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UMFK, ALREADY A TOP PUBLIC COLLEGE IN THE NORTH, RISES FURTHER IN "U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT'S" 2015 RANKINGS

September 10, 2014

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent continues climbing up the ladder of top public colleges as it rises in position as a Top Public College in the North region, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2015 rankings which the publisher released on September 9.

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings put UMFK in the top tier, ranked 37th, which is up two spots from last year. That ranks UMFK 10th among public colleges in the North and follows four consecutive years as a top-15 public institution. UMFK first achieved top-tier college status in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 rankings.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking marks the second national accolade for UMFK in the last three weeks. UMFK also received the badge for a fourth-consecutive year as a College of Distinction, one of only 200 colleges and universities, nationwide, to receive that praise.

UMFK excelled in other rankings as well, the University ranked 11th among the Best Regional Colleges in the North for Veterans.

U.S. News & World Report bases the U.S. ranking on key measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality. The indices include peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving.

The U.S. News rating system rests on two pillars. The formula relies on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and, are based on U.S. News' researched view of what matters in education.

The North region includes the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.

For prospective students and their families, the 2014 U.S. News rankings provide an excellent starting point to help identify colleges and universities that are right for them, because they offer the opportunity to judge the relative quality of institutions based on widely-accepted indicators of excellence.

Enrollment at the University of Maine at Fort Kent is escalating this fall. Thanks to an institution-wide emphasis on student success, UMFK is reporting enrollment numbers that have increased as a result of distance education, Rural U, and the nursing program. Total student enrollment stands at 1,330.