October 15, 2003
Final fall enrollment numbers for each of the seven University of Maine campuses are in, and the numbers look good at the state's northernmost campus.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent has realized a ten percent increase in the number of credit hours generated by students this year over last. Final numbers for fall 2003 show 924 students have signed up for a total 11,691 credit hours compared to the 827 students who generated 10,626 credit hours last fall.
"We have broken previous records by topping 11,000 credit hours for the first time in this institution's history. This is yet another reason to celebrate during our 125th anniversary year," said President Richard Cost. "As more students recognize the quality education we offer, we continue to make progress toward our campus goal of reaching 1,000 full-time students."
Campus officials saw early indications that they may be headed toward record enrollment numbers in mid-August when the university had exceeded 10,000 credit hours for the first-time ever prior to the first week of classes
Opening day numbers confirmed what administrators believed would happen, when credit hour generation topped 11,000 for the first time in the school's 125-year history.
"These are phenomenal numbers," said Melik Khoury, director of admissions. "They couldn't come at a more fitting time as UMFK celebrates its rich past and also looks ahead to its vibrant future. Furthermore, these figures are truly indicative of a great team effort, certainly on the part of the admissions staff, but also to the credit of the entire campus community that works with great dedication at making this an attractive university to prospective students."
The semester's numbers are fueled, in large part, by a record number of entering students. Incoming students at UMFK this fall totaled 357, 40 more than the previous record of 317 in the Fall of 2002.