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Designation shows UMFK helps veterans return to civilian life

November 5, 2014

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent has always served its veterans and military personnel in order to help the nation's warriors transition to civilian life, and a new accolade from G.I. Jobs, the premiere magazine for returning military personnel, has awarded the UMFK the designation of Military Friendly School for 2015.

UMFK President Wilson G. Hess said, "As a military historian, I understand the importance of welcoming our veterans home. It is an honor, a privilege and an obligation for UMFK to play a role in the transition from military to civilian life. The faculty and staff of this university work with diligence and enthusiasm to make an academic experience a valuable option for our military veterans."

Veterans can find the university's Veteran Certifying Official, Mark Schenk, in the Registrar's office. All veterans seeking VA funding can receive help to complete the Veterans Request for Certification (obtainable from the registrar) prior to the beginning of each term.

The small class sizes and personal one-on-one interaction between students and faculty are key elements in helping veterans move forward after their stint in the military comes to an end. An education at UMFK can be a stepping stone to success for armed forces personnel who are seeking certifications, degrees or simply wanting to pause to consider their options before plunging into civilian life.

The designation as Military Friendly is another accolade to the university's growing list of achievements.

This year, UMFK claimed the title of a Best Northeastern College for the 10 consecutive year among colleges and universities in “The Princeton Review.” UMFK is one of 226 outstanding colleges and universities that “The Princeton Review” recommends to college applicants in its 2015 print and online editions.

UMFK also advanced in position as a Top Public College in the North region, according to the U.S. News and World Report 2015 rankings. The latest U.S. News and World Report rankings put UMFK in the top tier, ranked 37th—up two spots from last year. That ranks UMFK as 10th among public colleges in the North and follows four consecutive years as a top-15 public institution.

Each of these designations originate from nationally-recognized and highly-respected publications that students and parents alike use to select an institution of higher learning.