand the opportunities for these students to move smoothly into higher education right here in northern Maine.”    

 “UMFK will provide an excellent opportunity for graduates to transition into bachelor degree programs. The University offers a small-campus experience and a warm community atmosphere that truly incorporates an international perspective. Located on an international border, the St. John Valley was first settled by French speaking Acadians and Quebecois. The UMFK campus embraces a marvelous mixture of local and international students. Fort Kent is a great setting for students who have prepared at Lee Academy,” Dr. Cost added.  

Under the terms of the agreement, UMFK will provide tutoring and counseling for students needing assistance with language issues.  Limited scholarship support also may be available for superior academic achievement, or to enhance campus diversity at UMFK. 

Lee Academy has agreed to provide academic information on all interested students, and will provide assistance to students in completing a UMFK admissions application. Lee Academy, established in 1845, is a grades 9 to 13 independent college preparatory school with an enrollment of approximately 280 students.  It is a board school with domestic, international and post-graduate students. The Academy also serves as a day school to several communities in eastern Maine.  Admission to the Academy is open to all qualified students and is based on academic records, a personal interview and recommendations. 

Lee Academy officials recently announced that it is considering adding three satellite campuses on mainland China and South Korea.  Together with four Lee Academy schools in China already planned for construction next year, the satellite campuses would allow as many as 5,000 Asian students to learn Lee’s American curriculum by the year 2015. 

The University of Maine at Fort Kent is a liberal arts-based university offering quality baccalaureate and associate degree programs responding to the needs of northern Maine. The UMFK academic experience provides close interaction with faculty, small classes and the use of leading technology to prepare students for lifelong learning and success as professionals and engaged citizens of a democracy.  ###