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September 13, 2012


The University of Maine at Fort Kent is again ranked among the top 15 public colleges in the North, according to the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Colleges, released yesterday by the publisher.

The rankings put UMFK among the top 40 colleges, and top 15 public institutions in the North region. The North region includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.

“I am excited that our campus has again earned this distinctive recognition by U.S. News & World Report,” said University President, Wilson G. Hess. “Our focus on access to an affordable, quality college experience is one of the great value-added opportunities in Maine higher education.

“Folks have known for some time that our small campus has great teaching, actively-engaged students, excels in student success, and is part of a vibrant community. It is great to have those assets confirmed by an organization as reputable as U.S. News & World Report. UMFK is justly recognized as a small public university of regional excellence,” President Hess added.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking marks the second accolade for UMFK in the last three weeks. Last month, UMFK was cited for the eighth-consecutive year as a Best Northeastern College by The Princeton Review; an accolade derived primarily from student input. UMFK eagerly anticipates being selected for a second-consecutive year as a College of Distinction in early October. Only 200 colleges and universities, nationwide, are selected to receive that praise.

The U.S. News ranking is based on key measures of quality that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality. The indices include: peer assessment (25%); graduation and retention rates (25%); faculty resources (20%); student selectivity (15%); financial resources (10%); and, alumni giving (5%). Scores for each measure are then weighted as a percentage, as shown, to arrive at a final overall score.

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.

Three Maine public colleges – UMFK, the University of Maine at Farmington and Maine Maritime Academy -- are recognized in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report top 50 North region rankings.

For prospective students and their families, the 2013 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.