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UMFK named to top North Region Colleges U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings

September 15, 2017

The University of Maine at Fort Kent has been named among the top tier of all north region colleges for the seventh consecutive year, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2018 rankings.

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings put UMFK in the top tier, ranked 31st.  That ranks UMFK 15th among public colleges in the North and follows seventh consecutive year as a top-15 public institution.  UMFK first achieved top-tier college status in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 rankings. UMFK is also ranked as #5 among the Regional Colleges in the North with the most international students.

“These rankings are represent the dedication of UMFK staff and faculty to the overall educational experience,” according to UMFK President John Short.  “We are more committed than ever to affordability and student success in an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion and life-long learners,” he added. “This US news ranking demonstrates that we are being successful in moving toward that goal.”

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 2018 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 continues to escalate at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. 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 1,357 and climbing.