UMFK status rises in U.S. News ranking

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent moves up from 38th to 23rd among all north region colleges, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2017 rankings.

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings put UMFK in the top tier, ranked 23rd. That ranks UMFK 13th among public colleges in the north and follows six-consecutive years as a top-15 public institution. UMFK first achieved top-tier college status in the magazine’s 2011 rankings.

“These rankings are another demonstration of the quality of the overall educational experience that UMFK offers to the residents of a northern Maine and to the entire state,” 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 lifelong learners,” he added.

The 2017 rankings also listed UMFK number four among the Regional Colleges in the North where students graduate with the least debt.

“With our merit and need-based scholarships, comprehensive work-study program, and emphasis on retention and persistence, we are attempting to work with students to reduce the amount of college debt that they face on graduation. This US news ranking demonstrates that we are being successful in moving toward that goal,” said Short.

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

The north region includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

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